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Nokia Astound Review
There’s no denying it, but the absolute best part about the Nokia Astound is its fantastic calling quality that’s not muddied down by much things aside from some miniscule amounts of static through the earpiece. Certainly, voices on both ends of the line are fairly natural and distinctive, but the same can be said about its speakerphone performance – which doesn’t sound distorted in any way. And to top it all, Wi-Fi calling is available as well which comes in handy for those spotty coverage areas.

Testing the handset in the greater Philadelphia region, we didn’t experience any major changes in signal strength in high coverage areas – nor did we experience any dropped calls.

Definitely deemed as better than average in the smartphone category, we managed to get two days of normal usage with the Astound – which is still better than most. The manufacturer has it rated for 9.6 hours of talk and 555 hours of standby time.


Conclusion:

Clearly better priced than the Nokia Nuron from last year, the Astound is undoubtedly something you might want to look at if you simply tire of the usual smartphones out there and want to experience Symbian^3. Sporting a fantastic looking design that’s assisted with various features that are generally abundant with most high-end devices, the $79.99 on-contract Nokia Astound is something you want to keep a watchful eye on. Although it’s not literally astounding in all aspects, its balanced performance and affordable cost will no doubt keep it high in the pedestal within the mid-range market.

Software version of the reviewed unit: 020.037

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Pros

  • Eye catching & solid design
  • Sharp AMOLED display
  • Long battery life
  • Great calling quality
  • Affordable cost

Cons

  • No auto-focus with its camera
  • Choppy web surfing with the native browser
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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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