I have had both the Nokia N8 and the E7 for six months now. Since my E7 arrived early this year, I have used it as my primary mobile device. Nothing else has been able to tempt me away from it. It gets my job done that well.
Of recent, I have been wondering why I like the Nokia E7 that much. Comparing it with the N8, I wonder why I am so glued to it over the N8, especially considering that they are more or less the same device.
Someone once said that the E7 is a useless smartphone. Consider too that the E7 lacks some of the N8’s features, and you can see why I am wondering about this.
What Rocks My Boat on the Nokia N8
- the unbeaten 12 mega-pixel autofocus camera with Xenon flash
- FM transmitter
- louder audio production
- handy size
What rocks My Boat on the Nokia E7
- the superb ClearBlack Display (CBD)
- the 4-inch display
- the superb QWERTY keyboard
On paper, the N8 beats the E7 in all other areas, minus the keyboard and display. One would think that it would be just natural for me to prefer the N8. I had used the N8 as my primary phone from November 2010 till February 2011 when my E7 arrived. Since then, nothing has been able to tempt me away from the E7. Last week, I picked it up again and transferred my SIM from the E7 to the N8 to use as my primary smartphone.
The short version of it is that using the N8 now as my main phone left me craving for the E7 all the way. Sure, I enjoyed taking awesome pictures with the N8, but the sleeker design of the E7, the true-black ClearBlack 4-inch display (see the above picture to compare blacks on both devices), and that keyboard all put together just made sure that I found myself uncomfortable carrying the N8 around anymore.
If I had never touched the E7, the N8 would work for me. But now, my system has a point of reference, and that focal point is the excellent E7.
Yes; I hate the full-focus camera on the E7, but while I am a photography enthusiast, picture-taking is not a priority on my mobility needs, so I can live with it.
Incidentally, I was at Slot this morning, and listened in on a discussion between the technicians present. They were praising the Nokia E7 to high heavens, and then one of them noticed my unit and pointed it out to his colleagues. Yes; I’m human, and I can say that it felt really good 😀
I must say this too, that with the exception of the Nokia E75 (which I refuse to accept as a true Communicator anyway), and which I found absolutely underwhelming, not once in all my mobile history has any device been able to tempt me away from a current Nokia Communicator. I usually use them till they begin to become outdated before moving on. The E90 was a bad case – I used three (3) of them. Nokia’s Communicators have been that good.
Right now, I am a bit bored. I have been waiting for Symbian Anna for my E7 for a long, long time. Sure, it will get around sooner or later and transform the E7 into a new experience. That can’t come soon enough. And Belle, oh Belle! I could have a nerdgasm thinking of Belle running on my E7.
In the meantime, I am bored. Staying with one phone since February (that’s about 6 months) is a long time for me, regardless of how wonderful the phone is.
When a mobile enthusiast is bored, he goes looking for the next exciting device to play with. I have a few devices coming in for review in the next few weeks, and hopefully they will be exciting enough to distract me for a while.
Thereafter, the cycle continues…
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.