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Nokia C7 Review

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Nokia C7 Review
With little slowdown anywhere except perhaps when web browsing, the 680MHz ARM 11 processor is doing its job well. The Nokia C7 is at the top of the game along with the N8 in areas like video playback. With 8GB of on board memory and expandable memory up to another 32GB via microSD expansion, the Nokia C7 has considerable media potential.
 
Voice calling is clear and crisp. When receiving a call on the Nokia C7, volume and audibility are good, even in busy environments. Clarity is also above average. We tested quality in an arcade to really challenge it, and are pleased to say that the listener said they still managed to hear us despite considerable background noise, and we were able to hear them too. In more controlled environments, call quality yet again proved great, both to us on the Nokia C7, and to the recipient.
 
Battery life on the Nokia C7 is also good. The quoted talk time is 9.6 hours while the standby time is 18 days. Practically, we found we could get nearly two days of semi intensive use out of it. The Nokia C7 also defaults to a power saving mode when the battery is low, which can be deactivated, offering easy ways to extend the life if need be.
 

Conclusion:
 
The Nokia C7 is a good phone, and that's without all its bells and whistles. It's simple to make calls on, and makes the phoning experience a pleasure. Add to this the functionality of Symbian^3 which admittedly won't be for everyone, and the fantastic multimedia support, and you've got a pretty nice package. The build quality is also great, and we would say it comes in at very fair price-point to boot. If you wanted more of a gadget with an amazing camera, and like Symbian, then the Nokia N8 would trump the Nokia C7. If you're after another platform, then the HTC Desire or the iPhone 4 each offer a different premium OS experience. Having said that, we are on the whole impressed with the Nokia C7.

Nokia C7 Video Review:



Pros

  • Solid build quality
  • Fantastic codec support
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Shiny fascia loves fingerprints
  • Symbian^3 is at times convoluted
  • Camera lacks autofocus
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posted on 27 Oct 2010, 09:33

1. ella (unregistered)


Why in this review says that the camera and video of this phone is dull? Why on GSMarena, the pre-sample shot was very impressive indeed (even shot @ 6MP). This is why PhoneArena is behind GSMarena in reviewing this kinds of phones because your not even close to what users will have to experience. Your somewhat biased at some point. People out there, compare the review of GSMarena and this site to Nokia N8, you can see the difference.

posted on 27 Oct 2010, 09:33

2. ella (unregistered)


Why in this review says that the camera and video of this phone is dull? Why on GSMarena, the pre-sample shot was very impressive indeed (even shot @ 6MP). This is why PhoneArena is behind GSMarena in reviewing this kinds of phones because your not even close to what users will have to experience. Your somewhat biased at some point. People out there, compare the review of GSMarena and this site to Nokia N8, you can see the difference.

posted on 27 Oct 2010, 16:48

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


Nokia's recent announcement that Qt would become the standard basis for User Interface developments going forward has made the C7, N8, E7, and C6-01 much more appealing. All UI enhancements previously planned for Symbian^4 will be accelerated AND included in Symbian^3. In fact, the ^3, ^4 naming has also disappeared. Owners of the C7 will see a lot of software upgrades over the next year. It is also excellent news for apps, as there is NO legacy break under this strategic shift in Symbian's UI. The completely new browser will also arrive near term, based on Qt/webkit.

posted on 27 Oct 2010, 14:32 1

4. Ergonpandilus (unregistered)


Can you be more specific on this: "Symbian^3 is at times convoluted." Besides browser, what are the things that you find hard to use?

And how about "Shiny fascia loves fingerprints"? Isn't that the case for ALL the touchscreen phones with capasitive touch?!

PS. Try Predictive Text and Word Auto-Completion on QWERTY(!) too, that really improves the usability.

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 16:41

5. RVM (unregistered)


nice review, thx

posted on 29 Oct 2010, 01:53

6. FCBM (unregistered)


Good day,

very nice review indeed and very nice phone too. Too bad though Nokia doesn't get the recognition it deserves for putting out the N8, C7 and E7.

As I said I like the C7 very much. However I can't find a whole lot of Apps in the Ovi Store. Now my question is, are Apps and Games interchangable between the N8 and C7?

I thank you in advance!

posted on 30 Oct 2010, 06:44

7. Sankalp (unregistered)


How come there isn't a single mention of "TV out & USB On The Go" feature which have found their way for the very first in any smartphone (alongwith N8 & C6-01 ofcourse). Agreed the standard sales package of C7 doesn't provide the USB-OTG adapter (while N8 does that) but still don't you guys think it was worth a mention atleast.. !!

