Nokia World 2010 Coverage
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The jewel in Nokia’s crown today was its E7. Introduced at the keynote as an evolution of the Nokia Communicator Series, there was a heavy emphasis on business placed on the E7’S conception and projected end use. Borrowing heavily from the other devices showcased, its aesthetics come straight from the Nokia N8 (anodised aluminium chassis) as well as its HDMI out. The E7 also takes the liberty of adding a few features to those of its counterparts, with 4 inches of AMOLED Clear Black Display covering the fascia, as well as a cavity in the device containing the landscape QWERTY when the screen is flicked out. The mechanism for the screen sliding is reminiscent to that of the N97, but on the whole feels more solid as the device is less plastic than its predecessor, and is better able to support such moving parts. As for the QWERTY keyboard, it is well spaced and sufficiently raised to provide comfortable use for a short time, though a conclusive report will come when we receive our test unit.
The Nokia E7 shouldn’t be a slouch for media either. With 16GB of on-board memory (non-expandable) there will be plenty of room for media, and the ability to upscale to 720p when outputting HD video and imagery through the HDMI, your media will look good off the E7, as well as on it. The music interface is also the same as that of the Nokia N8, so it basically adopts a cover-flow like view and extensive ways of enjoying audio content. Concerns surrounding the device tend to reside around its target market, which Nokia explicitly touts as the business user. We are convinced this could be a very popular smart phone for media hungry users in need of a QWERTY keyboard, however, not so convinced by its business device label. Out of the box, aside from a QWERTY keyboard, the consumer doesn’t appear to get anything more business oriented than a Nokia N8, or even a C6-01 or C7. In fact, while N8 users will get the USB reader – useful in an office environment, E7 users won’t. This lack of differentiation leaves us to assume that users would have to download customizations to ‘business-up’ their phone from OVI, wholly inconveniencing the user, unlike on a BlackBerry for example, where BBM and other business features will be available from the offset.
Overall however, while it is too early to speculate, our first impressions of the Nokia E7 have been positive. Good build quality coupled with a decent all-round spec-sheet and a very usable keyboard make it a promising device for Nokia on the horizon, let’s hope the final unit lives up to the expectation.
With an AMOLED capacitive touch-screen and a resolution of 360x640, the Nokia C7 sports an 8MP snapper on the back with HD video recording and a pair of LED lights. It sits above the C6, and below the N8. As with the entire new line of Nokia touch-screen phones, the screen is capacitive, and the phone has a microUSB port, a 3.5mm headphone jack as well as a host of other features in a slim, solid chassis.
The phone feels durable, with a distinct lack of moving parts and a comfortable shape, it sits in the hand well, has curved edges and a nice weighting. With a decent sized screen, it will appeal to those looking for some of the features of the Nokia N8, such as the 3.5” screen and memory (8GB) who aren’t in need of an HDMI out or the 12MP camera.
The Nokia C6-01 sits just below the C7, offering the same key features with two main differences: no internal memory and a smaller screen. Both of these detracting features are somewhat remedied by the fact that the phone will ship with a 2GB microSD card and that the screen retains the same resolution, despite being 3.2”, increasing pixel density. To add to this, Nokia has bestowed its C6-01 and E7 (not the C7 and N8) with a new technology they showcased, CBD, or Clear Black Display. This means that while blacks on the devices would be expected to look fantastic anyway thanks to the screens being AMOLED, on these devices, blacks, colours and detail popped much like Super AMOLED screens found on some of the better Samsung phones. With the CBD display coupled with the C6-01’s pixel-count, for the least feature-filled phone on show, it certainly was a pleasure to gaze at.
1. Franco (unregistered)
Amazing, what about 256MB RAM on Symbian^3... it enought?? I want one E7, anyone know if next year we will have a next Comunicator Phone?? I love that bick, LOL NOKIA RULEZZZZZ
6. thatdude1 (unregistered)
I agree. NOKIA RULES!!!
20. Nadeem Asif (unregistered)
nokia C7 and C6-01 pric?.........
