Nokia E7 Now Available In The US For $679

Back in September, Nokia announced the Nokia E7 smartphone at the Nokia World 2010 in London. This handset looks quite similar to the Nokia N8, but it comes with a larger screen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Nokia E7 runs on the Symbian^3 Operating System. This handset is already available in Finland, Sweden, India and other European countries, but it was not released in the US until last week. Finally, after waiting for almost 7 months, folks in US can purchase this handset from Nokia’s online store or from the Amazon.

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Nokia E7 features a 4 inch touchscreen display with 640 x 360 pixels resolution, 680 MHz processor, Symbian^3 Operating System, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 16 GB internal storage, 256 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, MicroUSB 2.0, A-GPS, FM Radio, Music Player, 3.5 mm headset jack, TV-out, up to 9 hours talktime, up to 18 days stand-by time and a 1200 mAh battery.

Nokia E7 comes with a price tag of $679. You can easily purchase this handset from Nokia’s online store. Alternately, you can also get this handset from Amazon for $649. Nokia E7 will be available in 5 vibrant colors Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue and Orange. To purchase this handset, head over to this page at Nokia’s online store or this page at Amazon.

Nokia T7-00 Images and Specs Leaked; Looks Like Mini Nokia N8

Last month, Nokia managed to oust a new phone they are working on called Nokia T7-00. The phone was supposedly going to run Symbian^3 and had a resolution like the .

Nokia T7 Body

Today a Chinese website (via GSM Arena) managed to get their hands on some Nokia T7-00 pictures and specifications. Sadly, the phone is short of my expectations and looks like a stripped down version of the Nokia N8.

Nokia T7 will most like have a 8 Megapixel camera with a display size of 360 x 640 pixels. The phone will support Bluetooth, WLAN, GSM, WCDMA and HSPDA among other networks. The T7 will also have a 700Mhz ARM11 processor which will also support 3D graphics through and OpenGL 2.0. Nokia T7 will also have a HDMI out for videos.

The Nokia T7 might also be rebranded as a NSeries phone instead of TSeries as the pictures suggest. However, if this news is correct then I will be sorely disappointed because I was expecting a lot more from this device.

Also, I don’t understand why Nokia is still stuck with processors under 1Ghz since more of the smartphones that come out today sport that as a minimum. Looking at the pictures though suggests that the phone is not going to be sold as an high-end device, but why create a competitor for the Nokia C7/Nokia Astound? Wasn’t it similar to the Nokia N8 already that you are introducing a similar phone with a different name?

I am not sure who makes decisions at Nokia, but this truly baffles me. Check out some more pictures of the Nokia T7 below.

Nokia T7 Back

Nokia T7 HDMI

Nokia T7 Apps

Nokia Releases PR1.2 For N8, C6-01 and C7

 

Nokia has released a voluntary software update for the N8, C6-01 and C7 smartphones aligning them with the current offerings on the new E7. The aforementioned Symbian devices will be bumped to PR1.2 while the same software is referred to as PR1.1 on the recently launched E7. The main purpose of the update is to address an issue with Mail for Exchange synchronization with servers running Exchange 2010 with Service Pack 1. In addition to bug fixes, the update brings along a new version of the Ovi Store client and adds subway, train and tram locations, real time traffic, safety alerts, updated POI as well as improved search and location sharing functionality to Ovi Maps.

The update is available to unlocked devices and will come bundled later with the upcoming PR2 software for customized operator subsidized phones. Since this is a voluntary update, no software will be pushed to handsets and users must explicitly check for updates on their device for completing an OTA update (WiFi and cellular are both supported) or can check via the Nokia Software Updater which is part of the Ovi Suite.

Nokia Discussions forums has more details and frequently asked questions about the update as well as some discussion of the forth coming PR2 update to all Symbian^3 handsets.

Nokia E7 PR 1.1 (V14.002) Firmware Update Released

Nokia has just released a new firmware update for the recently released business communicator Nokia E7.

The PR 1.1 (v14.002) software update for the E7 is a minor update and does not bring any noticeable improvements or changes. The update mainly improves the performance and stability of the handset, along with fixing some minor bugs.

