March 7, 2011 by Vincent
Nokia E7 – Build & Hardware First Impression #maxis10
There was actually an unboxing video, but the second half of it lags so much it’s pointless to upload. I will jump right in straight for the first impression post.
Big. Heavy. Rock solid. These are the very few words to describe the Nokia E7 when I first laid my hands on the Nokia E7. Of the entire housing, only the top and bottom part of the device (where the ports are) are made of plastic. It’s otherwise almost entirely wrapped by its anodised aluminium chassis, except for the scratch-resistant Gorilla glass screen.
The default wallpaper is very colorful, brilliantly showcasing its 4″ AMOLED screen with ClearBlack display. The QWERTY keyboard sliding mechanism is top notch, backed by an aluminium hinge and produces a satisfying snap when operatedâ€”so much that I snap it just out of spite at times.
I couldn’t compare the keyboard to that of other mobile devices since I don’t previously own any of them, but typing on the Nokia E7’s QWERTY keyboard is a pleasant experience to say at least. The keys are somewhat soft, and the pressure required to press the keys is just nice.
Being a backlit keyboard, there is no problem typing on it even in the dark.
I haven’t spend enough time with the camera at this point, so I couldn’t comment much on it. Rest assured though that I will dedicate an upcoming post just for photo and video samples captured using the 8MP camera on the Nokia E7.
I also like the fact that there is no need to purchase any additional casing and screen protector for the E7. It takes some serious effort to scratch its anodised aluminium chasis and the screen glass is just as strong.
Upcoming: Symbian^3 first impression.