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Nokia C7 Preview
When the Nokia N8 was announced, Nokia had stated that it would be the only Symbian ^3 device, Nokia would switch to MeeGo OS after that. However, even the new Nokia C7 will run the same Symbian ^3 OS as the N8. The C7 is like a budget version of the Nokia N8. It has a lower resolution camera than the N8 but is much more stylish. Most other hardware specifications are very similar to the N8.
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The Nokia C7 has a very stylish design which is much better than the rather boxy design of the Nokia N8. It will be made of metal and plastic and is quite compact. It has a 3.5 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 360 x 640 pixels, the same as the one in the N8.
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Hardware and OS
Even in the hardware department, the Nokia C7 is very similar to the Nokia N8. It has an ARM 11 680 MHz processor and comes with 256 MB RAM. However, it doesn't have a 3D graphics processor like the N8. It has half the internal storage as the N8 - 8 GB. It also supports microSD cards up to 32 GB. As mentioned before, it will run the Symbian ^3 OS.
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The Nokia C7 will be quite capable in terms of multimedia. It will have an 8 MP camera with an image capture resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. It will have autofocus and a dual LED flash. It will also have an FM radio and transmitter but won't have an HDMI out. The AMOLED display will be ideal for video playback. It will support DivX, H.264, WMV, MP4 and 3GP playback.
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The Nokia C7 is brimming with connectivity options. It offers GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. It has microUSB 2.0 connectivity. It also sports a GPS transceiver with A-GPS and Ovi Maps.
It is powered by a 1200 mAh Li-ion battery with a rated talktime of 12 hours.
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The Nokia C7 is an excellent option for those who want a capable smartphone. It has superb hardware but isn't as polished as the iOS or Android OS when it comes to software. It will also have much less application support. However, if you liked the N8 but found the high cost prohibitive, the Nokia C7 is the phone for you.
I, myself, would not consider it wise to invest in a Symbian phone at this point. Symbian may still be one of the best options in the low budget smartphone market, but in this price range, it's best to get an Android phone. Check our list of the best budget Android smartphones for more buying options.