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Nokia E7 owners will be automatically prompted by their handset to download and install the update. However, users can manually check for the firmware update by using the SW Update’ application in the phone. The update will be slowly rolled out by Nokia in different regions of the world, so users need to be patient before the update hits their phone.

Hopefully, Nokia will release the highly anticipated PR 2.0 software update for all the latest Symbian^3 based devices including the N8 and E7. The PR 2.0 firmware update is expected to address the major shortcomings of the Symbian OS and includes a new web-browser and a text input system, as well.

Via AllAboutSymbian

Buy Unlocked Nokia N8 For $329.99 At Dell

Last year, Nokia launched the much-awaited Nokia N8 smartphone. This handset runs on the Symbian S^3 operating system. Nokia N8 is the company’s first smartphone to feature an amazing 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash. This handset was originally priced at $549, but Dell is currently selling this handset for $499.99 at their online store. If you are still not convinced with the price, then we will share an exclusive coupon code, which will help you to get this device for just $329.99. You heard it right, that’s a $170 discount!

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Amazon is selling this handset for $399.99, which means that, the price is even $70 less compared to the Amazon price. You should note that, this coupon code is applicable only for Green Nokia N8. If you are planning to buy this handset with Orange, Black or Blue color, then you will have to pay the complete price. This offer is available only for 4 days, i.e. until March 14th in the US. Check out the complete specs after the break.

Nokia N8 features a 3.5 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 640 x 360 pixels resolution, 680 MHz processor, Symbian^3 OS, 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash, HD (720p) Video recording, 256 MB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with UPnP, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0 wi, th USB On-the-Go supportHDMI with Dolby Digital Plus sound, FM radio with RDS, 3.5 mm headset jack, Ovi Maps, Ovi Store and a 1200 mAh Li-ion battery.

Dell is selling this device for $499.99, but you will get a discount of $170 just by using the F05TKKH7X4S53Vcoupon code. This coupon is applicable only for Green Nokia N8. This offer is currently available only in the US. If you are planning to buy this device, head over to this page, add the Green Nokia N8 smartphone to your cart and apply the coupon code given above.

Increase Nokia N8 Home Screens To Six With A Custom Firmware

Nokia’s first Symbian based touch OS S60v5 features only one home screen unlike many other touch based OS like Android. With Symbian^3, Nokia increased the number of home screens to 3, which users could fill up with a total of 18 widgets.

However, most of the Android phones ship with up to 7 different home screens, which a user can personalize according to his or her choice. Now, the Symbian modding community has cooked up a custom firmware for the N8, which increases the total number of home screen on the device to 6.

Below is a video of an Nokia N8 in action with six home screens :

The custom firmware also includes the latest version of all the system applications including the music and video player. The custom firmware also includes the available camera mods for the N8 including the continuous Auto-focus in video recording along with 30FPS. The jpeg image save quality has also been increased to 100%.

N8 owners can flash this custom firmware on their handset by using Phoenix. The full steps and change-log of this custom firmware can be found here (It’s not in English though).

Nokia N8 And C7 Shipping With Defective Screens?

Nokia has been facing a lot of criticism for nearly all of their moves including the highly debatable and the much controversial Nokia-Microsoft deal. Irrespective of all this, there is no denying of the fact that the latest Symbian (former Symbian^3) handsets from Nokia have been selling in decent numbers.

The Finnish giant managed to sell nearly 4 million N8’s in the last quarter of 2010 and the C7 is also selling in decent quantities. Both these handsets the N8 and the C7 use an AMOLED screen, with the latter featuring a CBD (ClearBlack Display) as well. Now, some N8 and C7 owners are reporting that the screen on their handset(s ) is having some red-purple color tint and poor color gradients issue.

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Apparently, the issue is a hardware one and not a software one or a poor color calibration of the screen from Nokia. The issue is not a widespread one but quite a sizeable number of N8/C7 owners are facing the same problem.

