The bright display helps when framing a shot outside, and the updated camera interface is quite handy. Not that it has received much functional changes since Symbian Anna, but it’s cleaned up and the camera options are neatly tucked in the bottom navigational strip, as in all other apps of Symbian Belle. You can geotag your photos, which is turned on by default, just like the face detection function. Shot to shot times are almost instant when you turn off the preview option, since the camera is fixed-focus.

The 8MP camera is decent, but good shots usually come from very well-lit environments, it struggles in lower lighting. Dynamic range is also not great when you have contrasting or bright objects, so halos appear sometimes when the sky meets a darker object’s borders, for example. Photos could be sharper, and, while contrast was decent, colors came out colder than they should, with the overall effect of blandness. Since we have infinite fixed focus, which starts from about 20cm onwards, you can't do clear macro shots with the Nokia 701.

Video capture is done in HD 720p definition with 30 fps, and the clips are pretty smooth, without skipped frames, but the colors could be jollier, and the image sharper. The active noise cancellation mic did a decent job in making our voice stand out in the video captured, and you can use the LED flash as a video light. All in all, the 8MP shooter performs on par with the other Nokia phones with the fixed-focus module, which means it does fine only in well-lit situations.

Nokia 701 Sample Video:

Nokia 701 Indoor Sample Video:


The updated interface of the music player shows album art now on a bigger part of the screen, which prettifies it, and the progress bar is fatter, making it easier to touch. The sleek CoverFlow-like interface in landscape mode has stayed, with just the buttons reshuffled around a bit. The music player keeps its good level of functionality, with equalizer presets, and Play via Radio present directly in the song options. The loudspeaker is decent, but not as powerful as the ones on the Nokia N8 or the Xperia line of Sony Ericsson, for example.

The Nokia 701 sports a pretty broad video formats support out of the box, with DivX/Xvid or MPEG-4 video playback up to 720p resolution presenting no issues for the handset. The default video player is pretty basic – none of that video looping or showing the battery status when you touch the screen wussy stuff.

There are photo and video editing apps preinstalled, which work very well, especially the picture editor, which is brimful of options and with pleasant, easy to use interface.



1. Mercenary unregistered

I don't know why nokia keep in using fixed-focus cameras!

2. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

It's actually an EDoF or full focus camera. Fix focus implies a fixed focal length. EDoF, on the other hand, gets everything in focus beyond 40cm from the lens. Hence the term FULL focus. decent Macro. focusing delays and excellent 720p 30fps video. The EDoF technology also has no moving parts. The lens system is complex and each lens is non-symmetrical, requiring extra computer processing steps to merge 3 different "blurred" images into one final in-focus image. It's not cheap tech becasue the lenses themselves are highly engineered and costly to fabricate. The vast majority who use this camera find it great for daytime/outdoor/action pics and video capture. It falls down with macro and low light conditions.

4. nokia 701 unregistered

good review phonearena , but why you not review nfc ???? this is unfair phonearena , anyways it is better than iphone4s

6. Anand Harikrishnan unregistered

Are you guys sure that this device has usb otg...?

16. hari120

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

yes all s^3 phone have it

7. oscar1

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

This will never make it to the USA

8. Ukrs unregistered

Just bought Nokia 701. Screen is simply amazing, i red, that it wil be bright in direct sunlight, but i couldn`t believe my eyes. Speed is fantastic, feels sturdy and very durable, and that screen, i just cant stop starring!!!! Great phone. And in the box i got NFC present from Nokia Store, NFC seems futuristic.

10. Ukrs unregistered

OMG, i just realised, that brightness was set "only" to 50%!!!!! :O

12. Babis unregistered

the videos at 720p are laggy but hope an update will be better i have ordered mine to replace my c7 from in UK and is out 28th october for a good deal for brand new at £280

13. RockyJ unregistered

I am wishing that one day, the Nokia management will wake up and switch their OS from Symbian to ANDROID if they want their phones to sell like "HOTCAKE", especially if they produced the camera lens from "fixed-focus" to "AUTOFOCUS". Fixed-focus lenses are useless in close-up shots and low-light condition.

21. krloz unregistered

i think that making nokia phones run android would be stupid cuz every other manufacturer is running android id rather have variaty than just one ecosystem you dont like simbyan then you have all other brands if u want android

14. unregistered

Bought in yesterday ih Greece for 350 euros. Coming from many top Androids, I have to say that the screen, battery-life, earpiece loudness and signal holding abilities are amazing. The materials and its size and shape are also excellent! It is also very fast. Ovi has about fifty thousand apps and I think that I can live without the hundreds of thousands of the Android market. No need for apps for dialers, messaging etc! No need for an afternoon recharge either! I LIKE IT A LOT!

15. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Makes me excited for WP on Nokia.

17. hari120

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

phone looks awesome

22. dileep unregistered

i also agree with u

18. i like it unregistered

i dont know if that's a common prob, the phone sometimes hangs and i even had to restart it once. Else the phone is good and i m one happy user. Camera is good and the display really is the best .forget android, at this price range it's the best smartfon with superb perfrmance and functions.

19. Yavor unregistered

Did you forget to mention in the review that GSM talk time is 17 hours by specification? I do not think so. This cannot be compare to any android phone in the same class. For some people battery life is very important. But this is normal for phone arena, because they do not make review of the battery life.

20. anubhav23456789 unregistered

i bought this phone and its blindingly fast. better than the optimus 2x and desire. and symbian is way way more stable than android or iOS. @winsaki234 this thing has the ability to beat all android phones under 25k. u check ur stats then post somthng.

23. papu unregistered

should i buy this phone..

24. Anand25692 unregistered

Hey guys, I am going to buy iPhone 4. But, I find this piece really cool. So, please suggest me that should I waste extra money of about $200 just to have an apple product?

25. Narendra dewnani unregistered

Bought in india on 8/10/2011.Good camera-good video.BIG LET DOWN ITS SOUND.POOR SOUND-POOR RINGTONES.Hardly can hear it.

26. sachinpuri

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

HI ALL, NOKIA OS SYMBIAN PATH S30 >S40 >S60 > Symabian^3 > Symbian Anna > Symbian Belle . About Symbian Belle - Its the most advance symbian OS { its the most stable OS } Features *Active Noise Cancellation *NFC for easy sharing and pairing *3.5" LCD Capacitive touch display and Corning® Gorilla® Glass *8 megapixel Camera with dual LED flash *720p HD video capturing *A-GPS with Nokia Maps *OTG (YES THE DEVICE SUPPORT OTG (ONLY CACH IS THAT YOU NEED TO BUY A OTG CABLE ITS NOT WITH THE PACK) ) SACHIN

27. schanmouli

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Dear people I am not a nokia Or android fan This is my opinion I want to tell Something About Nokia 1.Battery Backup 2.Best in class Is only For 25 to 40% people in world 4.Service center All Around The World 5. we can change the music Or Radio in (headset it) not in android & (it is battery eater) 6.first Of All using basic Phone was nokia 7.Virus free Phone And Then Main thing We Using Phone only. Not a Laptop or ipad For browsing in Phone. in android it self some Problem is coming and all the phone or not problem in android or symbian if u an know how to use it simple so just see the spec for Rs.16500 It was good phone pls dont blame me this is my opinion Only Thx......

28. ataur

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

if Nokia 701 had the camera of Nokia N8!

29. Ravi5

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

all my friend can tell me which display is good amoled or IPS LCD i really get confused my mail id is

31. moonshot

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I asked Nokia this and they sent this reply........ With regard to your concern, we understand that you want to know what is better the IPS-LCD with ClearBlack display on Nokia 701 or the AMOLED display on C7. Shown below are the differences. -Adding Clear Black to IPS LCD helps solve previous issues of blacks not being dark enough (well, when compared to AMOLED at least) -In general, AMOLED displays pop a little more due to higher saturation. -Viewing angles are better on AMOLED, though IPS LCD not that far off in retaining colour and brightness at extreme angles. Not that this matters much as when the screen is so small, it’s rarely positioned anywhere except directly in front of your eyes.

30. moonshot

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I have the nokia C7 and was thinking about upgrading to the 701, but you have scored it less than the C7, even though it has all the additional features. Why? Now I'm not sure if i should go for the Sony xperia ray.

32. LordBonztie

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

experience it for yourself first dude before having 2nd thoughts.

34. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Because it is PA and if they don't see high NUMBERS in specs sheet, phone is crap. Don't count on one review. Go to Nokia Care or Media Markt or whatever and check it for yourself...and read users comments.

33. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

another useless review. Two, I would say silly cons and overall rating is 7? Most android phones has worse camera and despite having flash user experience is not always awesome (it's mostly reserved for high end droids)

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  • Display 3.5" 360 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1300 mAh(6.75h 3G talk time)

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