Review: Nokia 701 - part 1: Hardware and Performance
All About Symbian
18 May 2012
Summary: The second of the (native) Symbian Belle smartphones to be reviewed here, the Nokia 701 takes a huge amount of cues from the year old C7, which is its direct ancestor. The changes (there are more than you might think, especially if you've scanned other sites' cursory 701 once-overs) are mostly all positive, though some will be a little sad to see AMOLED not in the picture.
Summary: The Nokia 701 is moderately priced at Rs 16,700. If you’re not too fond of the Android experience and find Apple products way too expensive, the Symbian Belle OS is definitely a good alternative. It has a few extremely minor issues here and there as mentioned in the review above, but it’s absolutely at par with the other smartphones out in the market.
Review: Nokia 701 - part 2: OS, Applications, Multimedia, NFC and Verdict
All About Symbian
19 April 2012
Summary: In part 1 of my review of the Nokia 701 , I covered its hardware components and performance, concluding that, camera aside, this sleek black newcomer is a Symbian flagship in sheep's clothing. Mind you, as I unveiled at the time, even the camera system had been upgraded too, since the first gen EDoF camera smartphones.
Conclusion: The Nokia 701 is what the N8 should have been, minus the camera. It is sleek, functional and modern in every way. If this had hit the market a year ago, things would have been different today. But all that is history. Still, if you love the functionality of the old Symbian and want it with a nice user interface, you cannot go wrong with the Nokia 701. And costing only N53,000, it is a steal.
Summary: Nokia has stepped in with couple of first with Nokia 701 — it’s the first Symbian Belle device, first to have a 1 GHz processor among Nokia handsets and first with a ‘functional’ Near Field Communication chip. Most important is its 1000 nits brightness spreading display which measures 3.5-inch. Amongst the three Symbian Belle handsets, the Nokia 701 remains to be the high end.
Pros: The most easily readable in sunlight mobile display, Symbian Belle is the most visually pleasing and easy to use Symbian to date
Cons: The default browser needs its rendering engine and plugin support improved, Fixed-focus camera can’t do macro shots
Conclusion: Nokia 701 is a great smartphone that runs on a platform of Symbian ^ 3 Belle with an ARM 11 1 GHz processor and has IPS-display reflecting up to 16 million colors. This means the device is ideal for using outdoors without worrying that the display will get blurry under direct sunlight. It looks elegant and most importantly, without any kind of unnecessary details as kickstand. The specs of the smartphone are also amazing.
Conclusion: There's plenty to like about the Nokia 701 and its downsides don't seem so bad when you remember that this is a upper mid-range device and it's priced accordingly. The rounded metal shell gives the 701 the solid feel that's much missed in other handsets on the market now. And the screen is certainly impressive - whether it's movies or maps, the sunlight legibility is great.
Pros: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, Penta-band 3G with 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support, Slim alloy body, 3.5" 16M-color nHD ClearBlack TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen; 1,000 nits of brightness, 8 megapixel fixed-focus camera with dual-LED flash and video-call camera; geotagging, face detection, smart zoom in video, 720p video @ 30fps recording, stereo sound, Symbian Belle OS, 1GHz CPU and 512 MB RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 8GB of inbuilt storage, microSD expandab...
Cons: Display is very bright but has low contrast, Browser lacks full Flash support, Camera lacks auto focus, Relatively limited 3rd party software availability, No office document editing (unless you buy an upgrade), Non-hot-swappable microSD card, No HD TV-Out
Conclusion: The 701 is a sturdy device made of premium materials. The IPS LCD is impressive, and its sunlight legibility is unmatched. It scores over competitors with top-notch GPS navigation and superb battery performance. NFC, an FM transmitter, and TV-Out are a yet another bunch of handy features. Moreover, with Belle, Symbian can now stand against other modern operating systems.
Pros: Excellent build quality; Top-notch display; Great battery life; Free sat nav; Fluid UI; Good sound quality; NFC-ready.
Cons: Fixed-focus camera; Limited number of apps; Bundled earphones are bad.
Conclusion: Могу сказать, что смартфон меня впечатлил. Впечатлил тем, что слухи о смерти операционной системы Symbian оказались преждевременными – Nokia 701 стала лучшей из выпущенных аппаратов на этой «оси». Есть еще порох, не сомневайтесь. Пусть реализация новинок схожа с Android'овской, и нет исключительно яркой индивидуальности, зато все имеющееся ра-бо-та-ет.
Conclusion: Das Nokia 701 hält aufgrund der niedrigen Geschwindigkeit, der geringen Display-Auflösung und der schwächelnden Kamera nicht mit den besten Smartphones mit, ist aber eine geringere Belastung für Ihren Geldbeutel. Überzeugend sind die komfortable Bedienung und der auch bei Sonnenlicht leicht ablesbare Touchscreen.
Pros: Sehr helles Display, Guter Telefon-Klang, Kostenlose Navigation, PC-Abgleich via USB