22. h3csc (Posts: 5; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I just read that the Symbian^3 will use virtual memory technology as the N900. As the RAM starting to run out, it will use the ROM memory as temporary memory. Pretty much like the N900, which also has 256MB of RAM, but a king of multitasking.
34. puspal (unregistered)
maemo5 is discovered by nokia for improvement of their home production os symbian3.nokia always wants to reach the symbian os to a greater level as android.so nokia is now copying the technology of maemo5 as like multitasking,homeskin etc.but it is true that no os of mobile device can reach near the maemo os in term of Multitasking or .internet surfing or extreme processor speed.
2. @jonataclayrton (unregistered)
why more phones with Symbian????? pls Nokia stop using this old system and use Meego.
7. thatdude1 (unregistered)
Symbian is not old. It is the most powerful os out there. There will be MeeGo handsets, but Symbian is Nokias bread and butter.
12. KS94 (unregistered)
Symbian is a credible device, I will give it that. What I'm not too convinced about is the competitiveness it will give to phones which have been released recently in 2010, but I guess we'll have to wait and see. "And good luck getting decent funcionality out of an android phone.....you will need it." What is that supposed to mean anyway? "Decent Functionnality", Android is one of the most respectible and fastest growing OS's currently on the market (if not the most).
24. rafael.roque (Posts: 78; Member since: 03 Jul 2010)
Maemo (and now meego) is an OS for tablets/netbooks; it was never meant to be a smartphone platform. Before the N900, Maemo OS was a part of Nokia’s MID portfolio, and it really bothered me that by testing it on the N900 hardware with telephony services it gave the impression that it would be supported as a smartphone platform like symbian. Maemo(now Meego) was created to compliment Symbian Smartphones as mobile personal computers(such as MID’s, Netbooks and Tablet’s) not competing smartphone platforms. In fact, I think Meego has a huge potential to give Nokia a tablet OS and by extension a laptop OS. It’s hardware compatibility encompasses to much to be limited to a smartphone platform. Hopefully someone at Nokia, reads this and clarifies that Symbian is their smartphone of choice and that Meego is being developed to expand it’s portfolio to include full personal computers.
29. pipo (unregistered)
It's not because it's "fast growing" that it is any good. VHS was quality-wise the worst o/t videotape-formats yet (after many porn-studios decided to go for VHS) it became the "fastest growing" format. The same is happening with Android. Android OS is open to handset manufacturers to add (or substract) as they see fit. They're litterally fucking it up with lock-downs, removing (standard) Android features, modifying hardware and hence crippling generic compatibility and so on. Not to mention they're literally "flooding"the market with Android phones. That doesn't mean they're any good or even popular. It only means there's a lot of Android phones available to consumers. The next step is creating Android handsets (with severely crippled features) and not telling ppl it's running Android. Then the next year manufacturers can brag on how "popular" the platform is.
32. صادق نعمتی (unregistered)
Symbian Is great. I love it
33. صادق نعمتی (unregistered)
3. Gwen44 (unregistered)
Well I admit these phones look awesome but I'm not going to get my hopes up that we'll ever see this phones in the USA because nokia never releases there phones with a us carrier only European carriers get them check out t-mobile uk and they have the nokia n8 for free .. And over here in the us if u want a nokia n8 u gotta buy an unlocked one for 540 bucks also if u want a nokia n900 u gotta buy one unlocked for like 800 bucks which on vodafone uk is free ... And I think it's not fair that us Americans have to pay a lot to have this kind of phones while Europeans can get them free I mean cmon ima be honest I am not gunna pay 540 or 800 bucks for a phone that's just insane with that money I can pay half of the rent or pay a lot of other bills . I know some people think symbian is old n stuff but I don't really care I still like it and like nokia phones but they just too expensive .. : /
8. thatdude1 (unregistered)
You can get an N900 for at least $200 less than you stated. Look it up.
