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The Nokia E7 is no small business. Find out why…

Since it’s announcement during the recent Nokia World event, the E7 has gotten quite a lot of attention. And for a good reason. It was passionately dubbed by Annsi Vanjoki as the direct continuation of the Nokia’s ‘communicator’ legacy, and thus, has quite some shoes to fill. But before we move head first into the device itself, let’ relive the very first moments of Nokia E7 at Nokia World in the following video, starting at the 11:16 mark:

Short demo of Nokia E7

The pictures doesn’t do the E7 justice. Yes, ‘it’s BIIIG’. The E7 is no small business. But at the same time, it doesn’t feel like a brick. It’s seamless and sleek design is truly remarkable, especially if we compare it to it’s spiritual predecessor, the E90. In closed state the E7 looks and feels like a slightly bigger version of the Nokia N8. With a slightly wider body and a similar thickness to the N8, the device also feels incredibly solid. You won’t find advanced camera optics of the N8 here – instead, the bulky camera module on the back has been removed to keep the device as slim as possible.

There’s also a more functional reason for this, namely so that the E7 can sit firmly on flat surfaces while working with the qwerty keyboard. What I’m not impressed with is the camera cover, which is at exact same level as the backside of the phone. I guess the engineers very really pushing the limits as to how slim the E7 can be, otherwise I can’t see the reason why the camera lens couldn’t be put in a slight recess of sorts for better protection.

The slider itself resembles the N97 in the way it looks and tilts the screen at a specific angle, yet it  doesn’t quite work in the same fashion. I was pointed out by the people who also had some hands-on time with the device that you actually have to push it a bit from the top, rather than pushing the upper part dead-on from it’s sides. So it might require a bit of practice until it becomes natural, but overall, it’s not an issue. When the slider is finally engaged, the rest of the movement is as smooth and matter-of-fact as you’d expect from it, locking the screen into open position at the very end and giving the E7 the certain ‘oomph’ factor the N8 strangely lacks in my opinion.

But that’s, obviously, is a completely different story. Nokia has done a great job at separating it’s new devices from each other, and it’s hard to choose a device without some sort of compromise in a certain direction. For the N8, it’s the lack of the Amoled CBD (Clear Black Display) and physical keys, for E7, it’s the absence of the superior camera hardware and a microSD card slot. Yet it almost feels like a perfect combo, these two devices – one for work and the other for leisure –  but other Nokia phones, like C6-01 or C7, can also be easily added to the mix.

During the little time I had (it’s never enough..) to play with the E7 in Nokia World experience lounge, the physical qwerty keys felt definitely closer to the Nokia N97 mini keys rather than N900’s. For starters, the E7 offers a generous work space for the qwerty keyboard. That, in turn, makes it so much more easier to work with emails, office documents  and whatnot – definitely better than, again, the cramped keys on the N900. When compared to the N900, the keys are also slightly larger and with a tad shorter travel, but by no means I can say that the E7 keys have poor feedback.

Speaking of feedback, I was also quite happy to see the redesigned and much improved menu key on the E7. In comparison to the N8, it has been moved from the corner to the middle area under the screen, and it has also been slightly raised rather than totally flush with the rest of the phone like on the N8. And the difference is quite noticeable: you thumb doesn’t aimlessly wander under the screen until it feels the slightly softer area that is the menu key. The raised  boarders of the menu key on the E7 means that the time to adjust your finger to properly work the key is reduced to minimum. A dream!

The rest of the phone speaks volumes by itself: anodized aluminum body, up front – hardened glass , HDMI port –  just like the Nokia N8.  These two devices go hand in hand in many ways, yet they successfully manage to offer their own, unique experiences to it’s user. Aside the usual corporate features that are essential for business users, during the Nokia World Q&A session with E7 product managers we were also promised some additional software tweaks in Symbian^3 operating system, so the phone would in theory run snappier than the N8. From my experience, even with the pre-production firmware the device ran pretty much lag free, and the screen responded promptly to my finger inputs. In a nutshell, the E7 runs on the same processor and has about the same RAM as the other recent additions to the Nokia Symbian^3 phone family. The graphical accelerator, however, was promised to handle the much bigger 4 inch screen of the E7 without sacrificing performance. It would be very interesting to see how the E7  fares against other Symbian^3 phones in field conditions, but by the end of the day, not everything solely depends on how much Mhz’s and Mb’s the phone has ticking under it’s hood. Symbian OS is proven to be less demanding to system resources, and less power consuming as well. Let’s keep that in mind, when and if comparing it to other operating system phones out there in the market.

Link to the full Nokia E7 gallery

Finally, we move onto the already mentioned Q&A session we had during Nokia World day 2. What are the differences from the Nokia N8 camera? What business applications the E7 is going to have?  These, and some other relevant questions were raised, and for the most part, answered in the following video, thanks again to @dani2xll for providing it! Incidentally, yours truly, can also be seen in the video, sitting to the left from the product managers 😉

Nokia E7 Q&A

So that about sums it up what I feel about the Nokia E7 at the moment. For me, the E7 was the absolute winner of the whole Nokia World show. For others, it’s greatest strengths might be less important, and they might look at the likes of Nokia N8 or C7, for example. Many questions have been lifted during Nokia World regarding the E7, where rumors and blurry spy photos turned into an ace looking successor of the Nokia’s communicator line.  The E7 has an edge over the competition with a truly attractive design, built materials, and thought-out qwerty keyboard. And did somebody forgot about the desert – the HDMI and USB OTG functionality?

Yet the biggest question remains, that actually sounds more like a request at this point… when is it finally coming out?

