Nokia Astound / C7-00
T-Mobile today announced the immediate nationwide launch of HD Voice service across its entire network, a first in the U.S. The service promises dramatic audio quality improvement during phone calls. The service requires an HD Voice-capable phone at each end of the phone call. T-Mobile already offers several phones compatible with the service, including the HTC One S, Nokia Astound, and Samsung Galaxy S III. Sprint launched HD Voice last year, although only on parts of its network that have been upgraded to new tower equipment, a project still in progress.
Nokia Beta Labs has released a new bit of software for Symbian^3 devices that transforms the display into an entertaining yet informative landscape. With the software enabled, users can see missed calls, unread text messages, and calendar notifications. The time and date are always visible, it can be dimmed for use at night, and the appearance can be customized as well. Nokia claims that, despite the activity on the display, battery life is not affected. The software also does things such as make use of a proximity sensor, and will shut off Sleeping Screen when the device is covered, such as when in a pocket. The beta software is free, and works with the C6-01, C7-00, N8-00, and E7-00,
The Astound is a C7-00, make no mistake about it. It even says C7 on the front. However Nokia has been busy tweaking the software since we last played with a C7, so read on to see what think of this rare Symbian phone for T-Mobile USA.
Nokia today announced the Astound for T-Mobile, a new name for the C7-00. The phone is largely identical to the C7-00 for the rest of the world, and will even say C7 on the phone itself, but will come with a slightly updated version of Symbian^3 that's faster, and has some pre-loaded software including Slacker radio and Swype predictive text entry, which works in both portrait and landscape modes. The phone sports an 8-megapixel main camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera with Qik for video chat, large nHD capacitive touch screen, and support for Wi-Fi calling. It will be available April 6 for $80 with two-year contract.
We hit the floor at Nokia World 2010 in London, where Nokia launched a trio of Symbian^3 touchscreen phones.