Nokia E7 Review

by on May 5, 2011
in Gadgets

Nokia E7 is one of the best phones in its class. A very solid build quality, gorgeous display and runs on the (almost dead) Symbian^3 – which now has been updated to the Symbian Anna OS update.

We call it one of the best Nokia phones so far because it really is. The first feeling you get after holding the Nokia E7 in your hands is wow! Let’s dig deeper what this phone has in store for us!

Nokia E7 Review

In this Nokia E7 review, I won’t compare the phone directly with another device for every feature. I will include multiple devices like the Nokia C7, Nokia N8 etc. to compare several features of the phone.

We will cover various aspects of the phone, such as display, sound/music, OS, speed etc. Let’s take a look at its technical specifications first. Then we’ll head to the actual review of the Nokia E7.

Nokia E7: Spefications

  • Display: 4-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display (360 x 640 pixels)
  • Processor: 680 MHz ARM 11 processor
  • Camera: 8 MP camera with fixed-focus, dual LED flash, secondary camera for video calls
  • Video: 720p video recording at 25FPS.
  • Memory: 256MB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 1GB ROM, no microSD slot
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, microUSB, HDMI output
  • Other: Flash Lite 4.0 support, A-GPS, FM Radio, 3.5 mm jack, accelerometer, Ovi Maps, Digital Compass, Document Viewer etc.
  • Battery: 1200 mAh Li-Ion
  • OS: Symbian^3

Now let’s move on to the review.

Nokia E7: Design

I can keep on talking about the Nokia E7’s design all day. A very gorgeous phone with a solid build quality. On the front side, Nokia E7 has the large 4-inch ClearBlack AMOLED screen. Above the screen, you have the front-facing VGA camera for video calls, light sensor, ear piece and the Nokia logo. Below the screen, there is one physical button in the center for accessing the main applications menu or going back to the home screen.

On the back side of the Nokia E7, there is a 8 megapixels camera (fixed-focus) with dual LED flash and a stereo speaker.

Right side has the external SIM card slot, volume control which can also be used as a shortcut to access the flashlight using the dual LED flash at the back of the phone and the dedicated camera key that almost all Nokia phones have.

On the left side, there is only the sleep/wakeup key to unlock/lock the phone.

There is a microUSB slot, mini-HDMI output, the power button and the 3.5mm audio jack on the top.

Nokia E7: Display

Nokia E7 sports a 4-inch Clear Black AMOLED display – and during our tests, this is way better than the display found in the E7’s cousin, Nokia N8. Just like you would expect, the E7 has vivid colours, good contrast and excellent viewing angles.

This large screen is covered by a gorilla glass, which protects the phone from any scratching or hard hits. Too bad we couldn’t do a stress test with its screen this time. May be, later on? You can see our Samsung Galaxy Tab review to see what we do in our gorilla glass testing ;-)

Nokia E7 has a large 4-inch display and trust me, even the ugliest apps and photos look amazing on it. If you have been a past LCD screen user on your phone, then this would be a great upgrade for you in terms of display.

In our quick direct sunlight tests, Nokia E7’s AMOLED display proved to be better than the LCD display of the Nokia C7, Nokia N8.

Nokia E7: Processor/Speed

Nokia E7 is powered with a 680 MHz ARM 11 processor. Not up to the par with the current generation of smartphones, but it pretty much does the job well. Nokia doesn’t have any major resource hungry apps that need so much processing power.

As for RAM is considered, the E7 has 256MB RAM is sufficient for the device. During our play time with the Nokia E7, it hardly crashed or ran out of memory once or twice – much better than what it used to be on the Nokia C7 and Nokia N8.

We only experience a slight lag in some areas of the Symbian^3 OS, but I believe that was probably because of some software bug which should now be removed in the Symbian Anna update.

Nokia E7: Camera/Video

Camera is one major disappointment in the Nokia E7. It has a 8 megapixels camera at the back, from what I know, it is the same as the one found in the Nokia C7. It is fixed-focus which doesn’t even take half the better photos when compared to photos taken with other fixed-focus cameras. Nokia E7 also has a VGA front camera for video calls.

Photos taken from the Nokia E7 are quite blurry and not focused well. Nokia E7 could be “the Nokia phone” if only they had put in a 5 megapixels or 8 megapixels camera ‘with’ auto-foucs. Even tweaking with various camera settings didn’t help.

You can see a few sample shots I took with the Nokia E7 below. Click on the image for the full-resolution photo.

Here’s a sample video recorded from the Nokia E7:

Nokia E7: Body/Build Quality

We all know that Nokia still makes products with the best hardware. The build quality is top notch with the slider QWERTY keyboard being the best we have seen. The keyboard is flawless with keys, not too far away or not too close.

I have been using touchscreen keyboards for a while now, but typing on the Nokia E7 was very comfortable. This phone is big, but it doesn’t feel that bulky when in hands.

You make out from the photos that what a solid product the Nokia E7 is.

Nokia E7: Connectivity

Nokia E7 offers several connectivity options such as Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, HDMI out and microUSB support. It comes with a mini HDMI cable for the E71 which connects with the main HDMI cable with your TV.

Playing Angry Birds on the big TV screen was really fun! You can also use the HDMI out for watching your photos or videos.

Nokia E7: Battery

Battery timings have been relatively better than previous Nokia devices I have played with, but not better than the Nokia N8. Nokia E7 runs on a 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery. It provides talktime of 9 hours on 2G and 5 hours on 3G. Standby time is of 432 hours on 2G and 480 hours on 3G.

Nokia E7: Photos

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  • Malhani Pardeep

    i have this cell phone

  • You like the Nokia E7? What are your views about it?

  • maxi

    Haris this review was really helpful for me in my decision of buying a new phone.. but still I'm a bit reluctant in buying E7 due to camera fixed focus thing :/

    May be you could suggest me another one!!
    P.s. i am also from UCP

  • Bravo Haris!