Nokia World 2010: Hands-on with the E7 business smartphone
The Nokia E7 was announced at Nokia World 2010 today and is designed as the successor to the Communicator series of devices. It has a beautiful display, functional keyboard, and is a pretty sweet device.
Nokia kicked off Nokia World this morning and then opened up the Innovations Lounge for attendees the chance to get some hands-on wit the latest Nokia devices. The one that probably most interests people here on ZDNet is the E7 Symbian^3 device. The device definitely is a beautiful piece of hardware that should appeal to the Nokia business user, but will probably have the same limited impact as other Nokia devices here in the U.S.
Penta-band 3G data radio (AT&T and T-Mobile USA supported)
4 inch AMOLED display at 640 x 360 pixels resolution
Full QWERTY keyboard
8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash
Front facing VGA camera for video calling
802.11 b/g/n WiFi
1200 mAh Li-Ion battery
Aluminum body in dark grey, silver white, and blue. I saw a green one too.
Dimensions of 4.87 x 2.44 x 0.51 inches and 6.21 ounces
I pre-ordered a Nokia N8 and after seeing the E7 announcement was thinking I would cancel it and hold out for the E7. However, the E7 doesn't have that great camera found on the N8 and is larger with the 4 inch display and QWERTY keyboard. It is still reasonably sized for a device with these features and capabilities, but it is not a small device. I have pretty much moved on from needing a hardware QWERTY keyboard and with keyboards like Swype I am not sure they are a necessary as they once were. Then again, many people still like physical keyboards and this looks to be a fine one with good key spacing and tactile feedback.
Who knows, I may end up with both the N8 and E7 when they are released. I was hoping to see more about MeeGo and the rumored N9, but that is not going to happen at Nokia World. I still plan to check out the Quickoffice application, Exchange email, and other business capabilities of the E7 over the next day.