Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE

Interface and Functionality:

Seeing that these are two totally different mobile platforms that we’re comparing, there’s no definitive winner between them, because as we know, they both have their own unique elements that set them apart from one another. With the Nokia Lumia 900 and its Windows Phone 7.5 Mango experience, it has a distinctive look and feel thanks to the dynamic live tiles that make up its homescreen. Although it boasts a minimal set of personalization elements, it’s not as deep when compared to the Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience found running on the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE. Knowing that, it’s what sets the tone for the Galaxy Note LTE and its TouchWiz UI, as we’re given a trove of personalization elements with its widgets, live wallpapers, and shortcuts. Enhancing itself more, the S Pen of the Galaxy Note LTE provides us with yet another alternative for interacting with the smartphone.

With the huge size difference with their displays, the Galaxy Note LTE’s on-screen keyboard is obviously sporting the more spacious layout – but aside from that, we don’t find it any bit advantageous. Why’s that? Well, the Windows Phone keyboard on the Lumia 900 is equally usable for the simple reason that it offers one of the best auto-correct feature.

On the surface, these two smartphones share many common email functions, but the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE has the benefit of encompassing us with the total set of features found with the Gmail experience. Additionally, its larger display allows for more content to be viewed without the need to scroll that much.

Processor and Memory:

As we take a peek at their specs sheet, most people will probably take note of the Galaxy Not LTE’s dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 processor, even more when it’s coupled with 1GB of RAM. In contrast, others might cringe knowing that the Nokia Lumia 900 is packing only a single-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8055 and 512MB of RAM, but honestly, this is the perfect example of why hardware specs don’t dictate performance. When it comes down to walking the walk, the Nokia Lumia 900 delivers the peppier responses throughout all of its operations. Well, it’s not to say the Galaxy Note LTE is slow, but it doesn’t have the same level of fluidity and tight movements that’s consistent with the Windows Phone powered device.

Unfortunately, the Nokia Lumia 900 is only packing 16GB of memory – with no way of increasing its tally. Lucky for the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE, not only does it match the 16GB of internal storage of its rival, but it can be supplemented by throwing a card into its microSD slot.

Internet and Connectivity:

Right from the start, we absolutely love that these two smartphones offer 4G LTE connectivity, but between the two, the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE presents us with the slightly more favorable experience. No doubt we dig their smooth kinetic scrolling and pinch zooming, but seeing that there’s Adobe Flash support on the Galaxy Note LTE, it essentially translates into giving us that desktop-like experience. In terms of data speeds, we didn’t find any single one being faster than the other – albeit, we only tested it out via HSPA+ connections seeing that LTE isn’t in our neck of the woods.

Being GSM smartphones and all, they’re more than ready for long trips abroad in other countries, but in order to experience LTE speeds, they’re only going to see that domestically under AT&T’s network. Lastly, these two feature aGPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality. However, the Lumia 900 packs Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, as opposed to Bluetooth 3.0 on the Galaxy Note LTE.



1. Jdub0323

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

Just a small thing, but I felt like the comparison on the cameras wasn't fair. If you know nothing about cameras the numbers on the Note would look better, but it's not about the megapixels as most know now. It's the lens quality. The Lumia features a Carl Zeiss lens which will most definitely be better quality, plus an aperture of 2.2 for great low light shots and action shots. Yes, probably something small but I felt that should be pointed out.

2. Jdub0323

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

The screen resolution definitely doesn't show the quality as well as the Samsung though. They definitely make one of the best displays

13. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I'm starting to wonder if PhoneArena's 900 is defective. I'm reading other sites where its camera is highly regarded (excepting the lack of 1080p video recording), and the only complaints are about the screen, with resolution and typical discussions regarding AMOLED versus other technologies.​ia-lumia-900-review-​​this-might-save-windows-phone​4/03/nokia-lumia-900​​-review/


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Too bad that Carl Zeiss lens will go to waste on the Lumia; would be nice on a real phone.

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

thats true. but look at the pictures. look at the flower bed and the single weed by itself. there is very clearly more detail in the samsung's photos than the nokias. The samsung's is a bit more saturated too, if your into that.

3. Armaniii007

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 03, 2012

Dear Phonearena, I'm one of your avid readers and recently I came upon a fact that your comparison reviews just don't make sense. Like these phones, they have nothing in common, so why would you compare the two products that don't share anything with each other?

4. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Because if they didn't, people would just bug them for one. Lol. :)

6. Dutch1

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

I agree...Everyone knows Windows Phones are lousy.

15. alx33

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

You're right. Of anything I'd love to see the lumia 900 compared to the Samsung focus s. :)

7. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Haha the galaxy note took that, by a landslide,, not because i own it.. But yea its tha best phone thus far... Barnone

9. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

i agree the note is the best phone bar none right now. however, i cannot place it in the phone category so much as a tablet. it is just not practical as a guys phone to put in his pocket and go. not a one hander for sure. i have big hands and that thing is just huge, (thats what she said). sorry, steve carrol fan. so anyways, the nokia is the winner here if you are looking at the phone side of the use of the note. sorry guys. just my two cents.

10. oldmandaddy

Posts: 64; Member since: May 01, 2010

they both ugly and cheap phones

12. samystic

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

"When it comes down to walking the walk, the Nokia Lumia 900 delivers the peppier responses throughout all of its operations. Well, it’s not to say the Galaxy Note LTE is slow, but it doesn’t have the same level of fluidity and tight movements that’s consistent with the Windows Phone powered device." - what Phone Arena means is that Windows does not NEED high end hardware, whereas Android does samystic

16. 0o0blackstar0o0 unregistered

Wow Suprized Galaxy not could keep up with Nokia's camera if not better Nokia are known for good camera's\

17. 99n100

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

knowing that Window phone is not competitive and will not be selling well (at least for the next few years). Phone maker will not want to spend their time and $ which they think is hard to justify their ROI?? therefore, let Nokia be the "Guinea-pig" to market WP's OS.

18. nlmmln

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Not really a fair comparison, everyone knows that WP is a better OS than droid. Even with brttwr hardware the Note is slower. Its big screen is an advantage for resolution but is a disdvantage for portability. Same with the battery life. Nice try Samsung but you should've but more effort into your wp's...time to get with the times and a better platform.

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