Nokia Astound Hands-on
Folks over in Europe and other parts of
the world are long familiar with the Nokia Astound, also known as the
Nokia C7, but it is only now that the U.S. is getting the
Symbian^3-powered handset. While it doesn't break any new
ground with its specs, we were eager to take a look at it and check
if there are new features hidden behind the affordable $79.99 price tag on T-Mobile.
The outside looks of the Astound are
practically a copy of the ones on the Nokia C7, except for the
T-Mobile logo on the front. This also means that the 3.5-inch AMOLED
screen with a resolution of 360 x 640 remains unchanged.
In terms of applications, the most notable change is the addition of a YouTube client – unlike the C7, the Astound has a true application for watching YouTube videos and doesn't just redirect you to the mobile version of the website. The Astound also brings free turn-by-turn navigation with pre-loaded maps of the United States and Canada. All of this is powered by Ovi Maps in its latest version supporting traffic information.
The Astound will also feature an updated version of the stock Symbian browser supporting tabbed browsing in an iPhone-like tile interface. In the brief moment we had with the device, we could notice that it was close to unusable with very laggy, horrific choppy transitions, but T-Mobile reps assured us this was due to the prototype version being showcased. In addition, the handset brings a 720p capable 8-megapixel snapper with dual LED-flash.
Well, it's only a couple of days before the expected April 6th launch of the handset, but we mentioned that the Astound is basically a re-branded C7, so we expect no surprises. Take a look at the video demo below, but for a deeper look feel free to check out our in-depth review of the C7.