Last Friday, I had the opportunity to see one of the first Symbian Belle phones in the world, Nokia 700, in the flesh:
At just 50 cubic centimeters and measuring only 9.7 millimeters at its thickest point, Nokia 700 could very well be the most compact smartphone on the planet.
But what this phone lacks in size it makes up for in functionality. Nokia 700 comes with single-tap NFC pairing and sharing capabilities, a 1Ghz processor, 3.2 inch AMOLED screen Nokia Clear Black Gorilla Glass display, 2GB of internal memory expandable up to 32GB via microSD card, 720p 30fps HD video capture and a 5 MegaPixel full focus camera with LED flash.
Tree-huggers will also be glad to know that Nokia 700 is probably Nokia's most eco-friendly smartphone to date. With long battery life, extensive use of eco-friendly materials and features minimizing battery consumption, Nokia 700 is the ideal smartphone for all environmentally-conscious smartphone users.
Nokia 700's Symbian Belle operating system, which is the latest of all planned updates to the Symbian platform, features several enhancements like a pull-down menu and taskbar, NFC support, 6 home screens, more widget sizes, and an even more improved browser.
Watch Nokia 700 and a bit of Symbian Belle in the flesh:
So how much will this cost in the Philippines when it finally lands here in October? I was told the SRP will be around Php 16,000 to Php 17,000.
TP Initial Impressions:
1. When Nokia tells you Nokia 700 is compact, it's really compact. If you're not a fan of bulky smartphones taking too much space in your bag or pocket, this one should be perfect for you.
2. Nokia has done away with the letter-number smartphone nomenclature (e.g. Nokia X3-02) so it's a bit harder now to figure out which category a phone belongs to. Nonetheless, when I held Nokia 700, I felt like it was actually made to be part of Nokia's X-series entertainment line. Its form factor reminds me of Nokia X6 and Nokia X3-02 Touch and Type's design.
3. Aside from its compact form, the pixel density of Nokia 700's screen is another thing about it that totally blew me away. The display is just so clear! It's not exactly iPhone-4-Retina-Display clear but it's close to it.
4. The thing I like most about Symbian Belle is the drop-down status bar, which now makes it a lot easier to turn connectivity options - specifically Wifi, Bluetooth and Mobile Data - on and off.
5. Symbian Belle's digital clock homescreen widget reminds me of HTC's signature HTC Sense clock. They don't look exactly like each other but I think it's a great sign that Nokia is also scouting the competition and is trying to match what they can offer.
While we're all awaiting further announcements, you might want to check out our Nokia 700 TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specifications Table:
|Type||Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)|
|Dimensions||110 x 50.7 x 9.7 mm|
|Available Colors||Cool Grey, Silver/White, Coral Red, Peacock Blue|
|Operating System||Symbian Belle|
|Display||3.2 inches (~229 ppi pixel density), 360 x 640 pixels, AMOLED, Nokia Clear Black Display, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Camera||5 MegaPixels, 2592х1944 pixels, fixed focus, LED flash|
|Video Capture||720p 30 frames per second|
|Audio and Video Playback||MP4/H.263/H.264 player |
- MP3/WAV/еAAC+/WMA player
|Ports||microUSB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Connectivity||NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|Network||2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100|
|Memory||2GB internal storage, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity|
|Battery||Li-Ion 1080 mAh (BP-5Z)|
|Uptime||Standby of up to 465 hours on 2G Standby of up to 450 hours on 3G Talk time of up to 7 hours 10 minutes and 2G Talk time of up to 4 hours 30 minutes on 3G|
|Value-Added Features||Gorilla Glass Display, Nokia Clear Black Display, One of the first phones to run on Symbian Belle, NFC Support|
|Price||around Php 16,000 to Php 17,000|