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.
- 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.
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.