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Nokia 700 Review

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Interface, Functionality and Software:

We talked extensively about Symbian Belle and its virtues in the Nokia 701 review, and the hardware here is identical - 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. You also get 2GB of internal memory. This silicon is enough for fluid scrolling and swiping throughout the interface, with the only short delays being when you have to call the widgets list, or are starting a comparatively heavy app. The Belle interface also has a complete landscape mode, which doesn't feel like an afterthought.

The interface of the Nokia 700 - Nokia 700 Review
The interface of the Nokia 700 - Nokia 700 Review
The interface of the Nokia 700 - Nokia 700 Review
The interface of the Nokia 700 - Nokia 700 Review
The interface of the Nokia 700 - Nokia 700 Review
The interface of the Nokia 700 - Nokia 700 Review
The interface of the Nokia 700 - Nokia 700 Review
The interface of the Nokia 700 - Nokia 700 Review

The interface of the Nokia 700


We also have a very distinct haptic feedback, which really makes you feel when interacting with the screen, and thus helps while typing on the smallish 3.2” display. Typing on such a limited screen real estate can never be a perfect experience regardless of how well-spaced the virtual keyboard is, but the Nokia 700 is pretty ergonomic to hold both in landscape and in portrait modes, which aids in hitting the right keys more often than not.

Virtual keyboard - Nokia 700 Review
Virtual keyboard - Nokia 700 Review

Virtual keyboard


With the Nokia 700 comes the QuickOffice app, which is a combined file manager/office document viewer, and you also get the mobile Adobe Reader for PDFs. We also have World Traveler for flight schedules, unit conversion and local guides plus weather reports. For the entertainment part Shazam will take care of song recognition, while both Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja come preloaded.


Internet and Connectivity:

Scrolling and panning around in the Belle browser on the Nokia 700 is fluid enough, but pinching to zoom is choppy compared to even mid-range Android handsets, especially with heavier pages. The browser is otherwise pretty functional, with its own download manager and RSS feed reader. We don't have Adobe Flash support, but rather Flash Lite 4.0, which will prevent you from playing Flash games, or streaming videos from certain sites.

The Belle browser on the Nokia 700 - Nokia 700 Review
The Belle browser on the Nokia 700 - Nokia 700 Review
The Belle browser on the Nokia 700 - Nokia 700 Review
The Belle browser on the Nokia 700 - Nokia 700 Review
The Belle browser on the Nokia 700 - Nokia 700 Review
The Belle browser on the Nokia 700 - Nokia 700 Review

The Belle browser on the Nokia 700


The Nokia 700 is loaded to the gills with connectivity options. Apart from the penta-band HSDPA radio, which will allow you to use up to 14.4Mbps download speeds on any GSM network worldwide that supports such, it has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM Radio and transmitter, A-GPS and NFC chip for mobile payments, collecting tags, pairing or exchanging files. The NFC chip has a dedicated app, as well as video tutorials for more info. The GPS software is, as usual, the excellent Nokia Maps and Drive with maps of close to 200 countries worldwide that can be downloaded for offline use, and voice navigation in almost 100 of them, as well as 3D landmarks, live traffic and public transport in a lot of major capitals.


Camera:

There is a fixed-focus 5MP shooter with LED flash on the Nokia 700, which means you can forget about macro shots. The interface doesn't offer many features save for face recognition and contrast/exposure/sharpness adjustments. There are also a few effects you can apply, like Sepia or Black&White, as well as the handy Vivid mode, which bumps up the contrast, making them jollier to look at.

Camera interface - Nokia 700 Review
Camera interface - Nokia 700 Review
Camera interface - Nokia 700 Review
Camera interface - Nokia 700 Review
Camera interface - Nokia 700 Review
Camera interface - Nokia 700 Review
Camera interface - Nokia 700 Review
Camera interface - Nokia 700 Review
Camera interface - Nokia 700 Review
Camera interface - Nokia 700 Review
Camera interface - Nokia 700 Review
Camera interface - Nokia 700 Review

Camera interface


The pictures turned to be way too out of focus for our liking, thus lacking detail and some sharpness. The overly blurry results ruined most shots, not only close-ups as we would've expected from a fixed-focus cam. Otherwise color representation is accurate, and the phone doesn't over or underexpose. Video is captured at 720p with 30fps, and, while fluid, it exhibits a lot of artifacts, got underexposed and darker than the actual scene, and just decimated detail.

