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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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