Nokia E7 review

Is the E7 too little, too late from Nokia?

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Nokia E7 review: Internet

With its beautiful four-inch touchscreen, 3G and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi capability, you'd think internet browsing would be a thing of joy on this machine. Sadly, this isn't so. It's a bit of a chore, actually.

The built-in Nokia browser doesn't automatically fit the page to the screen and is fairly slow to load perhaps due to the processing speed (680 MHz).

The capacitive touchscreen allows for pinch zooming and the quality of the pages on the screen are of passing crispness despite the fairly low 640 x 360 resolution, though it doesn't allow for zooming too far out and still being legible. Plus, when pinch zooming, the browser stutters often.

Nokia e7

Nokia e7

Nokia e7

Flash Lite 4.0 is a welcome software inclusion, which also supports a majority of Flash 10.1 content, but pulling up the YouTube widget automatically takes you to the mobile site, means watching a tiny media player that doesn't fill the screen with patchy quality video when you do zoom in.

Streaming on the BBC iPlayer widget (which is essentially the mobile site) doesn't take too long to load, and stays a good quality when zoomed to full screen.

Nokia e7

Nokia e7

Nokia e7

There's no text reflow, so get used to scrolling left and right if you need to zoom way in on the article you're reading.

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Aside from the frustrating speed, the browser is clunky to navigate and if you're not a Nokia or Symbian user, may take a little trial and error to get you around the browser's features as they're not clearly marked.

It takes far too many interactions, for example, to reload or find the browser history, which is rubbish if you accidently pressed a button and need to go back quickly. That said, when you do find the history, the swipeable thumbnails are a nice touch.

Nokia e7

Opera Mini is available to download for this handset. Funnily enough, it provides what Nokia can't in the form of a mini QWERTY touchpad in portrait mode. It's a little slower to load, if that's possible, than the built-in browser, but provides text reflow and a slightly-less-juddery zooming experience, so we'd use it over the E7's own browser if we were catching up on our news. Other than that, there's little to separate them.

Nokia e7

Nokia e7

Tags

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