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Nokia E7 (video review)

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Carrier: Unlocked GSM (works with AT&T and T-Mobile)
Manufacturer: Nokia
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What's hot: Superb hardware, excellent camera.

What's not: Symbian, even ^3, is far behind modern mobile operating systems like Android, iOS and webOS.


Reviewed March 28, 2011 by Lisa Gade, Editor in Chief

Nokia knows how to make excellent hardware, and they’re tops at call quality. It’s no surprise that the Nokia E7, the company’s latest flagship QWERTY smartphone, features superb hardware materials and design as well as Nokia’s signature landline-clear calling. All is not perfection in Finland though, and there’s a reason why Nokia has decided to call Windows Phone 7 their home for high end smartphones in 2012 and beyond. The E7 runs Symbian^3, and the OS doesn’t match the high standards that iOS and Android have set for today’s top smartphones. It feels clunky and touch interaction is greatly improved over earlier renditions, but is still somewhat awkward.

Nokia E7

As a phone, the E7 excels, as do most Nokia phones. Call quality is top notch, and call volume is adequate. The phone plays nicely with Bluetooth headsets and car kits and the speakerphone is both loud and full. As an added bonus, the E7 isn't just a GSM world phone, it's a pentaband 3G phone that will work for fast data anywhere in the world HSDPA and WCDMA service is available from GSM carriers. In the US, the phone is sold unlocked for use with any GSM provider: just insert your SIM card and you're ready to roll. That means it will work on AT&T and T-Mobile's 3G networks, though you won't get 4G HSPA+. The phone does support HSUPA for faster upload speeds vs. older 3G phones.

Nokia E7

The Nokia E7 runs on a 680MHz ARM11 CPU with hardware graphics acceleration, and Nokia's Symbian phones don't run on cutting edge 1GHz or dual core CPUs because the operating system and associated applications aren't that demanding. Still, we feel that Flash Lite content could benefit from a faster CPU since it often lags.

Nokia E7

The 4" AMOLED ClearBlack 360 x 640 pixel display is sharp and bright; Nokia doesn't skim here. It's capacitive multi-touch and the phone does support pinch zooming in the web browser and photo viewer. The keyboard is simply wonderful and the slider mechanism is designed to Rolex standards.

Nokia E7


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Other features include an HTML web browser that's just OK (sadly, Nokia and Symbian once led the mobile browser field, but no more). It has dual microphones, a compass, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, an ambient light sensor and an accelerometer. It supports Ovi services such as Maps 3.0, the Ovi Store and Ovi Music. It has TV out (composite) and a 3.5mm stereo jack as well as Bluetooth A2DP stereo.The 8 megapixel camera shoots excellent photos and sharp 720p video-- definitely up to Nokia standards. The front camera shoots VGA video and can be used for video chat.

Nokia E7

The Nokia E7 is the keyboarded companion to the Nokia N8 which has a higher resolution camera but no hardware keyboard. It's sold direct by the Nokia USA website and from select retailers and e-tailers.

Nokia E7

Nokia E7 Video Review


Price: $619



Display: 4" AMOLED SuperBlack capacitive touch screen. Resolution: 2360 x 640, supports both portrait and landscape modes via accelerometer and keyboard deployment, has an ambient light sensor and proximity sensor.

Battery: Lithium Ion rechargeable. Battery is not user replaceable. 1200 mAh.

Performance: 680MHz ARM 11 CPU with hardware graphics acceleration. 256 RAM. 16 gigs flash storage (350 megs user app storage).

Size: 4.47 x 2.78 x 0.53 inches. Weight: 4.67 ounces.

Phone: GSM quad band world phone 850/900/1800/1900MHz. 3G WCDMA/HSDPA/HSUPA on the 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz bands. Sold unlocked in the US.

Camera: 8 megapixel rear main camera with autofocus lens and dual LED flash. Can shoot 720p video. Front VGA video chat camera.

Audio: Built in speaker, dual mics and 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack. Has FM radio. Supports Bluetooth stereo and has a 3.5mm jack.

Networking: Integrated WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0.

Software: Symbian OS ^3. Full HTML 4.1 web browser with support for WAP, Flash Lite 4.0, Flash video and XHTML. Email client (POP3/IMAP/MS Exchange, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, file manager, dictionary, Zip utility, Adobe PDF viewer, voice recorder, Message Reader, QuickOffice viewer (compatible with MS Office 2007 and earlier), Ovi Maps, Ovi Store, music player, video player, photo viewer, Ovi Music, Settings and setup wizards, software update utility, FM transmitter, FM Radio, Ovi Sync, clock, camera, YouTube player, social networking (Facebook and Twitter) and on-phone user guide.

Expansion: None.


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