Nokia E7 Review
The Nokia E7 shares the same 680MHz ARM 11 processor and 256MB of RAM that's found with the N8, but it increases its ROM to 1024MB. For most basic tasks, we found the Nokia E7 powered well enough to move at a swift rate, with very few instances of lag or slowdown.
The phone runs the latest version of the Symbian^3 firmware, which the Nokia N8 was recently updated to as well. We cross fingers the PR 2.0 update hits soon, with its new browser and portrait QWERTY keyboard.
There is a high learning curve with Symbian^3, if you're using the platform for the very first time. However, users of previous versions of Symbian will quickly adapt to its quirks and menu layout structure. There are three homescreens, which can be populated with up to six rectangular widgets, unlike Android, where you can freely move ones of different size and shape around. Meaning, here they're simply blocks that are primarily stacked one on top of each other. Still, it's better than not having any at all.
The three homescreens can be populated with up to six rectangular widgets
The Symbian^3 interface on the Nokia E7
For a more detailed and comprehensive look at what the platform experience is all about with Symbian^3, you can read about it in our in-depth Nokia N8 Review. Naturally, the E7's outcome experience is mostly identical, save for a few differences. The screensaver when the phone is locked, which shows date and time without draining battery, thanks to the AMOLED technology, is off by default on the Nokia E7, but you can easily call it back from the Themes settings, which are a bit different than what Nokia N8 shipped with, and bring different icons with them.
Other minor differences are brought on by the need for landscape orientation of the UI when the keyboard is open, and the fact that the whole screen is visible, as opposed to being taken by the virtual keyboard in landscape, a welcome change, especially in the browser. Thankfully Symbian^3 has landscape versions of all its apps, which are consistent across the board.
As we've already mentioned, the best messaging experience is found with the handset's fantastic physical keyboard, but Symbian^3 boasts a couple of on-screen options for your pleasure. In portrait, we find the usual looking numeric keypad that offers plenty of room to move around with our fingers, but it can be a painstaking process unless predictive text is enabled.
Conversely, the full QWERTY keyboard found in landscape is a decent offering, but since buttons are slightly smaller, we found ourselves making some mistakes along the way. Nonetheless, both options are still decent in their own regard, but without hesitation, we'd prefer sticking it out with the physical one.
These are mostly cosmetic changes, though; the real software focus has been zoomed on the enterprise-friendly abilities of the Nokia E7. The icon for the Office suite of apps now has a prominent place in the main menu.
Mail for Exchange is Nokia’s feature to help you stay in sync with your corporate email account, and it will also support Lotus Notes Traveler, which is still widespread in the business environment. With the recently announced Microsoft-Nokia alliance, you can bet Nokia devices will receive first dibs in accessing Outlook, SharePoint and other enterprise software connectivity updates.
Speaking of Microsoft Office, we have Quickoffice Premier preinstalled on the Nokia E7, which means you can not only view, but also edit documents on the go now, free of charge.
Overall, if you haven’t been lured to Symbian until now, the Nokia E7’s software is unlikely to change that. For long-time users, though, it provides a familiar working environment, and still remains one of the most functional mobile operating systems out there, under the outdated graphics, font, and navigational concepts it uses. We’ll just mention the real multitasking experience, and leave it at that.
Internet and Connectivity:
Seeing that the Nokia E7 is much like any other GSM phone out there in the market, which means you can place voice calls just about anywhere in the world, its pentaband UMTS radio is a rarity in itself, since you can even manage to get 3G connection through T-Mobile USA's AWS band. Even though it wouldn't be very difficult to find 3G connectivity with this device, it still packs 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi to get you plugged in when you're in a spotty location.
Furthermore, the handset features aGPS, which can be used with Ovi Maps, and Bluetooth 3.0 to get that useful wireless headset connected. The free offline navigation of Ovi Maps is one of the great advantages of Nokia's handsets lately, and it works in almost all countries worldwide, with about 78 of them having the offline navigation voice-guided. The most recent version 3.06 allows you to download country maps directly from the phone, has public transport lines, and check-in with the most popular location-based services, like Facebook’s Places and Foursquare.
The Nokia E7 doesn't have the FM transmitter that the Nokia N8 has, so you can't blast music from it through your car's radio, but it keeps the HDMI port for streaming content to your TV, and also has the USB-on-the-go function to connect USB sticks directly with the phone. This is handy, since it keeps the 16GB storage from the Nokia N8, but disposes of the microSD card slot, so you are stuck with the internal storage size.
The default browser is the same cumbersome affair, present on the Nokia N8, but the next Symbian update is around the corner, so hopefully this browser will be a thing of the past fairly soon, since it is otherwise a joy to browse on a 4” AMOLED display. Additionally, we found some Flash content loading as well, since it has support for Flash Lite 4.0. However, we did experience some slowdown when navigating sites that have heavy Flash content, but aside from that, it's a decent offering on its own.
We noticed that it takes a little bit of time for the phone to render content if you scroll too quickly – but it's nothing that adversely affects the experience. In the end, the web browsing experience with Symbian^3 is improved versus the challenging performance of previous iterations, except for the clunky interface, which, we hope, will be updated very soon.
