Nokia E7 Review from All About Symbian

| February 8, 2011 | 17 Replies

The mighty Rafe Blandford of All About Symbian has reviewed the Nokia E7 is meticulous detail.

This Part 1 review alone covers the following major topics:

  1. Introduction
  2. In the box
  3. Design
  4. Keyboard
  5. Around the phone
  6. Size
  7. Part of a family, differences from the N8, design constraints
  8. Symbian^3 software
  9. Ovi Services
  10. Enterprise capabilities
  11. Multimedia capabilities
  12. Initial concluding thoughts

History of the communicator. Wow, that brick. And that was not even the first range of colour communicators

Some hardware highlights (Rafe reviews more on software in his review)

  • Refreshingly different form factor – looks like an oversized N8 when closed – a good thing meaning very solid when closed.
  • Tilt-Hinge a refinement over what was to debut on the N97 – revealing a keyboard that surprises and provokes amazement
  • Pleasing new statement on the hinge: Prototype E7 units were rather stiff (in opening), but the retail unit reviewed here is much improved, evidence that design optimisation work continues even after a device has been announced.
  • I would judge the E7 as having the best QWERTY keyboard that Nokia have put on a mobile device.
  • one of the best screens on the market – (CBD greatness over competitors Confirmed by GSMArena, not just Symbian related sources)

Cheers to everyone who sent this in. I can’t find the exact comment where the link was posted, but hat tip to you.


Category: Eseries, Nokia, Symbian

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  • pradeep

    no pr 2.0 yet 🙁 whts the use of delaying thn!!

    • Gaz

      Because its not ready?

  • Andre N

    The guy says E7 run pr 1.0, but the fw version number same as pr 1.1 on N8.
    Is that mean E7 will receive 50+ enhancements on next pr 1.1?
    And the revamped ui on pr 2.0?
    If N8 receive revamped ui on pr 3.0, what will E7 receive for its pr 3.0?
    They dont get pr 3.0?
    Official info need here…

    • radu

      Did you think that maybe e7 will not have a pr 1.1 sw update ?
      Maybe the current sw is 1.0 because is first sw for this device, and it was no need to put 1.0 then update to 1.1; it was directly 1.1 named 1.0 (in my opinion).
      For the moment I’m satisfied with my n8; only update that I want is the portrait keyboard and new browser with cached webpages. If this will work, and they will solve all actual bugs, i will be really happy with it 🙂

    • Gaz

      It has N8 equivalent of PR 1.1 as shown by the actual firmware number but since this is the first public release for E7 its called PR 1.0

      Next release for all phones will most likely be called PR 2.0

  • Andre N

    That dont make sense boss.
    Why its different?
    People would be happy if they name it pr 1.1.
    Like “Oh, my E7 has pr 1.1 update when its release”.
    This can make understanding.
    Something Nokia must not do.
    But its just my opinion.
    Still need official info

    • Viipottaja

      What does it matter? Try the device and see how well it works, and then decide.

  • Janne

    Our E7 has same softeware version number and software date as C7/N8 PR1.1 even though the release version is PR1.0. There are also the PR1.1 features like the landscape dialer. Trust me, it ships with PR1.1 equivalent.

  • Keith

    This clearly is one beautiful device. A few things piss me off though. The fact that Nokia left out MicroSD Card slot, FM Transmitter and 2mm charging port is kind of lame. And I hope Nokia is working on a proper AF 8MP lens.

    On the better side though. The keyboard must be awesome, along with the beautiful 4″ CBD screen. And I love the slim form factor with tilting screen (Looks a million times better than Previous Communicator devices)

    Now as soon as Nokia rolls out PR2.0, this thing will be a beast. 😉

    • Viipottaja

      They are working on a thinner 8mp AF unit.

    • Mark BDA

      I agree, the E7 should have had all the hardware of the N8 plus the real keyboard,because I wanted a N8 with keyboard. Why do the keep leaving stuff out , we will pay for what we want in a phone and in life.

  • newtype

    Phone looks fantastic, and while the FM transmitter and microSD are excusable omissions, the poor camera and limited storage (16GB) really hurt what it could have been.

    This phone could have been great.

  • fuel

    i want n8.. still 21,800 here in phil.. by the time n8 price down, meego comes out..

  • Alberto

    A nice new video of the E7 –

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