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Nokia 7900 Prism Review

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Nokia 7900 is a candybar phone that will feel comfortably in your hand and pleasant to touch on its aluminum corpus. Due to the solid construction one will not hear any disturbing creaking or other noise made by rickety parts while handling the device.

Nokia 7900 Prism Review
Nokia 7900 Prism Review
Nokia 7900 Prism Review


Model Dimension (Inches) Dimension (mm) Weight (oz) Weight (Gramms)
Nokia 7900 Prism
4.40" x 1.77" x 0.44" 112 x 45 x 11.3 3.56 101
Nokia 7500 Prism
4.29" x 1.72" x 0.56" 109 x 44 x 14.4 2.89 82
Nokia 6500 Classic
4.32" x 1.77" x 0.37" 110 x 45 x 9.5 3.31 94
Nokia 8600 Luna
4.21" x 1.77" x 0.62" 107 x 45 x 15.9 4.93 140

Left to right and bottom to top - Prism 7900, Nokia N95 8GB, Nokia N81 8GB - Nokia 7900 Prism Review
Left to right and bottom to top - Prism 7900, Nokia N95 8GB, Nokia N81 8GB - Nokia 7900 Prism Review
Left to right and bottom to top - Prism 7900, Nokia N95 8GB, Nokia N81 8GB - Nokia 7900 Prism Review

Left to right and bottom to top - Prism 7900, Nokia N95 8GB, Nokia N81 8GB



The entire front is made of one piece smoked glass, with an anti-reflective coating. The same type of glass is also used in another high-class designer phone: 8600 Luna. Positioning the display under this cover and the plain black of the inactive keypad both contribute to rendering the design more pleasurable by simplifying it. Regrettably, though, the glass is time and again covered by fingerprints, so one will need to often clean it.

Nokia 7900 Prism Review
Like in Nokia 7500 Prism, the new unit disposes of a 2 inch display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels reproducing up to 16.7 million colors. The image has a well-saturated and vivid coloration, and, what is more, the availability of a light sensor contributes to regulating its brightness depending on the environment. Seeing the displayed image is trouble-free at bright daylight: it will be so, however, only in case you have cleaned the one piece glass from fingerprints beforehand; failure to do this will result in an entire loss of the ability to discriminate whatsoever on the greasy screen.

Keypad - Nokia 7900 Prism Review

Keypad

Navigational D-Pad - Nokia 7900 Prism Review

Navigational D-Pad

All buttons are located below the display and are grouped so tight next to each other as not to have any distance between them. The numeric pad keys are triangular, which creates the overall illusion of a set of diamonds. The plastic, used in their manufacturing, is darker, rendering the digits very hard to notice when the pad is not lit. Being of plain black coloration, they match the design fairly well, while some contrast is brought about by the silverfish D-pad and the navigation buttons, which remain white regardless of the mode.

In order to achieve the good aesthetic appearance of the phone though, the Finnish company have made a compromise on their location, shape, and size. Triangles waste precious space and thus the keys have to be made smaller, which would not be the case, were they of some standard shape. One can only press them by the tip of the finger, which will lead to its premature exhaustion, especially when doing a job that takes longer than simply dialing a phone number. Good news is, however, that despite being almost at the panel’s level, they feel soft at touch and respond with a good tactile feedback.

In addition, aiming to preserve the design line of the phone, the D-pad is manufactured in the shape of a rhombus. It has a relief surface and is easy to press, also featuring a good tactile feedback. The remaining control pad buttons are: 2 soft keys, and the call/end ones.

For customers with various tastes, the phone offers a choice of 49 keypad lighting colors in a palette. This effect has been achieved through the use of RGB LEDs that enable color alteration. In addition, there are also service lights in the upper part, which will be lit with in the color, user-set for the pad. This is an interesting concept of the manufacturers, suggesting they have made great effort to pay the due attention to even smallest details with a view to improving the phone’s design.

Nokia 7900 Prism Review
Nokia 7900 Prism Review
Nokia 7900 Prism Review
Nokia 7900 Prism Review
Nokia 7900 Prism Review
Nokia 7900 Prism Review


Nokia 7900 Prism Review
micro USB connector - Nokia 7900 Prism Review
 

micro USB connector

It is not typical nowadays that a phone would lack buttons on the sides but this is precisely what we notice here. One might think of the excuse that manufacturers have attempted to simplify the design line as much as possible. On the other hand, though, this may be inconvenient when the user tries to turn on the camera or increase the volume.

In the upper part you will find a microUSB connector, which is universal and serves as a socket for charging, as well as a computer and additional accessory (for example, a handsfree) connection one. The only item to be found on the lower part, is the microphone.

Nokia 7900 Prism Review
When looking at the back of the phone, one will notice that the entire surface of the lid has small triangles engraved on it, adding to the diamond-like illusion. It is made of aluminum, with only a small section at the bottom made of plastic. It is also easy to make out two shades of black, used for coloration here. One is a bit darker than the other, which results in a very pleasant contrast. Similarly to Nokia 5700, the camera here is rhombus-shaped and the triangular flashlight is on its left. They are positioned in the upper back part of the unit; the loudspeaker is located on their right: for the latter, the designers have once again resorted to the triangular shape.

Nokia 7900 Prism Review
It is fairly easy to remove the back lid, done only by a slight sliding downward. It moves along grooves on both sides of the unit. As opposed to the many phones where this method is used, much too often leading to the lid going out while one is trying to fix it into place, the lid in 7900 partly covers the upper side, which feature allows for its smooth removing and putting. Having removed it, the user is once again convinced that the designers have indeed paid attention to even the minute details: a considerable section of the inside plastic is painted pink, reproducing once again the pattern, typical for the Prism series. This is where the battery lies, with the SIM card slot above it. One drawback we should note here is the lack of extension memory card slot.

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Display2.0 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (200 ppi) OLED
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.40 x 1.77 x 0.44 inches
(112 x 45 x 11.3 mm)
3.56 oz  (101 g)
Battery830 mAh, 3 hours talk time

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