The Nokia 7510 Supernova was released in January 2009. This is a phone with an iconic design and effects to capture the young at heart. This phone features somewhat magical lights that respond to alerts in a dazzling display of color. The effects are further enhanced by the material design of the Nokia 7510 which has a soft organic feel. Not only do the design and effects captivate the user but this phone also feels great to use. A little weighty at first but you soon realize that the weight complements the general feel of the Nokia 7510. With that said, let us start off by taking a look at what the Nokia 7510 has to offer in design features.
Design (4 out of 5)
The Nokia 7510 is another clamshell design model from Nokia with a somewhat boxed out shape. It comes in a distinctive design that makes it stand out among its peers.
Measuring in at 92.5 x 46.4 x 16.7 mm and weighing in at 124 grams, the Nokia 7510 will feel slightly weighty at first but you’ll soon grow accustomed and no longer notice it. This smartphone from Nokia comes in a wide selection of colors including Storm Blue, Red, Emerald Green, Espresso Brown, Graphite and Passionate Purple.
Taking a visual tour of the Nokia 7510 reveals the 2MP camera on the top face of the phone surrounded by a silver gray panel. This silver gray panel applies to all color schemes. The opposite end of the phone houses the battery compartment and the SIM card slot which can only be accessed once the battery has been removed.
Opening the Nokia 7510 places the 2.2 inch portrait display on the top half and the ear piece clearly above it. The bottom half of the Nokia 7510 is reserved for all the keys. These include the numeric keypad and the softkey panel that appears right above the numeric keypad.
The right side of the Nokia 7510 has only got the hardware volume up and volume down buttons while the left side is fitted with the microUSB cable connection slot.
As usual the bottom of the Nokia 7510 is left for the power charger connector and the microphone.
User Interface (4 out of 5)
Access to the menu system is through the options softkey or the center button of the five-way scroll keys. The menu is laid out in a grid which allows for easy scrolling between the different applications represented by icons by using the four keys on the five-way scroll key button. The center button on the five-way scroll key is therefore used to make selections of the items that have been highlighted in the menu.
Access to text input is through the numeric keypad which supports numeric digits as well as alphabetic characters. Text can be entered in either normal format or using the T9 features. The home screen on the Nokia 7510 is ideal for quick launching of your predefined favorite applications and also a quick place to view your alerts from the organizer entries. The five-way scroll keys can also be used to scroll between items on the home screen.
Features (4 out of 5)
The Nokia 7510 comes with support for 2G internet connectivity speeds over GSM networks. These are GPRS and Edge. For users that want faster data connectivity, unfortunately there is no 3G or Wi-Fi on the Nokia 7510. There is support for Bluetooth and USB connectivity. This Nokia smartphone has two displays. The external one is a monochrome TFT display with a 128 x 160 pixels resolution and there’s an internal display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels.
The Nokia 7510 comes with a MP3/eAAC+/WMA audio player and a MP4/H.264/H.263 video player. Users can listen to the audio using either the external speaker or through a headset that is compatible with the 2.5 mm audio jack. There is also a stereo FM radio on this phone.
There is a 2MP camera on the Nokia 7510 with a resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels and LED flash. Video recording with this camera is limited to 15 FPS.
The Nokia 7510 features replaceable Xpress-on covers with which you can alternate the color scheme. It also comes preinstalled with Flash Lite 3.0 and downloadable applications and games. Internal memory on the Nokia 7510 is 20MB but it has support for larger external memory of up to 8GB.
Performance (3 out of 5)
With talk time of about six hours, the Nokia 7510 Supernova happens to be a great phone with battery life to match. This smartphone may lack some features such as GPS, 3G and Wi-Fi but it makes up for it with its ability to handle entertainment and multimedia. The camera on the Nokia 7510 may not be the best there is to offer and the lack of a flash makes it even worse when taking photos in poor lighting conditions.
The voice call quality is great with high standards of clarity and connectivity to cellular networks. Background noise is eliminated pretty well on the Nokia 7510. Internet connectivity is not that good which is especially evident when trying to upload photos taken with the built-in camera.
Verdict (4 out of 5)
For about US$110, the Nokia 7510 Supernova is a phone worth considering. It is a phone with a fun personality. It has design features that are not common with Nokia phones. The Nokia 7510 would have been much better if it had a 3.5mm audio jack instead of the 2.5mm audio jack. Though this phone may not be appropriate for business users (they should check out the the Nokia E series), it sure is a phone that stands out from the crowd.