Excerpt: Nokia’s had a big screen presence for a long time, and the X7, like many predecessors made a debut in one of this year’s blockbusters i.e. Transformers: Dark of the Moon. It definitely has stage presence is what I thought, and was quite eager to put it through its paces. The handset made its way to our labs and after having used it quite thoroughly for a few days here’s what I can tell you about Nokia X7.
Summary: Last week Steve introduced the Nokia X7 , the first Symbian Anna retail device, and as promised he's passed it over to me to take it into the real world and see what it can deliver away from his technically detailed eye. To be honest, being handed to Mr Spence in the height of a Scottish summer is probably going to leave the X7 wondering what it did wrong. First up for me is the multimedia angle.
Summary: More than perhaps any other smartphone manufacturer, Nokia spreads its OS around a number of subtly different form factors - along with specific claimed strengths (photography, music, and so on). In terms of pure form, the new X7 is perhaps the closest of the Symbian^3 generation to the current range of large screened Android touch-slabs - which means that it needs to bring something new to the table.
Summary: It's 7.00am, the X7 is fully charged, and the daily alarm that's smart enough to only ring Mondays to Fridays wakes up not just me, but also a look at the X7 in day to day use. We could sit and examine specs on the device and do pixel perfect comparisons of the new and old web browser. But today is going to be a normal day. No horrible stress testing, no loading the Engadget website in five different browser windows to see what happens.
Review: Nokia X7 - Part 4 (The Application Economy)
All About Symbian
18 May 2012
Summary: Time for the next part in our look at the Nokia X7 (see parts one , two and three as well). This is the point where traditionally we'd turn to look at the applications in a Symbian phone review. And who am I to break with tradition? Exactly. But this time I want to go from a different angle, because applications nowadays mean a lot more to the man or woman on the street.
Conclusion: Whilst Nokia’s software update has added missing features, it doesn’t solve many of the complaints we’ve had with previous Nokia Smartphones. The unresponsive touchscreen is frustrating, and some of Nokia’s apps seem buggy; we were often pushed back out to the phone’s main screen. Until Nokia sort out the issues, it lags behind much cheaper phones in the perfomance stakes. Nokia's own N8 has a better camera, is cheaper, and will also get this Symbian update later.
Summary: The Nokia X7 is a distinctive and affordable handset, offering great quality and an impressive 4-inch screen. It's lacking in stand out features, however, and the poor camera really lets it down.
Excerpt: With a large 4 inch display and an enhanced OS on the Nokia X7, how does this entertainment oriented smartphone change the game for Symbian based Nokia smartphones in today's mobile ecosystem? Read on for details.
Conclusion: To sum up the device in one popular internet description: “Nokia have just turned up to a gun fight carrying a knife”. This is a device with software that they should have released 2 years ago. In today’s market it is outclassed and overpriced.