30. pipo (unregistered)
To Gwen: It's vice versa for Europeans with US-branded technology. A Google Nexus One, or an iPhone cost a lot more in Europe than in the US. Stop complaining. Go on a vacation to the UK and get one over there. Secondly: You mention that they're free on certain networks. Stop being so naive! NOTHING IS FREE! You pay an arm and a leg for these subsidised plans. Same in the US as in Europe. Sure, they make it apear you get the phone for free but just calculate how much you've paid after that obligatory 2 year plan.
4. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
good luck Nokia OS but my future phone will be Android.
9. thatdude1 (unregistered)
And good luck getting decent funcionality out of an android phone.....you will need it.
10. chillz (unregistered)
5. Mmajta78 (unregistered)
i am soooooo excited!!! sure will get C7!! I have used Android Phone and WM Phone, and still like Symbian!!! I totally agree with Gwen44 on the price and carrier thing, me being in Japan, Nokia phones are very expensive!! However, to me, they are still worth $300~500 :) I personally dont like the 2 year contract things first of all, and more importantly, I just love Unlocked Phone :] in japan, we can get more freedom out of it. Japanese phones are great hardware-wise, but hmm they are not for me :( full of Stupid services and apps. I still believe unlocked phones and freedom save my life lol I love you Nokia :)
11. liaoip (unregistered)
I think we have a Nokia Fan Boy on our hands lol
16. zhanggouzhi8 (unregistered)
a person patronizing a company does not necessarily mean he's a fanboy. you are such a jealous person, dumbster!
13. FredfromL.A. (unregistered)
only 256MB RAM? Well even if were 4 times that, it would still suck cuz it's still Symbian.
14. FredfromL.A. is an idiot! (unregistered)
idiot! a 128mb ram is enough to run symbian! ur such an idiot because ur judging an os' performance based on its ram, idiot!
15. wello09 (unregistered)
well, yeah he's an idiot for not knowing that symbian could run fine on a small amount of ram. cheerz...
31. صادق نعمتی (unregistered)
yes. i agree
17. ems (unregistered)
no autofocus on the cameras of these phones?
18. why symbian (unregistered)
symbian sucks.. nokia n7 was an awesome phone when it came out.. but symbian killed it. Android is the future
19. --__-- (unregistered)
21. Nokia user (unregistered)
Nokia should make some phones using high end CPU, gpu and ram, Hardware is the most important thing in phones, Some people may say symbian just don't need it as it uses less resources but.....my n97, the most 'powerful' mobile computer, can't even read a PDF, it's just too laggy, I can't play some of the best games in symbian such as the Ferrari gt, this can't be happened on a flagship android phones are using much better hardware and most ppl judge the phone by only comparing the CPUs and ram Nokia should also join the hardware war, 256mb ram is not competitive in the high end market, not to say the old armv7 CPU
23. h3csc (Posts: 5; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Why would the review says that the E7 doesn't support USB OTG as the video shows clearly that it's able to read the thumbdrive.
25. arunava (unregistered)
is nokia E7 better than N900
26. arunava (unregistered)
i think nokia's main problem is it's interface . most of nokia phones are slow
27. dinesh jain (unregistered)
plzzz sms me the price of this phone nokia c-7at 919323024741
28. dinesh jain (unregistered)
phone good look wise and usewise
35. puspal (unregistered)
nokia still using symbian3 os.symbian is a old fashioned os,why Nokia doesnot use the Maemo 5 os or Meego?
36. Overrated Child (unregistered)
Nokia C6-01 seems more worth it than the C7. Well, for me anyway, coz I have a 16GB sd card. But The screen seems sharper than the C7, maybe because of the higher pixel density. But I'm worried that the Screen will be too small, and I won't be able to type easily on it. Can anyone tell me if it's easy to type qwerty on a 3.2" capacitive screen? And does the Nokia C6-01 have the exact same Video Codecs as the Nokia C7?
37. RELEASE DATE NOKIA E7?? (unregistered)
I am really wanting one of these Nokia E7's and I live in Australia and am unaware of a release date for the phone.....can anyone help me out??
38. rekha (unregistered)
hii intrested in buying nokia smart phone pls suggest between this to models c6-01 and c7 for best option...!!!!!!!!!!