Review: Nokia C7 Astound
Mar 29, 2011, 3:17 PM by Eric M. Zeman
updated Apr 12, 2011, 10:03 PM
T-Mobile lands its first official Symbian^3 handset in the Nokia C7 Astound. Phone Scoop gives it the full review treatment. Can Nokia hold its own against the onslaught of Android and other smartphones with this touch device?
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The Nokia Astound (a.k.a., the C7-00) is the first Symbian^3 device to be officially supported and distributed by a major U.S. network operator. The Astound is another beautiful piece of hardware from Nokia, but Symbian^3 remains problematic as an operating system. Unless you're a die-hard Nokia fan, the Astound is astoundingly frustrating.
We hit the floor at Nokia World 2010 in London, where Nokia launched a trio of Symbian^3 touchscreen phones.
The Astound is a C7-00, make no mistake about it. It even says C7 on the front.
Mar 21, 2011
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.
Jan 8, 2013
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.
Apr 7, 2011
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.
Somewhat of a fair review
I don't see how you say the homescreen is chaotic with different size widgets when that is what defines Android. Symbian had 6 same-size widgets at first and were castrated first, and then switch to different sizes for different apps and somehow it's bad?
That said, I urge you to find a decent Android phone for $70 either. Most are close to the same specs as offered by this without the power efficiency of Symbian. This phone may freeze (and that is terrible and should be mentioned) but lower end Android phones have their own problems as well.
Overall though, not a bad review.
I dislike how iOS is just a bunch of tiles and really hate how webOS and BlackBerry waste so much screen spa...
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...
I will address NFC, specifically, thou...
Android is more accessible--
Maybe it is just how my brain works, but I found it very intuitive.
I would definitely give it another shot when it gets the...
Sure they deserve similar write-ups but come on- rephrase things a little bit more:
The only way I was able to sync my vast contact database with the N8 was to set up an Ovi account and use Nokia's account sync tools. They are clumsy, and not as simple as those offered by others.
The only way I was able to sync my vast contact database with the Astound was to set up an Ovi account and use Nokia's account sync tools. They are clumsy, and not as simple as those offered by others.
For the record Mail for Exchange will sync with Google c...
Does this mean that if you unlock the phone and insert an AT&T SIM card, you can use their 3G network?