Categories: 5th Edition, Eseries, Nokia, S60
  1. Keith
    September 22, 2010 at 6:22 am

    That’s a great overview you had of the Nokia E7. Now, to say the truth, when it was first announced at Nokia World, it won my heart. But then I found out things about it like no autofocus, no microSD, no 2mm charging port, and all that stuff. But now when I think about this device, I think that’s it’s almost perfect the way it is. I’ll explain why I said almost perfect.
    So no autofocus – it’s actually not really needed for the consumers it’s aimed at. And people say, what if you wanna scan a business card/ document? Well, it’s ok. EDoF allows you to take photos quickly and everything from 1m to infinity appears in focus. And the hi res 8MP cam helps it. You can scan the card/document from a meter away and still be able to see everything clearly coz of the 8MP. And since Nokia cameras are always reliable, it’s not a problem.

    No 2mm charging port – it’s just to save more space. New Bokia phones can charge through micro USB so no problem. This also makes the device sleeker.

    No microSD – not a huge problem since this will support USB OTG. You can connect USB sticks and hard drives. This gives you more than enough space to store things on. Plus, the 16 GB in built is enough for usual things. For the rest, you have USB OTG.

    So I think it’s a really good device. Now, the only bad thing about it is the battery. 1200mAh would definitely not be enough for a 4 inch business phone. You need the best battery to ensure that the phone will last the entire day (or even more than a day) on heavy use. So I’m a bit concerned about that.

    So that’s it. Other than the battery, everything is great about this phone.

    • Keith
      September 22, 2010 at 6:26 am

      Under 2mm charging port – it’s Nokia* instead of Bokia 😛

    • September 22, 2010 at 4:19 pm

      Well said Keith! The battery life could indeed be an issue here, even if the E7 comes with power optimizations of S^3 operating system and runs basically on the same hardware as it’s smaller display brothers. Quite unusual for the E series, that certain functionality was sacrificed in order to keep the device slim and attractive, especially given the fact the battery cannot be easily replaced on the go by the user…

      • Keith
        September 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm

        I agree with you. Battery life is one of the most important things. You can make the best smartphone on the market. But if it has a not-so-good battery, then it’s no use. Now since the E7 isn’t really finalized, I hope Nokia makes the changes and puts in a bigger battery. A 1500 mAh battery would prolly cut it through a day. Or atleast make the battery easily removable.

        • September 25, 2010 at 1:02 am

          I doubt there’s going to be any changes to hardware Keith 😦 What they can do is optimize the software to further lower the power consumption, making the battery life on the E7 at least decent…

  2. Nocare
    September 22, 2010 at 6:26 am

    THIs phone will be delayed as well

  3. visitor
    September 22, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Well, E7 will be a good device. But missing microSD is a nogo for me. I have a huge media-library (music & videos) and I want to have it with me without struggling with external cables and memory-devices. Further, it’s to big for me and I don’t need qwerty. For those who don’t have an eye of camera-features may the camery be ok. But for shootings in very close distance the camera of E7/C7/C6 will fail. I placed my order of the N8 a few days ago and my reseller assured me to get it in the next 3 weeks. I really look forward to this device and I know right now that this multimedia-beast matches my personal needs perfectly.

  4. JFH
    September 22, 2010 at 9:31 am
  5. JFH
    September 22, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I have to say, this is a great review. Well done, this is better than Gizmodo, almost as good as Engadget. If you keep up this level of professionalism, both in text and images, and upgrade your system ( 😉 ) then this site can really take off.

    • Anil Dhain
      September 22, 2010 at 9:48 am

      +1 to that. Extremely thorough and informative review! Nice job!

      • September 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm

        Thank you guys for such kind and encouraging words 🙂 Just doing my heart job that’s all 😉

        @ JFH, what did you mean by ‘upgrade your system’ ? I was definitely under equipped for Nokia World, my camera is getting old and I had no proper dictaphone to record interviews, lol xD

        And yeah, I really hope to continue improving my articles, I’m studying journalism so that should help me…

  6. Nocare
    September 22, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Why there is no news about qt 4.7?

    And when in october will meego 1.1 version be annouinced

  7. Ravi
    September 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Wow.What a great review with the beautiful pictures of the E7.
    Only one mistake is there in the line where you use the word demandive instead of demanding.Nonetheless Thanks for the great review.:)

    • September 22, 2010 at 4:13 pm

      Thank you Ravi, I’ve fixed that error now, it’s always great to receive such feedback from readers on what I can I improve about my writing 🙂 And glad you enjoyed my [p]review of the E7!

  8. GordonH
    September 22, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    The e7 looks heavy on the specs list. How does it really feel in your hands?

    • September 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm

      Interesting question GordonH! I’m probably not qualified to answer this properly, since I’m kind of used to the weight of my N900 (which is even more heavier than the E7!). For most people, it’s probably going to feel heavy, the E7 is, after all, a communicator. It’s certainly closer to the N8, since they have similar built materials, but the E7 is also a bigger device.

  9. Bierbauer
    September 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    look at 11:31 in the puplic is there a nokia n8 ???

    • September 22, 2010 at 8:34 pm

      Don’t be so surprised, there were plenty of people at Nokia World going about with their N8’s , they could be app developers or just people working at Nokia 😉

  10. September 22, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    E7 is gaming too 😉

    • September 23, 2010 at 1:52 am

      Yep, just saw that video too, pretty sleek stuff I must say… With the same graphical processor as the N8, but with the 4 inch screen that is boosted with the AMOLED CBD technology makes the E7 an even superior gaming machine. Again, not quite the Nokia E series we knew, huh? But I like that approach actually…. if the hardware allows, why should the users be limited by the software? Let them do what they want with their new Nokia’s 🙂

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