We don't want to compare Nokia to a stubborn lolo, but that's exactly what we're going to do, if only to give the Finnish phone company a wake-up call.
In years past, Nokia and their phones were symbols of being hip and trendy. But today, with their continued commitment to their Symbian OS—which, if we may say so, is getting harder and harder to like— their once adoring crowd should only continue to dwindle.
Case in point: the Nokia E7. It's not terrible, mind, but it also fails to elicit much excitement from forward-thinkers and true techies.
Nokia's new smartphone, essentially a Nokia N8 with a keyboard, gets points in the style department.
A smooth, crystal-clear 4-inch screen occupies the front with, in true LCD TV-speak, slim side bezels. Adding to the sleek aesthetics, the phone contours slightly at the bottom and top parts, breaking off from the iPhone's 4 strictly bar-style design.
The phone has heft to it, and is definitely not the lightest thing to put in your pocket, but the same could be said for many other smartphones anyway.
The QWERTY keypad features chiclet keys, and slides out from the side with a steady downward push. Unless you've been injecting steroids directly into your thumb muscles, you'd have no trouble using the soft-touch, tactile keys.
Now, the keypad and the generously-sized screen leads us to probably the phone's best function: web brosing. As techie.com.ph could attest, the combination of those two features of the E7 really "makes for an experience not even the iPhone could match," and calls the experience as "very close to being laptop-like."
Still on the positive end of things, the phone† packs a solid assortment of connectivity features and extras including an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and 720p video recording, 16GB of internal memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0, GPS, and support for MP3, AAC, WMA audio files, and H.264, MP4, and Real Video 10 video file formats, among others.
From these strong points though, it's a downward slope. The Symbian OS is very much dated as compared to the BB's, the Android phones, and the iPhones of the world.
If you've been one to use such a phone before, we're sorry to tell you that the experience of it is still pretty much the same. If you've never been one to, well, let's use an analogy: it's what you'll feel if Windows never bothered to release neither Windows 7 or Windows Vista and just stuck with Windows XP. And we don't even want to compare the available apps for this phone to the ones that the competitors offer.
The 680 MHz processor also doesn't do the phone justice (heck, even Cherry Mobile features a 1 GHz processor). And the result is that things could bog down at times. Techie.com.ph states two specific times when the phone exhibited its lack of snap: 1) it makes you wait for half a second to go back to the home screen after pressing the home button, and 2) the camera takes about 2 seconds to boot after pressing the dedicated button. The lag really does snuff out whatever flames of excitement you'd feel towards the phone.
At P32,000, there are simply far more exciting choices out there, that are more fun to use, zippier, and more versatile than the E7 and its Symbian OS. It's hard to recommend this unless you're really a hardcore Nokia fan.