CTIA 2011: Hands-on with the T-Mobile Nokia Astound

The Nokia C7 was one of my favorite devices at Nokia World and if I didn’t like the camera on my Nokia N8 so much I would like have picked one of these up. I have to admit I am a bit shocked at what T-Mobile and Nokia announced with the Nokia Astound launching at just $79.99 after $50 rebate. Chris already posted on the announcement, but Dieter and Phil are at CTIA Wireless and were able to get a bit of hands-on time with this new Symbian^3 device as you can see in the image gallery below.

The Astound is a Nokia C7 that actually still has the C7 label in the upper left. It feels like a touch screen Nokia E71 in your hand with metal and hard plastic construction. I think that new smartphone owners are going to scoop this up in seconds and all of the teens that I have seen with the Nokia Nuron (thanks in large part to its cheap data cost) will want to switch to this much better device.


6 Comments to CTIA 2011: Hands-on with the T-Mobile Nokia Astound

March 22, 2011

I’m curious to know if this phone is very much on par with the N8 (minus the camera, of course). For example, can it act as a wifi hotspot like the N8?

Also, from what I’ve seen/read, it seems that Swype is also usable in portrait mode??

I’m traveling overseas very soon and am really debating on dropping the $400+ on an N8 but now that this is just around the corner, I’m wondering if I’ll get what I need for half the price…?

March 23, 2011

Nokia C7 is just the same phone as N8 except for camera and mini-HDMI output.

March 24, 2011

Im still wondering what data plan will be required.

March 24, 2011

@ Ali, they said it will require the $10 data plan which is the least expensive in any U.S. carrier

March 25, 2011

Thanks mike, any idea how much the phone will cost through tmobile without a contract renewal?

[…] We’d be remiss to completely ignore Nokia, who despite flagging sales still control a majority of ALL phones sold worldwide. Even with committing to migrate to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 later this year, there will still be a ton of Symbian based models pushed and sold for years to come as it is phased out over time. ┬áNokia Experts is keeping the dream alive with their hands-on with the Astound and sounds like it’s not a bad phone or a bad price for someone looking for a phone from the great country of Finland. Check it out here. […]

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