Expert Review of Nokia 701 Amethyst Violet
Nokia 701 is a Symbian Belle smartphone by the Finnish handset maker, Nokia, which claims to be the brightest smartphone of the world and is available in classic design in several elegant colors. The display glass is very durable where the chassis are made up of stainless steel that looks beautiful. The screen of this droid looks bright even when you are under the direct sunlight. You can do fast multi tasking with the help of 1GHz processor that enables you to open and run multiple applications at one time and to toggle between them with ease and comfort without facing any sluggishness. You will get six homescreen panes on which you can add your favorite widgets with icons, very easily. With these home screen panes you can easily open an application without wasting your time in searching for that application in the main menu. With the facility of MS Quick Office Suite you can very easily and smartly manage your e-mails and documents.
Nokia 701 comes with active noise cancellation feature that makes the calls clear for you and you can easily chat over phone without getting disturbed by the surrounding environment. You can tap into something new via NFC that is pre-installed in this phone.
With a single tap you can exchange the business cards. You can also share pictures and videos with your friends and family members with a single tap on the screen. Via NFC you can pair your Nokia 701 with compatible speakers and headsets. The pictures taken from the 8 megapixels camera give you real life touch. It has built-in 8GB of storage capacity so that you can carry more along with you on the move. It comes pre-loaded with loads of social networking sites that allow you to share your content with your social networks. You can easily find your ways with free Nokia Maps that will navigate you throughout the journey. You will get the latest software updates over the air without giving you much trouble. You can even get the updates via your PC.
Nokia 701 comes packed in a very compact and handy size of 117.2mm x 56.8mm x 11mm and holds an average weight of 131 grams that is very light to carry for long hours without aching your hand muscles. It has a candy bar form factor with chassis made up of stainless steel that gives it an elegant look and premium style to suit your royal personality. Nokia 701 is the most loaded so far out of the new Symbian Belle batch, and the design does sport some premium material like the easily detachable metal battery cover. The rest of the phone is made up of plastic, but it is of the sturdy variety, and the phone feels pretty solid in the hand. It is fully loaded with loads of applications that will give you endless entertainment and you can access these applications from the Nokia Store from where you can purchase them or if they are free then only your data charges will be applicable. You can get millions and millions of songs from the Ovi Store. This droid comes with social networking integration that supports the two most popular networks, that are, Facebook and Twitter. You can have multiple accounts on each network but only one of each can be active at a time.
Nokia 701 has a fully touch capacitive LED-backlit IPS TFT display that responds even to the slightest of the touch. The rounded corners give this droid a pleasant look and the sturdy shell made mostly of metal oozes quality. It has four sensors in the front – Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Ambient light and Proximity sensors. Accelerometer sensor helps in detecting the orientation of the phone whereas the Magnetometer sensor is commonly called a compass and it measures the strength of the magnetic field in three dimensions, but does not necessarily point north. Proximity Sensor is useful in detecting towers and any POI in the nearby field without having any physical contact. Ambient Light sensor automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen and helps in saving the battery of the mobile phone. It also makes the screen clearly visible even if the sun is on the head. Along with these sensors there is a secondary VGA camera in front for live video calls. Earpiece grill is there right on the top with the camera and sensors. Below the screen you will find three hardware keys – two calling keys and one Menu key. The Menu button is set between the screen and the call keys flush with the surrounding surface, which makes it a bit uncomfortable to hit. The mic pinhole is located right below the menu key.
The left side of Nokia 701 has nothing more than a charging 2mm port whereas the right part houses quite a huge lot of dedicated keys, which includes a voice command key, placed between the two volume keys, a screen lock slider and the shutter key. The shutter key cannot be half-pressed as the camera on this smartphone lacks auto focus feature. The top hosts a power key along with a USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack that acts as an A/V connector also. The bottom of this droid has only a lanyard eyelet. Coming to the back you will find the powerful 8 megapixels fixed focus camera with dual LED flash and loudspeaker banded together on a silver strip. You can use this dual LED flash as a flashlight by pulling and holding and again to turn it off the lock slider to activate it. There is a latch at the bottom of the back panel that helps in openi9ng up the cover. Besides this latch you will find the second microphone that is useful in activating the noise cancellation feature and providing stereo sound for videos. With the latch it is easy to peep inside the phone where you will get face to face with the strong and power packed Li-Ion 1,300 mAh (BL-5K) battery, a microSIM card slot and a microSD card slot. Accessing the SIM card is easy but you cannot say the same thing for microSD card as you have to take out the battery in order to insert or remove the memory card.
Overall, Nokia 701 is a nicely featured smartphone that boasts to have better specs and features than its predecessors and with the updated Nokia Belle operating system you will touch the seventh sky.
User Interface and UI functionality
Nokia 701 comes with a 3.5 inches wide LED-backlit IPS TFT display that supports a capacitive touchscreen. This display provides a screen resolution of 360 x 640 pixels where 16 million colors conspires to give as many color combinations as they can to give the screen an amazing and vibrant look. The pixel density of 210 pixels per inch brings a new revolution in the display that looks much sharper, richer and much clear than ever before. The display supports multi touch facility so you can use more than one finger of yours to give multiple commands at one time. The display is made up of Corning Gorilla Glass that gives protection to the screen against the scratches. To make the display ever shining and to give it a royal look the company has used Nokia ClearBlack display that gives it a premium and glossy touch.
Nokia 701 is running on the latest and updated Nokia Belle operating system and has Nokia’s own user interface on top of it that gives a friendly touch to its users and create for them a world of their own. This user interface provides six customizable home screen panes on which you can add widgets, shortcuts, icons and wallpapers of your own choice. This handset is upgradeable to Nokia Belle FP1 operating system. To power up the model it has ARM11 powerful processor that throbs at the rate of 1GHz and will increase to 1.3GHz after getting the Nokia Belle FP1 operating system upgradation. To improve the 2D and 3D graphical performance of this droid it is loaded with 2D/3D graphics HW accelerator with OpenVG1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0 that fasten the speed of the graphics and also enhances the working of the pixels on the display.
