Nokia N9 vs Samsung Galaxy S2

Vs Paul Briden 17:46, 6 Jul 2011

This time the flashy new Nokia N9 gets to grips with the Samsung Galaxy S2

We compare Nokia’s brand new MeeGo powered N9 to the Samsung Galaxy S2.


Nokia N9 - 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1mm, 135g

Samsung Galaxy S2 - 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5mm, 116g

The N9 looks unique, there really isn’t anything else quite like it. Nokia may have had its ups and downs but one thing remains: the company certainly does know how to produce an eye catching handset and this latest proves it hasn’t lost its touch.

Nokia has pushed the phone display to the very limits. There’s barely anything between the edge of the phone and the edge of the screen, just a thin strip of coloured bodywork – and the whole thing is contoured marvellously.

The lines of the phone are echoed by the curved glass screen which bulges ever so slightly out of the handset. It’s extremely angular, the corners are sharp and it is essentially just a crude rectangle, but the fit and finish, and the way in which the screen pushes itself towards you offers great contrast.

The whole thing is very startling but strangely appealing.

The Galaxy S2 is something of a logical progression from the Galaxy S, being in turn inspired by the iPhone, the format is the same glass-topped slab but Samsung has stripped things down and made it as thin and light as possible.

Although in order to achieve this the composition has changed from mainly metal to predominantly plastic. The build quality is still decent enough and the end result is a very flattering profile we can’t help but love.

Both phones are nice to look at, however, we feel we have to reward the bravery Nokia has shown by putting out such a wild looking handset and vote the N9 as the winner here.

Winner – Nokia N9


Nokia’s N9 uses a 3.9-inch Amoled capacitive touchscreen, with reinforced Gorilla Glass, at a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels and a fairly high pixel density of 238 pixels-per-inch (ppi).

The display features an anti-glare polariser coating, to make the screen easier to use in bright sunlight, multi-touch input and an accelerometer sensor.

The Samsung is a little bit of a step up from the Nokia’s Amoled technology with its larger 4.3-inch Super Amoled Plus capacitive touchscreen.

Gorilla Glass is again used here but the resolution is a little lower at 480 x 800 pixels, as is the pixel density at 218ppi. There’s multi-touch input and an accelerometer sensor and the handset features the TouchWiz 4.0 user interface (UI) which comes preloaded onto the phone.

The Amoled screen technology offers a brighter display, enhanced colour depth and good power efficiency, so it’s kinder to the phone’s battery.

Samsung’s Super Amoled Plus screen has these features ramped up a few notches too.

Despite this, however, the much higher pixel density and slightly higher resolution on the Nokia N9 means it will have a sharper picture quality than the Samsung and for that reason it wins this round – but only by the skin of its teeth.

Winner – Nokia N9


The Nokia N9 has a great storage setup with options for either 16GB or 64GB of internal capacity, though it is curious why there’s no 32GB middle option.

Processing power is backed up by 1GB of RAM and 512MB of ROM but there’s no provision for external storage, so it’s just as well the onboard capacity is so huge.

The Samsung is also well provided for, it doesn’t have quite the same lofty heights of internal capacity but is still impressive nonetheless with 16GB and 32GB variants which should be more than enough for most users.

The Galaxy S2 also has 1GB of RAM and Micro SD card support up to 32GB.

The Nokia has more space to play with and this ultimately wins it the round but the lack of card support certainly does sting.

Some users may prefer to take half the onboard capacity in the Samsung for a little bit of extra versatility with external cards, while still keeping the internal storage higher than many other competitors.

Winner - Nokia N9

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