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 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.
Pros: The Nokia C7 features a large 3.5-inch AMOLED screen. With multi-touch technology, it's the perfect device for browsing the internet or flicking through your photographs. The display is also made out of glass, and it's surprisingly robust. The design of the Nokia C7 is also a high point, with the handset avoiding the bulky camera casing found on the Nokia N8. Instead, you'll find a curvy design, with an incredibly thin casing and stainless steel construction. The Noki...
Cons: Unlike the Nokia N8, the Nokia C7's camera does without Carl Zeiss optics and autofocus. The resulting photographs are still pin-sharp, but depth of field suffers as a result. The Symbian ^3 operating system will also prove too clunky for some. It still works well – proving responsive and versatile – but it's not as intuitive as rivals and takes some getting used to.
Excerpt: The new age of Nokia with its updated OS Symbian ^3 was supposed to bring about a change in our perception of one of the top mobile phone makes in the business. Sadly, after testing the Nokia N8, I’m not sure just cosmetic changes and funky designs are going to do it. The C7, like the N8 comes with plenty of functionality and features, but the 20K question really is, does it compete well enough with the others in its range? Here’s a closer look.
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