Nokia C7 review

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

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Contacts management is quite straightforward in the Nokia C7. If you've got an Ovi account, sign in and you can synchronise contacts, calendar and notes.

Nokia c7 review

You can set up time intervals for this so that if you use Ovi as your main calendar tool, your handset keeps itself nicely up to date.

Nokia c7 review

The Nokia C7 will pick up contacts from your SIM and you can add them manually too. Because the Nokia C7 has a video-calling camera on the front of the chassis, you can even designate a separate number for video calls.

But if you want true social network integration, you're going to have to look at another handset, we're afraid, because the offering here isn't up to much.

To use social networking from the Contacts app, you need to be looking at someone's contact screen and then click on the Social Networks option that appears there.

After that, Ovi runs and you can see a contact's Twitter or Facebook data – if they've got the same username as you have for them in Contacts. If not, then you have to type out their actual username and repeat the search. Only then can you add profile info to a contact.

It is just too convoluted and not rewarding enough. Will you remember the Twitter and Facebook names of all your friends so you can complete the searches? Can you really be bothered to go through this process for everybody just to be able to see their profile and send them a message?

We can't, which means we'd probably leave it at using the standalone Social Networks app for an overview of Twitter and Facebook updates; the ability to tweet and reply; and to send messages, comment or like in Facebook.

Nokia c7 review

On the plus side, you can have a Facebook Updates widget on one of the home pages that gives you scrolling updates and links into a nicely designed Facebook page. There's also a Social Networks widget that gives both Twitter and Facebook updates.

Nokia c7 review

In stark contrast to social networking, making calls is a great experience. The Nokia C7 produced a crystal clear voice at our end, and nobody we spoke to complained, so we assume they could hear us perfectly well.

The dialler starts to search for matches as soon as you tap a key to type a name or a number. If you don't have many friends, this means one single key press could be enough to highlight the person you want to phone.

Nokia c7 review

The huge Call button on the dialler is hard to miss too, and when you are in a call there are equally giant Hold and End buttons.

Nokia c7 review

Video-calling works over Wi-Fi as well as 3G, although you might be hard pushed to find a handset you want to call that actually supports it. Still, if you don't get through, you are offered the option to send a message or make a voice call instead.


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