Nokia Lumia Windows Phone: Reviewed and Compared to Galaxy S II, iPhone 4S

Nokia Lumia Windows Phone: Reviewed and Compared to Galaxy S II, iPhone 4S

by kenlo on ‎29-11-2011 10:00 - last edited on ‎20-06-2014 16:53 by handy giff-staffer victoriatagg

Since Nokia announced in February that they would be moving to the Windows Phone platform, Nokia’s first Windows Phone devices have been eagerly awaited in the industry. The Nokia Lumia 800 finally launched in the UK this month and it’s been turning a lot of heads. But what is Windows Phone 7 actually like? How does the Nokia Lumia 800 compare to other top smartphones which run Android or iOS? Are there more devices to come in the Lumia family? Is it possible to use a Nokia Lumia device on giffgaff?

 

Nokia Lumia 800.jpgWhat is the Nokia Lumia?

 

The ‘Lumia’ series of smartphones is Nokia’s new flagship smartphone range and is their first range of smartphones to run the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system from Microsoft. Running a different operating system to all of Nokia’s older smartphones (which ran either Symbian or MeeGo), the Windows Phone operating system brings a variety of new functionality such as the tile-based Metro user interface, access to 40,000+ applications from the Windows Phone Marketplace and the integration of Xbox Live and Microsoft Office into your mobile phone.

 

The Lumia device range currently consists of two devices: the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia Lumia 710.

 

Nokia Lumia 800 vs Nokia Lumia 710: Nokia Lumia devices compared

 

To date, Nokia have announced two Windows Phone devices: the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia Lumia 710. Available at the price of approximately £450 SIM-free, the Lumia 800 is the higher-end device. It features a polycarbonate chassis which is solid yet lightweight and a 3.7-inch organic LED display. Compared to normal LCD displays, organic LED displays produces more vibrant and higher contrast images whilst also being more energy-efficient due to the lack of a backlight.

 

The Lumia 710 is a lower-priced alternative to the Lumia 800. It replaces the polycarbonate casing with plastic casing and features a standard TFT-LCD display rather than an organic LED display. It also cuts down on the internal memory, camera and battery capacity. The Lumia 710 will be available in early 2012 at the approximate price of £250 SIM-free.

 

Both devices can be used on giffgaff: all you’ll need is an unlocked phone and a giffgaff Micro SIM.

 

 

Nokia Lumia 800
Nokia Lumia 800.jpg

Nokia Lumia 710

 Nokia Lumia 710.jpg

Processor

1.4GHz single-core

1.4GHz single-core

Display

3.7-inch AMOLED (organic LED)

3.7-inch TFT-LCD display

Operating System

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Storage

16GB internal memory

8GB internal memory

Camera

8 megapixel with LED flash

5 megapixel with LED flash

Video recording

720p, 30 frames per second

720p, 30 frames per second

Battery

1,450mAh (7.6 hours talk time)

1,300mAh (9 hours talk time)

Text Input

On-screen software keyboard

On-screen software keyboard

Approx. price

Approx. £450 SIM-free

Approx. £250 SIM-free

Current Status

Available

Coming soon

 

Nokia Lumia 800 VS Samsung Galaxy S II VS Apple iPhone 4S: Windows Phone, Android and iPhone devices compared

 

Inevitably, Nokia’s new Windows Phone devices will be compared to top-selling Android and iOS devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Apple iPhone 4S. The debate about whether Windows Phone, Android or iOS is the best operating system will continue to rage (let us know which one you prefer in the comments) but look beyond the operating system and there are some differences in the specifications of the three devices too.

 

The most visible difference between the three devices in everyday use is the size of the display: the Lumia 800’s 3.7-inch display fits in somewhere between the iPhone’s 3.5-inch display and the Galaxy S II’s 4.3-inch display. Both the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Samsung Galaxy S II feature an organic LED display whereas the iPhone 4S uses the more traditional backlit TFT-LCD display technology. OLED displays have higher contrast and lower power consumption but are more expensive and difficult to fabricate.

 

The Samsung Galaxy S II and Apple iPhone 4S both benefit from a dual-core processor: in contrast the Nokia Lumia 800 has a faster processor which is single core.

