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Nokia X7-00 review

Barry de la Rosa
9 Sep 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
350
inc VAT

As usual, Nokia's hardware is superb, with excellent design and well-crafted construction, but its Symbian operating system is a pain to use and lacks a well-stocked app store

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Specifications

Symbian Anna, 4.0in 360x640 display

Nokia's X7 is a solidly-built smartphone with a futuristic design. The front of the phone is all screen, with a glossy black bezel and angular grilles on each corner, while the back is smooth and rounded, made from brushed metal. It's a daring design, but we think it works really well. Like most Nokia hardware, it feels really well put together, but at 146g it's not particularly heavy.

Nokia X7-00

The top edge includes the power button, a micro-USB data and charging port, and a standard 3.5mm headphone port. The right side has a volume rocker and camera shutter button, while the left side has two slide-out trays for the SIM and memory cards. The X7's screen has an unusual 360 x 640 resolution, also known as nHD (so called because it's a ninth of the Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 resolution). This is much smaller than the 480 x 800 found on most other large-screen smartphones, and much less than the qHD (quarter HD) resolution on the HTC Sensation (see What's New, Shopper 283), but in practice we found it clear and bright, with accurate colours.

The 8-megapixel camera takes crisp and colourful shots with little noise, and with its dual-LED flash, low-light shots aren't a problem. It can also shoot video at 720p quality, which again is sharp and has strong colours. It handles movement better than other smartphone cameras we've seen, with no sign of compression artefacts. Nokia ships the X7 with an 8GB microSDHC card, which is enough for thousands of MP3s and photos, but it can handle cards up to 32GB in size.

Nokia X7-00 back

As with most Nokia handsets, however, the outstanding hardware is held back by the outdated software. This is a new version of Symbian, but aside from a few cosmetic changes, it's much the same as it's always been. Ironically, now that Nokia has decided to release future phones with Windows Phone instead of Symbian, Nokia's Ovi app store has started to fill out with some useful apps, but there still aren’t as many good ones as in Apple's App Store or the Android Market.

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