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Nokia Astound Review

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Nothing to boast about, but the 680MHz ARM 11 processor and 256MB of RAM enables the Astound to run smoothly with most basic functions, such as scrolling, but there is still some wait required in loading certain apps. Still, it doesn’t necessarily take away from the exceptionally fluid movements when navigating its homescreens – which are a total of three. Adding some level of customization, the Symbian^3 experience is no different from other handsets running this platform seeing that we’re able to beautify it with a variety of rectangular widgets. Of course, you can always select a specific theme to drastically replace its design aesthetics to tastefully complement your style.

The Symbian^3 interface of the Nokia Astound - Nokia Astound Review
The Symbian^3 interface of the Nokia Astound - Nokia Astound Review
The Symbian^3 interface of the Nokia Astound - Nokia Astound Review
The Symbian^3 interface of the Nokia Astound - Nokia Astound Review

Being the smartphone it is, the amount of total contacts stored on the handset is dependent on the amount of free memory. Much like most things, there is an abundant set of information that you can associate with each person in your address book.

Dialpad - Nokia Astound Review
Nokia Astound Review
Contacts - Nokia Astound Review
Nokia Astound Review

Dialpad

 

Contacts

 

Differentiating itself from the C7 just a bit, we find the Swype keyboard presented to us – sadly, it’s only available in landscape. Without question, it’s by far the ideal choice for inputting text because the portrait option is extremely cramped. Regardless, the Astound’s responsive nature allows us to type at a decent rate, but we still can’t get over the limited confines with its keyboards.

Portrait keyboards - Nokia Astound Review
Portrait keyboards - Nokia Astound Review
Nokia Astound Review
Swype is only available in landscape - Nokia Astound Review

Swype is only available in landscape


The email experience is acceptable since it offers most of the basic functions that you’d find with any email client, however, it still pales in comparison to something like Android’s Gmail experience. Setup for the most part is a painless process which generally requires your email address and password. However, with certain accounts, it may require additional pieces of information to properly set up – such as server addresses and ports.

The email experience on the Nokia Astound is acceptable - Nokia Astound Review
The email experience on the Nokia Astound is acceptable - Nokia Astound Review
The email experience on the Nokia Astound is acceptable - Nokia Astound Review

Thanks to Nokia’s social networking service, we’re able to get both our Facebook and Twitter accounts loaded. On the surface, they essentially accomplish the functions you’d expect, like aggregating content, but you’re also presented with tertiary functions like uploading photos to your accounts. All in all, the social networking aspects are nice with the Astound – especially when the social networking widget on the homescreen allows you to quickly peek at the most recent news.

Social networking - Nokia Astound Review
Social networking - Nokia Astound Review

Strangely, there is no instant messenger client preloaded with the Nokia Astound, but of course, you can always download third party solutions through the Ovi Store.

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Nokia C7

Nokia C7

OS: Symbian Symbian^3
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display3.5 inches, 360 x 640 pixels (210 ppi) AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 680 MHz, ARM11 processor
0.25 GB 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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