Nokia E7 review

Is the E7 too little, too late from Nokia?

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Nokia E7 review: Messaging

The SMS/MMS messaging caries the bog standard recognisable interface for every Nokia handset anywhere, though it's simple and easy to use. There's a nice conversation view for SMS, but this is where the niftiness ends, and everything from here is bland but useful.

Nokia e7

Nokia e7

Nokia e7

Nokia e7

There's no universal inbox but the unified email client means you can easily switch between multiple protocols, and it's a doddle to set-up – just put in your email and password and the E7 does the rest.

Nokia e7

Nokia e7

Nokia e7

For when you're using the touchscreen QWERTY keyboard in landscape or the alphanumeric keypad in portrait, there's a comforting haptic buzzing, but we can't believe there's STILL no mini QWERTY in portrait. Boo, we say.

Instead it's still the standard portrait experience of a touchscreen keyboard: middling responsiveness to typing, forcing you to slow down, and unintuitive spell correct that means you have to tap the correct word to replace the badly spelled one.

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But you're unlikely to use the touchscreen keyboards much when there's a gorgeous hardware keyboard – the standout feature of the phone. The landscape format makes for more comfortable typing than on, say, the BlackBerry Bold 9780, and the soft rubber keys are nicely spaced for quick typing.

Even for small-handed people, it's a comfortable and tactile keypad that you'd be happy enough to use if you've got a long email to draft.

However, if you're attempting to bash out a text with drink in hand, you'll have to find somewhere to rest that beer – the handset is far too heavy and clunky to use one-handed. There's autocorrect and autocomplete, but both are turned off by default.

An interesting option (but one we wonder about including) is the option to listen to text messages. Worth doing though, if just to hear a robotic voice say the words: "Mega awesome: smiley face, big smile."

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen, QWERTY
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value0.56 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyE
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
Phone StyleSlider
ColourSilver
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time9 Hour
Product ModelE7
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution640 x 360
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)176 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 TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height123.7 mm
Width62.4 mm
Depth13.6 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesE
Battery Standby Time430 Hour
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameE7 Smartphone
Processor Speed680 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeProximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number002V4B8
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Package Contents
  • E7 Smartphone
  • Nokia Battery BL-4D
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable CA-179
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-205
  • Nokia Connectivity Adapter CA-156
  • Nokia Micro-USB to USB OTG Adapter CA-157
  • Nokia High Efficiency Charger AC-10E
  • Quick Guide
Limited Warranty2 Year