How does the new Nokia "music phone" measure up against the iPhone, alleged pioneer of mobile digital music? Let's take a look …
The Nokia 5630 (aka the Nokia XpressMusic, aka the Media Tube) has a lot of names – that's for sure. But what else does it have? And more pertinently, what does it have that the iPhone 3G does not?
Well, the Nokia 5630 (oddly enough the successor to the more numerically elevated 5800) has an FM Tuner while the iPhone 3G does not. It has a 5-way navigation button and a numerical keypad while the iPhone does not. Unlike the Nokia 5800, however, (and unlike the iPhone as well) the Nokia 5630 is not a touchscreen smartphone.
Both phones have speakerphone but neither phone has Push-to-Talk. Both support games (the iPhone via the iPhone App Store, the Nokia XpressMusic via Nokia's N-Gage gaming catalogue). The battery on the Nokia lasts 2 hours longer in talk mode than the iPhone (7 hours vs. 5 hours), and an extra 100 hours in standby mode (400 hours vs. 300 hours). Music on the iPhone comes from iTunes (where you pay to own songs and albums indefinitely), while music on the Nokia XpressMusic from Nokia's deft and dexterous Comes With Music service (where you get unlimited access to the full suite of millions of tracks for as long as you're a subscriber).
The Nokia XpressMusic only has 128 MB of built in memory versus the iPhone's 8 GB and 16 GB options, though the iPhone is noticeably lacking a microSD card expansion slot whereas the Nokia XpressMusic is not.
Both phones are 3G smartphones that support the following modes: GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, and GSM 1900. But the iPhone also supports WCDMA 850, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, whereas the Nokia 5630 does not. Both phones have WiFi, Bluetooth, PC sync, and a USB port, but the Nokia has no GPS while the iPhone not only has a GPS but its GPS has geo-tagging ability (a big plus for the Apple entry).
As for look and feel, the Nokia 5630 is a little over a third larger than the iPhone 3G, though it's also about a third lighter weight (83 g vs. 133 g). The iPhone has almost 50% more display screen area than the Nokia 5630, and the iPhone has a far better resolution too (320 x 480 as compared with 240 x 320). Both phones offer a range of 16.7 million colors.
The iPhone's digital camera has always been one of its weaker provisions, at only 2 megapixels, while the Nokia 5630 has a 3.2 megapixel camera. What's more, the Nokia's camera includes built-in CMOS sensor, flash, 4X zoom lens, red-eye reducer, landscape mode, a self-timer, video calling, and video recording – none of which you'll get with the camera in the iPhone.
So far the Nokia 5630 is expected to be released in Europe in the second quarter of 2009 with no scheduled date for US release which, for many people, will make their decision between the two right there.