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Review: Nokia C7 Astound

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Biased Review

kingstu

Mar 29, 2011, 9:46 PM
It seems that a super-functional phone at a low price is still not getting a fair shake from the reviewers. The Nexus S review has a large section dedicated to the inactive NFC but the Astound also has NFC and it is not mentioned. The Bluetooth 3.0 feature isn't mentioned and neither is the FM transmitter or the USB OTG. It also has WIFI calling.

The complaint about the microSD under the battery isn't really as much of an issue because it also has flash storage as well as the OTG.

The misnomer about AT&T roaming is not correct. The device doesn't roam on AT&T networks because there is no roaming agreement between T-Mobile and AT&T. If there were or when AT&T merge and makes it's 3G towers available, it will be able to roam on them wit...
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Rich Brome

Mar 30, 2011, 9:04 AM
I certainly disagree that it's biased. Even though we try to write very in-depth reviews, we can't possibly cover every last feature, especially ones that very few people use. (Have you actually used USB-OTG?)

I will address NFC, specifically, though.

We thought about the NFC issue, the problem is that Nokia and T-Mobile haven't announced or promised any specific NFC services or functionality for this phone.

Google is actively encouraging devs to write NFC apps and rolling out services of its own for Android phones with NFC.

T-Mobile has talked about deploying NFC in the US, but hasn't promised that the Astound will support them. In fact, when I asked T-Mobile about it at CTIA, they said specifically that "new phones will be out ...
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kingstu

Mar 30, 2011, 9:54 AM
I appreciate your clarification on the NFC and the official response you got from T-Mobile concerning the Astound. Actually, Nokia has had prototype applications concerning NFC and the C7. It's Qt labs showed the Shopwizer app and at CTIA the BCARD reader was demoed. They have been working on NFC applications for years and they plan to sell 150 million more Symbian phones so it is a worthwhile effort on their part.

I appreciate that my usage of phones is probably very different than the reviewer and perhaps I have a bias in my own view of what is useful and what is esoteric.
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Rich Brome

Mar 30, 2011, 10:46 AM
We've seen those Nokia demos in person and reported on them before, both in news and with hands-on reports. For example:

http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=109 ... »

But that's different from a full-fledged, useful service launched and available to consumers.
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