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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Nokia 700

Ovi maps has always been an excellent selling point for enabled Nokia handsets, and the version included on the Nokia 700 is no exception. The GPS locks on quickly, there's the option of satellite, 3D or map views and both car and walking sat nav guides.

Nokia 700

It easily gives Google maps a run for its money, with a compass that calibrates quickly and extra excellent features.

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It's truly easy to use and, on top of the bread and butter map features, provides extra apps-within-the-maps such as Time Out, TripAdvisor and Qype to ensure you'll find what you're looking for in the local area if you need a few suggestions on where to go.

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In terms of other apps, the Nokia 700 covers the basics decently well.

Nokia 700

The Social app (and widget) provides updates from your Twitter and Facebook feeds in one integrated home page, while also acting as a portal to the Symbian Twitter and Facebook apps.

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They offer good experiences for app versions of your favourite networking sites. In Twitter you can see the feed, @ replies, Messages and followers, plus enter the camera in order to upload a picture to Twitter there and then.

That's pretty good functionality; it's just a shame you can't do things such as dip into message history to understand the context of someone's conversation.

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As for Facebook, there is much the same functionality. You can check out profiles, messages, notifications and news feeds.

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You can also upload camera content there and then.

Nokia 700

Photo albums are slow to load, even on a Wi-Fi connection, but once they do, the viewer renders them well.

As for the rest of apps pre-loaded on the Nokia 700, you're provided with the BBC iPlayer app, shazam, the Virgin Player app, YouTube, Orkut, Nat Geo, Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja. There's also Quickoffice for the more business-minded user.

iPlayer is excellent, except for the fact that there's no 3G streaming functionality, which is rubbish. The Virgin Media app is willing to work via 3G, but you've got to sign up for a "pass" first, which is only valid for 24 hours.

Still, for getting started, it's not a bad lot. All the apps you download can be used as shortcuts from the home screens, or filed into appropriate folders in the menu, making it easy to reach what you want when you want.

The Nokia 700 is also NFC-enabled, which, had we a second handset to test that out on, would have been excellent. NFC technology enables you to simply tap two devices together to swap contact information, share files and even wirelessly pair with accessories such as speakers.

But, unfortunately, moving on from the basic and most ubiquitous apps is difficult, because the Ovi store is notoriously rubbish. Decent games are few and far between, and the lack of even those apps popularised on the Android and Apple app stores are noticeably absent for Symbian.

It's a shame really, because the Nokia 700 could have really stretched its legs a little with something more challenging than Angry Birds.


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