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Tim Bain reviews the Nokia X7 mobile phone.I\'ve always loved Nokias, I was happy with my old N95 for way longer than it was current but it did all I needed and did it well. Upgrading to a new phone was going to be painful as I have a lot of data and schedules on there, then I got my X7 which did all that in a heartbeat.
The X7 is a very very well built phone, steel not plastic feels great to hold and has buttons in the best places for the most part. It\'s very good looking and pocket friendly with nothing to catch or break sticking out.
The problems with things being so well streamlined soon became apparent, the camera button for the 8mp camera on its rear is set on a curved face and very difficult to use while holding the phone, luckily the camera can be used wuite well via the touchscreen button.
The volume buttons are similarly steamlined into the same curved edge but they are easier to use and not something you want to accidentally catch to they work better. As a music player the phone is great, the software behind it isn\'t as good as others though.
The camera is brilliant, so is the video. Great quality from the Ziess lens as expected, but indoors flash photographs can be washed out if you don\'t fiddle with light balance, and the delay pressing the shutter to the actual shot being taken is an issue. The hardware is great, the software lets it down badly really.
The phone has a massive drawback for most people, Symbian operation system (Anna is comes with...can be updated to Belle) . There\'s simply not the same support for apps as with Android or IOS...and this isn\'t too important with some apps which can be obtained via the Nokia Store...but when the apps are build by a provider or company for their customers...like your bank or a store you use a lot ...there probably won\'t be support for this phone. On that subject, you\'ll find that Nokia don\'t seem to know Macs exist, so ugrading, installing apps, use of their Ovi suite and store is hard if you don\'t use a PC with windows. I backed up my phone then changed to a Mac...and that backup is now usefless and the info can\'t be accessed. No support.
The screen and general use of the phone is pretty good and easy to work. Images and video are bright and clear. If you have Anna you get 3 homescreens to customise with shortcuts and widgets, Belle upgrade makes that 6 which is handy but not really needed.
Nokia built another pair of serious problems into the X7 for me, these work together to make life hard at times. The touchscreen freezes, and when it does you\'re stuck as the battery is built in. A hard reset can clear things, but not always. You can\'t tuen the phone off so you have to let it run down or unfreeze. Not great.
One last stupid thing they did to spoil what could have been an awesome phone is make the memory nearly all external. Internal memory is laughable (256meg) and the 8 gig SD included isn\'t a lot for a smartphone.
A real nightmare is removing and inserting SIMs and that memory card...the stupid swiveling card holders look like they are prime candidates to break and they are are intensley fiddly things to use.
Odd to say this, but this is probably the best quality phone I\'ve ever seen but I\'d never buy it now I\'ve used one. The operating system and a few small design faults messed it up.