Nokia X7 Review

 

Nokia X7 Review by 3G.co.uk
Nokia X7 Review by 3G.co.uk
Nokia X7 Review by 3G.co.uk

Feature set summary for Nokia X7 review

Nice eight-megapixel snapper, accurate A-GPS location pinpointing with Ovi Maps, decent social networking features, HD video recording and Wi-Fi

 

Style and handling summary for Nokia X7 review

The handset looks good with its metal back and massive four-inch display. Not everyone will like its angular grilled corners though

 

Battery power summary for Nokia X7 review

Battery life is top-notch - you should get two days of making calls, using Wi-Fi and Sat Nav - that's about twice what you get with an Android phone or iPhone

 

Performance summary for Nokia X7 review

The sat-nav impresses, as does the snapper. It is good for viewing films on, but installing apps is far too time-consuming

 

User friendliness summary for Nokia X7 review

The Symbian operating system has been tweaked into a new version, but it doesn't offer a good user experience, it's far from intuitive and we're not surprised that Nokia is going to get rid of it in favour of Windows Phone 7

 

The Symbian operating system has been tweaked into a new version, but it doesn't offer a good user experience, it's far from intuitive and we're not surprised that Nokia is going to get rid of it in favour of Windows Phone 7

 

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Nokia X7 Review Scoring Summary

Style & Handling
User Friendliness
Feature Set
Performance
Battery Power
Overall Score 3G.co.uk grey star

 

Pros : Good looking handset; massive display; excellent snapper; metal chassis; top-notch sat nav
 

Cons : Clunky operating system that is unintuitive; 680MHz chip pretty weak for the price range

 

Verdict : While the excellent snapper and top build quality work in the X7's favour, the out-dated operating system and high price are deal breakers

 

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Full Review and Specification for the Nokia X7

It's six months since Finnish phone Giant Nokia announced that it would be ditching its Symbian OS in favour of Windows Phone 7 and yet it is still producing phones running on the operating system. While the company used to lead the way in the mobile world, it has failed to keep up with the likes of Android and Apple and while it has doggedly hung on to its clunky, non-intuitive OS, it has been overtaken. The latest Symbian update - entitled Anna - fails to make much in the way of improvements. 

  

I'm all right jack

On the top of the handset you'll find a 3.4mm headset jack, on/off button and microUSB port. These are well placed and easy to use, but on the sides of the handset the story changes - the left side is home to microSD and SIm slots and these are fiddly and hard to use. Nokia has seen fit to create a mechanical holder into which you insert the cards after pulling it out. It's a nuisance and nor does the holder feel that sturdy. We were worried that we might break it if we pulled or pushed too hard or at the wrong angle.

 

To look at, the X7 seems pretty impressive - it's made from metal, and looks like a pretty mean piece of kit. It's quite chunky - it has a weight of 146g and measures 119.7x62.8x11.9 and feels rather like it's built like a tank. It has a curved back, which makes it fit into the hand well, and it feels sturdy enough to survive a substantial drop. Mind you, not everyone will like the angular corners and their grill trims, which are home to two external speakers.


On the right side you'll find the volume and camera buttons, both of which are completely flat and almost impossible to find using touch alone. You will have to look down the side of the handset to control the volume and activate the camera, which is a real nuisance.

 

The display is big at four inches and performs really well despite the unimpressive resolution (360x640 pixels). Both movies and games look good with vibrant colours and sharp graphics - sure it's not up there with the iPhone 4, but it's good nevertheless. However, it does have a tendency to attract greasy fingerprints.

 

Operating system

So while the X7 looks good, when you turn it on, things go downhill. You have to contend with the Symbian OS, which Nokia is about to ditch. Worse still, it works with Nokia's Ovi Store, a very poor offering compared to the likes of Android Market and Apple's App Store. Download apps take forever to install, and they are really dear too (Angry Birds will set you back £1.50, compared with 69p from Apple). It took five minutes just to install a tiny free demo - no use if you just want a small window of entertainment at the end of your commute.

