Nokia E7 Review
Alright, if you're looking for a great photo taking experience with a Nokia phone, it's clear your best bet will be the N8 with its 12-megapixel auto-focus camera with Carl Zeiss lens. Granted that we still have an 8-megapixel camera in tow with the Nokia E7, but we're saddened to see it's nothing more than a fixed focused one. That means it focuses on everything beyond 20 inches or so, but for a macro shot you'll need a magnifying glass.
The lack of moving parts and need to prefocus means the camera is incredibly fast, though, you can just snap and snap without delay with the dedicated shutter key. Here is what Nokia’s camera guru Damian Dinning has to say about the company’s Full Focus (as he calls it) cameras, as found on the E7:
1. “With a Nokia Full Focus camera you can simply grab moments without the fear of images or videos ever being out of focus for subjects from around 50cm through to infinity, regardless of lighting conditions or subject position in the frame etc.
2. No shooting lag waiting for autofocus. Despite the Nokia N8 featuring the fastest autofocus of any mobile at just 350ms (average), it’s still a delay.
3. Everything from approximately 50cm to infinity in the same picture/video appears in focus. Hence the name ‘Full Focus’ cameras. Conventional cameras have less ‘depth of field’ than Full Focus cameras and therefore, distant objects will appear blurred. Those more experienced photographers may – of course – prefer the reduced depth of field look. However, those less involved (the vast majority of those who take pictures) find the “everything in focus” look very appealing.
4. Slimmer camera modules – leading to slimmer product designs.”
Fixed focus cam does make sense, since the E7 is positioned to be a business class handset first. Furthermore, the huge camera sensor on the Nokia N8, coupled with the added volume from a physical keyboard would have made it impossible to keep the thickness in check. We're not going to go into detail about the camera interface, since it follows accordingly to what we see with the N8, with plenty of settings and scene modes, albeit not very touch-friendly.
The camera captures plenty of detail outdoors, and the color representation is rather accurate, but the pictures turned out a bit soft, and lacking on contrast. The indoor shots were decent, with the noise-suppression algorithms blurring the image a little when the light was low, but the dual-LED flash illuminated the scene sufficiently up to ten feet or so.
Not necessarily the first thing that stands out for most business oriented users, but the Nokia E7 has the ability to shoot fluid video in 720p with 25fps. We are again observing good amount of detail and accurate colors in the clips, but, again, we wish the image was a tad sharper.
Nokia E7 Sample Video:
Running the music player, it combines the customary elements we'd expect out of any other player out there, but sprinkles a dash of visual appeal in the form of its 3D carousel for browsing albums. Although it follows in fashion to the iPhone's Cover Flow mode, we're amazed to see its buttery smooth responsiveness in browsing albums, but nonetheless, its energetic radiance is quite appealing to the eye. Dolby Digital Plus is available on the handset, for some surround sound trickery when watching movies via the HDMI port. The loudspeaker is surprisingly powerful for a mobile phone, and manages to produce a rather crisp sound to boot.
Playing high definition videos is no problem for the Nokia E7, as we managed to load a video encoded in MPEG-4 1280 x 720 resolution. Naturally, its AMOLED display and relatively larger size makes for the perfect combination in watching videos in their full fidelity, but its smooth and lag-free playback complements its already premier status in this department.
The Nokia E7 comes with the same picture and video editors that Nokia N8 has preinstalled, which have plenty of settings, and are actually quite useful for rough editing on the go, like cutting, stitching, adding text and background music to your videos, or doing basic image adjustments to your photos.
Thus, it might not be advertised as a multimedia device, but the Nokia E7 has everything the Nokia N8 offers in terms of music and video performance, lacking only its stellar camera for the still shots.
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: 2121; 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)
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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!!!!