Outdoor samples taken with the Nokia 700 - Nokia 700 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Nokia 700 - Nokia 700 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Nokia 700 - Nokia 700 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Nokia 700 - Nokia 700 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Nokia 700 - Nokia 700 Review

Outdoor samples taken with the Nokia 700


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Medium - Indoor samples - Nokia 700 Review
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Multimedia:

There are photo and video editing apps preinstalled and integrated with the Gallery, which work very well, especially the picture editor, which has an abundance of options, including adding funny animations to your photos on the fly, and is with an easy to use interface.

The photo editing app - Nokia 700 Review
The photo editing app - Nokia 700 Review
The photo editing app - Nokia 700 Review
The photo editing app - Nokia 700 Review

The photo editing app


The music player shows album art now on a bigger part of the screen, and the progress bar is fatter, making it easier to touch on the small screen of the Nokia 700. As usual, there is a sleek CoverFlow-like interface in landscape mode.

The music player keeps its good level of functionality with the equalizer presets, and the “Play via Radio” FM transmitter is present directly in the song's options. The frontal loudspeaker packs a pretty good punch for a handset so compact, but is not as powerful as the one on the Nokia N8.

Music player - Nokia 700 Review
Music player - Nokia 700 Review
Music player - Nokia 700 Review
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Play via Radio

Music player - Nokia 700 Review
Music player - Nokia 700 Review
Music player - Nokia 700 Review
Music player - Nokia 700 Review

Music player


The Nokia 700 video player supports DivX/Xvid files from the start, and we were able to play clips up to 720p with no issues. What is more, it even managed to run 720p MKV files, although sometimes we had troubles with reading the sound track then.

Video player - Nokia 700 Review
Video player - Nokia 700 Review
Video player - Nokia 700 Review
Video player - Nokia 700 Review

Video player



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posted on 30 Nov 2011, 09:41 11

1. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


It's enough. Are you people from PA blind or something?
What the hell ist that: "but lacking in 3rd party apps."??
How you ever searched apps for Nokia?
I seriously doubt.
I repeat it once more.
I have every app on my N8 which you can get on your android phone.
Period.
And no, they are not worse in terms of quality.
So what the hell? Can't you dig a LITTLE big deeper before skip to the conslusion??

One more thing.
Every Nokia phone reviewed in last couple weeks got score below 8.
No matter was it N9, Lumia 800 (the best what Windows phone can offer), 701 or 700.
You don't like Nokia, Microsoft or what?
And don't tell me that every single android phone is better than those mentioned above.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 09:49 4

3. LordBonztie (Posts: 51; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


symbian is the most flexible and customizable os.
try doing that you'll see that 32GB worth of memory isnt enough.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 09:46 3

2. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Its simply too small, the Xperia Ray was the smallest anyone would accept at 3.3"
Its simply too tiny. Its quite cute though =D

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 10:42 6

4. BlazinEmperor (Posts: 35; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)


I have over 300 3rd party apps on my Nokia N8, so I really don't understand what you reviewers are up to? Everybody musn't own an Android powered phone... And only 40% of those apps on Android App Store work fluidly on mid-range spec... The rest are either not supported or R.A.M intensive & crash constantly.... With a Nokia Symbian phone, you're sure that 100% off all apps in Nokia Store will work perfectly... Nokia optimises Symbian, just like Apple does with iOS.. But Android phones are not optimized, some of them even die within a year because the hardware has been over-used & over-stressed... So if you can afford this phone, don't hesitate to get it.. Flash lite 4.0 plays flash videos too, these reviewers are lying... If you doubt me, then Google IT!

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 11:00 3

5. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Amen brother.
I can play youtube using native app.
And...can anyone android/iphone user tell me absolutely honestly...how many apps do you really use? In a daily basis.
You really need 1000+ apps to operate your phone properly?

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 12:58 3

6. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


It's not so much that someone needs hundreds, or thousands of apps; it's quality, high end, top tier apps be it games, productivity, or utilities. Look, I have a N8, and only a handful of apps installed. Why only a handful, because I don't find that the Nokia store has desireable apps!

