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Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE

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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.

The interface of the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE
The interface of the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE
The interface of the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE
The interface of the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE

The interface of the Samsung 
Galaxy Note LTE - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE
The interface of the Samsung 
Galaxy Note LTE - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE
The interface of the Samsung 
Galaxy Note LTE - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE
The interface of the Samsung 
Galaxy Note LTE - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE

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-screen keyboard of the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE
On-screen keyboard of the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE

On-screen keyboards of the Samsung 
Galaxy Note LTE - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE
On-screen keyboards of the Samsung 
Galaxy Note LTE - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE
On-screen keyboards of the Samsung 
Galaxy Note LTE - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE
On-screen keyboards of the Samsung 
Galaxy Note LTE - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE
On-screen keyboards of the Samsung 
Galaxy Note LTE - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE
On-screen keyboards of the Samsung 
Galaxy Note LTE - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE
On-screen keyboards of the Samsung 
Galaxy Note LTE - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE

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.

Web browsing with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE
Web browsing with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE
Web browsing with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE
Web browsing with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE

The browser of the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE
The browser of the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE
The browser of the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE
The browser of the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE - Nokia Lumia 900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note LTE

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.

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