Summary: You've watched as I've taken the Nokia E7-00 from the box it was in, popped it in my sporran as I flew half way round the world to a conference to see what it can do , and then get seriously delayed on the flight home . Now it's the moment of reckoning. What do I really think of the Nokia E7? First up, this isn't a full, in-depth detailed feature review of the E7. We've taken care of that already on All About Symbian (over multiple parts, #1 , #2 , #3 , #4 , #5 , #6 ).
Summary: If you've been paying attention to our coverage of the Nokia E7, you'll remember that I complained at length about the slipperiness of the unibody main shell of the device: it was prone to dropping, especially when opening the E7, plus the device tended to skate away from me on the desk when I was typing. In addition, the camera glass on the back was flush, meaning it was prone to picking up dirt and scratches.
Conclusion: The solid build and very useable keyboard are both things we've come to expect from Nokia's high-end smartphones, as is the (generally) superb performance from its cameras. But Symbian, the stuff it all runs on, is slow, and just doesn't stand up to other phone's offerings, like Android and iOS. This looks to be one of Nokia’s last hurrahs on the Symbian system, with Nokia wholeheartedly supporting Windows Phone 7 on their future smartphones.
Summary: There is only one speaker, but it is loud and clear. Ringtones can be easily heard from pockets. I like tremolo of the vibro, but the majority will find it weak. There are no complaints about the connection quality.
Now let's move to the main points. First of all I have to mention that I tested a commercial model with all updates and patches installed. Moreover, I even went to the service centre where I was told that the phone was fine. Why did I go there first of all?
Summary: Despite that, we still find ourselves liking the Nokia E7. The excellent build quality and proper keypad make it feel like an old-school business smartphone – a feel further enhanced by the slightly old fashioned operating system. If you can live with Symbian ^3, however, and a decent camera isn't high on your list of priorities, the Nokia E7 is still worth a look.
Conclusion: The bottom line, for me, is that I wanted to like this phone. However I couldn’t and wouldn’t recommend it. Not to my father or anyone else. It’s too big, it’s too slippery, the OS is just too outdated and it hasn’t even worked properly for me & I couldn’t get it working properly (an experienced, long time Symbian user). If someone really wanted a Nokia phone then I’d probably suggest they waited for the new Windows Phones from Nokia.