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Nokia X7 review

6.2/10 AVG.
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6.2/10
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The Nokia X7 currently has an Informr score of 6.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 10 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Nokia X7 is built in a strong stainless steel body with a scratch-resistant Gorilla glass screen. It boasts a display resolution of 360 x 640 pixels on a large 4-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen making it well-suited to various mobile applications including web surfing, casual gaming, and different media applications.

The Nokia X7 runs on a Symbian Anna platform giving users user-friendly access to different applications with an improved graphics interface. Although inside the X7 is a 680MHz ARM 11 processor with 256 MB of RAM, its a bit under-spec'd compared to many of the latest 1 GHz and dual core processors available today.

Belonging to Nokia's Music Edition line of handsets, the X7 delivers superb audio clarity with an enhanced audio chip from the Nokia 5800. Its two built-in loudspeakers are loud enough and do not suffer from any kind of distortion. MP3s and movies sound rich and brilliant with headphones.

The X7 takes pictures with an 8-megapixel fixed-focus camera for high quality 3264 x 2448 printouts. It has a handy dedicated camera button, a dual-LED flash and decent low-light performance. Also, the X7 amazingly records 720p resolution HD videos at 25 frames per second.

Internet connectivity with the X7 is possible with quad-band GPRS, EDGE, 3G, or HSPA networks to choose from. The new Symbian Anna web browser delivers a convenient way of browsing the web and reading emails by enabling users to zoom and scroll web pages smoothly.

In addition, the mini USB port connects the phone to a PC or laptop for file transfers as well as allows USB charging. Battery life for the X7 has an astounding standby time of 430 hours and 6.5 hours of talk time.

The Nokia X7 competes with the latest top-of-the-line smart phones but will stand out with its unique styling, superb features, and stunning sound quality. It will impress audiophiles looking for a great portable sound device but still enables them to get connected with everybody via internet or any mobile network.

Need to Know: Nokia X7

1. The enhanced audio chip taken from the Nokia 5800 produces excellent sound quality. (The Good)

2. The MicroSD and SIM cards tray located outside makes MicroSD card and SIM changing more convenient than prying the battery cover. (The Good)

3. 360 x 640 resolution doesn't stack up to the competition. (The Bad)

4. The Symbian Anna OS can't compete with the App catalogs of Android and Apple. (The Bad)


Operating system
Symbian
Processor
680 MHz
Screen Size
4"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

If the Nokia X7 came out around 2009, when the whole touchscreen thing was beginning to heat up, it would have made a killing. It still has the potential to sell but the competition will eat into its profits. We suggest you have another look at the competing phones listed here. Hard to choose, we kn...

- GSMArena Team, GSMArena
Tracy and Matt

To sum up the device in one popular internet description: "Nokia have just turned up to a gun fight carrying a knife". This is a device with software that they should have released 2 years ago. In today's market it is outclassed and overpriced.

- Phil Lain, Tracy and Matt
What Mobile

It’s hard not to sound like a broken record when writing about the shaky future for Symbian. However, when Nokia can release devices like the N8 with a fantastic camera, or the E7 with its great keyboard, you can accept the need to compromise. With the X7, the quirky look and stupidly designed side...

- What Mobile, What Mobile
TechRadar

There are nice things we can say about the Nokia X7. It has good hardware design, a basically pleasing screen and good battery life. And Symbian Anna is a step in the right direction.But we just aren't sure where Anna is headed in the long term, and that alone could make the Nokia X7 a blind alley....

- Sandra Vogel, TechRadar
Digital Versus

With a distinctive look, a solid build, a great screen and a decent camera, the X7 could have been a very attractive smartphone. But it's frustratingly slow and, although the interface is an improvement on Nokia's previous attempts, it still needs more work.

- Florence Legrand , Digital Versus


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Nokia released the X7 on April 28, 2011.


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Screen Size
4"

The Nokia X7's screen size is 4 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
680 MHz

There is a ARM 11 680 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1300 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 19 days standby time, 390 minutes.

