Review of the Nokia 7020 Design and User Interface

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Nokia 7020

The Nokia 7020 is a stylish, colored, clamshell fold design phone with stunning effects from the secondary display that you use to check your alerts and make calls from. This Nokia phone was announced in May 2009 and released later that year in December 2009. This phone appeals to the young at heart and those seeking a bit of personality in their phone. This relatively small phone is sleek with a bold design and flashy illuminating colors that cannot go unnoticed. We first take a look into what has been designed into the Nokia 7020.

Design (5 out of 5)

The Nokia 7020 phone comes in a color scheme that consists of either silver, blue, graphite, or hot pink colors. This phone from Nokia has a length of 91.2 millimeters, a breadth of 46.7 millimeters and a depth of 17.3 millimeters. The phone weighs 86.2 grams.

The closed front face on the Nokia 7020 is taken up by a secondary monochrome display The back side of the Nokia phone has got a 2MP camera and below it there is the battery compartment with provisions for placing the SIM card within that compartment.

As you open the Nokia 7020 you’ll notice another display. This 2.2 inch TFT display is capable of showing up to 256K colors. Above the primary display there is a notch for the ear piece. The bottom half of the Nokia 7020 has got the alphanumeric keypad with the soft key panel sitting right above it. The soft key panel has got two soft key buttons, the green call start button and the red call cancel button. In between all these soft keys there is a five-way scroll key pad.

Below all these controls there is the microphone. Standing out on the left side of the Nokia 7020 is a lone element which happens to be the 2.5 mm audio jack.

User Interface (3 out of 5)

The user interface of the Nokia 7020 is based on Nokia’s Symbian OS S40. This Nokia phone, like other Symbian phones, has a home screen which is the starting point for everything you do. With the Nokia 7020 you can customize your themes, ringtones, wall paper and even photos to use for the photo call feature. This can be done by accessing the menu by clicking the center button on the five-way scroll key pad.

To access any applications or tools on the Nokia 7020 you would need to access the menu as mentioned above. To navigate the three by four grid of icons you would need to use the four surrounding buttons of the five-way scroll key pad. This will highlight the icon of the program you would like to launch. Pressing the center button of the five-way scroll pad activates the application.

Making calls can be done by tapping on the secondary display, choosing an entry from the address book or by keying in the numbers on the alphanumeric keypad when on the home screen display and pressing the green call start button. You can end all calls or reject them using the red call cancel button.

Features (3 out of 5)

nokia 7020

The Nokia 7020 supports various messaging services including email, MSS and SMS. There is a WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML web browser built into the Nokia 7020 for Internet browsing. This Nokia phone come with built-in Flash Lite 3.0, Windows Live Messenger, an English-Chinese dictionary, an organiser and Nokia Maps 3.0 which comes with voice guided navigation through an external GPS receiver, as there is no built in GPS receiver.

For imaging, there is a built-in 2MP camera with a resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. There is also a QVGA camera with a frame rate of 30 frames per second. Access to data networks is restricted to either Edge or GPRS. Also available on the Nokia 7020 as far as data is concerned is Bluetooth and microUSB.

Internal memory on the Nokia 7020 is limited to 45 MB while external memory can be up to 16GB using a microSD memory card. There is a 1,000 entry contact book which also supports photo calls.

With options for headphones as well as speaker phone, you can listen to music, watch videos and listen to stereo FM radio. There are two displays on the Nokia 7020. The primary display has a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels while the secondary display has a resolution of 128 x 160 pixels.

Performance (3 out of 5)

The Nokia 7020 offers standby time of about 360 hours which is pretty average. The talk time on the Nokia 7020 is about four and a half hours. The quality on the voice calls is great. This Nokia phone eliminates background noise pretty well and comes with good signal receiving quality. As for Internet speeds, the Nokia 7020 phone is not doing too well. The same goes for the quality of the camera especially in poor light. It would have been better had the Nokia 7020 had a built-in LED flash.

Performance on the music quality is great. Good quality MP3 files sound just as great on the Nokia 7020. The video output is not that great though. The display does not show true color and therefore there is definite loss of video quality.

Applications run pretty fast on the Nokia 7020 with very fast boot times on the entire phone.

Verdict (4 out of 5)

The Nokia 7020 phone comes with a preinstalled maps application but no built-in GPS receiver so you would have to invest further if you wanted to make use of this feature. The Nokia 7020 is a good entertainment device when you are not making calls. With a large external microSD card you can easily pack the phone with your favorite music or choose to listen to your favorite FM radio channels. This Nokia phone comes at a price tag of about US$130 and it is a good buy for those looking for a budget and stylish phone for everyday use and entertainment purposes.

Other budget Nokia phones you can have a look at and compare with the Nokia 7020 include the Nokia 1661 and the Nokia 2760.