iPhone 4S vs Nokia N9 | Nokia N9 vs Apple iPhone 4S Speed, Performance and Features | Full Specs Compared
iPhone 4S is the fifth version iPhone unveiled by Apple on 4 October 2011, and it will be available from 14 October 2011. The pre-order starts on 7 October 2011. iPhone 4S has taken the same design as iPhone 4. Though it is identical in external appearance, inside it is packed with advanced features. iPhone 4S is the first dual core smartphone from Apple, and features a 8 mega pixel camera. Siri is a new feature in iPhone 4S; it is an intelligent assistant that enable user to manage the phone with voice. iPhone 4S will be compatible with wide range of networks. It will be available in US for all major carriers except for T-Mobile. iPhone 4S carry a price tag similar to that of iPhone 4 at release; 16 GB model is priced at $199, and 32GB and 64GB are price $299 and $399 respectively, on contract. Apple has brought down the prices of iPhone 4; now it is in the range of $99 -$199. On the other hand, Nokia that was lying low after its announcement of moving ahead with Microsoft leaving behind the legendary Symbian OS came out with Nokia N9 in the interim. It is the last phone released in Nokia N series. Nokia N9 runs on a new OS called MeeGo v1.2. Let us see how these two smartphones fare when pitted against each other.
The much speculated iphone 4S was released on October 4th 2011. The much speculated iphone 4S was released on October 4th 2011. The iPhone which has bench-marked standards in the smart phone hemisphere has raised the expectations more. Will iPhone 4 deliver to the expectations? Having one look at the device one can understand that the appearance of iPhone 4S remains similar to iPhone 4; the much raved predecessor. The device is available in both black and white. The glass and stainless steel built that most find appealing remains intact.
The newly released iPhone 4S remains 4.5” of height and 2.31” of width the dimensions of iPhone 4S remains similar to its predecessor iPhone 4. The thickness of the device is 0.37” as well regardless of the improvement done to the camera. There for, iPhone 4S remains the same portable slim device everyone love. iPhone 4S weighs 140g. The slight increase of device is maybe due to the many new improvements that we will discuss later. iPhone 4S includes a 3.5” touch screen with 960 x 640 resolution. The screen also includes the usual fingerprint resistant oleophobic coating. The display marketed by Apple as ‘retina display’ has a contrast ratio of 800:1. The device comes with sensors such as an accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate, three-axis gyro sensor, a proximity sensor for auto turn-off and an ambient light sensor.
The processing power is one of the many improved features on iPhone 4S than its predecessor. The iPhone 4S is powered by a Dual core A5 processor. According to Apple, the processing power is increased by 2 X and enables graphics that are 7 times faster and the energy efficient processor will improve battery life as well. While the RAM on the device is still not officially listed the device is available in 3 versions of storage; 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. Apple has not allowed a micro SD slot to expand the storage. In terms of connectivity, iPhone 4S has HSPA+14.4Mbps, UMTS/WCDMA, CDMA, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. At the moment, iPhone 4S is the only smart phone which can switch between two antennas to transmit and receive. Location based services are available through Assisted GPS, digital compass, Wi-Fi and GSM.
iPhone 4S is loaded with iOS 5 and usual applications one can find on an iPhone, such as FaceTime. The newest addition to the uniquely designed applications on iPhone is ‘Siri’; a voice assistant which can understand certain keywords we speak and virtually do everything on the device. ‘Siri’ is capable of scheduling meetings, checking weather, setting timer, sending & reading messages and etc. While voice search and voice command assisted applications were available in the market ‘Siri’ is quite a unique approach and sounds more user-friendly. iPhone 4S comes with iCloud as well, enabling users to manage content across multiple devices. iCloud wirelessly pushes files across multiple devices managed together. Applications for iPhone 4 S will be available on Apple App Store; however it will take some time for the number of applications supporting iOS 5 to increase.
