Nokia is in dispute once again. This time it has not become the talk of the town for its latest Mobile devices or its Finnish tragedies, but Nokia is at present in dispute with the authorities over an income tax bill which is worth 20.8 billion rupees and has made Nokia prone to one of the major tax disagreements involving the foreign companies in India, resulting in the freezing of Nokia’s assets and banks accounts.
In the early dates of September this year Microsoft had agreed to buy Nokia’s struggling cell phone business for about $7.2 billion. But Nokia had then challenged the ruling and had gained an access to the Indian Bank accounts, but the sad luck that Nokia has got, its local factories and the other buildings are frozen now and thus preventing it to transfer the unit to the new owner, Microsoft.
However, Nokia is not just sitting and cribbing over its fate. Instead Nokia has appealed to the Delhi high court and the court has thus passed a judgment whereby the bank accounts in India shall be unfrozen so that the company can transfer or withdraw the funds. But this has not changed the status of Nokia’s impending doom with much profit since some of the fixed assets such as the buildings are still frozen and curbed, which implies that the company will not be able to transfer the ownership of its assets without the approval of the authorities.
However keeping the matter cool, Nokia has said that the freezing of these assets will not hamper the working of the day to day operations and the company has even declared that it has got sufficient assets in India that will overpower the tax commitments.
Moreover Nokia has even said that this freeze will not affect the Microsoft deal which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014. As per the spokesperson, the productions at the Indian harbor will not be affected by the freeze.
Various steps have been taken to conquer this problem of Nokia whereby the Indian authorities have conducted an incursion at Nokia’s factory in Chennai which it had opened in the year 2006 for producing much of the low cost Smartphone Asha, this January for the over the box tax payments.
Nokia, a one time big manufacturer has thus fallen to the pits as it is facing a tough competition with the other major distributors.
However if one is pitying Nokia, he better pity even Vodafone, the British telecommunications company which is also facing tax issues in India where it requires to pay as much as $3 billion tax.
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The Nokia Lumia 710 was announced by Nokia in October 2011 and released in November 2011 alongside with its elder brother the Nokia Lumia 800. It is the second Windows based phone from Nokia. Company’s CEO has branded these two phones as “the first real Windows Phones.” But he also specifically mentioned the Lumia 710 is more “affordable.” So this means the Lumia 710 is a mid-range phone, and though it came out simultaneously with its twin brother, it is not the same as the Nokia Lumia 800. We will try to see what it means in the Nokia 710 preview below.
The Nokia Lumia 710 was codenamed as Sabre, and Nokia is not naming its devices out of nothing. This phone was meant to look like a curved sabre and it does look one. It is beautifully designed in front and back colors and is available in black and white for the front cover and black, white, cyan, fuchsia and yellow for the back cover. So there is a plenty of color combination possibility as to user’s taste. While being only a smaller (and accordingly a weaker) brother to the Lumia 800, this handset’s design is fantastic in the strict sense of the word, it resembles a highly sophisticated but simple device snatched from aliens, or some say even it resembles a medical tool, used for instance in the dentist’s cabinet.
The front panel features stylish physical buttons below the screen, and that’s all for the front, apart only for the proximity sensor, which can be taken as a front camera, but there isn’t one. The power button, the headset jack and the USB port are all on the port and there is a volume control and camera buttons on the side. The back has a 5MB camera with a single LED flash and there is a speaker grille below.
The device is made from smooth plastic and feels nice in the hand. Its dimensions are 119×62.4×12.48 mm and it weighs only 126 gr.
The Nokia Lumia 710 is equipped with a 3.7-inch TFT capacitive, multi-touch display with the resolution of 480×800 pixels (252 ppi in density). The screen uses ClearBlack technology for better auto contrasting and readability under direct sunlight conditions. It displays nice colorful images with 16M colors and has also light and proximity sensors. You can also be sure your screen is durable as it uses GorillaGlass.
The handset comes with a 5MP back camera shooting with a 1280x720p resolution, and that’s ok, for this phone is not meant to take professional photos of presidents and then display those images in a photo competition. We can say it is a simple camera for home users; the quality of it is enough to satisfy every good taste. The camera is packed with autofocus, touch to focus, video stabilizers, face detection and digital zoom function. Video shooting is nice, with 720p HD and 30 fps. However, the Nokia Lumia 710 has no frontal camera: but this is not Nokia’s fault, it’s just Windows Phones do not have it on them.
