V3 examines the key differences between Nokia's flagship Lumia 800 and Lumia 900 smartphones, seeing which Windows Phone is most worthy of mobile users' attention.
Design and build
At first glance, the 800 (pictured below right) and 900 (below left) look close to identical, featuring the same angular corners and rounded sides and vast array of colour options. Additionally the two devices feature the same button placement, housing volume, power and shutter buttons along their right hand side.
The similarity continues with the two devices' ports, with both featuring the same microUSB, micro-SIM and headphone inputs. In fact, the only real major design difference visually is the fact Nokia chose to keep the 900's microUSB uncovered, removing the plug that covered it on the 800.
Despite being visually similar, the 800 and 900 actually feel incredibly different in-hand. The 900 is clearly the big brother, outmatching the 800 on size and weight. The 900 measures in at 128x69x11.5mm and weighs 160g, compared to the 800's 117x61x12.1mm dimensions and 142g weight.
Anybody with dainty hands is going to find the 900 less comfortable to hold - even we found it rather awkward. This is largely because, while we're massive fans of the Lumia design visually, it's not all that ergonomic. That really tells in the larger version, where the hard corners dug into our hands, and its thickness made it difficult to grip solidly.
Winner: The Lumia 800
The 900's size makes it a little too big for most users to easily handle.