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

So. It turns out, the Nokia 700 is indeed small and it is indeed slim. Not only that, but it's well built, solid in the hand and finally, finally has an iteration of Symbian that can keep up with the decent hardware specs.

We liked Symbian Belle a lot. Sure, there wasn't the added slickness of HTC Sense Overlay, but it never lagged and is pretty intuitive to navigate.

We liked

We liked the gorgeous Gorilla Glass ClearBlack screen - colours popped off this thing, bright and with excellent contrast. It made watching videos a joy, despite its 3.2-inch size, since the clarity was really excellent.

The fact that Symbian has finally stepped up to make an operating system that didn't make us want to throw the phone out of the window makes us happy, and we liked that the phone is Wi-Fi and 3G enabled.

The design is incredibly sleek, and we thought the discreetness of the phone was a definite plus in the age of 'bigger is always better'.

We disliked

We didn't like the lack of really great apps to stretch the legs of the Nokia 700. We felt it sat a little unchallenged by Fruit Ninja and Foursquare. Had the Ovi store ever really taken off as a developer hot spot, there might have been more to do with this nice handset.

The screen was also a tad too thin; tall but thin. It didn't make for the best browsing experience when images were involved, since they didn't really fit into the confines.

You're also unable to use your own headset while watching videos, which is disappointing given the uncomfortable rubbish pair that are supplied with the Nokia 700. 

Final verdict

All in all, it's a lovely phone for someone who wants to dip in and out of smart phone capabilities without losing either the phone element or most of their pocket space.

It's a discreet smartphone, one for a businessperson perhaps, who doesn't want to pull out an obnoxiously large piece of kit every time they want to make a call.

It may even appeal to those who are newer to smartphones and aren't looking for the latest dual-core processor but want something decently powerful for their videos and browsing nonetheless. 

3.5 stars


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