The Nokia Lumia 710 is equipped with a single core 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor to enable you to multi-task smoothly. The device has modest 512 MB RAM and 8Gb of internal memory with no memory card slot. The phone comes packed with a standard 1300 mAh Li-Ion battery, which will provide you 400 hours in standby mode (2G), up to 7 hours of talk time (2G) and up to 38 hours of music play back mode (3G).
The Lumia 710 and the Lumia 800 are the first Nokia smartphones running Windows Phone operation system. The current version installed is 7.5 called Mango. So expect to find all standard applications, which come along with Mango. The soft includes smart IE9 for quick navigation and support of HTML5, full integration with the social networking trio: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Gamers are going to get their favorites through Xbox Live Hub. A separate attention should be paid to ESPN’s Sports Hub, which will provide sport fans with access to sports news, scores and statistics. You can watch ESPN sport analysis or selected video clips, plus you can use GPS for finding information on local sports. The app can be customized to the preferred sport type and team. You can send your letter in a more professional way through Microsoft Mobile.
Nokia has packed the phone with its own exclusive applications, like Nokia Drive and Nokia Music. Nokia Drive is also available on the Lumia 800 and it’s basically a sat-navigation application. You can use preloaded maps or download whatever maps you like. It can show 3D maps and is quick to fix your location and guide you step-by–step to your desired navigation, displaying how much distance was covered and how much is still left to get to the destination.
Another exclusive application from Nokia is Nokia Radio with its Radio Mix feature. It boasts of 15 million tracks available, which are divided by genre and artist, and which can be downloaded for offline listening. Create then your offline playlists and turn your mobile into an independent radio station.
To sum up the view for the Nokia Lumia 710 it should be stressed that this phone is produced for mid-range sales, so it is correspondingly priced. The Lumia 710 will launch Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Russia before the end of the year and will cost €270 ($376).
It is customary to write in reviews the phone in question is the latest technological achievement of humankind, but we will not say it for the Lumia 710, which knows the modest place it belongs. But this phone is different from others, because it has its own unique personality, its own soul. It is true that in its white version, it can resemble a small refrigerator, but then who said fridges are bad things (especially in summer time).
The Lumia 710 will look amazingly beautiful if you are traveling by air. Take to any airport and just compare it if you can to the body of any passenger airplane, and you will see what I mean. The Lumia 710 would be equally great for dentists and flight attendants in its white/blue combination, and for teenagers in its various other colors. It is true its elder brother Lumia 800 is much stronger, but to me the Lumia 710 can win the heart by its design, professional character and smooth behavior.
Announced at Nokia World 2011 on October 26 the Nokia Lumia 800 is the company’s first smartphone running Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. It denoted the turn the company made from previously used operating systems – Symbian and MeeGo. The phone was officially launched in the UK on November 16, and is reported to be available also in the US, though not officially announced. Nokia has stated this was their “best launch ever.”
Nokia Lumia 800 Design
Nokia keeps traditions in letting users see where the screen ends on the phone, that is the screen does not occupy all the front space, but stops a little before the edges thus creating beautiful margins clearly discernible in non-black models. The Nokia Lumia 800 is made from a single piece of polycarbonate and is available in black, pink and cyan colors. The phone comes with dimensions of 116.5×61.2×12.1mm and weighs only 142 g. The corners of the phone are markedly pointed, which makes it very handy, but if you are a fan of roundish phones, this can be uncomfortable for you. On the top you can find the headset jack and hidden microUSB and microSIM card slots, which are a little hard to open. The tradition lovers would find on the back a big metallic oval segment with the camera eye, Nokia and Carl Zeiss brands on it. Right upwards to it there is a smaller oval segment with the flash. On the right there are chrome buttons for volume, power and camera.
Nokia Lumia 800 Display
The Lumia 800 boasts of a 3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive curved glass display powered with Gorilla Glass and Clear Black Display technologies. The first one does not let the display be scratched, and the latter allows users to see the texts and pictures with the same quality under the sunlight. Moreover, the screen can be Swype-ed and supports multi-touch input. Its resolution is 480×800 pixels and it supports 16 million colors.
Nokia Lumia 800 Hardware
The Nokia Lumia 800 is quite powerful, when it comes to hardware. The phone is packed with a 1.4 GHz Scorpion processor with Adreno 205 GPU meaning we are dealing with a high-speed CPU. This processor is in a good collaboration with 16GB of internal memory and 512MB of RAM. The memory can’t be expanded, because Microsoft has its limitation on this. The device comes with a 1450mAh battery and from a single charge it will provide 9.5 hours of talk mode, 7 hours playback, 55 hours music playback and 335 hours standby time. As for connectivity, it is a “beast.”
