Review: Nokia C7 Astound
The Astound's music player doesn't appear to offer any changes when compared to the N8. Essential functionality is the same. Open the app, and you have access to artists, albums, and songs. Chose your favorite sorting option, pick your playlist, and enjoy the tunes. It also has the CoverFlow effect for visually sorting through your music library.
Users can also easily set up loops and shuffle tracks. There are several controls for adjusting the sound quality, such as preset equalizers, stereo widening effects, as well as the L-R levels when connected to stereo headphones.
Music playback sounds really, really good through stereo headphones. Sound was also good through stereo Bluetooth speakers, though with the typical stereo Bluetooth detractions.
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It also comes with Slacker Radio pre-loaded, access to T-Mobile's music services, and an FM radio.
The Astound forgoes the high-end media capabilities offered by the N8 and really ratchets down the video powers. It loses the HDMI port and the Dolby 5.1 support, but still manages to include a capable video player.
Video playback on the phone itself was really good. I sideloaded several video clips, and they played back flawlessly.
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