Finally, my Nokia X7-00 review!

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First I’d like to apologize for this late post.  Had to rush back to Europe for a family emergency and didn’t have time to get my notes and thoughts together for this X7-00 post.  I would like to thank @WOMWorldNokia for sending me a trial X7-00.  At the time I received the X7-00, I was told that this device wasn’t going to be released in the USA. You can still find one at a reputable online retailer. Keep in mind that the phone might not come with US warranty and you might need to pay for any repair cost.

X7-00 – Display/Design

The Nokia X7-00 sports a bright 4” AMOLED touch screen comes with much anticipated Symbian S^3 Anna software. It has a brushed stainless steel finish and the back has a unique rounded shape.  X7 comes in two colors: dark steel or silver steel.  It also has 4 grills which supposedly 2 of 4 are used for audio output, it would have been a killer feature if all four grills had audio speakers.  The phone feels great in my hand, but it might be a bit too big for my wife.  I think the C7 would be more suitable for her.  This multimedia powerhouse comes with an 8 GB micro SD card and can be replaced with one up to 32 GB.  The drawback is that 8GB can be filled up really quick, especially when many users download the maps, audio and video files, take pictures or videos on their devices.

X7-00 – Camera

X7-00 comes with a fixed focus 8MP camera with dual LED flash.  Having been spoiled by the superb Carl Zeiss camera on my N8-00, I didn’t think that this 8 MP camera would take decent pictures.  I was actually surprised on how crisp the pictures were, but pictures taken with the close up mode were blurry, due to the fixed focus camera.  Videos can be taken in 720p HD format.  I have a lot of admiration for the E6-00 and X7-00’s dual LED flash, because it can take decent video in low light or dark settings, which is not possible with the Xenon flash on the N8-00.

 

X7-00 – Multimedia

I called the X7-00 a multimedia powerhouse, but there are three important features that are missing: HDMI mini port, FM transmitter, front facing camera.  X7-00 would have been a killer device if Nokia had added the HDMI mini port, you can hook the phone up onto a HDTV and play all the media you have on the phone.  FM transmitter is a nice to have option since my 2005 VW Jetta doesn’t have the Bluetooth add on.  My commute is around 1 hour and occasionally I listen to podcasts, music via the FM transmitter.   I use Fring a lot to video chat with my wife, and many of my Nokia phones have a front facing camera.

I have installed Spotify on the X7-00 and paired it with the BH-905i using BT and was able to listen to tunes via wifi/3G or locally.  You can download the Spotify Symbian client from the Ovi Store but you must have premium account to for full features.   I really love my BH-905i, that can be used wired or via BT.  The noise cancelling feature works excellent, have tried it on my recent flight to Europe. They are available for $179.99 at Amazon.com.

X7-00 – Data

The X7-00 is a penta band phone that would work on most of the GSM carriers including (AT&T AND T-Mobile USA).  The call quality is exceptional, as you would expect from any Nokia device.  It’s a bit tricky to place the sim card in the tray, but after a few times, I think you’ll get the hang of it.  I have always used my Symbian phones, except for the C7 Astound, for tethering with Joikuspot.  I can easily connect my Macbook and iPad 2 at places where there’s no (wifi) connection.  It’s a simple process to set up and used it during the bus ride to NYC for the Intel AppUp event a few weeks earlier.

X7-00 – OS

I have talked about the Symbian Anna update in my E6 post and will give just give the high lights here.  Compared to the Symbian S^3 that came with the N8-00, E7-00, C7-00, this update has many improvements (email, calendar, home screen fluidity) and comes with the new browser (7.3).  I have tried Anna on the E6-00, X7-00, E7-00 and the N8-00 and believe that it a step in the right direction and can’t wait to see the Belle update on the recent announced Nokia 600, 700 and 701 devices.  It won’t be far when the first two waves of Symbian S^3 devices will receive the Belle update.  Click on this link to see Symbian Belle in action.

What is in the Nokia X7-00 packaging?

X7-00 retail packaging looks different from the N8-00, E7-00, and E6-00.  It’s quite stylish, but many of us just don’t really care about the packing.

Inside you will find:

  • X7-00 unit w/ 8 GB micro SD card and embedded battery
  • Stereo headset, I really dig the off white color
  • Micro USB cable for data and charging, matches the color of the headset
  • Small instruction card on how to remove the sim and micro SD tray.  This is a tricky process and first thing you might think that you break the tray by pulling it too much.  Give it a good pull and the sim and micro SD tray will detach itself from the unit.
  • Instruction manual
  • Wall charger with micro USB tip
     

X7-00 – My final thoughts

I like the big 4” AMOLED, build quality, dual LED flash for videos shot in low light/night settings, Symbian Anna on the X7-00.  I am hesitant to purchase the device due to the lacking internal storage, missing front facing camera for video chat, FM transmitter and HDMI mini port.

I encourage someone who is interested in purchasing the X7-00 to check it out in your local retailer.

X7 – Photo gallery

I have posted some pictures of the X7-00 on NokiaInnovation’s flickr page earlier this week.  Feel free to take a look and as always feel free to leave any comments, concerns below.  We also recently created a FaceBook fan page, drop by and let us know how we are doing.  I am currently working on my One year with the N8-00 post and check back soon the post.  Everyone at NokiaInnovation would thank our readers for checking out our post.

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