The largest cell phone maker, Nokia is trying to claw back market share at the lucrative top end of the sector. It is clear that the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile phones is tired of playing second fiddle to companies like Apple, Samsung and HTC, which sprung a few years back and took the market by storm. Obviously that’s not something Nokia is too happy about.
These three models were unveiled in London and come with large touch-screens and use the newest Symbian^3 software. All the features of Symbian ^3 OS, which includes better memory management, network speeds, HDMI connectivity, multiple home screens, hardware accelerated graphics, multi-touch and support for pinch-to-zoom actions in gallery and web pages have been incorporated into these phones. All these devices bring more than 250 new features and improvements and retain the familiarity enjoyed by millions of smartphone users worldwide.
Nokia has carried out a poll to find out which phone was most popular at Nokia World – and the Nokia E7 was the runaway winner with 70% of the votes, followed by the C7 and then the C6-01.The new E-Series flagship, the Nokia E7 is touted to be the ultimate business smartphone. Let’s now take a closer look at them comparing each feature in detail-
Screen, Display and User Interface
The C6-01′s screen has been trimmed down to 3.2-inch against the 3.5-inch on the C7. The screen packs the same nHD resolution 360 x 640 pixels which supposedly would look sharper and crispier than the C7′s screen by a few margins. The screen uses the Clear Black display (CBD) technology like the C7 and the E7. The phone also comes with accelerometer which helps change the screen orientation and the proximity sensor which aids in switching the screen from on to off while taking calls. It also has a orientation sensor, a digital compass (magnetometer) and an ambient light detector.
Among the list of additions for the C7 is a much sleeker body, which Nokia thinks is without doubt the sleekest device in the world. The C7 uses an all aluminum design that looks, at least in pictures, a lot better than the staid design of the C6-01 and is definitely one of the better looking Nokia phones. Other changes include a large AMOLED capacitive touch screen supporting pinch to zoom. It’s the same CBD display as on the C6-01, promising better outdoor readability and deeper blacks. The screen resolution is the same as that of the C6 -01.
The E7 is dominated by a 4-inch display that has to be the largest display on a Nokia smartphone until now. The slide mechanism is… well, weird. The keyboard is the best you can remember using on any Nokia. Finally: a straight-up great Nokia keyboard without any fatal flaws like an off-center spacebar or a slider that doesn’t slide far enough — it just works. The Nokia E7 has polarized AMOLED screen, which is of capacitive touch technology. The AMOLED screen in E7 reduces the energy consumption of the phone, improves speed and color rendering.
Processor, RAM and Storage
The C6-01, C7 and the E7 run on ARM 11 680 MHz processor and have 2D/3D Graphics HW Accelerator with OpenVG1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0 support. While Gigahertz race is already on among the higher smartphone models, the 680MHz processor does not seem too exciting anymore. The memory department is in par with most mainstream touch-screen phones apart from the internal storage. The Nokia C6-01 has 256MB RAM and 340MB of internal memory.
For further storage expansion, 8GB of onboard storage (expandable to 40GB with microSD) is available. The Nokia C7 comes with 350MB of internal memory in comparison with just 340MB in the C6-01, 256 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM ,built-in 8GB of memory as well as a microSD card slot. On the other hand, the E7 comes with 16GB mass storage, 350MB of internal memory, 256MB RAM and 1024MB ROM.
All the 3 phones viz. the C6-01, C7 and the E7 have up to three customizable home screens, widgets, themes, customizable profiles, changeable color themes, video ring tones and audio themes.
The most outstanding feature of the Nokia C6-01 is its 8MP camera with autofocus which packs the same feature as the bigger and more expensive Nokia C7. It comes with dual-LED flash, 720p HD video recording at 25fps, face detection and Geotagging. There is also a front VGA camera for video-calling.
In terms of media playback, the Nokai C6-01 as in any other Nokia smartphones – be it an entry-level or the higher end, does not offer much improvement apart from playing standard formats like MP3, WMA, AAC, MP4, etc. Stereo FM radio is also present and there is Composite TV- to let you view mobile contents to your standard definition.
In addition, the Nokia C7 comes with free global walk and drive navigation and a digital compass. The C7 also comes with dual microphone, the second one dedicated for active noise cancelling and capturing audio during video recording. The E7 offers the same multimedia features as the C6-01.
Nokia has been taking good care of the connectivity for its range of smartphones. Even for the C6-01, you would not miss out any high-end connectivity’s that the premium line of Nokia smartphones offered. 3G with HSDPA and HSUPA, Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 are what even higher priced smartphones from other brands would still missed.
Apart from these, GPS with A-GPS support with Ovi maps are what made the device a viable option for those who want a full-fledged GPS phone or device. For the operating frequency, the C6-01 has Quad band GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900,Pentaband WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100, Automatic switching between WCDMA & GSM bands as well as a flight mode.
The C7 also comes with Wi-Fi 802.11n like the C6-01; however, the Bluetooth is v3.0 unlike the v2.1 on the C6-01. The Nokia C7-00 is a powerful combination of internet, video, photos, music, maps with Symbian^3 operating system, social networking integration, On Demand Web TV and A-GPS, you can create, discover and share a world of creativity.
The Nokia C7-00 brings also compatibility with popular internet video formats and desktop Flash like the E7. The gadget supports both 2 G and 3 G networks and will offer you to support Internet through GPRS, GPS, Wi-Fi and EDGE with Bluetooth as well as USB.
The data network on the E7 includes GPRS/EDGE class B, multislot class 33, HSDPA Cat9, maximum speed up to 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA Cat5 2.0 Mbps, capability to serve as a data modem and WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n. Supported WCDMA frequencies may vary based on region where the devices are available.
Battery and Talktime
The Nokia C6-01 is packed with 1050 mAh Li-Ion battery that has a standby time of 17 days, rated talk-time of 11 hours and 30 minutes. The battery has been upgraded to 1200 mAh on the C7 and the E7.
City users will welcome the active noise cancellation for clearer voice calls whilst the battery will keep calls going for up to 9.5 hours (in GSM mode) and stay on standby for an astounding 27 days (3G mode). The E7 offers 18 days of standby time and upto 9 hours of talk-time.
Business Communication and additional features of the Nokia E7
The E7 has full screen handwriting recognition and possibility to use capacitive stylus. The business features of the E7 include support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Mail for Exchange, Microsoft Communicator Mobile and Microsoft Share Point Server. E7 is an ultimate business smartphone with Mail for Exchange, Microsoft Share Point server and SSL enabled VPN support. E7 includes industry standard encryption technologies for corporate communications, F-secure Anti-theft, Quick Office, World traveler and support for MS Outlook synchronization of contacts, calendar and notes. The E7 comes with easy-to-use email client with attachment support for various formats, HTML support for email, full screen email viewer with HTML support, email widget for home screen, conversational view for SMS and push email and expanded portal support available through Nokia Messaging for Email.
Expected to be on sale before the end of 2010, the Nokia C6-01 is estimated to retail at approximately Rs.16K to 18K before taxes and subsidies while the C7 will be priced around Rs.24K.
On the other hand the E7 is expected to cost around Rs.30K and the launch date listed for the Nokia E7 on Expansys is 10th Jan, 2011.
Basically, the Nokia C7 in every aspect has similar functionality that of Nokia C6-01. Overall, the C7 is a good alternative to the C6-01 if you want a more stylish handset with a few more features. The Nokia E7 is a super phone in all aspects owing to lots of added features in addition to being a business phone.
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