 

Anna offers you three home screens, which can be customised with shortcuts and widgets. It's easy to swipe between the screens, and each one can hold six widgets and four shortcuts - it's a shame that it's fiddly to get the apps onto the home screens - you can't just put them on, you have to fiddle about making shortcuts within widgets. It's another example of the shortcomings of the Symbian OS.

Press the Menu key, which you'll find beneath the display, and you'll be taken to the menu screen and homepages - here you'll be rewarded with a grid layout with icons arranged tidily. One of these is an apps sub folder - we don't see why all the apps can't have been put on one screen as they are in Android - it's yet another example of how clunky the OS is.

 

Social networking

You can aggregate your Twitter and Facebook accounts using the Social app, but even this is not a simple task because you have to register with Ovi first. However, once you do get it going, it looks good, but is just not as user friendly as the social networking facility on Android. We were also annoyed by the great big clock widget that you can't get rid of.

 

Nokia has tweaked the OS in this version; improvements include the onscreen QWERTY keyboard - which now switches to portrait mode (we still can't quite believe that it never did before) - better menus, softer icons and a faster onboard web browser (not that it can compete with Safari). Mind you, the OS is really beyond help, so these tweaks are like putting a small plaster on a broken bone.

 

Snapper

It's not all doom and gloom - the snapper, for instance, was impressive. It boasts eight megapixels, dual-LED flash and 720p HD. You can even edit your images or movies with the onboard editing software.

 

There is an 8GB memory card, but unfortunately it's a microSD one. The handset will support a 32Gb card, but you'll have to remove the 8Gb one to put it in. The onboard memory is a paltry 256MB.

As always with Nokia handsets the sat nav offering is top notch - the excellent Ovi maps gives you really accurate location pinpointing. Calculating a route is really speedy too.

 

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Our conclusion

While the X7 boasts some impressive features such as its sat-nav, snapper and large touch screen, we can't really recommend a handset that costs £380 and runs on an outdated operating system and connects to a poorly stocked, expensive app store.

 

Nokia X7 Specification

Type of phone:

Smartphone

Style:

N/A

Size:

119.7x62.8x11.9mm

Weight:

146g

Display:

16 million colours

Resolution:

352x416

Camera:

Eight megapixels

Special Camera features:

LED flash

Video recording:

Yes

Video playback:

Yes

Video calling:

Yes

Video streaming:

Yes

Music formats played:

MP3, eAAC+, WMA, WAV

3.5mm jack port:

Yes

Handsfree speakerphone:

N/A

Voice Control:

Yes

Voice Dialling:

Yes

Call records:

N/A

Phonebook:

Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall

Ringtones customization:

Yes

Display description:

TFT capacitive touch-screen

Website:

www.nokia.co.uk

SAR:

N/A

Portfolio:

N/A

Standard color:

Black, metal

Launch Status:

Available

Ringtones:

MP3

Radio:

Yes

Operating system:

Symbian UIQ

Connectivity:

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, MicroUSB, A2DP

Announced date:

April 2011

What's in the Box:

Handset, charger, USB cable, headphones

RAM:

256MB RAM

International launch date:

N/A

Battery life when playing multimedia:

N/A

CPU:

680MHz ARM 11 processor, 2D/3D Graphics HW Accelerator with OpenVG1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0

FM Radio Description:

Stereo FM radio with RDS

Internal memory:

256MB

Memory Card Slot:

microSD

Messaging:

Email, IM, SMS, MMS

Internet Browser:

WAP 2.0, XHTML, HTML

E-mail client:

SMTP, Push email, POP3, IMAP4

GPS:

A-GPS

Java:

Yes

Games:

Downloadable

Data speed:

HSDPA, 3G

Frequency:

Quad-band

Talktime:

270 minutes

Standby:

450 hours

Display size:

4 inches

Keypad:

N/A

Audio recording:

Yes


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By Miles J Thomas on 03rd August, 2011


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