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Portions of this review were taken from our evaluation of the Nokia N8, since the two phones share some similarities in terms of features. If you've been a cell phone fan for a while, you might remember the days when the Nokia Communicator series was the status symbol of a powerful businessperson. Nokia eventually developed the line into the E series, and its latest flagship model, the Nokia E7, is available now for an unlocked price of $650. The company has done a lot to refine the design, and it's running the revamped Symbian 3 operating system. However, a lot has changed since the days of the Communicator. Does the E7 have the chops to make it in the business world? Read on to find out. The Nokia E7 takes a number of style cues from the Nokia N8, which isn't a bad thing in our view since we loved the N8's hardware. The E7 is made of the same high-quality materials--aluminum body and glass AMOLED display--giving it a very premium feel. It's slightly bigger and heavier than the N8 at 4.87 inches tall by 2.46 inches wide by 0.54 thick and 6.2 ounces, but considering that the E7 also manages to fit in a full QWERTY keyboard, it's actually pretty amazing that it's only 0.03 inch thicker and 0.1 inch longer than the N8.
Buying a high-end, unlocked Symbian cell phone like the $659 Nokia E7 is a dicey proposition, as Nokia has already announced it's switching to Windows Phone 7 for its future devices. But if you like Symbian, the E7 is a classy, beautiful piece of hardware. It's a step up from the Nokia N8 ($549, 2.5 stars), with one exception (which I'll get to below). That said, while E7's larger screen and hardware keyboard solve two of the N8's major issues, all of the software-related ones remain. And the E7 is even more expensive. Nokia has never had a problem designing impressive hardware. The E7's sleek aluminum and glass body feels expensive to the touch. It measures 4.9 by 2.5 by 0.5 inches (HWD) and weighs a heavy but solid-feeling 6.2 ounces. It's one of the classiest designs I've seen in a while. The 4-inch, AMOLED glass capacitive touch screen looks bright and vibrant, and touch response is well-calibrated. But the screen offers just 640-by-360-pixel resolution, which doesn't match higher-end Android and iPhone 4 devices in sharpness. There's an on-board accelerometer, compass, proximity sensor, and ambient light detector. The front panel slides up and at an angle to reveal a roomy, four-row QWERTY keyboard.
Back in the mists of time (which isn't that long ago in mobile phone terms) beloved of the geek squad were Nokia and its range of Communicator mini-PCs. The last device to carry that name was the E90 (in 2007), but Nokia has brought it back to life in the E7 - interestingly just as Nokia has revealed that it is dumping the Symbian OS to partner up with Microsoft to make the Windows Phone 7 smartphones. In terms of closure, it would have been delightful if the E7 had proved to be a wonderful swansong for Symbian, but unfortunately the software just makes the handset really hard and irritating to use. On the outside, the E7 looks very professional. It has a smart-looking metal chassis, which feels solid, as well as a four-inch touch-screen with Nokia's Clear Black display and a resolution of 30x640. The touch technology has been well designed - there's a really nice soft haptic blip when your touch is acknowledged. Under the display you'll find the home button, which is also the all-programs button when you're actually home. On the side edges are a dedicated camera button which fires up the camera when you press and hold it, volume button and a lock-screen switch. An HDMI port will let you watch your HD content on the large screen of an HDTV.
We've been waiting for the Nokia E7 for a few months now, but the new high-end smartphone aimed at business users is finally here. The Finnish manufacturer's latest flagship has a touchscreen, a full-size slide-out keyboard and a whole range of multimedia features. But what's it like as an everyday mobile? And does it have much hope of reaching a wider public, just as keen at staying in contact as busy professionals? Let's take a closer look ... More or less the same size as the N8, which has more media features and is aimed at a wider user base, the E7 has a rather unusual look. It's a mixture of classic Nokia styling and a more modern approach. Whether you like the look of it or not though, it's easy to hold. But if you're used to thinner, lighter handsets, the bulk and weight (176 g) of the E7 might take some getting used to. You definitely realise you've got a small computer in your pocket. Nokia has clearly paid some careful attention to the choice of materials and the build quality, which is reassuringly solid. Indeed, it's so tough that we wonder if the manufacturer hasn't gone too far in this direction: the keyboard, for instance, is pretty stiff, and you have to push pretty hard on both sides of the screen to slide it out.
If beauty were only screen deep, the Nokia E7 series would stand a good chance in a Miss Handset competition, even up against the likes of the iPhone 4, HTC Desire S and Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. This QWERTY keyboard phone boasts a four-inch capacitive touchscreen, AMOLED ClearBlack display and sleek brushed aluminium casing that feels great in the hand. It's just under 14mm thick, but fairly lightweight for its size and depth. A strong double-thumbed push to the tilt and slide mechanism will reveal the well-spaced, rubber-buttoned QWERTY pad. The hinge is a little stiff, but the solidity is appreciated. The weight is nicely balanced held portrait, landscape or with the keypad out, and the touchscreen isn't overpowered by unwieldy additional keys. The soft keys it does have are spare and nicely designed, sticking to a keypad lock (which can be easy to accidentally brush with a palm), camera key, volume rocker and menu button. The colours look brilliant on-screen, despite a fairly low resolution and in all lights. It houses an 8mp LED flash camera and additional front-facing camera for video calling, HDMI-out, and did we mention that gorgeous-for-typing QWERTY keyboard? This is indeed a sleek handset.
