If anything is to be unboxed, you can rely on unboxings.com to do it. And here they are – well it’s neither Tracy or Matt, it’s James – unboxing the Nokia C7.
So this is more of a “mainstream” unboxing, by mainstream I mean non-Nokia specific.
As you can read from the comments, it’s gloom and doom for you according to those highly acclaimed mobile analysts lurking the YouTube comments. But the video may be a large part to play in it.
Although it’s interesting to have a newbie playing about with a phone you’re demoing, when they get lost it makes it a million times worse (as opposed to someone who’s familiar teaching you how to work it).
e.g. Taking a Macro Photo with EDoF camera = FAIL. Trying to “TOUCH FOCUS” when there’s a shutter button and a shutter touch button = FAIL. It makes it look unresponsive and poorer in performance when you’re testing for features it does not have. e.g. I’d like to do some low light LED flash tests on the iPhone 3GS.
Nokia N8, C7 and Fig-Rig stabilizer in behind the scenes of Israel’s Interactive Film! (Shot with Nokia C7, N8)
The Fig-Rig is a little like your Flowpod or Merlin Steadicam holders – you attach a video camera (or any device capable of recording video) and using its magical powers cuts out all that jerkiness in motion and produces silky smooth professional looking videos.
It’s useful whether you’re using professional grade dedicated video cameras or a mobile phone like the N8. And that’s exactly what they’ve done here with a Fig-Rig. (I think Merlin has the advantage though it is 3x more expensive, going for a minimum of around 600GBP. Yes you got that right. I’ve wanted one for such a long time! ah)
The Fig-Rig, like Merlin and Flowpod is a contraption to which your device is attached. Unlike the half-arch of Merlin, or Pole of Flowpod, the Fig-Rig sports a somewhat steering wheel design.
The video below is actually more about the first ever interactive video show with N8, but I was enamored by the use of the Fig-Rig. There’s also a second video included on how to make your own for the N8.
Due to popular (kind of) demand, I’ve conducted a short yet conclusive test on the 8 Mpix camera capabilities of the Nokia C7-00. Similar fixed-focus or EDoF (Extended Depth of Field ) camera modules are also used in a pair of other Symbian^3 based Nokia smartphones like the C6-01 and the upcoming E7, so I think it’s safe to draw some parallels out of the results of this test.
To see how it goes, I’ve pitted the C7-00 against a seemingly run of the mill, average performing by today’s standards, 5 Mpix auto-focus camera in the Nokia N900. I like having my camera tests as varied with different phone models as possible, so in some shots I’ve also allowed HTC Desire to bring an outlandish flavor into the test. So let’s get going!
“Everybody says, that Symbian^3 hasn’t changed, but look for yourself!”
I’m surprised no such detailed comparison has been done. Actually planned to do it myself this weekend but caught up on coursework (which I’m half doing as I write this). But jenjaman has done an excellent job and split it into a four round match between old and new Symbian touch.
Although the comparison is with the C6-00 and not N97/N97 mini, the software is possibly nigh on identical. Screen size difference shouldn’t matter too much, neither should AMOLED vs LCD (except AMOLED looking better) though having a capacitive versus resistive indeed does.
S^3 representatives are N8 and C7.
Watching the C6-00 S^1 is quite frustrating.
Dialler, App Menu, Music Player (zomg menu in landscape of S^1 wtf 😮 the ugly sidebar), Messaging
Thanks to jenjaman for the heads up 😀
SPB Mobile Shell as you knnow basically revamps the Symbian User Interface.
Here it is on jaloh567‘s Nokia C7, shot in very clear 720p by a Canon 500D.
BTW, I really like the on screen menu button. My housemate’s Satio on Orange has that. I don’t really see the need for “Options” and such a big button at that.
The C7 comes in Mahogany Brown (Brown), Charcoal Black (Black) and Frosty Metal (White). Here’s an unboxing of the latter (in Greek by johnkarak). Check out the box contents – ooh the 1200mAh BL-5K user swappable battery.
When speaking to the C7 product managers they seemed to be quite a fan of the White/Frosty Metal C7. Which colour for C7 do you prefer?
In the UK the C7 is around 70GBP cheaper than the N8 (from Nokia UK, unlocked – more expensive than Pay And Go BTW) and goes for Free on a £20/month 24month contract.
Here’s a video hands on of the very sleek looking Nokia C7 by mobilearsenaldotcom. There’s no speaking of any language during the video but you do get some funky jazzy soundtrack.
It’s all pretty much the usual Symbian^3 stuff as seen in the N8. PhoneArena notes that it’s pretty much just hardware/appearance changes with N8 in their video. (Note, all S^3 phones right now have same GPU/CPU/RAM and hence should perform as equally well as each other – if they were all on similar/same firmware. How is that going to go about anyway…one firmware update for all S^3 or like S60 5th with many different firmwares)
mobilearsenaldotcom not sure what the main site is as I get linked over to something else.