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Nokia X7 - an initial impressions review

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Nokia X7

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Symbian Anna, 4-inch 16:9 nHD 640x360 pixels AMOLED capacitive touch screen, 8 megapixel camera, 8 GB microSD card, FM Radio, 3.5mm audio jack, WIFI, Bluetooth 3.0, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, microUSB, USB On-the-Go, GPS, A-GPS, 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery

The Nokia X7 is a phone with a very unique design and striking features, with beautifully chiselled corners, sharp angles and made from 'space-age' materials. This makes the X7 one of the most visually rambunctious devices that One Mobile Ring has seen in a very long time. There are also slits in each corner which has the look of fish-gills, further adding to its sleek nimbostratus appearance.

The volume rocker is to be found on the side of the device, where there are also card slots encased within the steel and in much the same way as the N8 or E7 houses their own SIM and microSD cards. Whilst these hinges may be somewhat 'fiddly', there is something quite satisfying about feeling the metal caddy sliding into these slots. The camera button is slightly awkward positioned though, as it rests at a strange angle from the display and in an unusual way.

The Nokia X7 also boast such top-end features as an 8.0 megapixel camera, with HD video recording capabilities and a versatile media player which promises and actually delivers a ‘no fuss’ operation.

Having been delayed already, the X7 now runs from the very latest Symbian OS, with many enhancements since the previous Symbian^3 OS with an updated user interface. The larger icons don’t look nearly as good as the E7’s, but there has been an effort to improve usability, which has worked to a degree. The text input facility has definitely improved, with slightly more room for your fingers. However, we still lack confidence when using it, as there are still too many mistakes being made whilst typing on the virtual keyboard. The split screen text entry means that you get a reminder for the context of your typing, which is always useful.

Browsing has also been improved slightly, where the heavy drop-down options have been pushed behind a simpler menu, should they be needed. The pages actually seem more responsive and even whilst loading, but the small changes to functionality and appearance all add up to a big change in everyday use.

The X7 is an extremely likable device. It looks great and sounds great, even the loudspeaker is respectable and the handset feels sharp and responsive – just as a ‘business’ phone should. The email and browser sections have both seen some slick improvements and seem much easier to use than previous models. The default colour scheme also looks fantastic, where One Mobile Ring genuinely struggled to pick out any major faults in the device.

- B

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Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.