Nokia X7 Specs

Overview
Release date April 28, 2011
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 10.2
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor ARM 11 680 MHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
RAM 256 MB
ROM 1 GB
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.91 W/kg
Body: 1.22 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1300 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 390 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 19 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Dark Steel, Silver Steel
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.0 x 6.3 x 1.2 cm (4.7 x 2.5 x 0.5 in)
Weight 146 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail, Hotmail
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM, Windows Live, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
3x digital
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, RealVideo
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 25 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, RealVideo
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, HTML, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Nokia Ovi Suite, Nokia Ovi Player)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Nokia X7-00

8 GB microSDHC Card included
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Critic Reviews


GSMArena

It still has the potential to sell but the competition will eat into its profits

If the Nokia X7 came out around 2009, when the whole touchscreen thing was beginning to heat up, it would have made a killing. It still has the potential to sell but the competition will eat into its profits. We suggest you have another look at the competing phones listed here. Hard to choose, we...More

If the Nokia X7 came out around 2009, when the whole touchscreen thing was beginning to heat up, it would have made a killing. It still has the potential to sell but the competition will eat into its profits. We suggest you have another look at the competing phones listed here. Hard to choose, we know. The good thing is, if you believe the X7 is the one for you, you probably won't regret going for it.

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Tracy and Matt

Outclassed and overpriced in today's market

from Tracy and Matt

To sum up the device in one popular internet description: "Nokia have just turned up to a gun fight carrying a knife". This is a device with software that they should have released 2 years ago. In today's market it is outclassed and overpriced.

Read full review

To sum up the device in one popular internet description: "Nokia have just turned up to a gun fight carrying a knife". This is a device with software that they should have released 2 years ago. In today's market it is outclassed and overpriced.

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What Mobile

Unique design, stupidly designed side keys, loud speakers

from What Mobile

It’s hard not to sound like a broken record when writing about the shaky future for Symbian. However, when Nokia can release devices like the N8 with a fantastic camera, or the E7 with its great keyboard, you can accept the need to compromise. With the X7, the quirky look and stupidly designed...More

It’s hard not to sound like a broken record when writing about the shaky future for Symbian. However, when Nokia can release devices like the N8 with a fantastic camera, or the E7 with its great keyboard, you can accept the need to compromise. With the X7, the quirky look and stupidly designed side keys actually impact on usability and that cannot be excused. The OS is improving, but the X7 hasn’t really got a market that we can see. It may be getting on, but we’d recommend the N8 over this every time for anyone who still has faith in Symbian.

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TechRadar

The overall hardware design is appealing

from TechRadar

There are nice things we can say about the Nokia X7. It has good hardware design, a basically pleasing screen and good battery life. And Symbian Anna is a step in the right direction.

But we just aren't sure where Anna is headed in the long term, and that alone could make the Nokia X7 a blind alley. And it doesn't do anything supremely well...

More

There are nice things we can say about the Nokia X7. It has good hardware design, a basically pleasing screen and good battery life. And Symbian Anna is a step in the right direction.

But we just aren't sure where Anna is headed in the long term, and that alone could make the Nokia X7 a blind alley. And it doesn't do anything supremely well.

If you are a Nokia fan and want a top quality camera you should be looking at the Nokia N8.

If you want a superb physical keyboard, then the Nokia E7 is worth your attention.

Great social networking integration? Go Android instead, with something such as the HTC Sensation.

With those bases covered, it's tricky to see precisely where the Nokia X7 fits in.

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Digital Versus

Good multimedia features, including the camera

from Digital Versus

With a distinctive look, a solid build, a great screen and a decent camera, the X7 could have been a very attractive smartphone. But it's frustratingly slow and, although the interface is an improvement on Nokia's previous attempts, it still needs more work.

Read full review

With a distinctive look, a solid build, a great screen and a decent camera, the X7 could have been a very attractive smartphone. But it's frustratingly slow and, although the interface is an improvement on Nokia's previous attempts, it still needs more work.

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Know Your Mobile

Stylish hardware and a large screen accompany the Symbian Anna platform

from Know Your Mobile

Overall, it seems that every time we found something to like about the Nokia X7 we found a ‘but’ sitting there. It’s not that the Nokia X7 is a bad handset, it’s just that it’s no way near great. In fact, it’s not even close. What we’d have like to of seen is a little more effort fr...More

Overall, it seems that every time we found something to like about the Nokia X7 we found a ‘but’ sitting there. It’s not that the Nokia X7 is a bad handset, it’s just that it’s no way near great. In fact, it’s not even close. What we’d have like to of seen is a little more effort from Nokia. Is that too much to ask? Maybe. The company is pretty busy with MeeGo and preparations for its Windows Phone 7 launch. Guess Symbian, these days anyway, is something of an afterthought in Espoo.

