How does the Nokia N8 stack up with Windows Phone 7?
In two weeks Windows Phone 7 devices start to roll out in the United States and they are actually available now in other parts of the world. I previously told you I wrote one of the very few books on Windows Phone 7 that will also be available around the November launch date, titled Windows Phone 7 Companion, and thus I am intimately familiar with this new mobile operating system. You also obviously know I am a fan of Nokia devices so I thought you might like to see my take on a comparison between the Nokia N8 and Symbian^3 versus a typical Windows Phone 7 device (they all have basically the same specs to start with).
Windows Phone 7 is a complete revamp of a mobile operating system for Microsoft and it shows. It has a unique user interface with tiles and hubs on a Start screen and lots of swiping, flicking, pinching, and animations making for an interesting experience. You can check out lots of Windows Phone 7 coverage over on our sister site, it was actually totally redone too, WPCentral.com.
Here is what I can do on my N8 that I cannot on a Windows Phone 7 device:
- Multi-task and have multiple non-native applications running actively at the same time.
- Cut, copy, and paste text from one location to another.
- Download podcasts directly to the device.
- Configure my wireless data connection to tether and share it with other devices and computers.
- Have multiple home screens with the ability to quickly manage my wireless connections, see Twitter feeds, and more.
- Change the background image of my Home screen.
- Play Angry Birds (I imagine this game will eventually come to WP7, but just wanted to have a bit of fun.)
- Use Skype to make calls.
- Edit my videos on my phone.
- Use the FM transmitter to enjoy music and podcasts over the air in my car or house.
- Take the highest quality photos with a 12 megapixel camera and awesome HD video recorder.
- Get free, powerful voice guided navigation anywhere in the world.
- Rotate my N8 and get everything working in the orientation the device is positioned in.
- Quickly switch between open applications.
Here is what I can do on a Windows Phone 7 device that I cannot on my N8:
- View a monthly calendar that actually tells me something useful.
- Play fun games, including through an Xbox LIVE service with multiple players.
- Stream and enjoy Netflix movies on the phone.
- Receive and view email from multiple sources in a beautiful, user friendly form that stays in sync reliably.
- Sync Google (and other service) calendars through a simple setup process.
- Download full versions of songs wirelessly with my Zune Pass.
- Stream music via Zune Pass, Slacker, and through other services.
- Activate a powerful voice command program for calling, searching, and launching applications.
- Find my phone and have it ring even if I misplaced it somewhere in the house, for free too.
They both can do all the standard things smartphones can do today (phone calls, email, web surfing, and much more) and one rather surprising thing they also both do is play Zune Pass subscription music.
I am 99% sure I am going to buy the T-Mobile HTC HD7 when it launches on November 8th and my wife may also be getting one and finally start using a data service with T-Mobile. This is the first generation of Windows Phone 7 and as you can see there is lots of room for growth, but honestly it is a pretty solid release for version 1.0.