In the last month Nokia released a their latest addition to the famous C series range of handsets. This latest model Nokia C7 is similarly matched when comparing its parameters to the company’s current top model Nokia N8.
Nokia C7 Review
The phone boasts a 680Mhz CPU and 256MB of RAM give it an edge over its predecessors like the C6 and 5800XM which both have measly 454MHz CPU and only 128MB of RAM, which we think is pretty inadequate for the modern Smartphone, with ever increasing demand from applications and phone users alike, lets not forget the ever expanding Symbian operating system. The AMOLED capacitive display is another great addition to the “mid” C series, providing a bright screen even in daylight conditions.
Sadly there is no such thing as a perfect phone and with most of the current devices focused almost solely on multimedia functionality; the very average fixed focus camera which comes with the C7 is not anything to write home about. Still, the camera provides 8 mega pixel, meaning that it will capture large photographs. Such a poor quality camera does however leave a bad taste in your mouth.
Main characteristics of the model are:
• You will be able to use your new phone anywhere in the world with its full support for GSM and 3rd generation networks.
• The processor and memory will be enough for almost all tasks you would want completed, from Internet browsing to in car SatNav, while multi tasking other applications.
• Thickness is 10.5mm, impressive enough, even if not the thinnest on the market
• 3.5” AMOLED 16 million colors display, one of the best in the industry will allow great visibility both indoors and out on the sun.
• 8MP fixed focus camera, with the ability to capture 720p HD video, 25fps. Applications on this phone also support geotagging and face recognition.
• It is smartphone, so it has operating system – Symbian 3 OS. Even though it looks little old fashioned compared to the iOS and Android phones, it shares many of the functions which have propelled both of the named operating systems to stardom in recent years.
• A-GPS assisted GPS receiver. You also receive a life long subscription to Nokia OVI Maps voice navigation suite. Which is the first I have seen. The subscription means you get fully a functional satnav device, till the phone dies or Nokia go bust.
• The phone supports multimedia formats DivX and XviD allowing you to watch movies on your Nokia.
• Flash and JAVA support for the phones web browser. A huge advantage over the S60’s Lite versions of flash ‘FlashLite’, it will allow you to watch popular video sharing sites YouTube amongst others.
• Stereo FM RDS radio is integrated, so you will be able to listen to radio stations. Unlike many other phones, this one comes with an FM transmitter integrated within, allowing you to transmit audio to your cars stereo system wirelessly.
• Various other little useful advantages, such as a massive 8GB of onboard storage space, support for Stereo Bluetooth v3.0 and voice commands are all popular features of this handset.
The packaging of Nokia C7 doesn’t look great. Inside all that is included, is a charger, the USB data cable, instruction manual and the headphones. The contents following a minimalist trend set by other manufacturers.
Would a set of headphones really hurt?
The new contender on the market of smartphone operation systems, Symbian 3 which is all-round a more refined device than all of its predecessors, with many customisations available on the user interface. This phone is the first step forward for Nokia in a while.
On the “phone” side of Nokia C7, it is a functional handset complete with phone book, excellent sound quality, very good reception, receptiveness, clarity what more can you ask for?
The Internet browser is great, just one annoyance so far – no auto text size correction. On the other hand, full flash support is something which we still do not see in the most popular smartphone manufacturer’s devices yet.
The integrated mail client is simple, packing plenty of functionality, Applications such as Facebook and Skype are ready to go out of the box.
Overall C7 is great successor to the C6, don’t let the lack of hardware QWERTY keyboard put you off if your in the market to upgrade. It may not be the right phone for the hobbyist photographer, or the app’tastic device both Apple and Android have, but it is for anyone used to Nokia handsets, anyone after a reasonable and reliable handset and those stuck for choice. One piece of advice: if you have little more cash, look at getting the Nokia N8.
User Review Nokia C7
Reviewed by:Ken on 08/12/2010
I brought the C7 recently, at the moment i am pretty pleased with the handset and the new os from Nokia symbian^3, it is much better than the previous version on the Nokia c6 which i absolutely hated and took back within my 14 day cooling off period, which was lucky as i thought i might be lumbered with it! I am much happier with this new C7 and it was well worth the wait. FYI: this phone is not anything like apples iphone 4, in retrospect it doesn’t come with the hefty price tag though!
– a new Symbian v3 Operating system. Responds quicker; speedier. A massive difference from the previous model OS
– has 8Gb of internal storage and you can upgrade it! I don’t really think ill ever need more than this, there is no need for micro sd
– AmoLED is so clear for both pictures and video. amazing clarity
– Capacitive touch screen display, is quick and accurate.
– I love the fact there is a setting which allows you to type in alphanumeric keypad style or fell qwerty! Makes moving from a normal keypad way easier for banging out text messages, for me at least!
– 8mp camera, many smartphones are much less mega pixels than this (cough: iPhone 4)
– colour is cool! Love the brownness makes it unique and classy looking compared to all those generic black ones.
– strong casing and body, c6 looks cheap compared to this one and the c6 used to scratch loads. not the c7!
– weight is less than the c6 which used to pull my trousers down sometimes.
– mine came with a case made of ‘genuine leather’ amazing! saves me time looking for another case to satisfy my OCD!
– finger prints linger on the screen, i have to keep wiping the screen all the time, which is getting annoying. only a minor issue though
– its not up to the same standard as the iPhone4, I want one.. i just cant afford it.
As I have only had the phone for a short while (less than 1 week), Ive not had a chance to check out all features on the phone but I am learning to love this little phone.
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Nokia C7 Specs
# 3.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen display
# 640 by 360 pixel resolution
# WCDMA up to 2100 support
# GSM up to 1900 support
# 8GB internal memory
# external microSD memory card up to 32GB
# High Definition 720p Video recording
# High Definition Video playback
# 8MP camera with Dual LED flash, HD video
# GPS with free OVI Maps satnav software
# Wi-Fi G and N
# Bluetooth 3.0
# Micro-USB connection for charging and data transfer
# 3.5mm headset jack
# Symbian v3
# Social network integration
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