Nokia E7

Nokia E7 is the last of the Symbian operating system devices

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Nokia E7 The Nokia 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.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  March 27, 2011

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.

Users can change the white balance, colour tone, exposure, ISO, contrast and sharpness and can use the preset scene modes or customise scene settings.

The HD video recording is great and we shot some fairly decent videos, the Nokia E7 shoots in 720p resolution at 25 fps and offers digital image stabilisation.

Video clips are stored as MP4 files.

The battery, which is designed to have around 400 hours stand-by time and 9 hours talk time proved to have slightly less than that when used on a day-to-day basis. The battery is fixed and not easy for users to change by themselves thus preventing changing the battery on-the-go.

The device has a micro-HDMI port 720p TV-out functionality, combined with DivX and XviD support, but has no SD card slot.

The E7 has USB on-the-go, where a cable which plugs into the micro USB on one end and a USB flash drive connection on the other end for enhanced connectivity.

This is useful for viewing documents and presentation on the go or then connecting it via the HDMI cable to a screen to view on a larger scale.

The E7 also comes with Microsoft Office document editor meaning you can edit documents on the go.

The phone comes with a full-house of connectivity options including GPRS, EDGE and 3G with HSPA. The GSM/EDGE networking works in quad-band and the 3G covers all the five bands available worldwide - 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz.

The phone also features Bluetooth 3.0 and a WirelessN-enabled Wi-Fi radio.

The slide-out QWERTY keyboard seemed to be more of a novelty than a necessity and it was quite difficult to slide out. The force at which it flicks open, plus the force you need to open it makes it feel as though the phone is likely to flip out of your hand and slam onto the floor. Not reassuring if you have spent $817 on a phone.

The E7 is based on the Symbian 3 operating system and comes promising easy internet access, links to all your favourite social networks and apps as well as access to all your emails for both business and personal use.

In our review unit we noticed that the phone is very slow to download apps, use apps and check your email.

The three home screens have active icons and are easy to use and navigate and you can customise all three of them with your favourite apps and functions.

To access social networking or any apps on the phone, you have to sign into the OVI store, which is time-consuming.

After 24-hours of use, the gyroscope stopped fully functioning and the E7 screen got stuck in horizontal mode, making it quite complex to answer a phone call.

The touchscreen also seemed to have stopped working properly, meaning after you touched the call answer button, for example, it took a few seconds for it to actually work.

We are not sure if this is an issue with the phone or the software, but hopefully Nokia will fix the bugs soon.

Pros: High build quality body, good screen resolution, good HD video recording
Cons: Poor performance, basic camera
Verdict

This phone has some good features, but overall disappoints with slow connectivity and poor performance

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