A solid effort from Nokia, the C7 is very similar to the N8 in a number of key areas and will please Nokia fans. However, at £320 SIM-free, the C7 isn't the cheapest device on the market and, with the Motorola Milestone XT720 being just £10 more, we would struggle to recommend this device over its Android rival. Pros: Responsive screen; Flash video support; good battery life Cons: Text input can be awkward; mediocre browser; expensive; Android and iOS4 offer better usability
Responsive screen; Flash video support; good battery life.
Text input can be awkward; mediocre browser; expensive; Android and iOS4 offer better usability.
£ 319.99 SIM-free
3.5in 16:9 nHD (640 x 360 pixels) Amoled screen, 8GB internal memory, micro-SD card support up to 32 GB, 8-megapixel camera, dual LED flash, 117.3 x 56.8 x 10.5mm, 130g
The C7 is the latest addition to the high-end Nokia smartphone line-up, and is a competent device that will appeal to Nokia fans.
An attractive curvy design houses a 3.5in Amoled screen, which is pleasingly responsive. The 640 x 360 resolution is the same as on the Nokia N8 and, while it is not the best in class, the colours are sharp.
The C7 runs on Symbian^3 and, having already used this revamped interface in the Nokia N8, we are convinced that it is not going to rival Android and iOS4 in terms of usability.
The three homescreens are packed with application shortcuts and widgets, and feel a bit overwhelming on the 3.5in screen. The interface is best suited to users who want lots of bite-sized chunks of information from different applications.
The C7 comes with a 680MHz processor, another feature it shares with the N8. The device is capable of multi-tasking, but users may want to keep an eye on how many applications are open at the same time as these can pile up rather quickly and start eating into battery life.
Our review unit came pre-loaded with a number of applications, of which Ovi Maps, QuickOffice, Message reader and Adobe PDF viewers are likely to be the most useful to business users.
Preloaded widgets that link to CNN.com and CNN Video, along with the ability to configure emails including Exchange accounts, are other useful enterprise features.
Facebook, Yell, YouTube, Groceries, Metro and Sports tracker apps are also preinstalled, while over 13,000 other applications are available from the Nokia Ovi store.
Text input on the device isn't the best and struggles to rival text-friendly devices such as the BlackBerry Bold 9700.
Typing in portrait mode brings up a classic alpha-numerical keypad, as with the N8. We still found this a little disappointing, but it may make life easier for those making the transition from a classic mobile to a smartphone.
A full Qwerty keypad appears when the device is used in landscape mode, but it's not the best. The keys are just too small and inputting text can be quite awkward.