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.

Like the N8, the Nokia C7 comes equipped with the latest version of Symbian and if you read our review of the N8, you will notice that we aren’t necessarily big fans. The reason is that the OS feels too dated compared to the likes of Android and iOS. It was ok five years back, but it needs a serious overhaul- much like Microsoft has done with Windows.

Because of that, the C7 might not appeal to the Samrtphone user looking for the gloss and glamour found in devices like the iPhone or HTC Desire. Now that does not mean that the Nokia C7 is any less functional and if you can get past the dated interface or are not comfortable with the flashy interfaces of new Smartphones, you will find that the C7 does pretty much anything that a modern day Smartphone can.

The homescreen can display feeds from your social networks as well your favorite contacts and shortcuts to applications. There are three homsescreens that you can split your shortcuts and widgets into. By default Nokia adds tons of widgets such as emails, calender, music and movie trailers on these home pages for quick access but you can add/remove them at will.

A new addition to the Nokia C7 is the voice recognition application that comes up whehn you press the button located between the two volume keys. Sadly, the C7 could not recognize any of the commands I said to it- contacts or applications. At times, it would suggest what I was trying to say to it but I never could get it to recognize my speech. In Nokia’s defense, even the iPhone and Google’s Voice search have a hard time understanding my accent.

The fixed-focus camera on the Nokia C7 makes it hard to take pictures of objects close to you so if you are one that uses Macro mode capabilities often on your camera, then we suggest staying away from the C7. For regular shots of anything that’s not too close- about a foot or so away, the C7 does a great job. The dual flashes also do a decent job of capturing low-light pictures- better than most other Smartphones we’ve looked at.

The 1200mAh/4.4Wh battery on the Nokia C7 is pretty impressive and with moderate use, lasted me for two full days. This included WiFi connectivity with emails being downloaded in the background, a call or two, some light browsing and fiddling with the device such as checking some movie trailers and browsing the OVI store.

The Nokia C7 has a lot going for it- its a beautiful handset that is just about the right size with a gorgeous screen. I like it more than the N8 as far as looks and handling is concerned. Nokia also adds a pretty decent set of features to it and other than the fixed-focus on the camera, we dont have any complains as far as hardware is concerned.

On the software side, yes, we’re not big fans of Symbian, but y’know what- it gets the job done. Its not as intuitive as the iPhone or as exciting as the Android but the C7 has a working application store that Google doesn’t and video calling that the iPhone doesn’t in the UAE. Every phone has it flaws and if Symbian works for you, then the Nokia C7 is an excellent handset to run it on.

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Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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