 

 

Nokia Lumia 800

 Nokia Lumia 800.jpg

Samsung Galaxy S II

 Samsung Galaxy S 2.jpg

Apple iPhone 4S

 iPhone 4S Siri.jpg

Processor

1.4GHz single-core

1.2GHz dual-core

1GHz dual-core

Display

3.7-inch AMOLED (organic LED)

4.3-inch AMOLED (organic LED)

3.5-inch TFT-LCD display

Operating System

Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango)

Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

Apple iOS 5

Storage

16GB internal memory

16GB internal memory & up to 32GB micro-SD

16GB/32GB/64GB internal memory

Camera

8 megapixel with LED flash

8 megapixel with LED flash

8 megapixel with LED flash

Video recording

720p, 30 frames per second

1080p, 30 frames per second

1080p, 30 frames per second

Battery

1,450mAh (7.6 hours talk time)

1,650mAh (8.7 hours talk time)

1,430mAh (8 hours talk time)

Text Input

On-screen software keyboard

On-screen software keyboard

On-screen software keyboard

Approx. price

Approx. £450 SIM-free

Approx. £400 SIM-free

£499 SIM-free

SIM card size

Micro SIM

Standard SIM

Micro SIM

 

All three devices are compatible with giffgaff and some great savings can be had by buying these devices upfront and using one of our giffgaff goodybags.

 

Using the Nokia Lumia devices on giffgaff

 

Nokia Lumia 710.jpgIf you’re looking to use one of the Nokia Lumia devices on giffgaff, there are several key things to know:

 

Your thoughts…

 

Have you tried out the Nokia Lumia 800 or the Windows Phone operating system? What do you think? Is it a compelling alternative to Android and the iPhone? Drop us a comment below: we’d love to hear your thoughts on the Lumia and Windows Phone.

 

Comments
by khairul on ‎29-11-2011 12:21
Hi Kenlo,

Thanks for the informative post.

I used to prefer Android due to its Flash support, but now that that is discontinued I would say that iOS is supreme when it comes to apps.

Windows Phone is definitely the slickest-looking of the three OS's but, due to being a late player in the game, it will need to build up its app market more.

And may I suggest adding the following link to your article, for manual settings: http://bit.ly/giffgaffwp7
by rong42 on ‎29-11-2011 14:31

Just wanted to say thanks Kenlo, for a good blog. lately some blogs (not yours) have been a bit, well, the comments on them speak for themselves

 

all of these phones are well out of my price range, im happy enough with my SF

by stealthybigboss2 on ‎29-11-2011 18:34
nice review and information
by kenlo on ‎29-11-2011 18:54

Hi guys,

 

Just updated the above post to fix a broken hyperlink. Also added a link to giffgaff-ing your Windows Phone 7.5 - thanks for the heads up @khairul!

 

Ken

by bilalakanaseem on ‎29-11-2011 19:36

Iphone Gots the Most Reputation 

Samsung's Gots the best product on paper Specifications

Nokia's Got the best camera.

by subasht on ‎29-11-2011 19:42

great article..

by runningwolf on ‎30-11-2011 08:33

Its worth noting that windows phone do not need dual core processors because of the way the is is designed.

 

In benchmark tests the Nokia is faster with loading game, app switching then most dual core phone.

 

Just thought its worth a mention, it goes to show higher specs do not also mean fasted phone.

 

Also you tube Nokia and Deadmau5 on millbank tower. That's one hell of a way to advertise a phone.

 

by cim on ‎30-11-2011 12:34

Nice comparison. I expect OS decision and app availability will take precedence over handset specs for many buyers.

by vorb on ‎30-11-2011 13:11

Nice read.

 

I love the look of the Lumia 800 (yes I know it's the same as the Nokia N9 but it's still a thing of beauty).  WP7 does appeal to me.  If they ever bring out a WP7 phone with gaming controls and decent emulators I would be sorely tempted.  Gaming controls + Xbox Live ... *drools*

 

by aaronjlaw on ‎30-11-2011 19:18

A very well made post!

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