Friday, March 25, 2011

Nokia C7 Astound Review and Specifications


T-Mobile brings Nokia C7 Astound to US, a Symbian smart phone offering by Finnish Cellular giant Nokia. Nokia C 7 Astound is an interesting move, and it is apparently one of the few last Symbian gadgets by Nokia Corporation. Nokia has established a good reputation with their Nokia N8 camera phone which Nokia claims is the best camera phone of the world right now, Nokia has definitely injected some of their N8 expertise into C7.
Nokia-C7-Astound-TMobile-In-Hand-FeelApparently Nokia fused  Nokia C6-00 and Nokia N8, added a dual LED flash on the back and boom!!! came out Nokia C7 Astound. C7 is fully capable of shooting 720p HD video, and it's also got On Demand Web TV plus GPS.Nokia has been in love with Qt development platform for quite a while now, we know the "relationship" became more fiery after Nokia's acquisition of Troll Tech, the software company that gave birth to QT.Nokia C7 Astound is powered by Symbian^3 Operating System, everybody's well aware Symbian's future is a huge question mark now. The fog seems to be dissolved(and unleash a not so favorable result for Symbian) after Nokia shaking hands with Microsoft and agreeing that Nokia will create hardware for Microsoft Windows Phone 7.
Wi-Fi quality is expected to be good, but I don't have real user stories related to it yet. I hope we'll get a good deal of reviews soon. Maybe this phone will be a choice for people annoyed poor battery life of high end smart phones.
C7 contains a 680 MHz processor, and dedicated hardware for graphics with OpenVG1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0 support. C-7 Astound also contains Accelerometer Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Compass (Magnetometer Sensor).Looking at standard 3.5 mm jack I sometimes think why, why in the world were mobile hardware vendors inventing their own audio out connectivity standards? This nice touch phone won't be complete without a stereo bluetooth, in an age of wireless everything :) therefore Nokia has wisely included stereo bluetooth to the package.
The capacitive touch is pretty good than previous Nokia offerings, but still AMOLED display is not comparable to many Samsung Super AMOLED based devices.

OVI store is definitely present in this device, and maps are there as well. But the raw processing power inside this small stainless steel box is insufficient in my opinion. You know dual core smart phones like LG Optimus 2x, and Samsung Galaxy S2, Motorola Atrix are making the competition tough.



Specifications of Nokia C7 Astound

Screen Resolution360 x 640
Screen Color Depth24 bit
Screen Size3.5
Display TechnologyAMOLED
Device Size117.3 x 56.8 x 10.5[2] mm
Weight130 g
Display Touch TechnologyCapacitive Touch
Maximum User Storage350 MB
Mass Storage Memory8 GB
NAND Memory1 GB
SDRAM Memory256 MB
WLANWifi 802.11b/g/n
GBPower Management2.0mm Charger Connector
USB ChargingBattery modelBL-5K 3.7V 1200mAh
GSM Talk Timeup to 9.6 hours
WCDMA Talk Timeup to 5.3 hours
Handsfree, audio out3.5 mm

Price of Nokia C7 on T-Mobile USA is yet to be decided, its not listed on T-Mobile web site on time of this writing. But Amazon is selling unlocked Nokia C7 in $209.
What is the Price of Nokia C7 in Pakistan?
Price of Nokia C7 in Pakistan is 29000 rupees at the moment. This price of Nokia C 7 was quoted on a phone call, maybe if we go to market by ourselves we could get a deal around 27000/27500/28000. This was the price of brand new Nokia C-7 with one year warranty.

Concluding Suggestion:
Price of unlocked Nokia C7 Astound was $389 on time of this writing, which makes me think if you're spending $389 on a Symbian phone then why not get a better HTC Windows Phone 7 or Motorola Android phone by adding just $100 and spending a total sum of $499? Its nothing that would create thrill in market, its just another smart phone. So just wait for couple of months, and let the prices come down.
Apparently Nokia's somehow pulling itself together with models like Nokia E5, Nokia C3-00, Nokia X2-01, Nokia C6 which is pretty interesting though.

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  1. Thanks for spending lots of time to write such a great review ! Nokia Astound of Nokia is a high quality smart phone with eye-catching design and consisting couple of advanced features like gaming, music app, video downloading apps