Nokia E7 review
|Review: May 2011|
In a nutshell: The Nokia E7 is a powerful smartphone with a large 4 inch screen and a full-sized QWERTY keyboard, making it a good choice for email and texting. There are good features here including an 8 megapixel camera with HD video, a high quality media player, fast internet and 16GB memory. But it's a very large and heavy phone, with questionable battery life and dubious reliability and user-friendliness, thank to its Symbian operating system.
You like them chunky? The E7 could be your phone! If you don't mind an enormous device that weighs twice as much as some, the E7 has a lot to offer.
The E7 looks at first like an oversized Nokia N8. It has a larger screen (4 inches across), which is clearly a bonus when browsing the web or running apps, and it uses AMOLED and Nokia's ClearBlack technology, so it isn't at all bad. But the real reason for the phone's massive size and weight is inside. Push the screen gently and the top half of the phone will snap open rather alarmingly to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard inside. The keyboard is very similar in style and feel to the old Nokia N97, although thankfully the space bar has been moved to its rightful place centre-bottom. It's a great keyboard for fast and accurate typing, although you'll need two hands to do it.
The combination of a large physical keyboard plus a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen should make the perfect communications device, but this is a Nokia smartphone, and the beast that lives inside is of course, Symbian^3, so be prepared for unintuitive menus, unexpected button presses and routine freezing and crashing. Compare the E7 to the physically-similar HTC Desire Z if you want to know what you're missing in terms of the operating system.
The E7 comes with a not-bad kind of camera. Rated at 8 megapixels with fixed focus and dual LED flash it can't match the 12 megapixels and xenon flash of the N8, but it does a decent job. It can also record video at 720p HD resolution, and there's a secondary front-facing camera for making video calls.
There's a media player and FM radio with RDS, plus the usual smartphone features including assisted GPS with Ovi Maps, Symbian and Java apps, web browsing with support for Flash web pages. A dedicated graphics processor does a good job of powering 3D games.
The phone has fast internet access, with HSPA giving downloads of up to 10.2Mbps. There's also Wi-Fi, and the full range of connectivity options including Bluetooth 3.0 and a HDMI connection.
The battery life isn't so good. The E7 has the same battery as the N8, despite having a larger screen. 1200 mAh really isn't enough for a device of this capability, and we're baffled why Nokia didn't use a larger one.
Overall the E7 does a lot for your money, despite its faults. We'd be excited if it weren't for the fact that it's a Symbian phone. Compare the E7 with the Android-powered HTC Desire Z which costs the same, but does the same job with a lot more panache.
Nokia E7 features include:
- Symbian ^3 for Nokia
- 8 megapixel camera with face recognition, dual LED flash, 2x digital zoom
- Video camera: HD quality 720p resolution, 25 fps, video light and 3x digital zoom
- Front camera for video calling (VGA, 640 x 480 pixels)
- Video and still image editors
- Display: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16 million colours, 640 x 360 pixels (4 inches) with auto rotation
- Media player (HD 720p Video playback and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound on HDTV through HDMI cable)
- Stereo FM radio with RDS
- aGPS and GPS positioning, Ovi Maps with free car & pedestrian navigation, geotagging and digital compass
- MP3, AAC & WMA ringtones, video ringtones
- Integrated hands-free speaker
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, push email (support for attachments)
- Java games with dedicated 3D graphics processor
- Memory: 16GB plus microSD memory card slot (max 32 GB)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, micro USB 2.0, HDMI, 3.5 mm stereo headphone plug
- Data: WAP, EGPRS class B, WCDMA/HSPA (10.2 Mbps download, 2.0 Mbps upload)
- Internet: Full web browsing of real web pages, Flash Lite 4.0, RSS reader, YouTube browsing and streaming
- Quadband plus 3G WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100
- Size: 124 x 62 x 13.6 mm
- Weight: 176g
- 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery
- Talktime: 300 - 540 minutes
- Battery standby: 430 - 470 hours
Nokia E7 user reviews
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Average rating from 24 reviews:
Reviewed by Ken from Nigeria on 17th Jun 2013
Hy every 1..i got an E7 yesterday..it was cool(white type)
what i like from the phone iss the HD recording ....HD u know what i mean.and the 3d games u could download from ovi store.