I would also like to know its price in India?

posted on 30 Oct 2010, 18:27

8. Justus Jonas (unregistered)


Good day,

I think, this is going to be my next phone. However, there's one thing I need to know, before I am going to buy it:

Since the phone is equipped with a full focus cam, instead of autofocus, will it be able to scan barcodes (with barcoo for example) and QR-Codes?

I know that the old iPhones (w/o autofocus) can, but what about the c7?

Thank you and regards.

posted on 12 Nov 2010, 12:55

9. AbhiKumar (unregistered)


I but this Phone recently. Very Nice phone and the Symbian ^3 experience is also Good..
I really enjoy with Phone
Thanks

posted on 17 Nov 2010, 07:39

10. Shejuguru (unregistered)


If this Phone had Autofocus and its default Web browser changed to Opera then it would have been a perfect phone. Almost all reviews on the net has a view that Symbian is very old it cannot match with Iphone OS or Android etc etc. But the fact is that , still Symbian(Nokia) is commanding around 50% of the world's Mobile market.
Are we so stupid of getting diverted from our Symbian Phones based on reviews from the Authors who are getting paid from Apple or Android. Be wise ,think twice before leaving Nokia, If at all you go I am sure you will come back.

Thanks
Nokia Fan

posted on 22 Nov 2010, 00:05

11. Dhamodharan (unregistered)


I can see some of Nokia C7 owners say that the phone gets hang up / getting switched off often. I wanted to know what exactly the owners of C7 really feels after using it. Pls respond.

posted on 22 Nov 2010, 00:07

12. Dhamodharan (unregistered)


I saw those comments on gsmareana.com.

posted on 29 Nov 2010, 01:36

13. imran (unregistered)


this is nt d phone. stupidity. i ll go 4 samsung

posted on 30 Nov 2010, 00:31

14. ish (unregistered)


i always refer phone arena for comprehensive review. gsm arena makes casual remarks on speech quality where as phone arena makes it a specific point to offer detailed opinion on call quality and clarity. i just brush aside reviews which go to great length in describing features of phone keeping mum on signal strength, call volume and clarity. in this aspect phone arena beats all other reviews hollow. often i have been tempted to buy a handset after reading reviews on other sites. but i never bought any until i read what p a has to say about prime aspect of any handset-speech quality snd volumes. if it is bad p a says so without mincing words. gosh i have been saved many times by the crisp and straight remarks of p.a. had i ventured to buy that set it would have ended in my dust bin. keep it up p a.

posted on 01 Dec 2010, 09:32

15. torrentblock (unregistered)


SWYPE works a dream on this phone and blows away any other form of text input.

that, plus divx out the box, the ovi maps... fm transmitter, makes driving so much more enjoyable!

posted on 01 Dec 2010, 10:07

16. torrentblock (unregistered)


i love this phone. to answer the question above, i am able to use this phone without it hanging up or dropping calls. My girlfriend can't quite get the hang of it though, but then she manages to drop calls on her HTC desire too...

posted on 01 Dec 2010, 22:53

17. LYK (unregistered)


Pls don't buy nokia handphone, i just brought nokia c7 in 11/11/2010 from Nokia dealer , just use for two days the phone 'hang' and phone lock up no responding, so i bring it to the Nokia dealer where i brought ( Jusco Permas Jaya , Malaysia), they said they won't give us service or repairing, then i have no choice i send to Nokia service center at Landmark IT Mall Johor Bahru malaysia, they said 3 hours will settle my problem,but after waiting for 6 hours the answer is no spare parts for repair, i must go back and wait for theirs news. After 1 week we didn't get any respond from them, so i call them again... answer is you must be patient , once ready they will inform and no time commitment...call Nokia care center same tone also , have to wait............no commitment..........! As a consumer buy a handphone can not be use,what do you think.... DON'T BUY NOKIA HANDPHONE ANYMORE!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 09 Dec 2010, 15:49

18. JudaZ (unregistered)


LYK - well buy an icrap then and see what support you get after 90 days.... none

posted on 21 Dec 2010, 03:31

19. RLKK (unregistered)


Am in Singapore ..... Don't .... don't even touch this phone. Got a C7 for a month now, after less than 1 week, it keeps hanging. Sent to Nokia Care and they took two weeks and cannot figure out, then after much pressing, they replaced the motherboard and now (after 1 week) phone starts hanging again.

posted on 22 Dec 2010, 04:58

20. holomodo (unregistered)


Bought a C7 three days back. Have nothing to compain about so far. Fantastic build quality. Excellent hardware features. UI is smooth and responsive. Symbian OS is acceptable, not the monster that some people are making it out to be. This phone is worth the money that you pay for it. I am glad I bought this phone.

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 06:02

24. Rawv (unregistered)


lucky !

