November 5, 2011 by admin
Smartphones that we have in the market currently have a variety of specs that entice users into buying them like a huge screen, a dual core processor or even a proper QWERTY keyboard. What Nokia 701 has decided to focus on is the screen brightness, one of the biggest problems we face when using a phone under direct sunlight. So are there other features to complement this phone and make it a phone wanted by many?
Apart from the screen, the other standout point for the Nokia 701 is that it comes running the Symbian Belle which in some aspects is able to match the other more well known UIs out there. With this UI we have multiple homescreens which can have their very own wallpapers, something new for a Nokia phone. Widgets now come in various sizes and there is also a swift pull-down notification bar that has connectivity switches. The contextual navigational buttons found at the bottom of the screen is where Belle stamps its class. The buttons are usually the back, search and context menu button, but what’s cool is that the button actually changes according to the app that you are using. The main menu has been refined to a scrollable list of icons instead of having folders and subfolders that we used to have before. Moving on into the Belle OS, we find that the apps that come with the Nokia 701 have been updated. For instance the Contacts and Calendar apps have both had their interface improved and there were also minor details that were improved like the more compact font which means you can fit and view more of your contacts’ details in one page. Being a touch screen phone you would expect it to have a virtual keyboard and the Nokia 701 does have one. It has the same split-screen appearance that we had seen on the Symbian Anna. The messaging app is also better as you can now attach stuff to your messages easily thanks to the super cool contextual navigational strip at the bottom.
Moving on to the next highlight of the Nokia 701, the 3.5 inch LED-backlit IPS-LCD display which looks to have solved the age old problem of not being able to view your screen properly under direct sunlight. This is thanks to the 1000 nits of brightness it gives compared to the like of iPhone which gives 600 nits and the Samsung Galaxy S which stands at just 400 nits. Other than that, the viewing angles of this phone are also good and it produces bright and vivid colors.
With the navigational strip at the bottom, when you open your camera interface, all the options for taking photos can be found there which is pretty impressive. The 8MP camera on the Nokia 701 comes with the option of geotagging your pictures and it also has face detection function which comes on when the camera app is opened. The photos themselves were great when taken in well-lit environments but when you move to low lit areas, they are not so good. Another downer is that the dynamic range is not so good whenever you have contrasting or bright objects in the picture. Recording videos are now in HD 720p at a rate of 30 fps resulting in the recording to run smoothly. The noise cancellation mic did well too as we can make out our voices clearly in the videos.
Meanwhile internet browsing experience is undoubtedly the best we have seen on a Nokia phone. With the improved hardware and new interface, things like scrolling and panning in while browsing is claimed to be three times faster by Nokia. All the usual connectivity options that you would come to expect of a smartphone are found on this phone too.
The earpiece on the Nokia 701 is pretty good as we heard no hollow sounding voices or hiss although that may also be due to the lack of volume. We are happy to inform you that on the other end, our voice can be heard clearly thanks to the noise-cancelling mic. Nokia claims that battery life isn’t not affected that much due to the brighter screen. So we put it to test and realized that using the display at maximum brightness drains the battery 20-30% quicker but it is important to note that we would not be using it at that brightness level the whole time as we won’t be under direct sunlight the whole time.
Pros and Cons
The camera found on the Nokia 701 could use some work while the default browser also needs some improvement with its rendering engine.