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Nokia Astound Review

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Nokia Astound Review
There’s no denying it, but the absolute best part about the Nokia Astound is its fantastic calling quality that’s not muddied down by much things aside from some miniscule amounts of static through the earpiece. Certainly, voices on both ends of the line are fairly natural and distinctive, but the same can be said about its speakerphone performance – which doesn’t sound distorted in any way. And to top it all, Wi-Fi calling is available as well which comes in handy for those spotty coverage areas.

Testing the handset in the greater Philadelphia region, we didn’t experience any major changes in signal strength in high coverage areas – nor did we experience any dropped calls.

Definitely deemed as better than average in the smartphone category, we managed to get two days of normal usage with the Astound – which is still better than most. The manufacturer has it rated for 9.6 hours of talk and 555 hours of standby time.


Conclusion:

Clearly better priced than the Nokia Nuron from last year, the Astound is undoubtedly something you might want to look at if you simply tire of the usual smartphones out there and want to experience Symbian^3. Sporting a fantastic looking design that’s assisted with various features that are generally abundant with most high-end devices, the $79.99 on-contract Nokia Astound is something you want to keep a watchful eye on. Although it’s not literally astounding in all aspects, its balanced performance and affordable cost will no doubt keep it high in the pedestal within the mid-range market.

Software version of the reviewed unit: 020.037

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Pros

  • Eye catching & solid design
  • Sharp AMOLED display
  • Long battery life
  • Great calling quality
  • Affordable cost

Cons

  • No auto-focus with its camera
  • Choppy web surfing with the native browser
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posted on 29 Mar 2011, 10:26 1

1. box (unregistered)


Strange that it doesn't have Swype in portrait mode; my Nuron has it, though I have to select the "Mini QWERTY" option to enable it. Whatever the case, I'm getting it as soon as it's out

posted on 29 Mar 2011, 10:35

2. YuriGagarinNL (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)


I would say there is a chance Nokia will update it for swype in portrait mode, I can't imagine they won't.

posted on 29 Mar 2011, 10:57

3. bluechrism (unregistered)


propbably will update that to include swype on the quesrty, but bear in mind, the other Symbian 3 devices are only just now getting a protrait querty at all. Maybe it will be a part of summer's UI update.

posted on 01 Apr 2011, 01:38

11. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


Yes, portrait qwerty is part of the planned update. But IMO, the 360x640 dimensions have always meant the portrait qwerty will remain cramped. This is why Swype portrait is a good choice for those that can work with this new means of input. [you can still use Swype keyboard while toggling off Swype input method, too]

The 360x640 dimension has tradeoffs. It feels more "phone-like" in the hand...but portrait is more cramped. HD videos in widescreen format look great.

posted on 29 Mar 2011, 11:20 1

4. gregory (unregistered)


beautiful peace of hardware. Its a pity that only nokia and apple are able to produce rally good made phones.The rest of the market is a peace of s.. with high tech components.

posted on 29 Mar 2011, 11:27

5. troy (unregistered)


I want this so bad but because I have the t-zones 2.99 plan they wont let me upgrade to another smartphone unless I sign up for a new data plan.

posted on 29 Mar 2011, 17:59 1

6. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Finally a real phone in the U.S. market. Im tired of using Android and IOS, hopefully Symbian is as good or even better than my personal fave Blackberry. (I own a G2 currently...i dont care for the Android apps or customization, its too much crap. Symbian ^3 looks nice and descent)

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 07:17

7. Deaconclgi (unregistered)


8 out of 10! Fantastic!

Only thing that I don't recall reading in this review is that the Astound has the same Broadcom GPU as the other Symbian^3 devices such as the N8 and E7, enabling it to play the latest and greatest 3D and HD games. That is a big sell to people who love gaming but don't want to pay the high price for an Android device with a strong enough GPU for gaming. The GPU in this phone is more powerful than most and definately more powerful than other devices in this price range.

Great review. I am glad that phone arena did a fair review. I hope that TMo customers go and try the phone out with an open mind.

One last thing, Nokia should have included Need For Speed Shift HD in the firmware as it is free (for my N8) and is a great showpiece for the GPU.

Enjoy the phone and all that it brings.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 08:51

8. Redsea (unregistered)


The one thing you didn't mention that, NONE of the other phones CANT do is.......

*Ovi Maps with free car and pedestrian navigation ANYWHERE in the WORLD!!! And you can also add your own voice.....if you like listening to yourself! ;)

http://ownvoice.comms.ovi.com/ovi/

posted on 01 Apr 2011, 01:46

12. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


Yes...a great point. I travel internationally, so OVI maps is my primary navigation tool. With the new OS on Astound, you can download via Wifi, PC...or 3G (be careful, maps are data heavy). The slick customizable voice app also makes turn by turn more enjoyable. The maps are available globally and can be downloaded for FREE. This also means you do not need a network in order to get basic turn by turn navigation from the phone. However, the network will enhance your GPS speed (A-GPS) and with OVI maps, will allow you to get up to date traffic and other location based information (hotels in area with vacancies, restaurant bookings, theater showtimes, trains, etc.).

You can also use Google maps (free). But if you are out of network, OVI maps will not let you down.

posted on 01 Apr 2011, 01:22

9. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


The Astound/C7 has an EDoF (Extended Depth of Field) camera, which is NOT fixed focus. More accurately, it's called FULL Focus. It basically uses the latest generation of variable symmetry lenses which are used to create multiple images in a compact camera housing. The images are fused in an initial process to produce a single shot, which is further processed. The advantages of FULL focus are best shown in good lighting conditions and with subjects beyond 2 feet from the lens. All elements in the picture will appear IN FOCUS beyond this distance. For HD video in a good lighting situation, the EDoF is hard to beat, especially when subjects are in motion. AF cameras have to maintain focus during video, which leads to intermittent out of focus shots. Not so with EDoF. The downsides. FULL Focus will not do macro. It will also produce over processed/poorer images in low light.

EDoF is a good all around camera for mid range phones. But it will not do macro, so business card/document scanning is off the table.

posted on 01 Apr 2011, 01:32

10. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


Although S^3 is planned to get a major UI update which will also bring a more competitive native browser, customizable widget geometry, and new e-mail client...IMO you need to download some third party apps to improve the User Experience at this juncture. 1) Opera Mobile 11 (fantastic browser, free), 2) Gravity (3rd party social client aggregator & RSS reader).

Plenty of other 3rd party apps to choose from on OVI...my favorites...Tunewiki, Skype, Bloomberg, Pixelpipe, Qik, Vlingo Plus.

posted on 11 May 2011, 02:12

14. Nouman (unregistered)


most of things you did not mention here ... likehttp://www.mobile-phone.pk/nokia_astound-3202/ here i can see lots of other features of this mobile..

posted on 11 May 2011, 02:36

15. Amey (unregistered)


You forgot to mention NFC in the handset. This ones going to be the next thing in the US market....google has Nexus S with NFC and thats about it for NFC for now....

And yes the Broadcom GPU is really good.

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 00:10

16. Nina20021 (unregistered)


my phone has swype in both landscape and portrait...and BTW I AM IN LOVE with swype texting is so much easier because this phone isn't easy to txt on otherwise. I so have a issue tho...my phone dims in low light and brightens in bright light...and for the life of me I can't figure out how to fix this.

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Nokia C7

OS: Symbian Symbian^3
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Display3.5 inches, 360 x 640 pixels (210 ppi) AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 680 MHz, ARM11 processor
256 MB RAM
Size4.62 x 2.24 x 0.41 inches
(117.3 x 56.8 x 10.5 mm)
4.59 oz  (130 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 9.6 hours talk time

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