Symbian Tweet’s Nokia E7 Review and Further Thoughts

Nokia E7 and N97 Mini via Symbian Tweet's FlickrEven though I am not as into writing reviews about mobile devices, there are several people out there that do. Of those that tend to make the most quality reviews, Fakhre of Symbian Tweet, tends to make some solid one’s. Here’s a snippet of one of his latest, the Nokia E7:

…Nokia tried very hard to keep everything within this device keeping the design (thickness) minimal. And yes, we can say that they succeeded. E7 belong to Nokia’s core business series of devices. It has all features a business smartphone needed- A pentaband connectivity, Wi-Fi (N) & Bluetooth (3.0) new standards, which promises to keep you connected always. Its large 4″ bright screen supported with better full qwerty keyboard enhance its business capability for mailing and document editing, Its TV out connectivity with HDMI and 3.5 mm AV connector gives you option for presenting your business efficiently. Every thing looks fine here except the 8 MP EDoF camera, in-fact we think 5 MP AF was good for E7. Nokia has selected the EDoF camera over AF, because it take less space then AF one, now this selection was necessary to keep the phone slim with minimal design…

Read the rest at Symbian Tweet.

Now, this review, as do many others of the E7 point to why it’s not in my pocket right now. After getting some time to see the E7 and compare it to my N97, I found that the compromises concerning the camera, lack of a memory card slot (given my size needs), and the larger size weren’t in fitting with my idea for a suitable mobile.

That said, I do thunk that this could be a solid device for some. In terms of it’s keyboard, it’s about as solid as you will find, and the battery life is mostly ok. Where I would like to see this device push things a bit is to see some cleaner connectivity to enterprise systems such as Intranets, knowledge management, and CRM systems. Sure, an application can be built, but I’d actually like to see the E7 (and the rest of Nokia’s E-Series devices) just push that integrated point a bit more. Right now, it’s slightly there, but it’s not something so well done that it’s a selling point. If you will, the lack of integration for this “enterprise-themed” device somewhat defeats it’s marketed purpose.

That said, many who have this mobile don’t complain. For all of the things Nokia might not be doing with mobiles, they still see to keep finding their ways into pockets and lives. Maybe mobile is more than specs…