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Hands-On with the Nokia Astound

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Mar 21, 2011, 9:44 PM   by Rich Brome

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.

We already did a hands-on with the C7, so be sure to check that out. We're only going to talk about the very top highlights and differences here.


The C7 looks and feels very nice. The metal materials and overall quality remind you that Nokia does know what it's doing when it comes to hardware.

The newer software that we tried on the C7 isn't glitch-free, but it's not final, and more importantly, it seemed faster and more responsive than before. The capacitive touch screen works well.

One nice addition is Swype software, which lets you enter a whole word in one quick motion. On the beta software we used, it only worked in landscape, but Nokia promised us that it would work in both portrait and landscape by the time it launches. That's a good thing, because the portrait keyboard is extremely crammed and difficult to use by tapping each letter; Swype should make it vastly more usable.

There's also a proper native YouTube app, which is always handy for checking out the latest viral video.


The browser has a few new touches, too. You can now enter a url and jump to a new web site by simply touching the address bar at the top and typing, just like on most other smartphones. Nokia's playing catch-up here, but it's a welcome change.

Similarly, Nokia has added multi-window (AKA "tabbed") browsing. It works exactly like on the iPhone. Exactly.

All in all, the hardware is nice. The software is good for Symbian, but that's not saying much. The big selling point of this phone may be the camera. Nokia usually doesn't skip on camera quality, so we look forward to testing that. That they kept the front-facing camera is also nice, as that was so often removed on previous Nokias making the leap to the US.

About the author, Rich Brome:

Editor in Chief Rich became fascinated with cell phones in 1999, creating mobile web sites for phones with tiny black-and-white displays and obsessing over new phone models. Realizing a need for better info about phones, he started Phone Scoop in 2001, and has been helming the site ever since. Rich has spent two decades researching and covering every detail of the phone industry, traveling the world to tour factories, interview CEOs, and get every last spec and photo Phone Scoop readers have come to expect. As an industry veteran, Rich is a respected voice on phone technology of the past, present, and future.

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Mar 22, 2011, 8:41 AM

Pentaband 3G

It has pentaband 3G so if the AT&T merger goes through it will be able to use both AT&T 3G spectrum and T-Mobile 3G spectrum and when the T-Mobile spectrum gets reassigned it won't be a Edge speed phone like all the other T-Mobile 3G/4G phones out there.
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