1. superpooburger (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)
only playing 720p format? and 5h of battery? i was expecting more...
2. thilan29 (unregistered)
Good, objective review. I was using a Nokia C7 with similar hardware specs and yeah the browser was the only real drawback for me. I've gone to a Droid 2 Global now and like most aspects of the phone, other than the fact that it is no AMOLED screen in terms of picture quality.
4. Lucas777 (Posts: 2115; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
where do you even buy a nokia phone in the us? i really dont wanna pay 579 or whtever it is...
3. box (unregistered)
Nicely done review. I use Opera and/or Skyfire on my Nokias, so I never worry about the native browser. Same browsers I use on my Android and my friends use on their iPhones.
5. mrcrangle (unregistered)
Lovely looking phone, all the right features for me, will I upgrade from my N900? The answer is no. Why? Simple....S^3. It's a dealbreaker in my view.
6. Severin (unregistered)
How anyone can call this phone a business phone if two most basic and most important business options are missing!?
1. Build-in VPN is basically useless.
2. Remote Desktop access to computer is absent.
Epic fail. Sorry to see how phone is failing down because very basic software is missing.
7. Johnny12 (unregistered)
Severin is right. EPIC fail right there. Don't buy nokia, they suck. if you want to get a REAL business phone get urself the new hp pre 3, vpn and remote dekt built in.
Nokia = FAIL
8. OsirisRa (Posts: 46; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)
Im going to upgrade from my N900, wish the N9 had come through. Wont be buying another Nokia in the future due to WP7. Hate it. Hopefully the update for Symbian 3 comes sooner than later. Only real worry is if the update to the UI will slow the E7 down.
10. Seylan Naidoo (unregistered)
I really love the looks of this device...But its so hard to choose which smart phone to get...should I stick with trusty Nokia, or go for Android? Hmmmmm....
Please pray, that Nokia and microsoft will produce Windows phone 7 "lite" edition for all symbain 3 users to upgrade.
11. logty (unregistered)
Hello. Pls does nokia e7 come with a FM Transmitter? Rilli urgent pls...
12. Theresa (unregistered)
if you are still wondering, the E7 does not have an fm transmitter. However, if you want you can get the N8, which does.
13. jags (unregistered)
Wanna buy e 7 should i go wit it... or any other good 4 for office use.
14. diogo.rva (unregistered)
It's ridiciliously that PhoneArena doesn't count Nokia CBD as some of the "PROS", they did the same with C6-01 review and now with the E7, but they mention about Samsung's SAMOLED on their reviews.
I hate this attitute, it's obviously biased.
15. Claudiu (unregistered)
Enjoy every season with Local & Fresh for Nokia E7
A free app that allows you to find and map thousands of farmers markets in US
Get it on Ovi Store:http://store.ovi.com/content/1
16. Suvarna (unregistered)
Powrful Loudspeaker as you have analysed as plus point, I think its a horrible sound, I have read the reviews from your site and Purchased it. even the call quality is not that good as a business phone should be.
17. Hateman20 (unregistered)
Well this phone is based on new operating system of symbian series and named as Anna. This os is not so polished and clear with aero peak as compare to other like phones based on windows 7 and iOS and need more work. Should i buy this phone or not , Read At :http://bit.ly/qWU5qe
Must Read Before Buy
19. ALP (unregistered)
I have nokia e6. And I thing it is better than the nokia e7.
20. Febin (unregistered)
i have noted i ting in the QWERTY keyboard of E7....the letter Y an Z is misplaced in the image shown in PHONE ARENA...in all other E7 pictures its placed in correct order....
21. FJ1 (unregistered)
@ Febit it's probably a European version that's why the different config.
22. Rockey (unregistered)
I want SPB Shell 3D for Nokia E7
23. suchetaa (unregistered)
very pathetic phone....i hav bought ths phone e7....automtically it stoppd working....aftrwds i got new e7 peice in replcment by nokia...it ws mor worst...it ws gettn hanged evrytym....nw m gng fr nokia payback policy...i hope it ll work atlst.....
24. KOH EJ (unregistered)
Got my E7 after the Anna update. Used and tried with numbers of app (install, try and uninstall) over the past few weeks and so far has been very satisfied with the phone.
I have been using Nokia phones for more than 15 years so is considered quite familiar with Symbian OS from S40 to S60 n now to S^3 and therefore have no complaints about the OS and the usage of all relevant applications/games/phone customisation.
Have been reading lots of complaints from other users (about the phone, the OS and the related app store for the OS) before I bought this phone but decided to buy after trying the test unit in Nokia Store (Malaysia). So far have been able to get all the app that I need to run my normal/daily usage of the phone from various forum/websites.
25. fcbhammer (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
Sorry to say this, but it is a really bad phone! I had one and it stoped working in 6 months, lots of errors, ovi store has very just few apps (very upsating...all the great apps, they don't have, so if you buy this cell forget to have the coolest apps) and the worst thing was that even under warranty, Nokia didn't fix it! So if I can give any advice...DO NOT BUY NOKIA!!!!