Apr 18, 2011

Nokia C7, The Hardware Talk

The Nokia C7 is the mid-tier potent competitor in the crowded smartphone market, at the moment it cost at around PhP15,400 ($360) and stand distant as the only phone that carries the well received at the same time well criticize Symbian^3 operating system in the said bracket. So how does the phone feared with the rest of the competition.. my thoughts on the phone, read on..

Nokia C7 Specification Run Down

1. Pentaband working across every continent in the world
2. 3.5 inches AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
3. GRPRS, EDGE, 3G, WIFI, Bluetooth. micro USB on-the-go support
4. 8 GB storage, 256 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM with microSD slot supporting 32GB
5. 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, fixed focus, dual-LED flash, 720p@25fps, video stabilization
6. 680 MHz ARM 11 processor, Broadcom BCM2727 GPU
7. MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player, DivX/XviD/MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
8. SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML Wen browser with RSS feeds

Its an elegant wrap!

Without a doubt, the phone is the most stylish and elegant mobilephone that I have used and encountered so far, the curve says it all, it looks very attractive, its lightweight and feels very classy and solid when held. The front panel primarily exhumes the overall appeal of the phone, it has the right combination of contrasts, fraction and layers that makes a simple design sleek. Being sold in the mid-tier space, I applaud Nokia's effort to bring their best hardware engineering down to this bracket, it gives chance for the biggest part of the smartphone market to enjoy a high end marvel.

Blueprint! or Black rather..

Shiny and scratch free, the phones front panel is covered with no less than a the hardened Gorilla Glass, a durable and scratch resistant panel capable of taking on the harshest accidental scrapes possible. The lower part of the panel is the call, menu and end button covered with a resistive glossy plastic, a part that needs to be well taken care of. The overall border of the front panel is dark reflective silver giving its shiny appeal. Well, the combination of parts on this panel so far is an echo of salute for the phone to take the front spot in the bracket race.

On top of the phone are the USB hub, 3.5mm audio jack and the start button, button part contains the lanyard hole. The USB hub has the plastic cover that Nokia have mastered for years but again and again I'm not a huge fan of it, the slider mechanism is better.

On the left side is the charger port alone while on the right is quite crowded with the volume rocker, the voice command key, the lock and unlock key and the camera shutter key. Buttons were not as fancy like the N8 or E7 being plastic but it can handle its purpose well. I don't have any problem with the set up because it doesn't affect the phones performance.

On the back is the unprotected camera bezel barging an 8MP (not Carl Zeiss) with dual LED flash and the hands free loudspeakers. I have a small problem with this bezel though, its covered with a glossy plastic and is prone to scratches. In two weeks time that I have the phone with me, it already earned a few superficial scratch, not noticeable though and very manageable.

Taking the metallic battery cover off exposes the battery and the SIM card slot which can still be considered hot swappable because you don't need to take off the battery to change it. The memory card thought was hidden on the side of the battery compartment, users need to take the battery off before accessing the memory card slot. Quite sensible because it would protect your memory card files protected as you need to turn off the phone before removing one.

The phone measures 117.3mm long, 56.8mm wide, 10.5mm thin and weights 130grams. Ideal dimension for me specially the width since I cannot go beyond 3.5inches screen as it would affect single hand use. The weight is overwhelming, I hardly encounter a smartphone with exemplary specification as light as the Nokia C7.

Power Source!

The phone has Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh (BL-5K) with a stand-by time of up to 552 hours on 2G and up to 648 hours on 3G. Talk time of up to 9 hours and 30 minutes on 2G and up to 5 hours on 3G. Music play is up to 54 hours. My impression, its a one day affair for me, most of my power consumption is web, entertainment, SMS and calls and it could only stand up to my demands for a day. Its far from the Nokia E7 that could survive 2 days on my count but its very amendable.

Overall, the phones framework is high grade plastic but its masked with metal stripes on the side and battery cover giving a solid impression. My overall impression, durable but its not as worry free as that of the anodized aluminum case of the Nokia N8 or Nokia E7 as the plastic parts needs to be watch for possible wear and tear. Among the competition, its unbeaten so far.

Well, this ends the hardware talk for me, software talk and the overall performance well be apt next so keep it right here.


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