Clear AMOLED screen which you can see both day and night..most importantly QWERTY keyboard which could slide (makes d phone heavy shall..but as a big guy yeah)..the battery is ok.
My friend own a n8 which e7 is better than.. If you are the type that like snaping camera's i insist you should take it ....but if you are that type who love texting blaah and the rest take e7..it has 16gb in built memory can you finish it????? Screen is big,it has four layers like computer keyboard...u 'll enjoy it for gaming..i loike were the sim slot is it easy to slot in and out ..theres more but i support you to choose E7 ....!!!!!!!
Reviewed by dissatisfied from England on 17th Sep 2012
Well, I have had the Nokia E7 for a year now and within the twelve the 12 months, it has been gone to Vodafone for repairs twice. When it worked it was fine but then to have this phone serviced every three months is a joke. Never would I go near a Nokia phone again.
Reviewed by Lekan from Lagos Nigeria on 29th Jul 2012
This phone was passed down to me after the previous owner bought N9. I must tell u,this phone amazing.It tends to hang once in a while,but once it gets running there nothing stopping it. I have colleague that actual bought one because of mine and I have others eyeing it as well. This is a great business phone. Handles my email & attached document perfectly
Reviewed by Demola from Nigeria on 12th Jun 2012
It's been nothing but fun since i got the phone. I have the Symbian Belle software. I upload movies on it to watch while in transit from work. the only issue i experience is that it only plays AVI format videos,but i'm guessing maybe it's because it more of a business phone than entertainment like the Nseries.
It's an outstanding Enterprise Mobile phone.
Reviewed by derek from south africa on 3rd Feb 2012
this is the worst phone ever fourth phone in 6 months. I hate this phone. Nothing works. i will never buy a nokia again. If samsung are reading, please help
Reviewed by MRSHAH from PAKISTAN on 22nd Dec 2011
the specifications of e7 & it's looks tend to give an appearance of an amazing phone that would fit the needs of both business users & the multimedia freaks,,, but the reality is far different the built quality & looks of the set are no doubt awesome so is the call quality & signal reception,,, but when it comes to every day usage it's then that one really feels like kicking himself for owing this set slippery body as a result of which there is always the fear of the set slipping off more over the slow interface is really annoying especially when browsing & also tends to freeze when the memory is upto 50% full camera is another disappointment even for an E-series set after the promise e72 had shown by being ranked as one of the best 5mp set around but the biggest set back is the I-phone imitation of unibody by nokia ie fixed battery cover as symbian sets are bound to hang & the only way to get them back running is by removing the battery which is not possible here & tends to be very annoying the e6 is a better option with all the features of e7 & more user satisfaction
Reviewed by dukey from uk on 10th Dec 2011
i dont know why people are complaining best phone ever this phone does everything now i have no use for my laptop nokia have made one of the best phones ever i have had alsorts of other top phones and none come close to this one all my friends have samsungs and iphones and blackberrys but all wish they had gone with this one great for personal or business use
Reviewed by MarkPlym from UK on 29th Nov 2011
I got the E7 as a replacement for my old N97. I am absolutely impressed! I need it mostly as a business phone, and there is none like it on the market. Office docs - word, excel, powerpoint, pdf - it's like having a computer in your pocket. Nokia Maps is great, and I like the ability to download maps at home and use them offline for when I'm out of the country. The camera is great for both pics and video, even though the macro that was so good on the N97 is not there any more. All in all, it is the best business phone available.
Reviewed by WOOL from UK on 9th Nov 2011
HI AGAIN, IF YOU READ MY REVIEW ABOUT THE C7, YOU WILL NOTICE THAT I AM ACTUALLY SAYING GOOD THINGS ABOUT THE E7, ALTHOUGH CHUNKIER AND BIGGER THAN THE IPHONE ITSELF, I WOULD SAY ITS ONLY DUE TO THE QWERTY KEYBOARD HENCE THE WEIGHT AND THE BULK! I HAVE USED THIS FONE AND IT IS AMAZING! THE ONE FONE WHICH ACTUALLY CONNECTS TO FACEBOOK LOL! I HAD A FEW PROBLEMS WITH UPLOADING MUSIC AND NEVER FINDING IT IN THE MUSIC FOLDER, BUT THAT WAS ONLY BECAUSE I NEVER REFRESHED THE MUSIC FOLDER AFTER THE UPLOADS! THE MINUTE I REALIZED THAT, I WENT FROM 2 SONGS IN THE FOLDER TO ABOUT 500 SONGS IN LESS THAN A MINUTE! SO OVERALL GOOD FONE, JUST CHUNKY AND BIG.
