Symbian^3 on the Nokia C7 is in a pure form, with no real changes to differentiate the interface from the Nokia N8, so for a comprehensive introduction to our opinions of the new mobile OS, check out our Nokia N8 review. For a briefer overview of the OS and how it feels on the Nokia C7, you're in the right place.
Power up your new Nokia C7, and after setting the time, date and location, Symbian^3 will begin to give you some tips as to how to use your new C7. These tips continue through to the day to day running of the phone and prompt you in the form of an SMS. For totally novice phone users, this could be useful, though we found it very tedious and turned it off. Tips down, and you're ready to get into your Nokia C7, and what better way to begin than the home screen.
Our unit had a different theme loaded on than the Nokia N8 we reviewed, so was able to offer a slightly different aesthetic that matched the phone's physical design out of the box. It's homescreen, comprising of a variable number of pages (1-3) is able to host up to 6 widget blocks per page. The pre-loaded widgets on the Nokia C7 we received included the Paramount Teaser Trailers, and E! Videos widget, as well as a host of generic Symbian^3 widgets. As mentioned earlier, with superfluous widgets like this to hand, we would have really appreciated, for example, a simple power saving type bar as found on Android, and more core function widgets that saved us plodding through menus. Hopefully, with the OS's maturation, this will be addressed.

Pull up the menu and the Nokia C7 delivers a nostalgic black backdrop with a grid of icons. All finger friendly, all found in previous iterations of Symbian and almost all leading to a menu within a menu. This exposes another chink in the Nokia C7's interface: while other OSs at the moment are trying to at least appear like they're reducing the menu wading you'll be doing, Symbian^3 doesn't even try to disguise the layers you'll have to peel back to get to, say, your brightness settings. That said, being so familiar an experience, neither does it take an age to figure out how to get it done. Another perk of keeping everything so simple and similar, is that everything runs reliably quickly without lag.

Social networking integration is limited to Facebook and Twitter. The phone will enable you to manually link contact information from your phonebook with Facebook, however, won't automate the process like other mobile OSs, so it is pretty impractical for multiple contacts.
Using the screen as a dialer is a doddle. Just press the Call soft key on the bottom left of the display and boom, dialer's up with big, visible keys that make for easy pressing. They are quick and responsive to the touch, and the haptic feedback playfully throbs with every press.

Text entry on the Nokia C7 is done on the standard Symbian^3 keyboard and is virtually identical to that of the Nokia N8, with a portrait numeric pad and a landscape QWERTY. The 3.5-inch screen is a bit tight, especially after just testing out the HTC Desire HD's on-screen keyboard (which is fan-freaking-tastic, by the way), but still quite usable.

The Nokia C7 has a voice dialing hardware button between its volume controls. This does a pretty good job of calling who you want to call, when you want to call them, however, we found it wasn't as accurate as Google's voice recognition on Android when we directly compared the two. Nevertheless, if you, for example, drive a lot with your phone to hand and want a physical voice dialing  button, the Nokia C7 is one of the few phones at the moment that delivers.
Beyond that, the interface, organizer and dialer are very predictable. A finger-friendly calendar with a range of organizer tools standard to the OS and a standard set of Symbian functions with no surprises.

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1. ella unregistered

Why in this review says that the camera and video of this phone is dull? Why on GSMarena, the pre-sample shot was very impressive indeed (even shot @ 6MP). This is why PhoneArena is behind GSMarena in reviewing this kinds of phones because your not even close to what users will have to experience. Your somewhat biased at some point. People out there, compare the review of GSMarena and this site to Nokia N8, you can see the difference.

2. ella unregistered

Why in this review says that the camera and video of this phone is dull? Why on GSMarena, the pre-sample shot was very impressive indeed (even shot @ 6MP). This is why PhoneArena is behind GSMarena in reviewing this kinds of phones because your not even close to what users will have to experience. Your somewhat biased at some point. People out there, compare the review of GSMarena and this site to Nokia N8, you can see the difference.

3. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

Nokia's recent announcement that Qt would become the standard basis for User Interface developments going forward has made the C7, N8, E7, and C6-01 much more appealing. All UI enhancements previously planned for Symbian^4 will be accelerated AND included in Symbian^3. In fact, the ^3, ^4 naming has also disappeared. Owners of the C7 will see a lot of software upgrades over the next year. It is also excellent news for apps, as there is NO legacy break under this strategic shift in Symbian's UI. The completely new browser will also arrive near term, based on Qt/webkit.

