The Nokia E7: Entertainment Experience

The E7 is touted as a business phone, but with USB-on-the-Go, an 8 Megapixel Camera, an HDMI cable and a 4″ AMOLED screen you’d be foolish not to use it for a little entertainment around the office.

The Camera

Unfortunately one of the biggest let downs is the camera. 8 mega pixels are all fine and dandy, but if i can’t take macro shots i see no point to it.

Yes the E7 has a fixed focus, no auto focus!

Frankly a stupid move by Nokia because if i’m spending close to 30k on a phone i’d really like to able do whatever i want with it. Especially if it’s being sold with a massive 8 Mega pixel camera. I’m sure the justification is that, since its a business phone and not an imaging flagship, there is no need to give the consumers what they want. But without a macro function there is no future for the E7 in the world of industrial espionage. My E72 is a business phone and has the ability to focus wherever I want it to. I may keep my undercover activities to a bare minimum but atleast I can use my E72 to photograph business cards with ease.

No clarity close up
No clarity close up

Though I did mention that, in the photograph, the clarity close up is quite terrible, but the E7 does take respectable pictures at a distance. The picture below is pretty clear up close, but taking the camera too close to the subject ruins it completely. The advantage of having 8 Mega pixel camera is that you can crop out the offending bit and still have a great picture. Still, not at all a substitute for a proper macro function.

Bright Light, Indoors
Bright Light, Indoors

One issue with the flash was that it seemed to diffuse onto the lens, which caused the left hand side of pictures to be overexposed. I faced a similar issue with the N97, so its surprising that this issue hasn’t been resolved. If you just want to point and shoot the E7 does its job well enough. Don’t bother trying anything fancy, leave those tricks to the N8.

Low Light, Flash
Low Light, Flash

 

The Display

The 4″ AMOLED screen is a boon, and should not be wasted. The software for reading PDFs is a bit slow, but that shouldn’t be a problem if the file is on the mass memory.  I would suggest getting a good comic book reader to while away all those hours of overtime at the office.

Pdf on AMOLED
Viewing PDFs on the AMOLED screen

A neat design feature is that all the cables and paraphernalia that need to be attached to the E7 remain on one side. really does reduce the cable clutter especially when the phone is in portrait mode.

The E7 supports HD 720p Video playback on HD TV through HDMI cable and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound when played with HDMI and a home theatre. A good way to make use of an empty conference room. Playing HD videogames from your E7 on a massive HDTV screen is definitely something to be experienced.

All plugged in
All plugged in

 

USB On-the-Go

One of the features I love on Symbian^3 is USB-on-the-go, for all the inadequacies of the Symbian OS this feature really does make up for some of them. The flexibility offered by USB-on-the-go is unparalleled. I mentioned the E7 has no memory slot, but after a few minutes of using it  i realized it didn’t need one. Accessing data from a usb stick makes life a lot easier, and your colleagues will love being able to borrow movies that you have stored on the phones 16 Gb of mass memory.

Movies Galore
Movies Galore

Playing movies off a pen drive is a luxury most phone users don’t have , so I would suggest flaunt it as much as possible before other manufacturers discover that they missed the bus and try and play catch up.

The E7 supports H.264 (base profile, main profile, high profile), MPEG-4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, Real video 10 as well as Streaming: H.264, Flash Lite 4 (Flash 10 compatibility for video), On2 VP6, Sorenson Spark. so you won’t have to worry too much about what you can and can’t play.

More E7 reviews will be coming up soon! Stay tuned to our Twitter channel for more updates, we’re @MyPortableWorld!

 

 

 

Unboxing The Nokia E7

The Nokia E7So we’ve finally gotten our hands on Nokia’s latest business flagship, the awesome E7-00. The E7, as with all Nokia’s E Series phones is targeted to the business and professional segment.

At first glance the phone is a looker, and looked almost like the N8. A closer looks reveals the larger screen size, a 4 inch AMOLED screen, which catches your attention immediately. And neatly tucked away on the side is the full qwerty keyboard. This is a first for Nokia on the E-Series, combining the sleekness and the build materials of the the N-series N8 with the apps and functionality required for professional users of the phone.

Anyway back to the unboxing, the E7 comes in the now standard fare Nokia Blue box. which is made of 100%  recyclable material.

The Big Blue Box

[ad#ga-cbox-right]The contents of the Big Blue Box include

  • Nokia E7 handset (duh)
  • Battery BL-4D embedded
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable CA-179
  • CA-156 HDMI Cable
  • CA-157 USB Adapter Cable
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH 701(India pack)
  • Nokia Charger AC-10n
  • Quick Guide
  • A Thank You note from Nokia, as always
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    The Contents
    The Contents

    We’ll have our reviews of the E7 coming up soon, for more news stay glued to our Twitter Channel, We’re @MyPortableWorld

    Nexus S 4G announced for Sprint

    Google Announced earlier today that a new iteration of the Nexus S, which was the first device running Gingerbread (aka Android 2.3), called the Nexus S 4G will soon be available on Sprint. Apart from the usual Nexus S config (see here,minus the Radios, as it’s CDMA), it features a Wimax Radio (hence the 4G) to run on the Sprint Wimax network similar to the Evo 4G and the Epic 4G. But that’s not the best part. This is the first phone to completely integrate Google Voice! Well done Google (and Sprint of course, for letting them do that I guess).

    Head over to http://www.sprint.com/nexus (which isn’t opening up btw, but you get redirected there from the Nexus S site).

     

    Here’s the post from the official Google Mobile Blog:

    “Introducing Nexus S 4G for Sprint

    Monday, March 21, 2011 | 5:00 AM

    [ad#ga-cbox-right]Recently, we introduced Nexus S from Google, the first phone to run Android 2.3, Gingerbread. In addition to the UMTS-capable Nexus S, today we’re introducing Nexus S 4G from Google, available for Sprint. Nexus S 4G is part of the Nexus line of devices which provide a pure Google experience and run the latest and greatest Android releases and Google mobile apps.

    We co-developed Nexus S 4G with Samsung to tightly integrate hardware and software and highlight the advancements of Gingerbread. Nexus S 4G takes advantage of Sprint’s high-speed 4G data network. It features a 4” Contour Display designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand and along the side of your face. It also features a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, front and rear facing cameras, 16GB of internal memory, and NFC (near field communication) hardware that lets you read information from everyday objects that have NFC tags.

    In addition, today we’re excited to announce that Sprint customers will soon be able to take advantage of the full set of Google Voice features without changing or porting their number.

    You can find more Nexus S information and videos at google.com/nexus or follow @googlenexus on Twitter for the latest updates. Nexus S 4G can be purchased this spring online and in-store from Sprint retailers and Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores in the U.S.

    Posted by Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering”