Nokia C7 review

A slimmed-down and cheaper version of the N8 makes its debut

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Nokia c7 review

The Nokia C7 is not an inexpensive handset. At £389, it is on a par with the likes of the HTC Desire and recently announced BlackBerry Bold 9780.

As an early Symbian^3 smartphone it will certainly garner some attention. But we aren't sure Nokia has done enough to make its revamped OS special. It still has nested menus that would make HTC and Apple cringe, and our review handset crashed a couple of times, which ought to make any handset manufacturer hang their head in shame.

Symbian^3 just doesn't feel like it has the sparkle or ease of use to take on the leaders, we're afraid.

We liked

Neat and tidy to hold with a thin design.

Superb speakers and a well-positioned headset slot coupled with an all-too-rare FM transmitter.

Superb battery life.

A good camera that produced some great 720p footage.

Three home screens with a reasonable amount of flexibility in widget placement seem fine to us, although we can see how some people might not like the rigidity of the grid design.

We disliked

No handset should ever crash.

Symbian^3 just doesn't feel modern enough. Sometimes, there are two different menu systems – for instance, when using the camera – which can be confusing. Also, nested apps in the main menu should really be a thing of the past.

Poor integration of Facebook and Twitter data with contacts.

No text reflowing in the web browser.


Some aspects of the Nokia C7 are great. We like the good battery life; the screen is sharp and clear, if a little small; and there are plenty of apps on board. We find the three home screen system is perfectly liveable, and the camera and video playback are both well above average.

Nokia c7 review

But Symbian^3 might not be enough to lift Nokia from its current popularity levels into the stratosphere.We feel that Nokia has tried to box clever by retaining much of the old S60 look and feel in order to prevent forcing a steep learning curve on existing fans. In doing so, it's constructed a new OS that is too close to its predecessor for us.

Nested menus in the main menu listing is a disaster for quick access, as is having to remember how to navigate through two different menu systems when using the camera.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSDPA
SAR Value0.73 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyC
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack, Grey
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time9.60 Hour
Product ModelC7-00
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Screen Resolution640 x 360
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)130 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, REACH
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionSymbian^3 OS
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height117.3 mm
Width56.8 mm
Depth10.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesC
Battery Standby Time555 Hour
Product NameC7-00 Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number002V048
Manufacturer Website Address
Package Contents
  • C7-00 Smartphone
  • Nokia Battery BL-5K
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable CA-101D
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-102
  • Nokia High Effeciency Charger AC-15
  • Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty2 Year