Nokia World 2010: Hands-on with the X3, N8 and E7
After the opening keynote I headed over to the Experience Lounge to try out some devices. I played with the Nokia X3 Touch and Type, Nokia N8 (a couple of times) and new Nokia E7. You can check out some photos I took below with some videos being uploaded soon that I shot with my new iPod touch.
Nokia X3 Touch and Type
This device surprised me a bit since it is quite compact and the touch screen is very responsive for a resistive display. It is available now in some markets and I can see it appealing to those looking for a more traditional phone keypad with some of the latest user experiences in a web browser, camera, and other smartphone features.
As you know I already pre-ordered my own gray Nokia N8 from Nokia USA, but this is the first time I had the chance to try one out for myself. I can say I am quite pleased with the speed and functionality of the device and plan to keep my pre-order in place. I was hoping I would be able to buy an orange, green, or blue one here in the UK, but they won’t be available anywhere until later in September
The N8 feels great in your hand and everything I saw was quite snappy and responsive. It is a beautiful piece of hardware and while the user interface didn’t change radically over the S60 5th Edition devices I don’t think it needed to in order to reach the majority of Symbian users. US buyers may not appreciate all it has to offer because the UI is new to most of them and it is quite powerful and can be complicated.
I was most impressed with the speed of the media browser and overall switching between apps. I want to see things like Gravity, Angry Birds, Quickoffice, and other apps in action and will try to find people with these apps loaded to shoot some video.
The Nokia E7 is the latest high end device to launch and at first it appears to be a Nokia N8 with a larger display and keyboard and essentially that is what had me thinking I might buy one instead of the N8. The keyboard does seem quite functional with good spacing and tactile feedback, but the 8 megapixel camera is fairly basic and not a focus of the device. The 4 inch display is indeed beautiful, but the E7 definitely is a large device and with Swype on the N8 I am getting to the point where I find hardware keyboards more of a waste of space than a needed part of the device. We also have not heard whether or not this device will be coming to the US and what 3G bands it will be supporting. As shown on the Nokia UK website for the E7 it has that same wonderful penta-band 3G radio with support for T-Mobile USA. I will try to find out more about this at the show.