Summary: At the end of this analysis we can say that the C7 smartphone is a success for Nokia. Its Symbian 3 Operating System is technically excellent and reliable and the device has an impressive array of features. However, ergonomically, it remains unsatisfactory, because the phone has some cons at this chapter. It does not receive five stars after our benchmarks because of these imperfections and, more importantly, because of its Ovi Store.
Excerpt: Nokia is all about creativity and style that suits the requirements of the local people. Nokia C7 can be regarded as just a reflection of Nokia N8 which has been polished and reframed. Nokia C7 is a global GSM phone which suits to the need to of the youths who want multiple facilities in a single device. Nokia C7 - Design & Build: Nokia C7 is one beautiful phone which has been given a sleek look and a mesmerizing finish.
Summary: A week or two ago, Rafe brought us his first impressions of the Nokia C7 , concluding that the core distinguishing factor between C7 and N8 is the camera, in that if you didn't need the N8's monster 12 megapixel/Xenon camera module then the C7 was a better bet for most people. It therefore makes sense to look straight away at the camera features of the C7 itself - are they good enough for you and will the limitations of the C7's snaps ultimately disappoint?
Conclusion: Describing my impressions of the Nokia C7 I should mention it’s among the top smartphones on Symbian^3. Judge yourself, it does not support HDMI-output, and a 12-megapixel camera, but there are other features of the Nokia N8 available on this device. At this point in the C line there is the Nokia C6, which has a QWERTY-keyboard, is expensive and is not very attractive. Thus this model comes to fill the gap. It’s a nice device for those accustomed to Symbian.
Excerpt: In the end of May the gorgeous Nokia Oro was officially introduced . It’s a really cool smartphone with a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 8MP camera, GPS, a number of other things common for all modern smartphones and… gold, sapphire and leather. Well, what else could you expect for $1635 – that’s how much it costs! Actually, the Nokia Oro is almost the same Nokia C7 . Well, excluding the luxury part.
Conclusion: Although there are a lot of good things about the Nokia C7 - the build quality, design, maps and battery life - we can't overlook the huge pain in the neck that is the operating system. With a better, cleaner operating system this could be a great handset, but Symbian^3 renders it painful and out-dated. That said, if you're used to the Nokia system and not looking for a change, then this could be a cheaper option than the likes of the N8.
Conclusion: The Nokia Astound is a beautifully made phone that is hamstrung by a clunky, outdated operating system, underpowered processor and compressed keyboard layout. As a step up from a feature phone, it may make some people happy. But it's hard to imagine that anyone wouldn't be better off with an inexpensive Android phone like the Motorola Defy ($.01 on AmazonWireless) or HTC MyTouch 4G ($79.99 on AmazonWireless).
Conclusion: Clearly better priced than the Nokia Nuron from last year, the Astound is undoubtedly something you might want to look at if you simply tire of the usual smartphones out there and want to experience Symbian^3. Sporting a fantastic looking design that’s assisted with various features that are generally abundant with most high-end devices, the $79.99 on-contract Nokia Astound is something you want to keep a watchful eye on.
Pros: Eye catching & solid design, Sharp AMOLED display, Long battery life, Great calling quality, Affordable cost
Cons: No auto-focus with its camera, Choppy web surfing with the native browser
Performance changes in new Symbian browser on Nokia C7 Astound
27 March 2011