Below the display are 3 basic keys; Menu, Call and Call End. The Call and Call End keys are easy to press compared to the slightly raised Menu key which is a bit stiff. There is no physical Menu Back key and we found the software one extremely uncomfortable, being in a different place makes the transition awkward and frustrating.
The Power key is located on top of the C7 alongside a 3.5mm audio jack and a microUSB port which is covered with a plastic flap. The microUSB port can also be used for charging which is a plus.
On the left we find the 2mm charger port, and on the right we find the volume keys, voice command key, a lock slide and a shutter key. The voice command key is practically useless as the Call key can be pressed and held to activate voice commands. It would be more convenient if it was made into a convenient shortcut for other functions.
The camera is located on the back of the C7, alongside the loudspeaker and dual-LED flash batched together on a horizontal silver strip. Although the camera does not protrude as much as the N8’s, it is still prone to scratches as there is no lens cover.
The overall design feels practical. Its well curved edges encourage a comfortable and relaxing hand holding experience. The lack of moving parts makes it feel distinctly durable and dense. Without any protrusions, it is comfortable to hold to the ear while making calls.
Text entry on the C7 is done on the standard Symbian^3 keyboard and is identical to that of the Nokia N8, with a portrait numeric pad and a landscape QWERTY.
The C7 is equipped with an 8MP sensor. Although it is perfectly adequate for landscape and distant shots, the lack of auto focus renders it completely useless for close shots. Without a Xenon flash, the dual-LED flash does not seem to be enough to make night time shots look like they should.
The loudspeaker performs fairly well with a slightly sharp sound. It does a good job of being loud and audible. Output from the 3.5mm audio jack is great. Connecting a good set of headphones makes all the difference, turning it into a very capable MP3 player. Video playback is also immense. The Nokia C7 is capable of playing everything up to a resolution of 720p (DivX/Xvid, H.264, MP4), and managed to play them smoothly.
Pros and Cons
The main disadvantage that we were disappointed at was the limited integration of Facebook and Twitter. Contacts can be sync-ed with your account but the process is not automated, making the whole process very frustrating.