The X7 by Finnish manufacturer Nokia is a rather odd looking device that tapers towards the ends on both sides. While whipping it out of your pocket, you’re likely to get confused as to which side is up. Its four-inch Gorilla Glass encased AMOLED touchscreen sports a resolution of 360x640 pixels, which is low compared to other Android phones.
The operating system in the X7, Symbian Anna didn’t impress us much either. The icons are larger with rounded edges but there’s a hint of lag while accessing apps and settings. It seems like the 680MHz processor has difficulty keeping up.
While the native music player offers loudness and stereo widening with a few presets thrown in, Nokia has still left out a customisable music equaliser. Video playback is also average. With the ability to read DivX and XviD format files, it managed to play a few of our test videos, but the 720p format came through without audio. Games look good
Gaming on the X7 is good but the higher-end games tend to get a bit jittery. The Nokia X7 does offer a decent amount of connectivity options, but doesn’t offer a Wi-Fi hotspot. The new browser, however, is a breath of fresh air as it supports HTML5 and Flash. Nokia Ovi Maps for navigation has been beefed up and not only look better, but also performs better too. The UI is simplistic and getting directions is easy. The X7’s eight-megapixel fixed-focus camera sports a dual-LED flash. Outdoor pictures are clear with good amount of detail even after zooming in.
Priced at Rs. 20,990, the Nokia X7 can’t compete with similarly priced Android devices. You’re better off with LG’s Optimus Black or Samsung’s Galaxy S — both of which pack in 1GHz processors. Although Symbian Anna looks and feels better than before, it’s still archaic compared to Google Android and Apple iOS.