It would be fair to say that high-end Symbian smartphones don’t really cut it in terms of intuitivity when compared to similar iOS and Android based handsets, however according to IntoMobile the Nokia E7 could be a major step in the right direction and one of the site’s editors, Dusan Belic,says that this could well be the best Symbian smartphone ever made.
So what makes it so good? Well Dusan says that there are 5 main aspects of the E7 which makes it a success, these are its keyboard, form-factor, build quality, multitasking and screen. You can find out full details as to why IntoMobile are so fond about these features by checking out their fully detailed article, in our post we will summarize what was said.
According to the article the E7’s slide-out QWERTY keyboard rocks, previously handsets like the N97 and N97 mini have featured flat keys, however this is not the case with the E7 and it is said to result a very desirable typing experience. It is not just IntoMobile who say this, MyNokiaBlog posted this video on YouTube and said the keyboard was “utterly awesome”.
As previously mentioned Nokia E7’s form-factor is equally as impressive as its keyboard, again Nokia’s previous handsets which featured physical QWERTY keyboards disappointed in terms of bulkyness and form-factor. If you compare the N97 to the E7 it is lighter and in some ways smaller than the new smartphone, however the E7 is 2.3mm thinner than the N97 which perhaps plays a part in IntoMobile regarding the E7’s form-factor being impressive. The E7 is also wider than the N97 (by 7.1mm), perhaps this extra width is actually a good thing.
IntoMobile did not have anything bad to say about the E7 in terms of build quality and to be honest with you this is no huge surprise, the keyboard’s sliding mechanism is heavily complimented and according to Dusan other side-sliders feel cheap in comparison.
Another area where the E7 shines is its screen, when you check out the specs you see that it boasts a 4-inch AMOLED display which features a 16:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 640 x 360 you expect it to be good, however IntoMobile describe it as awesome. They are particularly impressed by the ClearBlack technology which makes reading the screen pretty easy even in direct sunlight.
The final mention actually complements the smartphone’s OS, apparently Symbian^3 allows for great multitasking, this is described as “real multi-tasking” which works in a similar way to how it does on a PC, simply hold the home key to see which apps are running and from here you can easily switch between apps etc.
Soon IntoMobile should be publishing a brief article which talks about the E7’s imperfections, when they do we will be sure to let you know. Have you used the Nokia E7? If so, is it as good as IntoMobile are making it out to be?
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