The Nokia Lumia range got off to a bit of a rocky start. Nokia’s collaboration with Microsoft to make Windows operating system phones suffered from the beginning from the bad reputation of previous Windows phones. Early Windows phones were slow, the operating system was hard to use, and the hand sets were clunky and old fashioned.
However, the combination of Nokia’s innovative skill and newer versions of the Windows system (including Windows 7.5 and 8) made for a pretty stunning line of phones. Nowadays, the Lumia range is one of the top selling lines of smart phones, and with good reason. They’re fast, reliable, sleek and good looking, and like all Nokia mobile phone models they’re robust. There are a lot of phones in the line, though, so you do have a lot of choice. Today we’re looking at two of the Lumia phones, the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia Lumia 900.
Both phones are available on contract with T-Mobile, Tesco and Orange networks for around £25 a month. Obviously, the 900 is the newer device, and that’s reflected in the price, it comes in more expensive than the 800 model. We wanted to know if that extra money is well spent, so we put these two models to the test to find out how exactly they compare. If you’re in the market for a new Lumia, read on to find out which of these two models is the better bargain…
Why You Should Go With the Nokia Lumia 900…
The Lumia 900 has a couple of advantages over the 800. It does get faster maximum data speeds, which generally means that you get quicker downloading and faster opening of web pages. Secondly, it also has the larger screen, measuring in at 4.3 inches over the 3.7 inch screen on the 800 model. With smart phones, a big screen is important, since you want to be able to browse the internet and read emails without too much scrolling. Finally, the 900 comes in just slightly thinner than the 800.
What the Nokia Lumia 800 Does Well…
On the other hand, the Lumia 800 also has a few advantages. It has around twenty per cent more PPI (pixels per inch), making the display a little sharper and clearer. But most importantly, the Lumia 800 has much better battery life. It averages around forty per cent more talk time (nine and a half hours versus seven hours) and ten per cent more stand by time (fourteen days versus twelve and a half days) per battery charge cycle, meaning that you have to charge your device a lot less often. Finally, the 800 does come in around ten per cent smaller and ten per cent lighter than the 900, making it a little more portable, although it does have the smaller screen.
Which is the Better Deal?
The bigger screen on the Lumia 900 is great, but we don’t actually think that it’s worth the extra cash. The additional battery life on the Lumia 800, though, is a pretty great feature, which is why we think it’s the better deal.
Phil Turner has been looking at Vodafone, O2 and Orange mobile coverage maps to try to decide which network to go with.