1. Data synchronization
Microsoft Zune for PC and Mac Connector Software
2. Local connectivity
Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR
USB 2.0 High-Speed
3.5mm AHJ Connector
Bluetooth Stereo Audio
Nokia Lumia 800 Camera
The handset is equipped with an 8MP camera from Carl Zeiss Optics, an autofocus, a dual-LED flash and is able to record HD videos at 720p and 30fps. There is no front-facing camera; it’s not Nokia’s fault, but Microsoft’s. Unfortunately, the phone lacks zooming option, which is not that good. You can make nice videos during the day, but the camera seems to be a bit slow to respond to the sudden brightness change and the focal range is poor. In low light condition, the Lumia 800 gets more nervous to focus, but the dual LED flash can be turned on permanently while videoing and enabling focus and color settings to achieve closer to daylight quality.
Nokia Lumia 800 sample photos
Nokia Lumia 800 sample video
The Lumia 800 runs Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, which provides an ultra-simple exploitation experience. The WP7 enables you to run several applications in the background, but only selected apps can do so, while the rest are just disabled (suspended). There are a couple of exclusive applications installed, including Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps, Nokia Music, App Highlights and Contacts Transfer app, which lets you quickly transfer contacts from your old phone. Add to it such indispensable tools as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email, Chat and SMS. The Symbian users were already accustomed to Nokia’s profile situations like General, Silent, Meeting, Outdoor, Pager and Offline, but they all disappeared on the Lumia 800, except for the Flight Mode and putting the phone only into vibrate mode. Many people were viewing these profile options as redundant, but just now their presence could be very handy considering the currently abound development of location and time based auto profile switching applications. As to closing applications, the previous Symbian experience of hitting the back physical button is gone, but it is done through the screen back button.
For drivers, there is a very useful Nokia Drive navigation application, which is very similar to Google’s Maps or TomTom. This can display the map of your position, the directions to drive, the car’s speed and the distance to your destination. It supports 2D and 3D maps, a night mode and satellite view, you can download (via WiFI) maps from over 100 country locations and it shows the distance to be covered.
Nokia Music opens to show the number of tracks saved on the phone. A quick tap then opens an A-Z list showing Artist, Album, Song, Genre or Playlist.
A swipe to the left from the main Nokia Music screen takes to the Mix Radio, which is a streaming service transmitted through the data connection. The playlists are refreshed each week and there’s a choice of genres to pick from. The Mp3 Store is accessible with another swipe, and one more swipe will give you information on local gigs with prices and other info. It is a standard FM radio, requiring the headphones to act as an antenna to connect to the station. There is also the Marketplace, which provides access to purchase additional music for your personal collection from the Microsoft store.
Nokia Lumia 800 Unboxing
So you have bought the smartphone and now it is time to extricate it from its box, which is pretty attractive and implies there is a high-end device inside. Apart from the phone itself, there is a rather impressive pack of manuals in different languages, and this is not surprising remembering this device has quite different specs compared to Nokia’s previous handset both on technical and operational side. Then there are the charger, the USB cable and a headset. Nicely enough, there is a casing to be found inside just like it was in case of the Nokia N9, which makes protecting the phone from scratches possible right from the unboxing stage. It fits perfectly and smoothly and makes noticing there is a case virtually impossible.
The Nokia Lumia 800 is a new generation high-end smartphone and an amazing thing to own, to feel and to want. It can inspire to new levels and dimensions of experience and experimentation. Judging by the reactions coming from the countries where it is officially available we can deduce it gets and will continue to get very good reception among general public and it seems irrespective of where it is. This of course comes as a disappointment to those, who think the Finnish company is dead, and cannot compete with its main competitors , but again, factual responses prove this is just an illusion and has nothing to do with reality. One of the main advantages this smartphone has is it is very simple to use; it just speaks to you, it responds to your demands very smoothly.
The Nokia Lumia 710 is one of Nokia’s two available Windows Phone Mango handsets. While cheaper in price, the handset does win the Nokia Lumia 800 in terms of design. The handset comes in candy bar form factor with a 3.7-inch display covered with Gorilla Glass technology. Here it kind of resembles the Nokia 603.
The handset is available only in two color options, black and white. But this doesn’t mean you need to get additional cases to make your device colorful; the manufacturer gives you a list of interesting back cover options, including black, white, fuchsia, cyan and yellow. And when purchasing the handset you get a chance to choose one more color option in the form of the cover.
WP Mango means the handset comes with typical Windows Phone screen tiles. To make them more matching with the handsets, Nokia and Microsoft decided to offer customizable colors for the tiles. WP Mango OS saves the situation with the small dimension of the display allowing to have large icons and larger texts.