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 04:01

21. c7 user (unregistered)


was given a c7 by my wife as a birthday gift. within 7 days of usage, the phone died and would not start again. when i brought to the service center, the phone was diagnosed to required level 3 repair, and thus was sent to the nokia head ofc here in the philippines. was advised that it will take about 7 days to diagnose the problem.

stay away from this phone.

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 06:06

25. Rawv (unregistered)


Did you get this back ?????

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 04:16

31. c7 user (unregistered)


as an update, got my phone 3 weeks after i turned it in. they had problems getting a new mainboard replacement. when they were about to turn it over to me, they discovered that the sim card containter (back cover) was also defective and needed to be replaced.

so i was happy with the phone, spending hours enjoying its features - until i got a message from nokia recommending a software upgrade via ovisuite. so stupid fool that i am, i did so, as it promised better performance. i followed every instruction to the letter. but when the phone reflash was done, my phone could not power off. so i brought it immediately to the nokia care center. the following day, i was advised it had to be sent for level 3 repair again. and guess what, it needs a new mainboard replacement!!!! and of course, there are no available parts.

of the 10 weeks since i've had the phone, its been 5 weeks in the nokia repair shop. i love the features of the phone - but i hate the fact that it needs frequent mainboard replacement.

again. if you are thinking of getting this phone - stay away from nokia. might as well try samsung or other android phones.

btw, my brother in law bought an n8 last november. within 7 days, the phone got bricked, and it took also 3 weeks before its mainboard could be replaced.

NO to NOKIA

posted on 08 Jan 2011, 23:41

22. rre (unregistered)


I brought it last week.with in one week if automatically switched off more than 20 times.while making call and receiving call get hanged and after some times phone got switched off.After few minutes only its again getting on..Search in google nokia c7 complaints before buying it.

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 05:58

23. Rawv (unregistered)


I had bought this phone last sunday, within 8 days the phone got dead. Now it has been sent to the Nokia Care ( Main Branch- Noida ). Not sure when will i get this back. My money is at a stake.......

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 12:18

26. John (unregistered)


Don't go for c7 now..I brought last week and its totally dead yesterday.Now its sent to factory for checking.Some of my friends also facing same problem.Seems to be some buck in this product.wait for get it fixed

posted on 14 Jan 2011, 01:36

27. Santhosh3186 (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


C7 PROBLEM:

1. Phone hangs then restarts after a
few seconds
2.phone hangs, shuts
down, then cannot be started up
again for a while, like 30 minutes.

C7 SOLUTION OF PROBLEM:

Mine also has defect in it and i rectify in following way.
~back up ur msg,contact,videos,image
to PC.
~then format ur mmc and remove it.
~remove 3rd party app,games from ur
phone.
~do hard reset by pressing *#7370#
then
~reinstall C7 FIRMWARE from nokia
care and after that
~then update ur phone with latest firmware v012.004 RM-675 file size-274 MB (release on
30dec) in INDIA from ovi suite or from nokia care and then
~transfer ur
back up msg,contacts,photos.
now it
will work fine and flawlessly without any
problem and now ur problem will be
solved.

IMROVEMENTS IN FIRMWARE v012.004:
~fix all restarting,hanging
bugs that have in older
Firmware
~Updated version is very quick for
video sharing.
~It has all new updated Facebook
application.
~Improved browser speed and also the
search speed also.
~It also provided updated country and
region maps plus in-device user guide.
~Improved search. Performance improvements.

THANK YOU.

posted on 14 Jan 2011, 01:37

28. Santhosh3186 (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


1st batch of C7 Has defect in them.
Mine also has defect in it .
~I reinstall C7 FIRMWARE and
~then update my phone with two firmware v012.003(release in November) and v012.004(release on 30dec) and now working without any problem.
I am happy now and install lots of app,games.
Play games on tv screen with C7.

PLZ PLZ! follow these steps and update ur phone with these two firmware and ur problem will be solved.

NOW IT IS CONFIRMED THAT 2ND BATCH OF C7 WILL BE DEFECTIVE FREE.SHIPPING FROM 15TH OF JANUARY.

posted on 20 Jan 2011, 06:41

29. Baiju (unregistered)


Hi guys,

Nokia C7 is a fantastic phone...sorry smart phone. It is really smart. People may say their experience..most of them may not even tried out one forth of its features. I tried all the features and impressed a lot. It is a mini computer, a HD video cam, a Digital Cam, A multi format video player, music player, a very good navigation device, a very good smart touch phone... what else you are looking for... Symbian ^3 is a good OS and offers most of the advanced features... also offerring more and more through OVI store... Enjoy the smart phone leader ...my favourite Nokia C7.

