Nokia N8 vs Nokia N9

Vs Paul Briden 19:58, 23 Jul 2011

In-fighting in the Nokia camp this time as the N8 and the N9 take swipes at each other.

We see how the Nokia N8 compares to its successor, the N9.

Nokia N8 - 113.5 x 59.1 x 12.9mm, 135g
Nokia N9 - 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1mm, 135g

Nokia seems to love its wacky designs and both these phones are a little bit out of the ordinary.

The N8 looks like it started off as a regular bar shaped phone but it has been chiselled and refined to give it an all-round more tapered shape.

The end result is an almost stretched out wedge which, when combined with the variety of interesting colours available makes for a very stand-out smartphone.

The N9 is a bit thinner, wider and longer than the N8.

It only comes in a few colours but apart from default black there’s also bright cyan or magenta.

The N9 is yet another example of Nokia’s extreme design ethos, and yet it is nothing like the N8.

Instead of extra facets and shaping it’s a very raw, sharp rectangle shape, but on top of this sits a gently contoured curved glass screen which arcs out from the bodywork.

It’s very striking stuff.

On the black version of the phone the overall appearance is like a chunk of polished obsidian.

It gets even more startling with the vivid primary colour versions.

There’s double the contrast between the bright, angular bodywork and the curved jet black screen.

We like and applaud Nokia’s eccentric approach to smartphone design and both handsets have a lot of bravado and style in equal measure.

They’re equally attractive in our view.

Winner - Draw

Each handset is fitted with an Amoled capacitive touchscreen for improved brightness, colour intensity and battery economy compared to run-of-the mill LCDs.

They also both use more durable Gorilla Glass to prevent unsightly scratches and the N9’s screen has been given an anti-glare coating too.

The N8’s screen measures 3.5-inches with a resolution of 360x640 pixels and a pixel density of 209 pixels-per-inch (ppi).

Meanwhile, the N9’s display is slightly larger at 3.9-inches and with a higher resolution of 480x854 pixels. Pixel density on the N9 is also slightly better than the N8 at 238ppi.

Both phones feature multi-touch input and accelerometer sensors.

As both phones use the same AMOLED technology, the distinguishing factor has to be the resolution and pixel density which are both superior on the N9.

The larger screen size is also a plus along with the additional anti-glare coating.

Winner – Nokia N9

Nokia’s N8 is quite well provided for on storage with 16GB of onboard capacity. Micro SD cards are also supported up to 32GB and the processing power gets a helping hand from 256MB of RAM and 512MB of ROM.

The N9 has the same base internal capacity as the N8 but there’s also a much larger 64GB option and either variant comes with a whole 1GB of RAM. Unfortunately, card support on the N9 is non-existent.

More internal storage and more RAM are instrumental in securing a victory for the N9 here, though the lack of a card slot sours things slightly.

Winner – Nokia N9

Both phones are running single core ARM based processors, the N8 houses a 680MHz ARM 11 setup with a Broadcom BCM2727 graphics processing unit (GPU) backing it.

The N9 is packing a bit more muscle with a powerful 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor on the TI OMAP 3630 chipset. Visual grind is ably dealt with by a PowerVR SGX530 GPU.

The ARM 11 has proved a reliable and capable processor for some time but the Cortex A8 technology simply has a lot more going for it.

As single core setups go it’s certainly one of the better ones and will perform well in the N9.

Winner – Nokia N9

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