Reviewed by Fozia from Yorkshire on 31st Oct 2011
It's an amazing phone.. I've had it since July but this is my second phone to be honest. The first one was quite dodgy as it kept on freezing and switching off on me but hey you can't hate the phone because you had a problem with one phone. Not all E7s are like that. My phone is like a little laptop & I can do absolutely anything on it.. I must say Nokia smashed it when they created Nokia E7..
Reviewed by joels.a from nigeria on 23rd Oct 2011
there is no perfect phone out there.all hv their limitations including e7.depending on d use u want to put a phone,e7 is fantastic.exellent internet access,videos,updates etc.as nokia loyalist,only implore them to improve jst like evry sphere of life.sometimes ntwk service providers and handling affects d ability of our gadgets.for me,e7..so far so good.
Reviewed by roysiano from albania on 16th Oct 2011
Reviewed by Stephens Eloped from USA on 3rd Oct 2011
Absolutely brilliant! A dream to type on, easy to use, and looks the business. You won't regret buying this awesome phone, Nokia's best yet!
Reviewed by mark from england on 14th Sep 2011
ABSOLUTE RUBBISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE IT IS AWFUL IN EVERY WAY SHAPE AND FORM. SYMBIAN NEEDS TO BE SCRAPPED FOREVER AS IT CLEARLY DOES NOT WORK!!!!!!
Reviewed by BT from UK on 9th Sep 2011
great 5 Star fantastic quality hardware. Why are Android users so biased? Jst try one and be amazed!
Reviewed by stu from england on 16th Aug 2011
rubbish rubbish rubbish. phone is so slippery it will shoot out of your nads when you try to open it. screeen sensitivity doesn't seem to be adjustable and it is WAY too sensiive. keyboard keeps deleting texts when you have spent ages typing them. this is probably software related because it does this on screen keyboard and on qwerty slid one. overall zero points as phone barely usable. had it a month and switched back to old N97
Reviewed by Khalid from UK on 18th Jul 2011
It's a rubbish phone like all other Nokia's phone. I bought this phone and returned it. I'll never use Nokia now because I had worst experience with Nokia started from Nokia N97. Please don't waist your money with Nokia and Nokia should make simple phones like 3310 etc.
Reviewed by surajit podder from india on 8th Jun 2011
is a complete phone , thanx to nokia , i found , what i am searching , instead of heavy weight it's not so annoying , i am little bit worried for this battery backup .....overall its nice phone
Reviewed by Nishant from India on 26th May 2011
This is the best phone I've come across. Best Screen, Best Keyboard, Best connectivity, USB on the go feature lets you connect any type of USB to your device. Symbian ^ 3 does not have a the alarms and bells of an Android but it does its job almost perfectly. Battery back is OK. Mine last up to two days of pretty decent usage. I have this beast since last 1 month and I am pretty satisfied with it. No crashes, no freezes up till now. The author has compared it with HTC Desire Z which too me is a rubbish phone. HTC needs some tips from Nokia on how to make sturdy phone. Am waiting for Anna update and this would make my E7 a perfect smartphone on earth.
Reviewed by farhan ali from london on 19th May 2011
hi there farhaan here i like this mobile looks,stylish,easy oprative,enjoys with music etc.