The display of the handset is protected with ClearBlack technology, accordingly the users will not have any trouble while reading texts under direct sunlight. The LCD type of display might not be as great as the AMOLED one, which comes with the Nokia Lumia 800, but trust me, the difference is not that significant.
Below the display we have the WP typical buttons, Back and Search. The buttons lay on the slim curved plastic bubble. Working with the design the manufacturer did a great job, while the same cannot be said about the responsiveness: some of the customers claim this design doesn’t allow them to finger where to push not getting to the button next to it.
The Nokia Lumia 710 is basically made of plastic. Even the battery cover is made of plastic, in contrast to the latest models, such as the Nokia 701. It’s good the manufacturer decided to avoid matte cover, as in the case of white and black options the overall elegance of the handsets could be lost. As for the rest of color options I think it would actually make sense.
The plastic makes the handset lighter. It weighs only 125.5 g, which is in average 40 grams less than the handsets of the same form factor. But we should consider it also makes the handset less shock-resistant. Still one material usage allows avoiding the use of expensive cases, which are designed to protect each material of the handset separately.
On the upper part of the front we can find the loudspeaker and sensors. If this speaker is placed conveniently, then the same doesn’t go for the back loudspeaker. It turns out to be way too large, which means while listening to music or watching videos, at least part of the speaker is being covered either with the hand or with any other surface. Still in terms of design, this large speaker looks amazingly attractive.
The handset comes with only a rear camera placed on the back. This doesn’t have to deal with Nokia itself, but rather with the impossibility of Windows Phone OS to support front-facing cameras. As for the rear camera, we have pretty large lens, coming with a round-edged design, which ideally fits into the overall style solution of the handset.
The 3.5 mm audio jack and the power on/off buttons are placed on the top of the device. Interestingly, the micro-USB port is also located on the top. This is a sign showing you will not find any ports on the sides of the handset, well, except for the camera and the volume up/down button (which seem to be smaller than those on Nokia’s previous models). This is not that great if we consider the lock button is on the top, so you need to stretch for unlocking the handset every other time. The inconvenience is basically caused by the “not that small dimensions” of the handset. Still this fact is pretty awesome for those in love with special protective cases, as they will not have that many cuts, protecting the smartphone in the best way possible.
And the final interesting feature of the handset is its thickness. The device is only 8.11 mm thick. So it’s one of Nokia’s slimmest handsets.
The only component missing on this device is the Eco-friendliness. If on the Nokia 701 the manufacturer used materials, which can be safely recycled, then this is not the case with the Nokia Lumia 710.
Overall, the design of the handset is pretty attractive. It will definitely attract the attention of the young segment of customers. While I think it can look good in the portfolio of businessmen and business ladies as well.
The Nokia C7 is the second device from Nokia coming with Symbian^3 operating system. The original name of the model used to be the Nokia C7-00, which was then officially cut to the Nokia C7. The handset is also known as the Nokia Astound. This device and the Nokia N8 simply have almost the same software package. The basic difference here is the camera and the design. In both cases the winner is the Nokia N8, coming with a 12 megapixel camera and a buttonless touch display. The customers will be required to pay way less for the Nokia C7 and this is where the situation will shift in favor of the Nokia C7.
For the first time Nokia is trying to show the camera emphasize is not the most important criterion for a smartphone. Interestingly, with the introduction of the Nokia Astound the manufacturer also decided to introduce its luxury version called the Nokia Oro. This handset comes at the price of $1635. It’s made of 18 carat gold, sapphire crystals and hand wrapped leather featuring the same specs as the original device.
The Specs of the Nokia C7 include:
Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
Operating system: Symbian^3, upgradable to Symbian Anna OS
CPU: 680 MHz ARM 11 processor, Broadcom BCM2727 GPU
Screen: 3.5 inch, 640 x 360 pixel, AMOLED, capacitive
Camera: 8 megapixels, dual LED flash, face detection and geo-tagging features
Memory: 8 GB storage, 256 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, expandable through memory card Micro SD
Connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, NFC, compass
Battery: 1200 mAh, BL-5K
Size: 117.3 x 56.8 x 10.5 mm
Weight: 130 gram
Externally, the model looks like a typical Nokia device, but with some sort of innovative touch. The handset comes with a plastic casing similar to those of the Nokia C6 and the Nokia N97. But luckily the back cover of the battery is made of metal. But to call the sense of the device the same as those of metal bars will not be true. It’s mostly plastic, and it’s obvious when you hold the phone.
