Nokia E7 Review

Sun 17 Apr 2011

Filed Under: Mobile Phone Reviews, Nokia 

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Welcome to the Nokia E7 review. The E7 is one of Nokia’s final Symbian OS based competitor to the all too common iPhone. The E7 is a fully functional business orientated smart phone that does it all without the need for downloading extra Apps. Sure you can download some new ones from their OVI store but being realistic about the whole App thing 99% of the apps are novelties just like those on any phone.  I guess we are suffering from App fatigue.

Firstly the E7 is different from the closely related N8.The major difference is the bigger and better screen along with a fully qwerty keypad on the E7.  The N8 as a smaller case and screen but better camera.  We unanimously prefer the E7 over the N8 because we have more use for the keypad than camera.  The E7 has all the video capabilities of the N8 and thanks to the better screen and tilting function the E7 is also more practical. That said we love the quality of the N8 camera which takes better pictures than the low end digital cameras.

In terms of operation the OS the E7 works very well and it is less confusing than Android OS phones. However the E7 is not as responsive. It’s not laggy, it just does not have the screen transitions that other phones have to pass the time like the iPhone or high end Android and Windows Mobile phones do more quickly in some situations. Again a few years ago the inbuilt apps differentiated each model, these days thanks to Apps the design of the E7 and of course its hardware is the only factor that makes them different.  In this respect the E7 deserves to succeed. Apart from that, there is honestly nothing really bad about the E7.

Even the much complained camera interface is completely unjustified. The camera works fast, likewise the flash. Just press the camera button to activate. Sure the images don’t match the N8 but then very few mobile phone cameras do.

The other selling points are that it looks and feels great, different from the various slabs of grey and black that we see everyday where every we go.  The tilting screen is a great way to keep up to date with your emails, Facebook and other information feeds at eye view when on your desk. Since they appear as small widgets you don’t need to open or close Apps. The fully functional and worldwide capable GPS navigation system also makes this phone worth a close look. Finally the quad-band GSM and penta-band 3G means that you’ll be able to use the phone anywhere in the world.

Overall the think different mantra applies to Nokia these days. I guess the feel is definitely European in design rather than ‘Apple’. We conclude that the Nokia E7 is a great phone for everyday use. A few software upgrades to fix the smoothness and it will be as good as the most popular models. We can’t really add much more.

Specifications

  • Nokia E7
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
    Penta-band 3G 850/900/1700/1900/2100
    HSDPA 10.2 Mbps data speed (download)
    HSUPA 2 Mbps (upload)
  • Design
    Touch screen slider
  • L123.5 x W62.5 x D13.6 mm
  • Weight 135 grams
  • Display/s
    3.5inch External AMOLED 360 x 640
  • Camera
    8MP
    LED Flash
    Forward facing camera for video calls.
  • Video Camera
    720 HD pixel main video camera
  • Connectivity
    Wi-Fi
    Bluetooth V3
    HDMI
    MicroUSB
  • CPU
    680 Mhz
    Separate Graphic CPU
  • Memory
    Up to 16 Gig on board
    Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
  • Features
    A-GPS
    Free OVI navigation and world maps
    Compass
    Accelerometer
    Dolby Digital
    OVI Store for Apps
    Proximity Ambient Light
    Music and Media player
    MS-Word, Excel and Powerpoint, PDF, ZIP compatible
    Organiser/Calender
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    FM radio with RDS
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    Li-Po BL-4D 12000mAh battery
    Up to 17 days Standby
    Up to 12 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Approx $800 AUS 2011 (Outright)

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