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Know Your Mobile

It does everything you'd expect from a high-end device – and a whole lot more

from Know Your Mobile

We could say the Optimus 3D’s battery life is bad. But we’d be lying: it’s awful – well and truly awful. So if battery life is important to you, we’d strongly urge to you think long and hard before you purchase the LG Optimus 3D. Apart from this seemingly detrimental issue, the Optimus...More

We could say the Optimus 3D’s battery life is bad. But we’d be lying: it’s awful – well and truly awful. So if battery life is important to you, we’d strongly urge to you think long and hard before you purchase the LG Optimus 3D. Apart from this seemingly detrimental issue, the Optimus 3D is pretty decent. In fact, we’d go as far as saying that we really, really, really liked it. And maybe the Android 2.3 update will help with the battery life issues? It might, but we don’t think this is very likely. Android 2.3 is an update, not Jesus Christ. And it would take something akin to the miracles performed by mankind’s saviour to bring the Optimus 3D’s battery up to acceptable smartphone levels.

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Pocketnow

A great choice for a multimedia, social smartphone which also offers free navigation solution

from Pocketnow

The Nokia X7 has a futuristic design some of you will like, while others will not. While we wish there were four speakers in the smartphone, the two at the bottom deliver great sound quality and volume even without the spatialization settings enabled.

Symbian unfortunately no longer ha...More

The Nokia X7 has a futuristic design some of you will like, while others will not. While we wish there were four speakers in the smartphone, the two at the bottom deliver great sound quality and volume even without the spatialization settings enabled.

Symbian unfortunately no longer has what it takes to compete with Android and iOS due to the lack of polish and recent decline in popularity, since Nokia chose to abandon it in favor of Windows Phone. For fans of the Nokia brand, Symbian, or new entrants in the smartphone world, the X7 is definitely a great choice for a multimedia, social smartphone which also offers free navigation solution. Power users or heavy business users will often be frustrated by the platform itself as well as the occasional slow-downs in operation.

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Softpedia

Aimed at Nokia fans who are still into the Symbian platform and can afford to purchase an expensive smartphone

from Softpedia

It is important to understand that the X7-00 is aimed at Nokia fans who are still into the Symbian platform.

If you are not one of the last boy scouts who want to try out the latest Symbian smartphone launched on the market I suggest you look into other mobile platforms.

The...More

It is important to understand that the X7-00 is aimed at Nokia fans who are still into the Symbian platform.

If you are not one of the last boy scouts who want to try out the latest Symbian smartphone launched on the market I suggest you look into other mobile platforms.

The X7-00 is a nicely built device that doesn't resemble anything that the Finnish giant has ever manufactured until now.

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PhoneArena

Well-crafted with premium materials and unique angular design

from PhoneArena

The Nokia X7 brings a much anticipated overhaul of the Symbian platform, but even with Anna, Nokia's platform UI and performance seems a year or even more behind rivals like Android and iOS. The Finns also fail to deliver contemporary hardware with a sub-par 680MHz CPU and only 256MB of RAM on the Nokia X7, which seem to be the main reasons behind its sometimes slightly laggy performance. The handset ships with Nokia's EDoF camera, a fixed-focus 8-megapixel unit, that brings great speed and below average photo quality, but no macro capabilities...

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The Nokia X7 brings a much anticipated overhaul of the Symbian platform, but even with Anna, Nokia's platform UI and performance seems a year or even more behind rivals like Android and iOS. The Finns also fail to deliver contemporary hardware with a sub-par 680MHz CPU and only 256MB of RAM on the Nokia X7, which seem to be the main reasons behind its sometimes slightly laggy performance. The handset ships with Nokia's EDoF camera, a fixed-focus 8-megapixel unit, that brings great speed and below average photo quality, but no macro capabilities.

At the same time, the price of this package is hard to swallow – set at the whopping $650 (460 euro) off-contract in Europe, it seems inadequate when compared to dual-core heavyweights like the LG Optimus 2X, which actually undercuts it by a hefty margin. On the positive side, the Nokia X7 is well-crafted with premium materials and unique angular design. If you feel nostalgic about the glorious past of Nokia, there's certainly something that will feed your nostalgia in the X7. But if you factor in any other sane reasons, the current dual-core offerings on the market blow the Nokia X7 out of the water easily.

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