The Nokia E7 Communicator is a 4-inch display, slider QWERTY smartphone that runs the latest iteration of Symbian. At first glance, it looks just like any other slab device, featuring prominently the awesome ClearBlack AMOLED display. The display is made of Gorilla Glass too – meaning that it is scratch-proof.
That display is really good. It delivers clear images and bright colours, and blacks are as black as they can get. True to Nokia form, sunlight legibility is excellent (see the comparison shot below in bright sunlight).
Just after you have been dazzled by the display (you should watch a movie on it to get the idea), you notice that this is not just a slab, but a device that is capable of pulling a small “transformers” trick. There is a slider QWERTY keyboard in there.
The aluminium casing oozes class all the way already, but when you push the display to open up the device into laptop mode, the beautiful slider mechanism takes over and you are delighted at the buttery smooth manner in which the sliding takes place.
And that keyboard – I have been typing away on it for days, churning out article after article, email after email, and it just is top-notch. It has been a while since I had a Nokia E90, so any comparisons I make now are likely to be subjective. However, let it be said that this keyboard rocks. It feels and works fine. More on that during one of my more detailed reviews coming up later.
The back of the E7 is almost plain, save for the camera and speaker slots. Again, its classy all the way, something that no business user, especially top executives, will complain about.
Of course, everywhere I have gone with the Nokia E7, it has never failed to get the attention that such quality build deserves.
I have had the Nokia E7 for some days now, and I am putting it through its paces. This thing’s size is a miracle, considering the solid QWERTY keyboard and all the goodies that are packed in it.
It is familiar territory for me, as I have used its older brother, the N8, extensively till date. But – and a big “but” for that matter – the large and solid 4-inch display makes everything look better. Plus, the robust keyboard simply transforms what the N8 is at heart into a more powerful mobile work tool.
I will be going into details as I review different parts of the Nokia E7. Trust me, the E7 will have to go through the same grill as others before it have, and then you can make up your mind whther or not it is the device for you.
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