The handset turns out to be slightly sleeker than the rest of smartphones using 3.5 inch displays. While still an older model the handset comes with 10.1 mm thickness, which is pretty slim for the devices of its kind.
The screen is similar to other models from Nokia, e.g. the Nokia X6. Its resolution is 640×360 pixels and 3.5 inches. It’s covered with special plastic glass, displaying up to 16 million colors. The screen Type is AMOLED, but it cannot be compared with the Super AMOLED from Samsung, this technology is of a different generation. The screen is comparable to the Nokia N8 and the Nexus One. Under direct sunlight it comes with a good picture quality, and it’s here that it triumphs over other handsets.
The display accommodates up to 16 lines of text (not in all modes), supports three font sizes chosen by your phone. It somewhat fades in the sun, but it is typical of this type of screens (exception — all the same Super AMOLED).
This is one of the first products from Nokia, supporting multitouch, you just have to make moves with your fingers (pinch-to-zoom), so that the image gets separated. The screen is capacitive, similar in execution to that of the Nokia X6 and behaves exactly the same way. Sensitivity of the display in most cases is satisfactory, but sometimes it does not react to clicks (software flaw, just like that of the X6).
This is the second version of the Nokia with Bluetooth 3.0, which is also called High Speed. When transferring files to other devices with this technology it activates Wi-Fi 802.11 n, a theoretical transfer rate is about 24 Mbit/sec.
The model supports various profiles, particularly, Headset, Hands free, Serial Port, Dial Up Networking, File Transfer, Object Push, Basic Printing, SIM Access and A2DP. Working with the headset does not cause any difficulties. It also supports standard Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g n. It’s not the first device on the market with such a set of connectivity, still it’s kind of nice to see all of the features available on a single device. And everything works like a clock, without causing any problems.
The Nokia C7 comes with an awesome 8 megapixel camera with an autofocus, which is great. It just walks behind the 12 megapixel camera of the Nokia N8, but I don’t think it’s a big deal. Originally these two cameras cannot be compared due to the difference in megapixels, still both of them are capable of using f/2.8 aperture rating for low-light shooting. The Nokia C7’s camera is using a dual-LED flash and an EDoF focusing system, but the Nokia N8’s camera is using Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus and Xenon flash.
The device comes with 8GB of built-in memory, plus there’s a chance of microSD expansion for up to 32GB. The RAM of the device is 256 MB (in contrast, the Nokia N97 Mini has only 128 MB of RAM). For Nokia this is a giant leap forward, which means an increase in the stability of the system and speed.
The capacity of the device battery is 1200 mAh. The phone can work up to 390 hours in standby mode and from 5.5 to 12 hours in talk time mode (UMTS/GSM).
On the downside is that the battery will require charging in two days. Against the background of many competitors, who do not live more than one day, this is a good indicator. The main energy eater is the desktop with widgets. The total time for recharging is about 2 hours.
Unfortunately, in all its glory this model shows that Nokia’s efforts to create social applications for its Symbian^3 smartphones were futile. In contrast to previous trend of different apps for different series, Nokia’s now decided to have identical apps for all Symbian^3 devices.
The manufacturer has created a separate application, which brings together all the accounts of social networking websites, while the authentication occurs via Ovi. This is an attempt to artificially increase the number of Ovi users.
The handset comes with three different homescreens. The shift to another homescreen can be obtained with the use of Swype technology. This time the homescreens are more widgetized, thus you get a chance to optimize widgets for each of the homescreens.
The handset comes with Ovi Store allowing to have a large list of free applications and games for download. Due to the fact that at the moment Angry Birds is also available for Symbian^3 devices, the Nokia C7 gives you the chance to experience this Apple-designed game on your device.
The Nokia C7 comes with pre-installed Adobe Reader and QuickOffice, but for the editing of the documents you will be required to get a paid update from Ovi Stores. The smartphone also supports Flash Lite 4.0 allowing to watch videos with the YouTube app (also coming as one of the pre-installed apps).
Describing my impressions of the Nokia C7 I should mention it’s among the top smartphones on Symbian^3. Judge yourself, it does not support HDMI-output, and a 12-megapixel camera, but there are other features of the Nokia N8 available on this device.
At this point in the C line there is the Nokia C6, which has a QWERTY-keyboard, is expensive and is not very attractive. Thus this model comes to fill the gap. It’s a nice device for those accustomed to Symbian. Coming with a small number of interesting games and an old interface, the device features several high-end specs. It can be called a great device running Symbian S^3 in terms of price/quality ratio.