Nokia 701 is fully loaded with lots of multimedia features that will give you unlimited fun and will deliver you the quality output where you will never compromise in terms of seamless entertainment. This handset comes with a Dolby headphone that gives you a power packed performance. Features that you will experience in the music player are Stereo Widening, Audio Streaming, Dolby Digital Plus facility, Audio Equalizer, FM transmitter, Handsfree Speaker, Bluetooth Stereo, Audio Recorder, FM Radio with RDS feature that automatically detects the name of the radio station to which you are tuned into so that you get to know which radio station you are listening to. This audio player supports WAV, AAC, MP3, WMA, MIDI, AMR-WB, HE AAC V1, HE AAC V2, Mobile XMF, True tones, and SP MIDI aural formats for the playback of audio file so that you never has to give up your desire to listen to the song of your choice. For recording it supports MP3 format.
The video player is also loaded with lots of features that will enhance your multimedia experience with Nokia 701. With this video player you will have features like Video Recorder, Video Streaming, Video Call, Video Editor, Video Sharing, Video Player, and Image Stabilization at your end so that you will always get full on entertainment. This video player supports WMV 9, H.264/AVC, MPEG-4, RealVideo 10, Sorenson Spark, VP6, 3GPP formats (H.263), VC-1, and Flash Video formats for playback whereas for recording it gives back up to H.264/AVC, MPEG-4, and H.263 video formats. Apart from the video and audio players you can listen to your favorite music via FM radio that supports RDS feature. You can create your own library of music and video files and you can download millions and millions of songs from the Nokia Ovi Store that brings music files from all over the world in many languages.
Pictures and Video quality
Nokia 701 is blessed with an 8 megapixels fixed focus primary camera that is supported by dual LED flash to enables you to click images even in dark ambiance. The features supported by this camera are Exposure compensation, Still image editor, Full screen viewfinder, Self timer, Red-eye reduction, Full Focus, Dual LED flash, Auto exposure, Geo-tagging, Flash, and Face Detection. This camera captures images with a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels and can provide digital zoom up to 3x times. The minimum focus range of this camera is 50 centimeters. The camera has 2.8 F number/aperture and supports various graphics formats, such as PEG, OTA, JPEG 2000, BMP, WMF, GIF89a, TIFF, EXIF, PNG, WBMP, GIF87a, and MBM, for better performance.
The images clicked using this camera are stored in JPEG/Exif format. This primary main camera can also record videos in a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels by capturing 30 frames per second. The video playback also supports 30 frames per second. You can do 3x digital zoom in the video while viewing a video so that you can notice the minute details. There is a secondary camera also in this droid in the front that can be used for having live video chats with the friends and family members. This VGA camera can also capture images with a resolution of 480 x 640 pixels and can record VGA videos with a resolution of 144 x 176 pixels by taking 15 frames per second. The videos recorded by secondary camera are supported by H.263 format whereas the images are supported by JPEG format.
Nokia 701 provides support to Internet through EDGE of class 33, GPRS of class 33, 3G with HSPA+ speed, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n via WLAN and GPS that will help you in navigation. This droid is loaded with WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, Adobe Flash Lite browsers that will make web surfing full of fun and entertainment. For syncing your device with the nearby gadgets you can use Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, EDR and MicroUSB port v2.0, and USB On-the-go support.
Internal and External Memory
Nokia 701 holds an internal storage capacity of 8GB with 1GB space for ROM and 512MB space for RAM. This internal memory is enough to store your phone book entries, call records and SIS applications. You can expand the external memory up to 32GB using a microSD card in the memory card slot. This external memory is useful in storing a huge amount of applications and multimedia files.
Applications and Gaming
Nokia 701 is fully loaded with loads of applications and features that are based on the latest and advanced technology. You can download thousands of games and applications from the Nokia Store and can also download millions of songs from the Ovi store. The updated Belle operating system gives you enough of reasons to boast about your superfone.
Nokia 701 holds a powerful strong and sturdy standard Li-Ion 1300 mAh (BL-5K) battery that delivers a talk time of up to 17 hours on 2G network and 6.8 hours on 3G network. It provides a standby time of up to 504 hours on 2G network and 551 hours on 3G. You can play music non stop for a maximum time of up to 71.4 hours and can play video for a maximum time of up to 8.9 hours. The maximum time for video recording is up to 3.7 hours, which is pretty enough. You can also do hours of web surfing without facing the problem of battery drainage.
Nokia 701 offers connectivity to 2G and 3G networks at a frequency of 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz for 2G network and 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz for 3G network. The data download HSDPA speed via 3G network is 14.4 Mbps whereas the uploading HSUPA speed is 5.76 Mbps, which is quite good when compared to the existing rivals.
Nokia 701 is a nice features handset that will face a stiff neck in neck competition from many of the existing smartphones that are doing a good business in the market, specially the handsets from Samsung and Apple. The handsets that can give a tough time to Nokia 701 are Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One V, Samsung Galaxy S Plus, HTC Desire S, Sony Xperia Ray, Samsung Galaxy W, HTC Desire HD, Apple iPhone 4S, Apple iPhone 4, Nokia Lumia 710, HTC Radar, Nokia Lumia 800, Samsung Omnia W, HTC Wildfire S, HTC Sensation XE, HTC Sensation 4G, Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Motorola DEFY, HTC Desire S, HTC Desire X, Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Lumia 820, Nokia 808 PureView, and many more.