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Nokia X7 price in India Rs 21,999; here's a review

Facing criticism for its outdated operating system in comparison to the Apple iOS, Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows Phone, Nokia finally joined hands with Microsoft.

BT Online Bureau | July 25, 2011 | Updated 16:26 IST

Nokia X7Nokia X7 is the Finnish handset maker's first full-touch smartphone. It is priced at Rs 21,999 in India.

Specs: 4-inch display; 8 MPcamera; EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi-, A-GPS; 350 MB internal memory, 32 GB memory, expandable; 146 gm, 1200mAh battery
Pros: HD Gaming
Cons: Symbian Anna

Facing criticism for its outdated operating system in comparison to the Apple iOS , Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows Phone, Nokia finally joined hands with Microsoft.

But before completely ditching its favoured OS (in 2016), it isn't unmindful of Symbian's loyal users. So one more blow. The new Symbian update, named Anna, brings much-awaited changes.

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New better-looking circularicons, improved web browser and an on-screen QWERTY keypad in portrait mode along with a few tweaks in downloading apps from Ovi Store are the long overdue enhancements. And to reap the benefits of the upgrade, the X7 is Nokia's first full-touch smartphone.

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Dressed to stand out from the crowd, the X7 looks different with its angular design. Grills on the corners add to the design element (the bottom grills actually hide the speakers). The non-removable back cover has resulted in the need for SIM and memory card slots on the side.

But the new design-press the dot to tilt the other end and then pull out the trays - won't leave everyone comfortable. The volume control and camera key areon the right panel with a 4-inch capacitive display dominating the front.

Start the phone and you are prompted for the Nokia account details that automatically logs into all the Nokia services. Similar to Symbian 3, the homescreen here is divided into three customisable windows. The main menu looks unchanged as is the multitasking-long pressing the homekey to relaunch or close the running apps.

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Configuring an email account was quickand browsing was simple. An icon at the right bottom gave access to a plenty of features like bookmarks, windows, history, feeds, send link, settings, etc.

It comes with two HD games, Asphalt 5 and Galaxy on Fire. The gaming experience was good and more games can be downloaded from Ovi Store. The sound output of the music playerwas loud and clear.

The experience ofwatching videos and movies over the display was excellent. For imaging, the phone has an 8 MP camera but with afixed focus. It also has a dual LED flashand features such as face detection but it isn't anything out of the world.

With the new OS, images transferred over Bluetooth landed automatically in the gallery, instead of the message box. It supports expandable memory up to 32 GB and an 8GB card comes withphone. It also supports USB-on-the-Go feature but the connector isn't a part of the pack.

Verdict: Overhauled Symbian device but still faces competition from Android.

Courtesy: Gadgets & Gizmos

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