As part of the Nokia Rangers program, I received another Nokia phone which is the Nokia C7-00.
The Nokia C7 is powered by Symbian^3 and features a 8 MP camera with dual LED flash and is capable of recording HD video. It has a 3.5″ AMOLED capacitive touch screen of 640 x 360 pixels. Standard connectivity includes WLAN 802.11 b/g/n with Bluetooth 3.0 and HSDPA cat 9 speed of up to 10.2 Mbps and HSUPA cat 5 speed of up to 2.0 Mbps.
It has 8GB of built-in storage space and an additional MicroSD slot for expansion. It uses the same processor as the Nokia N8 which is the ARM 11 680 MHz processor with 3D Graphics hardware accelerator. The RAM is also the same as Nokia N8 which is 256MB. The Nokia C7 has a total ROM of 1GB which is 512MB more than the Nokia N8.
Metal was used extensively for the phone and hence in terms of built, it is as solid as the Nokia N8, but it is thinner and lighter.
I am going to repeat myself again, Nokia makes great hardware but it is the software they need to put in more effort into and when it is time to let the OS go, it is time to let it go. Holding on to it will do you more harm than good! I mean you can continue to support Symbian, but move on with a new OS!
When I setup the phone, it detects my Nokia account automatically (I am amazed) and I just need to enter my password for it. After keying in my password, it sends an SMS (I am guessing it is an activation SMS) back to the phone. But the problem is, I am on MultiSIM and the SMS will never be receive by the Nokia C7 because it is not my primary phone instead I received the SMS on my iPhone 4 instead. Because of this I can’t get my Nokia account to activate on my Nokia C7! I spend like 15 minutes to keep trying but to no avail!
Not a good first experience! But other than that, it is pretty much the same Symbian^3 experience like the Nokia N8.