The rear facing camera is another area improved on iPhone 4S. iPhone 4S is equipped with an improved camera with 8 mega pixels. The mega pixel value itself has taken a huge leave from its predecessor. The camera is coupled with LED flash as well. The camera comes with useful features such as autofocus, tap to focus, face detection on still images and geo tagging. The camera is capable of HD video capture at 1080P at about 30 frames per second. In cameras it is important to have a larger aperture since it allows the lens to collect more light. The aperture in the lens of camera in iPhone 4S has been increased allowing more light to come in however, harmful IR rays is filtered away. The enhanced camera is capable of capturing quality images in low light as well as bright light. The front facing camera is a VGA camera and it’s tightly coupled with FaceTime; the video conferencing application on iPhone.
iPhones are generally good on their battery life. Naturally, users will have higher expectations for this latest addition to the family. According to Apple, iPhone 4S will have up to 8 hours of continuous talk time with 3G on while on GSM only it will score a massive 14 hours. The device is rechargeable via USB as well. The standby time on iPhone 4S is up to 200 hours. In conclusion, the battery life is satisfactory on iPhone 4S.
The preorder of iPhone 4S starts from 7 October 2011, and will be available in US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, and Japan from 14 October 2011. Worldwide availability starts from 28 October 2011. iPhone 4S is available for purchase in different variants. One will be able to get their hands on an iPhone 4S device starting from $199 to $399 on contract. The price without contract (unlocked) is Canadian $649/ Pounds 499/ A$799/ Euro 629.
There is no doubt about the fact that over use of Symbian OS was one of the factors that relegated Nokia to a lowly position when it came to world class smartphones though it tried hard with its N series of phones. This is why everyone is interested in the latest offering from Nokia as it is based upon a totally new OS called MeeGo. However, N9 boasts of some more exciting features that have the capability to keep it in the forefront, like its new swipe technology.
To begin with, the unibody Nokia N9 measures 116.5×61.2×12.1mm and weighs 135g, making it compact and handy like other smartphones in its category (though there is no pretension to be the lightest and thinnest). It has candy form factor and a robust design that is bold and beautiful. The control is so simple that one hardly needs any buttons. This has been made possible by the use of swipe technique that allows one to return to home with just a simple swipe along the edges, no matter what one is doing with apps or any other features. There are not one but three home screens that allow one to get faster access to loads of apps and features. So you do not have any fear of losing your way in a grid of menus. You can glide from app to app without pressing any keys. And yes, if you want to launch camera, messaging, or even web when you are in the middle of an app, just swipe up from the bottom of the screen and holding it briefly. Life cannot be easier than this!
N9 has a decent size highly capacitive 3.9 inch edge to edge touch screen that is AMOLED and covered by anti glare coated Corning Gorilla Glass. So no more scratch marks on the screen. The resolution of images is 480×854 pixels in 16 M colors that make for bright and sharp display. There are many standard features like multi touch input method, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor and Gorilla glass display.
N9 runs on MeeGo OS (v1.2 Harmattan), has a powerful 1 GHZ Cortex A8 processor, packs 1 GB of RAM and provides 16 to 64 GB of onboard storage in different models. The smartphone is NFC, Wi-Fi802.11b/g/n of course, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP+EDR, GPS with A-GPS, EDGE and GPRS (class 33), and WAP2.0/xHTML browser that provides for seamless surfing.
N9 has a 8 MP camera with Carl Zeiss opitcs sensor and wide angle lens at the rear side that shoots pictures in 3264×2448 pixels. It is continuous auto focus with dual LED flash. It has features of geo tagging, face detection and touch focus. It can record HD videos in 720p at 30fps. Nokia boasts N9 as the world’s first phone with Dolby Digital Plus decoding and Dolby Headphone post-processing technology. With this head phone technology you can enjoy the surround sound experience with any type of of headphone.
N9 comes preloaded with Angry Birds, Real Golf, and Galaxy on Fire. Nokia N9 is packed with standard Li-ion battery (1450mAh) that provides a talk time of up to 7 hrs in 3G.