If the Nokia E7 was supposed to be the swansong for the Symbian operating system, it has not fully lived up to expectations.The bulky E7 measures 123.7 x 62.4 x 13.6 mm and weighs 176g, making it heavier and larger than the N8, but the phone still manages to be slim and pocket-friendly. The aluminium body and the scratch resistant Gorilla glass screen give this phone a feeling of luxury and affirm its superb build quality. The volume rocker and screen buttons on the side of the device did let the quality down a bit and felt fairly cheap and flimsy. The E7 has an impressive 4-inch 16M-colour ClearBlack AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a 640 x 360 pixel resolution, which provides good colour rendering and an ultra-wide viewing angle. The screen is also visible in high sunlight conditions, making it great for the UAE. The 8MP camera was slightly disappointing, being fixed focus and having a lower resolution than the N8, but it performed fine in everyday shooting conditions with the LED flash. Do not try macro photography closer than about 50cm, the camera does not focus leaving the image blurry. The camera interface is not user friendly and to change settings you have to tap around the screen into and out-of menus and sub-menus.
Nokia basically invented the QWERTY-laden business phone with its Communicator Series way back in 1996. Fast forward fifteen years, and we now have the anodized aluminum chassis of the Nokia E7 waving at us, claiming to be an honorable heir of Nokia's enterprise series phones with physical keyboards.Retaining most of the wonderful features and design cues from the Nokia N8, the E7 just might have the perfect mix of ingredients, with its peculiar looking keyboard, to consider itself as being the next big smartphone from Nokia's camp. Is that really the case? Read on to find out...The Nokia E7 is essentially a longer and wider version of the Nokia N8, but manages to pack on a landscape keyboard to its 0.54” (13.6mm) sleek anodized aluminum casing. Just grasping it in the hand, there is this enveloping feeling that occurs because it's meticulously well built all around; not to mention resilient in battling normal wear and tear. Furthermore, you can find the Nokia E7 in a variety of colors, from silver to flashy orange.
Business as usual for the Eseries is a cliché ? thank you very much. But the kind that makes the world feel right. The Nokia E7 could've been just another Eseries phone. Oh well, that wasn't meant to be. The latest is implicitly the greatest but, in the case of the E7, the latest may simply be the last. Symbian is just about to be knocked off the top-spot as the market-leading smartphone platform. Worse yet, while loyal users are still sitting on a fence about replacing their E71/E72s Nokia is deciding whether to euthanize Symbian. Question marks have been hanging over the platform's approach to touchscreen since day one. And now it's got WP7 at its very doorstep. It's the worst of times for the Nokia E7. But it's up to it to show that the Eseries are still open for business. Now, Nokia reconfirmed their commitment to Symbian in the short-term, but that doesn't mean much. If the platform is to be scrapped, users will learn it the hard way when regular updates stop coming in. Occasional bug-fixes is the best they can hope to get. And good software support is among of the main reasons why people still choose Nokia.
Arriving on the market late, the Nokia E7 finds itself launching at a shaky point in the Finnish company's history. Under new management, suffering doubts - internal and external - over the strength of its current platforms, and watching increasing amounts of attention and revenue being taken by key rivals like Apple, Nokia has high expectations for its new business flagship. Misplaced, misguided or money in the bank? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut. The E7 may be the largest of the recent Symbian smartphones - looking at first glance like an oversized N8 and significantly chunkier than the svelte C7 - but inside it's business as usual. Keeping Symbian moving is a 680MHz ARM 11 processor, paired with 256MB of RAM and OpenGL 2.0 graphics support. Connectivity follows Nokia's throw-in-the-lot pattern of recent devices, with pentaband UMTS/WCDMA (supporting Euro, T-Mobile USA and AT&T 3G bands in a single device), WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS/A-GPS and an FM radio. Accelerometers, a digital compass, proximity and ambient light sensors, and a front-facing camera for 3G video calls round things out.
Once again finding itself in a familiar position, which seems to be the norm for it for quite some time now, Nokia is feverishly looking to rebound in the mobile market with a few upcoming models that'll hopefully spur some business its way. More recently, it's still rather difficult to say concretely whether or not the versatile Nokia N8 has the necessary wow factor to grab some attention in this already cut throat market. However, they're attempting to focus their attention now in the business enterprise segment with their modern concoction for their once beloved Communicator Series with the Nokia E7. Retaining most of the wonderful features and design cues from the Nokia N8, the E7 just might have the perfect mix of ingredients, with its peculiar looking keyboard, to consider itself as being the next big smartphone from Nokia's camp.Granted that we're checking out a mere prototype of the Nokia E7, we're taken by surprise at its stunning craftsmanship that oozes from head to toe with the utmost attention to detail. Specifically, it's essentially a longer and wider version of the Nokia N8, but manages to pack on a landscape keyboard to its 0.54” sleek anodized aluminum casing.
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