Reviewed by bj from iraq on 13th May 2011
this phone is absolutely rubish i had it for less than 3weeks and it already freezes and i have to turn it off to get it to work normal.. the camera is brilliant but the touch screen is unresposive
Reviewed by Dougal from UK on 8th May 2011
So I guess the question most prospective E7 owners will ask themselves is, "shall I give Nokia one more go before switching to Android"? Well, I've used a long line of Nokia smart phones over the years and my E90 has given me nearly 4 years of rock-solid service but is getting a bit old in the tooth now. So I bought myself an Orange (ZTE) San Francisco and spent 5 weeks customising that to get it running just the way I wanted. But Android still has issues with offline navigation, speech recognition and car setups. They were stoppers for me, so when the E7 popped up, I had to try it. To cut a long story short, the E7 is far from perfect, but I got it running (nearly) the way I wanted after 5 days and not 5 weeks. However, my initial thoughts were what have Nokia been doing for the last 4 years. I can see why reviewers complain about Symbian being inconsistent and requiring more button presses. For example, in the Call Log, you cannot swipe the screen left or right to move between tabs when you can in other functions. Also, to find a location on Maps from a Calendar entry takes 1 button press on Android, but 4 on Symbian. This is typical in a lot of areas. With the E7 (and E90) I started using Ovi Suite instead of PC Suite - it does the job but is slower and doesn't automatically sync files (why?). So I have to drag and drop files (docs, pdfs etc) manually - Dropbox isn't available yet on Symbian and SugarSync doesn't do offline file storage. The Calendar app widget is next to useless, battery life is poor (1.5 days) and I find the phone a bit slippery and hard to handle. But the phone has been stable and Ovi maps comfortably directed me to my destination on its first try using voice commands only, but kept telling me to observe speed limits - you can turn this off thankfully. The screen should've had a higher resolution but it is readable in bright sunlight, when others arenít. The camera is fixed focus and can't clearly photograph anything closer than 40cm. So barcodes, screen grabs and document copying is out of the question. A big disappointment for me especially as my San Fran (cost £80) can do this perfectly. Finally, why doesn't the E7 have a 'back' button? Form over Function Nokia! There were more Apps on the Ovi Store than I expected. The most useful to me have been, ComingNext (Calendar widget) and Nokia Sleeping Screen which constantly shows the time and notifications in a low power mode. Overall though, the E7 has been a bit underwhelming, but has no stoppers - I'm still not sure about the battery life though. There's another firmware update just around the corner but I'm not expecting great things from that. After all, the people doing these updates can hardly be motivated at the minute. I am using my E7 now as my main phone and I enjoy using it, but I have seen the future. For me it'll be a metal cased Android phone that does offline map search and has working voice recognition. In the meantime, my E7 is growing on me and who knows, I might still be using it in 4 years time.
Reviewed by Carman58 from UK on 7th May 2011
Had the E7 for about 6 weeks now and absolutely loving it. There are one or two downsides to the phone, which are mentioned all over the web, the camera won't take macro photo's, as it has an EDOF Camera (extended depth of field) but for everything else it's really good, and the video it produces is as good as any camera out there, the battery life is poor with heavy use, but fine with a little tweaking and a bit of common sense, and the browser is not the best, but will improve with the up and coming software updates. The good side of the phone is everything else really (unless you hate Symbian, which I don't !) The build quality of the phone is superb, the screen is a joy to use , very sensitive and beautiful to look at, the keyboard is great, the phone is very quick and has been very reliable for me for the last few weeks that I've owned it . Media looks great on it, the music player is good (through a decent set of headphones) and pleasing to the eye,and the overall user experience is very good. If you are not a keen photographer, and are prepared to spend a little time learning the phone and setting it up properly, it's a really GREAT smartphone. I'd thoroughly recommend it :)
Reviewed by SANUR ALI from UNITED KINGDON on 5th May 2011
Had the phone for three days, and I have to say it's Blackberry and Iphone in one. Very easy and simple to use and set up. Personally I have a Blackberry Bold 9780 and the Apple Iphone 4. But this phone has topped my list. the keyboard is very neatly spread out and not crampped like the Blackberry. The screen is very good, it's a touch screen with gadgets arranged in a simple way. The camera is very good far better than the Iphone or the Blackberry. The good thing I like about this phone is that it allows me to view and edit office documents whether pdf, word or excel created by microsoft, corel star office or open office etc.. This phone the Nokia E7 is not only a phone but a mini computer in your pocket. The gets a five star plus from me.