Business as usual for the Eseries is a clichť Ė thank you very much. But the kind that makes the world feel right. The Nokia E7 couldíve been just another Eseries phone. Oh well, that wasnít meant to be. The latest is implicitly the greatest but, in the case of the E7, the latest may simply be the last.
Symbian is just about to be knocked off the top-spot as the market-leading smartphone platform. Worse yet, while loyal users are still sitting on a fence about replacing their E71/E72s Nokia is deciding whether to euthanize Symbian. Question marks have been hanging over the platformís approach to touchscreen since day one. And now itís got WP7 at its very doorstep. Itís the worst of times for the Nokia E7. But itís up to it to show that the Eseries are still open for business.
Now, Nokia reconfirmed their commitment to Symbian in the short-term, but that doesnít mean much. If the platform is to be scrapped, users will learn it the hard way when regular updates stop coming in. Occasional bug-fixes is the best they can hope to get. And good software support is among of the main reasons why people still choose Nokia.
However, how much short-term can stretch depends on the success of the current Symbian^3 devices. So if the Nokia E7 does at least as well on the market as the N8, it might as well buy the platform a few extra years.
As you can see from the lists above, the Nokia E7 is basically a larger N8, trading the camera bulk for a a larger and better display and a full QWERTY keyboard. To be honest though, when we reviewed the N8 it was mostly the camera we were delighted with. Then, that was five months ago and the bar is set higher now.
Update, 24.08.2011: We installed Symbian Anna - check out our impressions over here.
The Nokia E7 certainly wonít have an easy ride throughout this review. Letís see how it handles the pressure.