4. Ergonpandilus unregistered

Can you be more specific on this: "Symbian^3 is at times convoluted." Besides browser, what are the things that you find hard to use? And how about "Shiny fascia loves fingerprints"? Isn't that the case for ALL the touchscreen phones with capasitive touch?! PS. Try Predictive Text and Word Auto-Completion on QWERTY(!) too, that really improves the usability.

5. RVM unregistered

nice review, thx

6. FCBM unregistered

Good day, very nice review indeed and very nice phone too. Too bad though Nokia doesn't get the recognition it deserves for putting out the N8, C7 and E7. As I said I like the C7 very much. However I can't find a whole lot of Apps in the Ovi Store. Now my question is, are Apps and Games interchangable between the N8 and C7? I thank you in advance!

7. Sankalp unregistered

How come there isn't a single mention of "TV out & USB On The Go" feature which have found their way for the very first in any smartphone (alongwith N8 & C6-01 ofcourse). Agreed the standard sales package of C7 doesn't provide the USB-OTG adapter (while N8 does that) but still don't you guys think it was worth a mention atleast.. !! I would also like to know its price in India?

8. Justus Jonas unregistered

Good day, I think, this is going to be my next phone. However, there's one thing I need to know, before I am going to buy it: Since the phone is equipped with a full focus cam, instead of autofocus, will it be able to scan barcodes (with barcoo for example) and QR-Codes? I know that the old iPhones (w/o autofocus) can, but what about the c7? Thank you and regards.

9. AbhiKumar unregistered

I but this Phone recently. Very Nice phone and the Symbian ^3 experience is also Good.. I really enjoy with Phone Thanks

10. Shejuguru unregistered

If this Phone had Autofocus and its default Web browser changed to Opera then it would have been a perfect phone. Almost all reviews on the net has a view that Symbian is very old it cannot match with Iphone OS or Android etc etc. But the fact is that , still Symbian(Nokia) is commanding around 50% of the world's Mobile market. Are we so stupid of getting diverted from our Symbian Phones based on reviews from the Authors who are getting paid from Apple or Android. Be wise ,think twice before leaving Nokia, If at all you go I am sure you will come back. Thanks Nokia Fan

11. Dhamodharan unregistered

I can see some of Nokia C7 owners say that the phone gets hang up / getting switched off often. I wanted to know what exactly the owners of C7 really feels after using it. Pls respond.

12. Dhamodharan unregistered

I saw those comments on

13. imran unregistered

this is nt d phone. stupidity. i ll go 4 samsung

14. ish unregistered

i always refer phone arena for comprehensive review. gsm arena makes casual remarks on speech quality where as phone arena makes it a specific point to offer detailed opinion on call quality and clarity. i just brush aside reviews which go to great length in describing features of phone keeping mum on signal strength, call volume and clarity. in this aspect phone arena beats all other reviews hollow. often i have been tempted to buy a handset after reading reviews on other sites. but i never bought any until i read what p a has to say about prime aspect of any handset-speech quality snd volumes. if it is bad p a says so without mincing words. gosh i have been saved many times by the crisp and straight remarks of p.a. had i ventured to buy that set it would have ended in my dust bin. keep it up p a.

15. torrentblock unregistered

SWYPE works a dream on this phone and blows away any other form of text input. that, plus divx out the box, the ovi maps... fm transmitter, makes driving so much more enjoyable!

16. torrentblock unregistered

i love this phone. to answer the question above, i am able to use this phone without it hanging up or dropping calls. My girlfriend can't quite get the hang of it though, but then she manages to drop calls on her HTC desire too...

17. LYK unregistered

Pls don't buy nokia handphone, i just brought nokia c7 in 11/11/2010 from Nokia dealer , just use for two days the phone 'hang' and phone lock up no responding, so i bring it to the Nokia dealer where i brought ( Jusco Permas Jaya , Malaysia), they said they won't give us service or repairing, then i have no choice i send to Nokia service center at Landmark IT Mall Johor Bahru malaysia, they said 3 hours will settle my problem,but after waiting for 6 hours the answer is no spare parts for repair, i must go back and wait for theirs news. After 1 week we didn't get any respond from them, so i call them again... answer is you must be patient , once ready they will inform and no time Nokia care center same tone also , have to commitment..........! As a consumer buy a handphone can not be use,what do you think.... DON'T BUY NOKIA HANDPHONE ANYMORE!!!!!!!!!!!

18. JudaZ unregistered

LYK - well buy an icrap then and see what support you get after 90 days.... none

19. RLKK unregistered

Am in Singapore ..... Don't .... don't even touch this phone. Got a C7 for a month now, after less than 1 week, it keeps hanging. Sent to Nokia Care and they took two weeks and cannot figure out, then after much pressing, they replaced the motherboard and now (after 1 week) phone starts hanging again.

