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Review: Nokia C7 Astound

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Apps

The Astound has access to Nokia's Ovi Store. There are thousands of apps in there that are compatible with the Astound. As with other mobile stores, the Ovi Store offers both free and for-pay apps. I was able to download free apps no problem, but was unable to purchase apps that required actual money. The Ovi Store has received a number of upgrades in the last few months, and is definitely easier to navigate and use than it used to be.

Bluetooth

The Astound paired well with mono and stereo headphones. Sound quality through mono Bluetooth for phone calls was superb. Music playback was only slightly less awesome. It can also be used to transport files to other phones or computers.

Clock

Need to tell the time? Easy. Press the Home screen button, the power button, or the lock switch. Any of these will light up the display in stand-by mode, which displays a large analog clock. For the non-analog fan, it can be set to digital.

GPS

The Astound comes with Nokia Maps on board. Nokia has updated the look and feel of it a bit, as well as added new capabilities. The feature set is solid and works well. Nokia clearly wants you to walk or use mass transit, as they are given prominence over driving directions.

The Astound's GPS system was able to pinpoint me easily. Mapping directions from Point A to Point B was no problem. I really like how it supports rudimentary 3D maps, which provides a neat view of the surrounding landscape when in urban environments. Nokia Maps offers free turn-by-turn directions, and they worked perfectly each time, for driving, walking, and mass transit. I was also able download and use Google Maps, too. It worked fine, and didn't appear to be much different than for other platforms.

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