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!

 

 

 

The Nokia E7: First Impressions – The Build

When you first open up the box what strikes you immediately is how good looking the E7 is. Nokia’s new set of designs are definitely heading in the right direction, and we are no longer saddled with the smartbricks they used to churn out before. The Black E7 is a stunner and I suspect the Grey metal version available will look even better.

QWERTY all the way!
QWERTY all the way!

If you liked the look of the N8, you’ll love this phone mainly because from a distance they look almost identical. Hiding a full qwerty keyboard in a phone which has similar dimensions to the N8 is just astounding. The brushed finish is definitely the way forward in terms of design and prevents smudges on the surface.

Super Shiny Screen
Super Shiny Screen

The build quality of Nokia’s phones has always been excellent. and the E7 does not disappoint at all. The phone feels solid and at no point seems like it will fall apart. The keyboard slider opens and shuts with a well built “snap”.

4" AMOLED
4" AMOLED

The keyboard is well laid out and easy to use, unfortunately accessing the keyboard is another story. Due to the slim nature of the E7, the slider access is a bit tricky at first. Most people who got a chance to check out the phone needed both hands to snap it open. With a 4 inch screen you have no choice but to use both hands while using the physical keyboard. though this is more a matter of getting used to, and shouldn’t really be a problem in the long run.

Wide Angle
Born to be Wide

The external buttons on the E7 don’t seem as well built as the ones on the N8. The menu button seemed a bit jiggly lacking the usual solid feel. The Spring loaded volume slider works well for zoom functions, but as a volume control I miss the feedback offered by conventional buttons. The camera button is a bit too flush for my liking and accessing it is a pain, as the variation in finish is too subtle.

Jiggly Bits
Jiggly Bits

But no option for a memory card slot? That’s a worry, but i guess the USB-On-The-Go feature makes up for that loss of extra space. The Sim Card slot seems to be hot-swappable at first glance but unfortunately even if you do try, the phone just restarts.

Designed in Finland
Designed in Finland

We’ll have more posts on the Nokia E7 coming out soon!  Stay tuned to our Twitter channel for further updates! We’re @MyPortableWorld!

Symbian^3 gets updated again: eMail Patch

Nokia has released what it calls a “Voluntary” update for Symbian^3 phones, which patches a “synchronization issue identified in a limited  number of Nokia smartphones using Mail for Exchange on Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Service Pack 1.”

It’s a voluntary update because it won’t be pushed to users. According to this post in Nokia Support Discussions:

Q: Will the software update be pushed to users?

A: No, this is a voluntary software update. Users who have signed up with MyNokia or enabled the software update auto-check will get a notification about the update on their homescreen and will be able to download the new software from the Software updater in their device, if and when the update is available for them.

So head over to the Software Update app on your Symbian^3 device and check for this update. It’s basically the PR 1.2 update for the N8, C7 and the C6-01, and the PR 1.1 update for the E7.

Here’s the post:

N8-00/C7-00/C6-01 PR1.2 / E7-00 PR1.1

21-Mar-2011 02:22 PM

[ad#ga-cbox-left]We have released a voluntary software update for Nokia Symbian^3 smartphones primarily to address a synchronization issue identified in a limited  number of Nokia smartphones using Mail for Exchange on Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Service Pack 1.

We listen to people’s feedback and continue to constantly improve the user experience of our smartphones with software updates.  While we are working to make available the next software version, which will provide a renewed user experience, including new browser, refreshed widgets and home screen as well as many other performance enhancements, we released this software to quickly resolve a potential issue affecting our business users.

The software update will be available through the on-the-device Software Update or using Ovi Suite. The roll-out schedule will be determined operator by operator, market by market.

Updated yet? Let us know by commenting below, or catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld

Video: Behind the making of the Nokia E7

Check out this video of the story behind the design of the soon to be launched Nokia E7.

“Success is What You Make It

When it came to designing the Nokia E7, lead industrial designer Shunjiro Eguchi sought success by making the complex, simple. This video follows him from his studio to the factory floor to explore the story behind the Nokia E7.”

You can also check out http://www.nokia.com/e7 for more photos and specs of the new “Ultimate” E-series device.

Thanks to Zomgitscj.com for the tip!

Hands on with the N8, C7, C6 and E7

As mentioned before, we’re at Nokia World 2010, and we got to play with all the new Nokia Symbian^3 Devices.

If you want to see the videos of these devices, you can check them out here, here and here.

Here’s the gallery!! Enjoy.. We’ll have more news, reviews, etc about these devices and more soon! Follow us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld, and we’re tweeting live from Nokia World 2010!

Official Videos: Nokia E7, C6-01 & C7

So I’m sure you know by now that Nokia announced at Nokia World today three new phones (apart from the N8 that is). So here they are!

So there they are: Left to Right – C6-01, c7, N8 and the E7!

Lets start with the C6-01:

Some specs first –

  • 3.2″ nHD Capacitive Screen with Nokia CBD (Clear Black Display)
  • 8MP Camera with Dual LED Flash, AutoFocus and 720p HD video recording

Next up – the C7.

Specs:

  • 3.5″ nHD Display
  • 8MP Camera, AF, Dual LED flash, 720p HD video recording

Finally, we have the Nokia E7! It’s a MONSTER! It’s also the replacement for the E90!

Specs:

  • 4″ nHD Display, with Nokia CBD
  • 8MP Cam, AF, Dual LED Flash, 720p HD Video recording
  • Powerpoint and Doucument Creation and Editing on the GO!

It is indeed the ULTIMATE BUSINESS SMARTPHONE!

Here’s the other video of the E7:

Now, as mentioned before, Vinu is over at Nokia World RIGHT NOW, so follow us on twitter @myportableworld, where he is tweeting live, as I type this!