|Comparison of Specifications
iPhone 4S vs Nokia N9
|Design||iPhone 4S||Nokia N9|
|Form Factor||Candy bar||Candy Bar - Unibody with all screen|
|Keyboard||Virtual Full QWERTY||On-screen Virtual|
|Dimension||115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm (4.5 x 2.31 x 0.37 in)||116.45x61.2x7.6-12.1 mm|
|Weight||140 g||135 g|
|Body Color||White, Black||Magenta, Cyan, Black|
|Display||iPhone 4S||Nokia N9|
|Size||3.5 inches||3.9 in|
|Resolution||960 x 640||FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels), 16:9 Aspect ratio|
|Features||16M color, Oleophobic coated, scratch resistance||16M color, Scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass with anti glare coating|
|Sensors||Three axis gyro, Accelerometor, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor||Accelerometer, Magnetometer (digital compass), Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor|
|Operating System||iPhone 4S||Nokia N9|
|Platform||Apple iOS 5||MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan|
|UI||Apple||Nokia custom UI|
|Browser||Safari||WebKit2, HTML5, XHTML|
|Processor||iPhone 4S||Nokia N9|
|Model||Apple A5 Dual core, PowerVR SGX540 GPU|
|Speed||1 GHz Dual core||1GHz|
|Memory||iPhone 4S||Nokia N9|
|RAM||512 MB||1 GB|
|Included||16 GB/32 GB/64GB||16GB / 64GB|
|Expansion||No card Slot|
|Camera||iPhone 4S||Nokia N9|
|Resolution||8.0 mega pixels||8 MP with Carl Zeiss optics|
|Focus, Zoom||Auto, Digital, tap focus||Continuous auto focus, touch focus, 4x Digital zoom|
|Video Capture||fullHD 1080p||720p@30fps HD|
|Features||Double microphones, Geo tagging, Image stabilization||Wide angle lens, Aperture F2.2, Digital shutter, Photo editor, Automatic Motion Blur Reduction|
|Secondary camera||VGA||Accelerometer, Magnetometer (digital compass), Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor|
|Entertainment||iPhone 4S||Nokia N9|
|Audio||AAC, Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Headphone, Formats: MPEG-4 AAC , eAAC, eAAC+, MPEG-1, WMA9, FLAC|
|Video||H.264, MPEG-4, M-JPEG||720p Playback, Dolby Mobile and Dolby Digital Plus support, Formats: H.263, MPEG4-SP & ASP, H.264 B|
|Gaming||Game Center||3D Games, Preloaded: Angry Birds Magic, Need for Speed Shift, Galaxy on Fire 2 Real Golf 2011|
|FM Radio||No, Tunein Internet Radio App available|
|Battery||iPhone 4S||Nokia N9|
|Type Capacity||Li-ion non-removable battery|
|Talktime||up to 14 hrs (2G), up to 8 hrs (3G)||7 hours (3G), 11 hours (2G)|
|Standby||200 hrs||450 hours (3G), 380 hours (2G)|
|Mail and Messaging||iPhone 4S||Nokia N9|
|Gmail, Email||POP3/IMAP Gmail, Email, Push mail|
|Messaging||MMS, SMS, IM (GoogleTalk)||SMS, MMS, IM (Google talk, Facebook, Skype)|
|Connectivity||iPhone 4S||Nokia N9|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 b/g/n. n at 2.4 kHz only||802.11 b/g/n|
|Bluetooth||v4.0||v2.1+EDR supports A2DP stereo, FTP/OPP for file transfer, PBAP|
|USB||Yes, connect via 30 pin dock adapter||2.0 High speed, micro-USB port|
|Location Service||iPhone 4S||Nokia N9|
|Maps||Google Maps||Ovi Maps|
|GPS||A-GPS||A-GPS with Navigation|
|Lost-Theft Protection||Find my Phone|
|Network Support||iPhone 4S||Nokia N9|
|2G/3G||World phone, GSM/UMTS, CDMA, HSPA+14.4Mbps||GSM, GPRS, EDGE / WCDMA, HSUPA(5.76bps), HSDPA(14.4Mbps)|
|Applications||iPhone 4S||Nokia N9|
|Apps||Apple Apps Store, iTunes||Ovi Stores|
|Social Networks||Facebook, Twitter, SNS||Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, YouTube, Flickr|
|Voice Calling||Skype, Viber||Skype|
|Video Calling||Skype, Tango, QiK|
|Featured||Siri, Face Time, iCloud, AirPrint, AirPlay, Find my iPhone||Joikuspot Wi-Fi tethering, Accuweather, Swype, Track and Protect,|
|Business Mobility||iPhone 4S||Nokia N9|
|Remote VPN||Yes , CISCO Anyconnect, Juniper JunOS Pulse|
|Corporate Mail||Yes, Active Sync|
|Video Conferencing||Yes with CISCO WebEx|
|Other Features||Join.Me, Goto Meeting|
|Security||iPhone 4S||Nokia N9|
|MobileMe, Password Protected home screen|
|Additional Features||iPhone 4S||Nokia N9|
|Siri, iCloud, iBook, iMovie, FaceTime, Multiple language support, Personal hotspot||NFC, MicroSIM card slot|