Friday, 11 November, 2011

Nokia 701

Design And Build Quality:-
The phone's retail box contains earphones, a USB cable, and a charger. A memory card is absent, but the 8 GB of onboard storage makes up for it. The device features a 3.5" screen covered by Gorilla Glass, measures 4.6" (l) x 2.2" (w) x 0.4" (d), and weighs 131 grammes.

On the front, it sports Home \ Menu, Call, and Hang Up buttons. The design is almost similar to the C7, but I'm not complaining as long as it offers sturdiness and a metallic body. The device feels solid, and the build quality is superb.
The 701 is powered by a 1 GHz CPU and 512 MB RAM. Other specs include an 8 MP rear and a VGA front camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, FM transmitter, GPS, microSD card support up to 32 GB, and a 3.5 mm jack that doubles up as a TV-Out port. As of this writing, the NFC can be used to unlock extra levels of Angry Birds Magic, and to pair special accessories with a single tap of the device.

The phone sports a 3.5" LED-lit IPS LCD with 360x640 pixels. The bright screen and ClearBlack display technology eliminate reflections to some extent. Although not as impressive indoors, the display offers unmatched sunlight legibility outdoors when compared to other smartphones. It produces vivid colours and high levels of contrast. Moreover, the viewing angles are excellent. In short, it's a direct competitor to the likes of the Super AMOLEDS and Retinas.

Symbian has always been light, and thanks to a gigahertz of CPU power, swiping across the six homescreens is smoother than in most droids. Check out the following video:-
Multimedia:-he music player offers a Cover Flow like interface, which has remained unchanged since the N8. It supports equaliser presets, Loudness, and Stereo Widening settings. The device's sound quality is superb. However, the bundled earphones are a mixed bag. They are durable and well-designed, but aurally mediocre. At this price, Nokia should have provided a decent in-ear accessory to do justice to the device's audio quality. FM radio is present, as is an FM transmitter that can wirelessly stream music to your car's stereo.
The video player easily handles movie-length 720p clips of various formats, including DivX, XviD, and MP4. What spoils the party though is the lack of AC3 codec support. Moreover, the player refuses to play random video files. The sound through the loudspeaker is ok, but only one out of two grilles at the back actually houses a speaker.

The device can capture 720p video at 30 fps with stereo sound. The clips are saved in the MP4 format and the playback is smooth. Moreover, the amount of details captured is good. The 3.5 mm jack also serves as a TV-Out, which definitely comes in handy for watching recordings on big TV screens. All in all, the camera is good, but an autofocus would have made it better.

The battery department has always been the strength of Symbian devices, and this one is no exception. Its 1300 mAh battery can keep the phone running for almost two days without a charge - a godsend for frequent travellers.

Still, reasonably priced at Rs 16,800, this phone packs in more pros than cons, making this feature-rich, compact gadget a worthy option in the mid-range segment.


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