Nokia 700 review

Reviews Editor 11:19, 2 Nov 2011

We review the Nokia 700, a Symbian Belle handset from Nokia that may not live up to the standards of a smartphone, but tries to fit in

Rating: 
3
Pros: 
Small and pocket friendly, Great hardware design, Bright, clear, sharp screen
Cons: 
Slightly laggy at times, Not enough third party apps, Screen dimensions aren’t ideal, For all its updating Symbian feels out of data at times
Verdict: 
The Nokia 700 is quite a step forward, but we aren’t sure how much life is really left in Symbian as an OS, and we found the handset a little laggy at times

Nokia may have just launched the Nokia Lumia Windows Phone Mango devices, but we can't forget about the Symbian platform, and the Nokia 700 is the most recent smartphone to launch on the ailing OS.

Nokia has chosen a really small body for the 700 and that kind of bucks the current trend. Forget the giant screened Samsung Note, as here the screen measures just 3.2 inches across diagonal corners.

The screen packs in 640x360 pixels, though, so that it appears crisp and clear. It is sharp and bright too, but if you want to do a lot of video watching or web browsing, or you need to use the keyboard a lot to type out text for SMS or email then this might not be the ideal smartphone for you. And there's another screen niggle. It is relatively narrow, so that using it in wide mode for web browsing doesn't give the most rewarding experience.

All the talk might currently be about Nokia's venture with Windows Phone, but the Nokia 700 runs the latest version of Symbian, which is called Belle. Anyone familiar with Symbian will find the look and feel presents no problems, though there have been plenty of tweaks under the hood.

You get five home screens and of course you can put widgets onto them, and many of these offer live information. The usual suspects are covered such as Facebook, Twitter and email notifications, though the first two are accessed via Ovi which isn't our favourite way of getting into them.

We'd have liked more widgets, and frankly some of those available are rather cheekily implemented. Take the BBC iPlayer widget for example. It is in fact nothing more than a link to the BBC iPlayer web site.

One of the areas of note for the Nokia 700 is that it has NFC built in. NFC is found in relatively few handsets at present, but over the coming months it is set to become pretty big stuff, with mobile payments being a key part of the offering.

At present, though, Nokia is touting NFC as useful when you want to pair with other devices that also support NFC pairing. You just need to tap the two devices together to achieve this, which is a vast advance over fiddling around with Bluetooth. One day you may be able to pay for your lunch by tapping the Nokia 700 on a reader in store.

We've already noted that the Nokia 700 is small. It is also thin and very solid. It measures just 110 x 50 x 9.7mm and weighs 96g. The all around black chassis of our review sample looks stylish and the bright screen really stands out well against it.

Specifications

Typical Price £250 SIM free
UK Launch August 2011
Network N/A
Frequency Quad band
Phone Style Touchscreen slider
Thickness 9.7mm
Length 110mm
Width 50.7mm
Weight 96g
Built-in Memory 2GB storage
Additional Memory microSd card up to 32GB
High-speed Data HSDPA
Connectivity Bluetooth,Wi-Fi,USB,GPS
Screen Size 3.2-inch, 360x640 pixels
Screen Colours 16 million
Camera Yes
Camera Resolution 5-megapixel
Flash LED flash
Ringtones Yes
Music Player Yes
Radio Yes
Speaker Yes
Video Calling No
Internet Yes
Browser HTML
Games Yes
Battery Standby Up to 450 hours
Talktime Up to 4 hours 30 minutes

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