Review: Nokia E7

PS: This is a ultra delayed blog post.
If you ask me to describe the Nokia E7 in a few words, I would say it’s a Nokia N8 with keyboard. In fact, I’m not the only person who made this remark when we first saw the Nokia E7. But it’s weird that Nokia choose to call it E7 instead of “following industry standards” by calling it N8 Pro.

Name jokes aside, the Nokia E7 is exactly what you would expect from Nokia. Great hardware on a Symbian OS. The Nokia E7 has a 4 inch AMOLED touchscreen. The screen is beautiful. Perhaps one of the best Nokia screen I’ve ever seen. The screen is able to produce 16 million colours with 16:9 nHD (640 x 360 pixels). 12.37 x 6.24 x 1.36 cm and weighs 176g.

The Nokia E7 has 16GB internal memory and no memory card slot. Yes, this is quite a surprise for many people. It might be a slight problem for those who takes lots of photos and video. The E7 has a 8 Megapixels camera capable of 720p video recording. There’s a HDMI port for connecting to TV or projector. And of cos you have the usual WIFI, Bluetooth, GPS, MicroUSB and 3.5mm jack.

The Nokia E7 is pretty sturdy. The slide out keyboard reminded me of the Nokia N97. In fact, I kinda like this form factor. The screen tilts at a comfortable angle when you slide out the keyboard. This makes the Nokia E7 a great table top phone for viewing videos.

Unlike the Nokia N97, the E7’s keyboard is slightly harder to slide out. This is mainly due to the fact that the E7 is much thiner and thus less space for you to push the screen upwards. But I guess users will get used to it after a while. The keyboard is pretty good to type with. The keys are well spaced but the alphabets are positioned slightly to the left so it will take a while for users to get used to it. Something interesting to note. There is no volume control button. Instead, there’s a slider for volume control. I’m not a fan of this.

The battery is non-user replaceable. But I guess most people are used to this already

Here’s the thing. While the hardware of the Nokia E7 is pretty good, I couldn’t say likewise for the OS. Most of you should know that Nokia is planning to drop Symbian in favor of Windows Phone 7. Although we are still seeing a few new phones with Symbian, it is clear that this Operating System is approaching it’s end of life. I would only recommend the Nokia E7 to the existing Symbian users and Symbian fans. After all, it’s still going to be at least a year or two before Symbian disappear. So if you don’t mind Symbian, the Nokia E7 is a pretty decent phone.

In short:
Great hardware but running Symbian
Beautiful screen resolution
Good keyboard
No memory card slot
Volume control


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