Nokia C7 Mobile Phone Review

By on December 20, 2010
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A beautiful handset that fits great in your hand.

Good: Beautiful design, excellent screen and a good feature set
Bad: Fixed-focus camera, Voice recognition and the aging Symbian OS
Price: AED 1584
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Besides being the flagship device for Nokia, the N8 was also their first device to come equipped with Symbian 3 OS. Today, we have a follow up- the C7 which is the second Nokia device based on the Symbian 3 OS. The Nokia C7 is positioned slightly below the N8 which continues to be Nokia’s highest-end phone but as you read the review, you will find out that there are areas where we prefer the C7. Packaged in the traditional blue Nokia box, the Nokia C7 comes equipped with a charger and a headset

Specifications-wise, the Nokia C7 is not so far off from the Nokia N8, although it is missing out on a few features. Its based on the same 680MHz CPU/256MB RAM platform as the N8 and features an identical 3.5” AMOLED capacitive screen with a resolution of 640×360 pixels. Nokia has cut down on the internal storage from 16GB to 8GB and the HDMI connector has also been dropped- you still get video output but only in standard definition.

The camera suffers from a downgrade as well- instead of the 12MP Auto-focus one found on the N8, the Nokia C7 features a lower res 8 MegaPixel camera which is still pretty good as far as MegaPixel count is concerned, however, instead of auto-focus, the C7 has a fixed focus camera which means that you might have to move yourself around a bit to the best shot.

On the radio side you still get Quad Bank support with HSDPA and HSUPA support, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and AGPS with a digital compass. The USB port supports USB On-the-go and FM transmission along with proximity sensors are all present on the Nokia C7.

Design-wise, the 10.5mm C7 looks incredibly slick and makes the N8 look a bit like a brick. Instead of just one button on the front, Nokia thankfully brings back the Send/End keys along with the home button in the middle that glows for notifications. The left side houses the power connector while the top has the USB port which can be used to charge or connect to your computer, 3.5mm audio/video jack and the power button. The right side has a row of buttons such the volume keys, a voice command key, the sliding lock key and finally the camera key.

Nokia can easily lose a couple of keys if they chose to- for instance, the USB connector can be used for charging so there is no use for a separate charging connector. Similarly, the sliding lock key can be removed by using the power button ion top. Removing the additional keys will give the device a cleaner look.

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