Nokia 700 review

The thin Nokia 700 is certainly a tiny smartphone, but is it packing much hardware in that skinny frame?

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The vanilla functionality of the Nokia 700's contacts list is a little disappointing, given both the much-improved operating system and the slick hardware.

Reached via a shortcut on a homepage or via the menu, the Nokia 700's contacts layout is a simple list.

Nokia 700

Favourites are given pride of place at the top, but otherwise the display runs in a simple first-name alphabetical order.

Adding or searching for a contact is simple, easily done via the menu bar at the bottom of the screen, and at the top is the shortcut for grouping your friends together.

There's no social integration here - no Facebook or Twitter updates. Even the beleaguered Nokia E7 had that.

This much nicer operating system should have been able to handle integrated social networking no problem, and the inclusion of it would have boosted the phone into the HTC category of smartphones. Alas, that was not to be.

Nokia 700

There's the opportunity to enter a contact's Facebook URL, but instead of even linking to their page, the only thing you can do is copy it to a clipboard, presumably so you can paste it into the browser.

A little lame, Nokia, in this day and age.

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Still, making a call or messaging a contact is easy - just tap their name or tap and hold to bring up either menu.

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Other than that, there are the usual features of being able to send the number via Bluetooth or message, add an image taken with the phone's camera or add to the home screen for easy access to your most-dialled numbers.

Shame - on this screen, we're sure the extra touch of integrated networks would have looked extra crisp on this screen and added an extra layer of functionality that would have brought it in line with the most up-to-date smartphones.

Calling on the handset is also average, but for this feature, that's actually great. The Nokia 700 bucks the usual Nokia trend of lacking smart features but being a great phone - for once it's a Nokia handset that's actually pretty great at both.

Nokia 700

Tapping through to the dialler from the home screen brings up the alphanumeric smart-dialling keypad, where you can either enter the known number or tap out the name of your contact, which will appear in a list above the numbers.

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The call log is excellently detailed, with dates, times and names.

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It's also possible to tap into the contacts here, and even speed dials, although the latter is hidden within a sub-menu, which sort of defeats the purpose of speed dialling in our eyes.

Once you're actually in a call, the speaker is clear and perfectly loud, although it's a little hard to find the ultra-slim volume rocker with your fingertips when speaking if you need to adjust the volume.

Also, if your conversational partner is having signal issues, the handset's speaker isn't going to help you much. Still, the Nokia 700 excels at being a basic phone, as well as managing to incorporate a decent few bells and whistles.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory2 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time12 Hour
Product Model700
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution640 x 360
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)96 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityChina RoHS, REACH, RoHS, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionSymbian Belle
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density229 ppi
Height110 mm
Width50 mm
Depth9.7 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time465 Hour
Product Name700 Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number002Z1R0
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

World's smallest smartphone

Ultra-slim design with ultra-fast performance, all wrapped up in stylish metal and glass.

Home screen designed for you

A fresh, new look with some great additions such as the email, music and radio widgets you control from the six home screens.

NFC built in

An easy way to share photos and video, or connect to loudspeakers and accessories - without any wires or any hassle.

Email and social networks

Staying in touch is a breeze - scroll your mail inbox and social network feeds and updates using the handy home screen widgets.

Limited Warranty2 Year