Nokia Lumia 610, 710, 800 and 900 spec comparison: Screens

In the second part of our Lumia spec comparison, we take a look at the screens of the Nokia Lumia 610, Nokia Lumia 710, Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia Lumia 900. How do they differ, and what are they each good for? Read on to find out more.

Nokia Lumia 610, 710, 800 and 900 spec comparison: Processors

The Windows Phone 7.5 OS is a thing of beauty with its bold blocks of colour, stylish fonts and artful use of pin-sharp photography. It would all be for nothing without a decent display to show it off. Fortunately, the Nokia Lumia series features four very accomplished screens.

You can separate the four-strong Nokia Lumia range loosely into two separate screen types – LCD and AMOLED. The affordable Nokia Lumia 610 and Nokia Lumia 710 sport the former, while the premium Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 900 use the latter.

On the side of the cheaper devices, LCD technology is cheaper to manufacture, which helps contribute to the Lumia 610 and Lumia 710’s bargainous price tags. LCD screens also tend to be very clear with well defined image edges.

Breaking these cheaper devices down further, both the Lumia 610 and the Lumia 710 measure in at 3.7-inches and both have 800 x 480 resolutions. In the case of the Nokia Lumia 610 in particular, that’s an impressively sharp screen for the money.

As for differences between these two budget phones, the Nokia Lumia 710 features Nokia’s ClearBlack Display technology, which is a patented filtering technique that makes screens easier to view outside in bright lighting. The Nokia Lumia 610, as part of its dramatic cost-slashing, doesn’t feature this – but it’ll still look bright and clear (particularly in indoor conditions).

On to the big boys now, and both the Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 900 make use of AMOLED display tech. This makes for brighter colours and deeper blacks, resulting in the Windows Phone OS fairly popping off the screen. Both are lovely to look at, and again feature an 800 x 480 resolution, which is the standard for Windows Phone devices.

Differences? There’s the obvious size matter, of course, with the Nokia Lumia 800’s 3.7-inch screen making way for the impressive 4.3-inch Nokia Lumia 900 display. This is the Lumia you want if you watch a lot of videos or play a lot of games on your phone.

Beyond that, the Nokia Lumia 900 features a different form of AMOLED panel that uses more sub-pixels than the Nokia Lumia 800 equivalent, resulting in a sharper picture. The difference between the two shouldn’t be overly pronounced though, as each screen type perfectly suits the size of the host device.

So there you have it – four distinct screens for four distinct devices, each of which are pitched at a slightly different area of the market. Whether you choose a Nokia Lumia 610, a Nokia Lumia 710, a Nokia Lumia 800 or a Nokia Lumia 900, though, they each have Nokia’s design excellence and the brilliant Windows Phone OS in common.


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