Tuesday, June 24, 2008

3G iPhone vs HTC Touch Diamond vs Nokia E71

The iPhone gets a lot of praise these days for a good reason, it's a beautiful crafted phone with great functionality and it's easy to use. Apple's competitors have not slept in class and HTC and Nokia has each come up with their own compelling handsets. Looking for a new smart phone myself, I have decided to compare the iPhone, Touch Diamond and E71.

Screen:
1. Touch Diamond.
It has 640*480 pixel resolution and is 2.8" big, making the viewing super smooth.
2. iPhone.
Large 3.5" screen, but the resolution is a step down from the Diamond at 480*320 pixels.
3. E71.
Its has both the smallest screen at 2.36" and least pixels at 320*240.

Size:
1. Touch Diamond.
102*51*11.35 mm and 110 g.
2. E71.
114*57*10 mm and 127 g.
3. iPhone.
115.5*62.1*12.3 mm and 133 g.

The thinness is the most important factor when carrying phones in your pocket. The original iPhone was a brake trough in this regard.

Design and build quality:
1. E71.
The device has mostly metal casing and Is real solid. I have never seen a mobile with full QWERTY keyboard that I liked, but Nokia pulled it of.
2. iPhone.
The iPhone looks very elegant, but I'm not sure how much I like the rounded glossy backside. It definitely looks like a fingerprint and scratch magnet.
3. Touch Diamond
It looks nice, definitely a big step from earlier models, but the "Diamond" pattern on the back looks kind of tacky. It also has the glossy look that is supposedly a real grease magnet.

Design can be a little hard to review as people has different opinions, I have focused most on the build quality.

Battery:
1. E71.
With the biggest battery a Nokia phone has ever had with 1500mAh and the smallest screen this phone definitely has a great battery life. Some reports say they have used the device 5-7 days without recharging.
2. iPhone.
The original iPhone had a decent battery life as long as you didn't use the screen to much. Going to 3g haven't weakened the battery performance according to Apple, some of the reason can probably be accredited to the increase in its size.
3. Touch Diamond.
with the smallest casing the Touch Diamond had to sacrifice something, it seems to be the battery with only 900 mAh.

With little detail of the iPhone battery, I have to come back later to see if my assumptions that the iPhone battery is better then the Touch Diamond one.

Camera:
1. E71.
3.2 Mega pixels with auto focus and a LED flash.
2. Touch Diamond.
3.2 Mega pixels with auto focus.
3. iPhone.
2 Mega pixels.

None of these handsets are typical camera phones, so it you want the best camera you should probably look elsewhere.

Operating system:
1. iPhone.
It has an elegant and intuitive OS that is build around touch input from the ground. They locked out the 3rd party applications in the beginning, but now developers are flocking for the new SDK.
2. E71.
It uses the well tried Symbian OS, with the S60 platform. It is stable and has lots of 3rd party applications ready for use, but it lacks some of the "flash" of it's competitors.

3. Touch Diamond.
The new TouchFLO 3D interface works nice, but its still the unintuitive Windows OS behind the scenes and the first models have reported to be a little slow at times. Personally I wish they could do without the stylus.

Mail/Messaging/Calendar:
1. E71.
With its designated buttons for mail and calendar and the nice keyboard will make adding events in the calendar and answering mail a breeze.
2. iPhone.
Many was sceptical to the screen keyboard, but that was until they tried it, it works great. It can never fully replace the real deal though. For a fee, MobileMe is going to be a good way to synchronise your mail, calendar and address book. MMS is left out thought, I guess they figured out that email would do.
3. Touch Diamond.
A good screen based keyboard here as well, but with a smaller screen the buttons are getting pretty small. Alternatively you can multi touch your letters like a regular phone.

Web browsing:
1. iPhone.
The iPhone redefined web browsing for mobile phones. There are also many sites who have made tailor made web apps for the iPhone. With the new 3g version the surf speed is good without a wifi connection as well.
2. Touch Diamond.
Opera makes some great browsers and the resolution in this device gives you much detail. There are reported some bugs in the earliest versions, but they will probably be ironed out.
3. E71.
The smaller screen on this device make it inferior for surfing compared to the other two. But it still works pretty well.

Multimedia:
1. iPhone.
Being an extension of the iPod, the iPhone does the job even better. This is a music and movie powerhouse! Unlike the other phones this has a standard 3.5 mm headphones jack as well. You can listen to music a whole day without the need for a recharge.
2. Touch Diamond.
The 2.8 screen is still large in the mobile world, and will be good for movies. I still have my doubts about the battery though.
3. E71
Once again getting last because of the screen, but the music playback time is probably good.

Conclusion:
Lets give two points for first place and one for second and summarise:

iPhone 10 points.
Nokia E71 10 points.
Touch Diamond 7 points.

A draw between iPhone and Nokia E71. I think i prefer the E71 for its battery life, a thinner profile and the buttons, What do you think? I'm setting up a poll on the sidebar, you decide.
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