20. holomodo unregistered

Bought a C7 three days back. Have nothing to compain about so far. Fantastic build quality. Excellent hardware features. UI is smooth and responsive. Symbian OS is acceptable, not the monster that some people are making it out to be. This phone is worth the money that you pay for it. I am glad I bought this phone.

24. Rawv unregistered

lucky !

21. c7 user unregistered

was given a c7 by my wife as a birthday gift. within 7 days of usage, the phone died and would not start again. when i brought to the service center, the phone was diagnosed to required level 3 repair, and thus was sent to the nokia head ofc here in the philippines. was advised that it will take about 7 days to diagnose the problem. stay away from this phone.

25. Rawv unregistered

Did you get this back ?????

31. c7 user unregistered

as an update, got my phone 3 weeks after i turned it in. they had problems getting a new mainboard replacement. when they were about to turn it over to me, they discovered that the sim card containter (back cover) was also defective and needed to be replaced. so i was happy with the phone, spending hours enjoying its features - until i got a message from nokia recommending a software upgrade via ovisuite. so stupid fool that i am, i did so, as it promised better performance. i followed every instruction to the letter. but when the phone reflash was done, my phone could not power off. so i brought it immediately to the nokia care center. the following day, i was advised it had to be sent for level 3 repair again. and guess what, it needs a new mainboard replacement!!!! and of course, there are no available parts. of the 10 weeks since i've had the phone, its been 5 weeks in the nokia repair shop. i love the features of the phone - but i hate the fact that it needs frequent mainboard replacement. again. if you are thinking of getting this phone - stay away from nokia. might as well try samsung or other android phones. btw, my brother in law bought an n8 last november. within 7 days, the phone got bricked, and it took also 3 weeks before its mainboard could be replaced. NO to NOKIA

22. rre unregistered

I brought it last week.with in one week if automatically switched off more than 20 times.while making call and receiving call get hanged and after some times phone got switched off.After few minutes only its again getting on..Search in google nokia c7 complaints before buying it.

23. Rawv unregistered

I had bought this phone last sunday, within 8 days the phone got dead. Now it has been sent to the Nokia Care ( Main Branch- Noida ). Not sure when will i get this back. My money is at a stake.......

26. John unregistered

Don't go for c7 now..I brought last week and its totally dead yesterday.Now its sent to factory for checking.Some of my friends also facing same problem.Seems to be some buck in this product.wait for get it fixed

27. Santhosh3186

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

C7 PROBLEM: 1. Phone hangs then restarts after a few seconds hangs, shuts down, then cannot be started up again for a while, like 30 minutes. C7 SOLUTION OF PROBLEM: Mine also has defect in it and i rectify in following way. ~back up ur msg,contact,videos,image to PC. ~then format ur mmc and remove it. ~remove 3rd party app,games from ur phone. ~do hard reset by pressing *#7370# then ~reinstall C7 FIRMWARE from nokia care and after that ~then update ur phone with latest firmware v012.004 RM-675 file size-274 MB (release on 30dec) in INDIA from ovi suite or from nokia care and then ~transfer ur back up msg,contacts,photos. now it will work fine and flawlessly without any problem and now ur problem will be solved. IMROVEMENTS IN FIRMWARE v012.004: ~fix all restarting,hanging bugs that have in older Firmware ~Updated version is very quick for video sharing. ~It has all new updated Facebook application. ~Improved browser speed and also the search speed also. ~It also provided updated country and region maps plus in-device user guide. ~Improved search. Performance improvements. THANK YOU.

28. Santhosh3186

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

1st batch of C7 Has defect in them. Mine also has defect in it . ~I reinstall C7 FIRMWARE and ~then update my phone with two firmware v012.003(release in November) and v012.004(release on 30dec) and now working without any problem. I am happy now and install lots of app,games. Play games on tv screen with C7. PLZ PLZ! follow these steps and update ur phone with these two firmware and ur problem will be solved. NOW IT IS CONFIRMED THAT 2ND BATCH OF C7 WILL BE DEFECTIVE FREE.SHIPPING FROM 15TH OF JANUARY.

29. Baiju unregistered

Hi guys, Nokia C7 is a fantastic phone...sorry smart phone. It is really smart. People may say their experience..most of them may not even tried out one forth of its features. I tried all the features and impressed a lot. It is a mini computer, a HD video cam, a Digital Cam, A multi format video player, music player, a very good navigation device, a very good smart touch phone... what else you are looking for... Symbian ^3 is a good OS and offers most of the advanced features... also offerring more and more through OVI store... Enjoy the smart phone leader favourite Nokia C7.
  • Display 3.5" 360 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1200 mAh(5.30h 3G talk time)

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