Here is a link to a thread on DailyMobile about the AMOLED screen color problem on the N8. Users can read more about this problem and check if their N8/C7 has the same screen problem or not, here.

Nokia has not made any official statement regarding this issue until now, and if the issue is a hardware one, I doubt that they will!

Nokia Launches The Symbian^3 Powered C6-01 In India For Rs.18,229

Nokia C6-01

Last year, Nokia announced the Symbian^3 powered C6-01 smartphone at the Nokia World 2010 in London. This handset have been finally launched in India. The original C6 features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Symbian S60v5 OS, 5 megapixel camera, while the new C6-01 comes with a 3.2 inch AMOLED screen, Symbian^3 OS, 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and so on. The handset is completely eco-friendly and its body is made up of recycled materials.

Nokia C6-01 features a 3.2 inch AMOLED display with ClearBlack display, 360 x 640 pixels resolution, Symbian^3 operating system, 680 MHz processor, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, microUSB, 8 megapixel camera with fixed focus and dual-LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, 340 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 256 MB RAM, 1GB ROM, A-GPS, Stereo FM radio with RDS, up to 11 hrs talktime, up to 400 hrs stand-by time and a 1050 mAh battery.

This handset comes is two different colors – Black and Silver Gray. Nokia C6-01 comes with a price tag of Rs.18,229. You can easily purchase this handset from your nearest retailer or at the Nokia Priority stores.

Nokia N8, Nokia C7 and Nokia C6-01 PR1.1 Firmware Update Out

Beginning from today, Nokia has started rolling out the PR1.1 firmware update for its new Symbian (formerly Symbian^3) handsets like the Nokia N8, Nokia C6-01 and Nokia C7.

The new firmware update will improve the performance and stability of all the three handsets along with fixing some bugs. Other changes in this firmware won’t be visible to the end users, but will be helpful to developers.

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Here is the official change-log from Nokia itself :

  • Meeting requests can be accepted directly from email invitations;
  • Maps integration in email, which means people can view the meeting location on the map when the address is mentioned in the location field in the invite.
  • For Nokia N8 users:
    a. New Quick Office 6.4 editor version, which offers editing possibilities and allows zooming in & out in Word documents.
    b. Three high quality games will also be preloaded on new devices Need for Speed Shift, Real Golf and Galaxy on Fire. (In some countries, Need for Speed is replaced with Asphalt 5). For current N8 users, these are available for free from Ovi Suite & Ovi Store.

Owners of any of the latest Symbian handset can update the firmware on their handset using Nokia Software Updater or Nokia Ovi Suite. They can also update the firmware on their handset directly via OTA (Over-The-Air).

Symbian is way behind Android and iOS in certain departments including a dated UI, extremely bad text input system and a pathetic web browser. Nokia has promised to fix most of these shortcomings in future firmware updates.

However, this PR 1.1 firmware update does not improve any of these aspects of the phone.   Seriously Nokia, it’s high time you do something which will be appreciated by both – the general public and bloggers.

Nokia E7 Up For Pre-Order In Finland and Sweden

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Last year, Nokia announced the E7 business phone at the Nokia World 2010 in London. This handset is powered by the Symbian^3 operating system and it comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This handset was expected to launch in this month, but it was delayed for some unknown reasons. But we have a good news for the folks living in Finland and Sweden. The much awaited Nokia E7 communicator is finally up for pre-order in the Nokia’s home country, Finland and its neighboring country, Sweden.

Nokia E7 comes with a large 4 inch touchscreen display with 640 x 360 pixels resolution, Symbian^3 OS, 680 MHz processor, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 16v GB internal storage, 256 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, MicroUSB 2.0, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, FM Radio, Music Player, 3.5 mm headset jack, TV-out, up to 9 hours talktime, up to 18 days stand-by time and a 1200 mAh battery.

This handset will be available in 5 vibrant colors – Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue and Orange. You can pre-order this handset for 599€ (approx. $800). If you are planning to pre-order this handset, head over to this page. Currently, Dark Grey and Silver White are the only colors available for pre-order. This handset will be soon available in other countries.