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: 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.
Summary: The Nokia C7 is a feature-packed smartphone. It may lack the ease of use of the Apple iPhone, but it counters with a robust and stylish design, and its operating system offers a lot more versatility. It's also set to be a lot cheaper than its rivals.
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
Excerpt: The Nokia C7 is by far the most advanced phone from the Nokia C series to hit the market in 2010. It has made great strides to lure customers with its bold design and features. Does it really step up to the plate or is the Nokia C7 in for a hard fall?...
Review: Nokia C7 review, part 1: First Impressions
All About Symbian
3 February 2011
Summary: Two weeks on from availability of the Nokia N8, its sleeker, smaller and cheaper sister device, the C7, appears in retail packaging - and I've been putting it through its paces. Rather than diving into a full, exhaustive review part (we're still wading through N8 material), I've opted to bring you my first impressions, based on a few days with the C7, and tentatively suggest that, camera aside, with its appealing design, removable battery and slimmer form factor, it's...
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.