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 07:00

30. peejay (unregistered)


great phone,got mine last jan26,no problems at all..my dream phone!best phone ever

posted on 05 Mar 2011, 21:08

32. Ash (unregistered)


Hey friends .can anyone tell about video playback of high res . Hd movies .i wanna know if this device hangs or not.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 15:22

33. Neuron (unregistered)


does it have a scratch resistant glass like N8?

posted on 25 May 2011, 05:19

34. pal8311 (unregistered)


Nokia C7 is nice. but its camera result in low light are literally WORST. It giving vertical lines in pix taken in low light or with out flash.
Can any one suggest what to do??????????

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 13:03

36. Dickhead (unregistered)


Well, I will hopefully be buying the New C7 very soon. Unfortunately Nokia is very reserved and modest in it's marketing. This means that you have to do thorough research into the capabilities of the C7. I phone's are for main stream moderate PC users. These new Nokia phones with it's revised and updated firmware, is.... for the more specialist PC users. The more advanced users of PC's shall we say. the Symbian 3 is far superior to I crap. Here is an example. I crap 4 needs as much ram/ghz resources as needed. And can only operate a few apps at a time. It's a bit like the equivalent to that of windows vista. Symbian 3 is so lite, yet so powerful with such a small resource. It can run numerous apps - sometimes as many as 10 at once superbly, and at the same time be used as a modem for my PC, and as a webcam for skype and I'm still able to use opera web browser with about 10 pages open at the same time also. And.... Have plugged into the TV too. I phone is I crap for this. This phone is an absolute power house. I may decide to buy a bluetooth mouse and keyboard for the phone soon also. - Why? Why? Why? Are people so blind, and cannot see the gimecky tacky I crap interface, and see how limited it is? Why?.... Because most people, mainstream (the majority) are blind to appreciate the secrets and how to get the most of what Symbian 3 can do... So blind..... Mind you people are beginning to realise this slowly, which just goes to show that apple has lost it's no.1 position to Android. - If people realise what Symbian 3 can do and how useful it actually is. It is scary once you realise the true power of this phone. If you know what it is capable of.................... I phone 4 is no where near as good but they know so they disguise it's self with skins upon the the software with all this fast looking scrolling as a mere distracted to the ugly iOS coding which is not fully open source and in fact is basically a heavy elephant of a program similar to that of Windows Vista. But they deceive you. Which is easy for the naive mainstream sheep out there....

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 11:39

37. tom (unregistered)


guyzz itz beter 4 me 2 buy c7????????i lke al itz features but ny problem????????/

posted on 14 Jul 2011, 05:19

38. Guji (unregistered)


Hey guys..its an awesome phone !! now with symbian anna...its a lot faster and smoother....no hangs or lags now...a nice overall package-C7. I am buying it tomorrow. Go for it guys !!!!

posted on 17 Jul 2011, 00:22

39. RedFox (unregistered)


I really like C7 over all the other phones in the same price range . the only thing that I don't like is the camera but i'm not gonna pay 130$ more to get nokia N8 ( which is the price difference in my country ) because i can get a separate nice 12 or 14 megapixel digital camera with good optical zoom , video capture and a lot more with this price difference . plus it's not a bad camera at all but it will not get a good shots less than 50 cm . finally I'm not gonna get an android phone because the one that has almost the same identical features " plus the auto focus camera " is sonyericson neo but it's nearly twice the C7 price !!!! also samsung galaxy i9003 dose not have flash and the build quality is very bad and it looks creepy . so what I simply need is your opinion about the colors . the white c7 looks cool and very attractive but it may get a lot of dirt with time . the brown C7 looks good and practical but in the same time it's boring . I am gonna get my C7 by the next week so which color should i pick the white one or the brown one ? Thanks .

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 19:03

40. sarat (unregistered)


Excellent phone. I've been using it for few months and it fell from atleast 5 feet high on to concrete floor twice and no harm done to phone. You can't possible drop a samsung or htc and expect it to live?

It has good Media Player plus you can watch 720p HD Movies and record HD Video And GPS is free and damn good with latest version. Accepted brower is sluggish. Use your brain and download opera and it works very well. Apps are less but for me apps concept is overrated.

Yes the phone sometimes freezes. And so does your computer/laptop. It all depends on how much load you are keeping

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 21:54

41. melodypanget (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


got my nokia c7 for 5 months now and i find it OK except it hungs sumtimes for the most common cellpones ,the cam is great and mind u guyz i drooped my pone over the keyboard and it has crack but luckily it does not affect the performance...

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 00:43

42. madhu_516 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


hi,
Never buy C7 phone.. I took the c7 and after 6 months it started to get handed and all of a sudden it stopped worked . I tired to restarted the phone but it did not get started.
When checked with the nokia care and after trouble shooting it they said they need to pay 8,000/- to solve the issue..and said its the issue with the board.

so think twice before buying c7..

Thanks

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Nokia C7

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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