Nokia has launched its N9 smartphone in Australia, the first and likely the last Nokia phone to run the MeeGo operating system. Although the Nokia N9 is slick and easy to use, the timing of its launch sets it up to compete directly with the Apple iPhone 4S.
The Nokia N9 and the Apple iPhone 4S smartphones are similarly priced and are available through all three Australian carriers, Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. So, how do they compare?
Apple iPhone 4S vs. Nokia N9: Specifications
|Feature||Apple iPhone 4S||Nokia N9||Verdict|
|Operating system||Apple iOS 5||MeeGo (Harmattan)||Apple iPhone 4S|
|Display size||3.5in||3.9in||Nokia N9|
|Display technology||Capacitive LED-backlit IPS||Capacitive AMOLED||Draw|
|Display resolution||640x960||480x854||Apple iPhone 4S|
|Pixel density||330 ppi||251 ppi||Apple iPhone 4S|
|Rear camera||8 megapixels w/single-LED flash||8 megapixels w/dual-LED flash||Draw|
|Camera features||Autofocus, touch focus, geotagging, face detection, video stabilisation||Autofocus, touch focus, geotagging, face detection, Carl Zeiss optics||Draw|
|Video recording||1080p HD @ 30fps||720p HD @ 30fps||Apple iPhone 4S|
|FM radio||No||No||Draw||GPS||Yes||Yes (with free turn-by-turn navigation)||Nokia N9|
|Internal memory||16GB, 32GB or 64GB||16GB or 64 GB||Draw|
|Dimensions||115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm||116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm||Apple iPhone 4S|
|Application Store||Apple App Store||Nokia Store||Apple iPhone 4S|
|Processor||Apple A5 dual-core (800MHz)||ARM Cortex A8 single-core (1GHz)||Apple iPhone 4S|
|Australian 3G networks||HSDPA 850/900/2100||HSDPA 850/900/2100||Draw|
|Bluetooth||4.0 with A2DP||2.1 with A2DP||Draw|
|NFC (Near Field Communication)||No||Yes||Nokia N9|
|HDMI-out||No (Yes with Apple Digital AV adapter)||No||Apple iPhone 4S|
|Quoted battery life||Up to 8 hrs||Up to 7 hrs||Apple iPhone 4S|
|Battery capacity||1420 mAh||1450 mAh||Nokia N9|
|Adobe Flash support||No||No||Draw|
|Australian carriers||Telstra, Optus, Vodafone||Telstra, Optus, Vodafone||Draw|
Nokia N9 vs. Apple iPhone 4S: Design
The N9 is the best looking and slickest smartphone Nokia has released in a number of years. It's a candybar handset constructed from solid polymer, the same material often found in ice hockey helmets. The company says the phone's polycarbonate casing is coloured all the way through in the manufacturing process, so scratches, dents or marks from everyday use will not show up.
The N9 has no keypad or home button on the front so it’s the first full-touch smartphone Nokia has ever released. The only physical controls are on the right side in the form of volume buttons and a lock key. The N9's design is attractive, comfortable to hold and different.
The Apple iPhone 4S on the other hand retains an identical design to the iPhone 4. It's constructed largely from aluminium and glass, is just 9.3mm thick and has an industrial look and feel with distinctive, sharp edges. The iPhone 4S also retains the iPhone 4's glass back that does look slick but attracts plenty of fingerprints. The iPhone 4S can be a little uncomfortable to hold without a case, but there is no doubting its build quality and premium feel.
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