Oct
08
2009

How do the specifications of the Nokia N900 and the HTC HD2 ("Leo") compare?

Telephones of the distant future (1974 drawing by catmachine - CC-BY)

Telephones of the distant future (1974 drawing by catmachine - CC-BY)

Towards the end of 2009, high-end smartphones were released by Nokia and HTC. Although they both have large, high-resolution screens they are two very different devices. What's the comparison between Nokia's N900 and HTC's HD2?

Both are convergence devices, but the most striking differences are that the N900 is a chunky side-slider with a hardware QWERTY keyboard and a 3.5 inch screen plus 32GB storage, whereas the HD2 is a thin slate having a massive 4.3 inch screen but no hardware keyboard. HTC's device has a capacitive multi-touch screen, whereas Nokia's has a resistive single-touch screen.

The software could hardly be more different: the N900 has a modern, consistent interface running on the Maemo Linux operating system, while the HD2 has HTC's own Sense user interface on top of version 6.5 of the ageing Windows Mobile operating system.

I have tried to make a direct comparison of the features of these two devices. For the most part, these details are drawn directly from the manufacturers' specification pages for the N900 (also here) and HD2.

Nokia N900 HTC HD2
Dimensions (size) 110.9 × 59.8 × 18 (19.55 at thickest part) mm 120.5 × 67 × 11 mm excluding camera bulge
Volume 113 cubic cm 89 cubic cm
Weight (mass) with battery 181 g 157 g
Display size (diagonal) 3.5 inches (89 mm) 4.3 inches (109 mm)
Display area 5.40 square inches 8.16 square inches
Display resolution (pixels) 800 x 480 800 x 480
Screen type Resistive single-touch Capacitive multi-touch
Form factor Side-slider Tablet
Kick stand Yes Optional extra
Connectors Micro USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio/video Micro USB 2.0 possibly with host mode, 3.5mm audio
TV Out PAL or NTSC
FM radio receiver Yes
FM Transmitter Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Proximity sensor Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes
GSM frequencies 850/900/1800/1900 MHz 850/950(?)/1800/1900 MHz
WCDMA frequencies 900/1700/2100 MHz (Europe, Asia, T-Mobile US) 900/2100 MHz (Europe, Asia, US to follow)
HSDPA Up to 10 Mbps download speed Up to 7.2 Mbps download speed
HSUPA Up to 2 Mbps upload speed Up to 2 Mbps upload speed
Operating system Maemo 5 on Linux HTC Sense on Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional
Battery 1320 mAh Li-ion 1230 mAh (extended available)
Processor TI OMAP 3430: ARM Cortex-A8 600 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 MHz
Web browser MicroB with Mozilla-based rendering engine Opera Mobile with multi-touch
Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g IEEE 802.11 b/g
GPS Satellite GPS plus A-GPS (and cell-based?) Satellite GPS plus A-GPS and cell-based
Bluetooth v 2.1 v 2.1 with EDR
Bluetooth profiles HFP, HSP, A2DP, AVRCP, FTP, OPP A2DP, AVRCP, BIP, BPP, DUN, FTP, GAP, GOEP, HFP, HID, HSP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP, SPP
Digital compass Yes
Tethering USB USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi router
Audio playback formats aac, eaac, m4a, mp3, wav, wma aac, amr, m4a, mid, mp3, mp4, qcp, wav, wma
Video playback formats 3gp, avi, mp4, wmv 3g2, 3gp, asf, avi, m4v, mp4, wmv
Camera 5 megapixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash, plus VGA front-facing camera 5 megapixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash
Camera optics Carl Zeiss optics, Tessar lens Unspecified
Lens cover Yes, slide
Video camera 16:9 (848x480px) 25fps mp4 Unspecified
Hardware buttons zoom in, zoom out, volume up, volume down, camera shutter, device lock Talk/send, home, start, back, end/power
Memory: RAM 256 MB (plus 768MB swapfile) 448 MB
Memory: onboard 32 GB 0.5 GB
Memory expansion microSD socket microSD socket
On-screen keyboard Yes Yes
Hardware keyboard QWERTY 32 keys, or national variants
Loudspeakers Stereo speakers Mono speaker

Corrections and clarifications are welcome—please use the Comment facility.

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