The Nokia E7 is one device that feels absolutely great in the hand, it is built like a tank, feels a little heavy in a good way. You actually feel as if you are carrying an impressive piece of technology along.
Since this was completely hands on and a spur of the moment thing, there may be times when the video feels a little less than coherent, therefore if you think there are things we missed, let me know in the comments section below.
A few days ago Nokia India hosted a little E7 event to showcase the upcoming Eseries flagship and share a few details about the incredibly beautiful device. Minutes after the event, the Microsoft-Nokia deal hit the interwebs and I decided on holding back on the E7 coverage.
Back to the E7, we now know that it will be coming to India in Black and Silver first, will come preloaded with a new ‘Business TV’ app, that is basically allows you to stream three business channels like CNBC to the E7. There is no official word on the market price or availability yet, but I expect the device to hit stores next month.
Here is a gallery of the E7, with size comparisons with the Galaxy S, iPhone and Nokia N8 thrown in. As you will notice, it easily manages to hold its own.
And yes, it the Macbook Air and the E7 are a deadly pair.
On another positive note, the Search For 7 contest to win a Nokia E7 each day for 7 days has just been announced, so head over to nokia.com/e7/searchfor7 and get cracking.
From time to time, Nokia’s Beta Labs comes out with some great gems, today is one such day. The free Nokia Big Screen app takes the process of connecting your HDMI devices (N8, E7) to the TV onto a whole new level with a very slick UI. You could still watch videos or photos on your HDTV without the app, but where the app really shines is making that interaction a pleasure. Once installed, it automatically launches the moment you connect an HDMI cable to your phone and now instead of a mirror of the phone UI’s you get something that looks like a Media Center, much more easy on the eye and faster to navigate.
Once connected you can use the directional pad that pops up on the phone’s touch, or use a Wii Remote or a bluetooth keyboard. As you can see in the video, having a Wii Remote handy does help take the experience up a notch or two. The post on the beta labs blog also mentions a bunch of other things that you can do with the app:
Show your photos and videos in high definition on your TV screen
Listen to music from your phone on your home audio system
View song lyrics in karaoke style and watch videos with subtitles
Play music in the background while you browse your photos
Enjoy slideshows with music of your choice
Have a screen saver activateafter a minute’s idle time to protect your TV
Use your phone as an entertainment hub you can take everywhere with you
Once you get to the download page, you will also find useful information about adding bluetooth devices such as a Wii Remote or a keyboard. If you want to avoid the hassle of signing in to download, here’s the direct link.
So far there has been some pretty serious coverage of the devices announced, specs and features and so on. But here is one fun but very useful feature that generally only a few of the cheapest Nokia devices have, but one which has now come to the high end as well – the Nokia C7 and E7 come with torch.
I have just got back from day one of Nokia World and clearly the star of the show was the Nokia E7, a device that Nokia believes is the ultimate ‘business’ smartphone. It has a great keyboard which has a zero learning curve, the keys are nicely spaced out, the sides offer a good grip and you can fire away almost immediately you pick up the device.
There are also the usual Symbian ^3 goodies like USB on-the-go, support for bluetooth mice and keyboard. There is also HDMI, 720P HD video capture and a gorgeous 4″ display that packs Nokia’s new CBD technology. ‘CBD’ stands for ‘Clear Black Display’ and Nokia could have easily thought of a more fancy name, but that’s not who they are. The display theoretically works well in sunlight and I can tell you for a fact that the colours pop out much better, the blacks look great and the 4″ display on the E7 looks pretty amazing. Its just let down by the 640 x 460 resolution.
With that in mind, here is a five minute hands on demo of the E7 that I shot literally minutes ago.
We’re live at Nokia World and I have just come out of the Experience Lounge after having a play with the Nokia E7 and I can tell you its one sweet device. Almost as slim as the N8, 4 row QWERTY keyboard, HDMI out, similar processor details to the N8 and an 8 MP camera which shoots HD video. The only slight dissappointement for me was the EDOF focus system on the camera and another cause for concern is the 1200 mAh battery. But from what we are being told, one day of heavy usage should be possible still.
Right then, time for a ton of live E7 pictures. Enjoy.
I also have another treat coming, Nokia N8 v Nokia E7 pictures. You do not want to miss those. Keep on top of all the latest at Nokia World here.