The Nokia C7 really is a thing of much beauty. Appealed to both of us – in fact, have never seen dp quite so taken with a piece of tech, it’s usually me that does the drooling. He coveted it – until he’d tried using it for a day or so. Then he handed it back.
And that’s the story. It’s just too hard to get used to using. Something this well crafted, this gorgeous to look at, really ought to be good to use. And it just isn’t.
I installed Swype on it. (If you don’t know what Swype is, you should. It’s the fastest text input method on a touchscreen going. Available via ovi market and as a beta for android phones, comes installed on several Samsungs.) It worked reasonably well, though not as well as on the N8. Made life a lot easier though. But the apps just aren’t up to the same standard as you can get on an Android, and there isn’t the range of choice.
I don’t think this phone is aimed at someone who wants to play with apps. I wonder if it’s more targetted at the business market, perhaps the ppl who were Nokia’s core group for a while, the heavy business users who have tech support to figure out how to put the email button on the front page. Because that shouldn’t be difficult either, but it is.
Plus points. This phone seemed more stable than previous Nokias I’d had. It didn’t complain in a loop about certificate issues with emails. Although it did seem to have difficulties holding a connection or switching between 3G and wifi – I’m not sure though if that’s the phone OS or the apps running on it.
There are some definite plus points to the Symbian OS. I love the running applications toggle, that lets you see what is running and shut them down easily. It’s way too difficult to do that on Android. But I still haven’t figured out how to copy and paste – did that really get missed out? It means that the things I want to do, like blog and join in linkies and put the badge into my post are well nigh on impossible. I really don’t think it’s too much to ask, but apparently so.
Other features – 8MP camera, which clung on to pictures like a good ‘un. Dp did manage to get them off onto the media centre in the end, meaning they aren’t accessible just now for me to use in this post. Shame, as I think there’s some pretty good ones, although not up to the N8 standard. Then again, what is?
To summarise. If you are looking for a very beautiful phone, that doubles as a working camera, and lets you dabble online, the C7 is worth a second look. If you are serious about your online activities, this phone will frustrate you beyond belief. Unless of course you *like* to type every little thing in.
Cut and paste, Nokia, we need cut and paste. Please?