Where's Kindle? Where's IMDb? PvZ? Evernote? Netflix? These are just a few, and NO, 3rd party, so called 'equivalents' don't count as far as I'm concerned. Yes, I knew these apps weren't available at the time of my purchase, but these apps are still no where to be found in the Nokia Store, and it has nothing to do with the 'announcement'. Millions upon millions of Nokia customers, and these developers never wanted to bother 'cashing' in on this platform even before the announcement...says a lot.

So, be it iOS, Android OS, or Windows Phone, the apps at Nokia Store fall short. Don't get me wrong, I like my N8, but I will definitely be retiring it once the Nokia Apollo devices are released on U.S. shores.

Besides, did you really expect this, obviously, low tier Nokia device to have a rating of a 8,9, or 10?

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 13:09

7. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Why not 8? Is it so much worse than mid range android phones?
And sorry but....you can use google, right?
I can give you at least 2 sites where you will probably find what are you looking for.
I don't use Nokia Store. Sure, it's more comfortable to have everything in my i-net store, but you can do a little bit more effort to get what you want.
And you see. IMDB...I prefer great maps to IMDB because I don't use it (I don;t need that kind of widget..I think your point was about widgets). And if I want sth from the movie world I simply use my browser (opera mobile/mini or native)

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 15:44

8. needamob (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)


Hmmm..
Well.. even I fell in love with this phone.. much so much.. that I actually wanted to get.
BUT.. I must say.. I was truly disappointed with the phones loudspeaker.
The reviewer mention that it packs quite a punch.. which is far from reality. And to confirm my worst fears.. I tested the phone from different vendors.. and it was far from awesome.
I must say.. I loved the phone.. completely.. BUT why would I ever buy a phone.. that I cannot hear when it rings?
WHY Nokia? Why would do such a sick deed? Build an awesome phone.. with a lamespeaker?
I guess the reviewers score was well deserved.. period!!

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 18:08

9. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1058; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


hmm maybe Windows phone 7 Tango can be put on this phone and it sold as a budget windows phone 7 device. it may seem far fetched but tango is going to be on some windows phones soon

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 03:49 1

10. utopium (Posts: 5; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


It's a lovely little phone, got one for my wife. Quite a lot faster than my N8 (with Anna - so maybe mine will get faster with Belle too), even the stock browser is a lot more fluid - quite usable. Opera Mini also a lot more fluid, perfect for use. Interface is very fast, the screen is absolutely great. The weakness is the photo camera, the video camera seems pretty decent to me (I must still make more samples). The screen is too small for people with big hands, portrait QWERTY might not be easy for them. But for the ones which want a small and elegant phone, I would say that this is a very good choice.

About the apps, N8 has indeed lots of apps, I have about 300 installed on mine and they cover well everything I need ... Gravity is a VERY good Twitter (and Facebook) client, better than the original one ... fMobi a very good Facebook client (better than the one I have on my iPod), Youtube Downloader is pretty decent too (now that you can watch videos without downloading them), Opera Mini very fast, a lot of very useful Nokia Apps like Nokia Situations, Maps, Bubbles, Play To, Drop, Big Scren, Sleeping Screen, Trailers, Chat, CNN, WRC, Skype, Nimbuzz, Whatsapp, dictionaries, converters, Quick Office, Picsel Office, etc, the games are quite good: Sparkle, Dungeon Hunter 2, Asphalt 6, Spiderman, The Settlers, Need for Speed, Real Golf, Incredible Circus (this is only available for Nokia) and of course Angry Birds/Fruit Ninja. It is true also that 700 does not have all those available, there are still some of the N8 titles which are not available in the store for 700 (Sparkle for example), but that is probably due to the lack of testing on the new phone.

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Nokia 700

Nokia 700

OS: Symbian Belle
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Display3.2 inches, 360 x 640 pixels (229 ppi) AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1300 MHz, ARM11 processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.33 x 1.97 x 0.38 inches
(110 x 50 x 9.7 mm)
3.39 oz  (96 g)
Battery1080 mAh, 7.16 hours talk time

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