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I've had this E7 for quite a while but I recently sold it off. The phone resembles the first generation of Xperia by Sony. When I first used the phone the spring mechanism to pull out the touch screen and reveal the keypad it felt really solidly made. However over time the spring mechanism doesn't really feel like it did the first time. Over time it has developed a score/scratch where the spring load mechanism meets the back panel of the screen.
E7 is quite a bulky phone and is one of the things to be disliked about the phone since the depth is quite substantial making the phone really thick compared to many other smartphones around at the time.
Anyways the E7 uses Symbian OS and its practically teh same as the other and older phones by Nokia which is always good. The learning curve of using the phone isn't so big so you are instantly familiar with user menus, settings and various phone items.
The screen is quite good and is responsive but I felt that at times that it wasn't registering my touch very well. It is quite large but the viewing angle isn't that good especially in direct sunlight. For a small resolution the colours are pretty good and vibrant.
There are the usual applications that come with Symbian phones as well as some new Nokia apps like Nokias navigation app but the main problem with the phone is the lack of apps compared to an Android phone. However if you use the phone for calling and doing a little browsing, emailing etc then this is perfectly a fine phone.
Sound quality is very good for on both fronts. And the 8mpx camera along with its LED flash light performs well; although the pictures aren't that great but its not what I used the phone for.
One of the unique features about the phone is the HDMI port which I don't know why Nokia bothered with. Till date I haven't bothered using this and I can't figure out why I would. The other ports however are very handy such as the standard full size audio jack.
The power button is large for thumb or finger and acts as a unlock button when the screen is locked. Pressing it long enough of course brings the phone to shut down or to switch on.
For me the outstanding quality of the phone is the candybar look with a solid sense of build quality behind it. However I when it comes to slider phones, I still prefer the Xperia.
What we liked about the Nokia E7-00: Sound: Best call experienced on a phone. Amazing clarity in voice calls. Navigation: The best there is on the market. Hardware: Really good build quality. Great overall look and feel. Camera: Good for all-around usage.What we didn't like: The space bar of the keyboard. Weird ticking sound. Fixed-focus camera. This is a problem when taking a close-up shot of text. The browser: Easily the word part of this phone. This problem shouldn't exist in a month or two when Symbian Anna is released.but so far the phone is good
Well What can i say a real thing of beauty and we all know that is only skin deep,The Nokia e7 is quite a large well made querty smart phone,it has a very large touchscreen(compared to most phones)it has a very pretty all encased quality feeling product,It has slide function for the screen which reveals the keyboard the action is very precise.
The keyboard itself has well spaced keys compared to some nokia phones,and the screen looks fantastic
on the side it has access to pop in the sim card(not under the battery as this cant be opened)and camera button,on the top it has a headphone jack charging port and hdmi port,internally it has 16g of storage which can be enhanced via micro sd card.
The nokia music player is still one of the best and will appeal to music lovers,connections via bluetooth and wifi as standard also.
The nokia browser is quite impressive although not the quickest it supports flash lite version 4,the camera is 8mp with twin flash and lots of options,it takes quality pictures as you might expect.the side key seems laggy when trying to start the camera also.
now the bad bit,the touchscreen is a bit of a pain and feels slow and clumsy compared to say an i phone or high end htc,also multitasking is not as easy as well proven touchscreen smart phones,in light of this i feel its a very pretty looking smart phone but is easily beaten for useability by others,that and the high cost means you could do better for your money,my opinion of course.