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I've had the Nokia E7 for a few days now, but I knew what I was getting seeing it's replacing the previous generation Communicator, the Nokia E90. I'm a Symbian fan, so this phone is perfect for me. But is it perfect for you?
Well that depends. I've had each Communicator since 1997. (9000i, 9000il, 9110i, 9210, 9500, E90 and now the E7) So I'm used to the phones changing operating systems. (I.e., the 9000 to 9210 used a different OS then the 9500 to the E7) That's not really a problem for me. But now we're starting to use these "app stores" which contain various applications for our devices. The iPhone has one, Nokia has one, Android too plus a couple of others. So for some, changing a mobile OS to another isn't an option unless you want to re-purchase those apps for your current phone.
Anyways, Symbian isn't Android. Symbian has been around for quite a while, and the latest version "Anna" on the E7 is a mixed affair. If you've owned a Nokia Symbian phone prior to this, most everything should be familiar. But if you haven't, you may find the Symbian Anna OS difficult to use. (Unlike Android or iOS, Symbian uses a lot of sub menu's.)
When the Symbian Belle update is released, I have a feeling a lot of this will change.
But overall, the menu system is decent. Especially if you're used to Symbian.
Hardware wise, this phone as it all. The processor isn't the strongest, which might worry some. But come to find out, it runs great and even plays the popular games on the market just fine! Multi-tasking works fine, only exception is if you're running heavy programs. (I.e. games, browser with flash etc.)
The keyboard was a little worrisome for me as I thought the keys were flush. But looks are deceiving. The keys do stick up a little bit from the keyboard plate, which gives you pretty good tactile feedback. There's plenty of room so you can type efficiently. I never use the on screen keyboard unless I'm dialing as no touch screen keyboard can come as close as the physical one on the E7. (I.e. I personally make a few mistakes unlike when I use the hardware keyboard.)
The screen despite being "nHD" is lovely. It's 600 something by 300 something pixels. But pixelation really isn't a problem despite the mediocre resolution. The blacks are really black here! No grays! Colors are warm and look lovely. Whites aren't exactly white though, more off-white then anything else. But once you move those pictures onto your PC or big screen, they're white again so this is the fault of the LCD.
Speaking of LCD, the E7 does have Gorilla glass which means you really have to try something hard to scratch the screen.
I do miss a memory card slot, but 16gb of space isn't bad and I've still not used all of it despite all my music, videos and games I've got on my phone.
Another great feature is you can give power point presentations on a big screen TV or a projector that accepts HDMI! No need to lug that computer around! It's also very fun to play Angry Birds on my HD TV!
So overall, this is a great phone. It's got a plethora of business related programs like Office which allows you to work on office documents on the go, sync with outlook and much more.
I give it an 8 or 9 out of 10.
Brilliant phone, does everything right.. shame it doesnt have Carl Zeiss lens.. And keyboard not comfortable for small hands.. But the feaures are exellant!