The latest release of the Nokia which is the Nokia C7 does not intent to break the chain of command. It is slim, simple and more affordable and it also comes with a conservative design styling. The C series handsets are always well balance and they have received an accomplished leader. The specs of the C7 are quite impressive but they do well in order to maintain a distance with the N series. The C7 however gets very close to the N8 in certain ways while some features are left behind.
Dimension: 117.3 x 56.8 x 10.5 mm
Weight: 130 grams
Operating System: Symbian v3
Processor: 680 MHz ARM 11, 3D Graphics HW accelerator
Display: 3.5 inches, MOLED touch screen, capacitive, 360 x 640 pixel resolution, 16 million colors
Camera: 8 mega pixel, dual LED flash, fixed focus, 3264 x 2448 pixels, 720 pixel videos at 25 fps, secondary VGA at front
Memory: 8 GB internal memory, 256 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, micro SD slot up to 32 GB
Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, 3G HSUPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/b, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP support, micro USB port
Battery: 1200 mAh lithium ion, 9.5 hours stand by time, 5 hours talk time
The C7 has most of the features of the N8 and it is enclosed in a different shell. It does not use the unibody aluminum but the metal cover for the battery is good as the one used in N8. it is of an elongated oval shape with curved corners. The front panel of the C7 is occupies by the 3.5 inch AMOLED screen of nHD resolution. It has the multi touch support like the N8. the quality of the indoor images is pretty good producing deep blacks and saturated colors. The sunlight legibility of the screen is also impressive.
The screen sensitivity is quite good as it is capacitive in nature. An important boost in the usability is the excellent haptic feedback that is produced. The secondary camera for video calling is placed above the display on the right side. Next to it are the proximity and the ambient sensors. Under the screen, there are a set of three physical keys which are for the Answer, Ignore and Menu functions.
The power button is at the top and this handles the ringing profiles and the screen lock. This edge also houses the micro USB port and the 3.5 mm audio jack. This jack behaves as a TV-Out port also. The left side has the 2 mm charger plug while the right side has the shutter key, lock slider and the volume keys. The back side has the camera lens, the dual LED flash and the speaker grill.
The C7 is the second handset to make use of the Symbian^3 user interface. The Symbian^3 is surely an improvement but it is not an overhaul like Microsoft. There are changes in both the appearance and in the functionality. There three home screen panes in the C7 and they can be filled with widgets that can be reshuffled. The panes that are not necessary can also be deleted. The structure of the main menu is not changed. It is of the hierarchical folder structure. The task manager has undergone some modifications. It shows screen shots of the applications that are running instead of icons. The new version of Symbian has done certain effects to skimp on the eye candy like the predecessors and it has bumping and revolving icons, menus which open with zoom in and out effects and occasional fading.
The C7 is a nicely designed handset with a very thin profile. It has a distinct E series styling and attitude of C series that is suitable mainly for the business users. The 3.5 inch touch screen that is used in this is the best among the ones that we have seen in Nokia handsets. However, the lack of the Clear Black Display of Nokia is a flaw. The camera produces high definition videos which are a treat to us. The display also does a good job of supporting the DivX/XviD videos seamlessly. The handset also produces excellent audio quality and a great connectivity package. The latest version of Symbian shows the company’s interest ti improve and change but this excludes the camera and the web browser. The handset will be available for a cost of 350 euro currently which is fair enough for its feature set.