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In a sentence, the Nokia C7 is a slimmer and more affordable Nokia N8.

Although the specs of the Nokia C7 are quite impressive, they are still not as impressive as the specs of the Nokia N8 which still remains as Nokia’s top phone.

The Nokia C7 has a 3.5” AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, a 680MHz CPU and a 256MB RAM. The Nokia C7 also touts an 8MP camera, albeit with fixed focus and lower than the 12MP camera of the Nokia N8. The Nokia C7 has 720p video recording, Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0. Internal memory is 8GB, which is expandable via the microSD slot.

Nokia C7 Specifications

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
  • Penta-band 3G with 10.2 Mbps HSDPA and 2 Mbps HSUPA support
  • 10.5mm slim body
  • 3.5″ 16M-color AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of 640 x 360 pixel resolution
  • 8 megapixel fixed-focus camera with dual-LED flash and 720p video @ 25fps recording; geotagging, face detection, smart zoom in video
  • Symbian^3 OS
  • 680 MHz ARM 11 CPU and 256 MB RAM
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • TV-out functionality (SD)
  • GPS receiver with A-GPS support and free lifetime voice-guided navigation
  • Digital compass
  • 8GB on-board storage, microSD expandable
  • Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
  • DivX and XviD video support
  • Built-in accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Stereo FM Radio with RDS, FM transmitter
  • microUSB port with USB On-the-go support
  • Flash and Java support for the web browser
  • Stereo Bluetooth 3.0
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Smart dialing and voice commands

What’s Hot

The Nokia C7 is a very capable touch phone. The screen is among the best Nokia has offered to date and is the same as the screen used in the Nokia N8.  The list of features is definitely impressive and almost matches the Nokia N8.

What’s Not

The Symbian^3 OS is way behind Apple iOS or Google Android. In terms of user experience, Symbian’s latest doesn’t do justice to the Nokia C7’s hardware.  The UI is buggy and hangs at times and there are noticeable transition lags.

What further makes Symbian^3 inferior to its Apple and Google rivals is the limited 3rd party software availability.  While Android and iOS applications are sprouting like mushrooms, Nokia’s OS is very limited.

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