This is pretty much it.
Sure, some other stuff was also announced at Nokia World in London this morning, but I think you’ll agree that Nokia’s new E7 is the big news. Think of it as the “enterprise” version of the company’s forthcoming N8, with a flip-up screen and qwerty keypad à la the N97 & N97 mini.
Aside from the obvious, how do the two compare? Here’s a quick rundown of the key differences:
- 12 megapixel autofocus camera with Carl Zeiss optics, 720p video;
- Xenon flash, automatic red-eye removal;
- Supports up to 32GB microSD card.
- 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics & 720p video;
- Dual LED flash;
- No remove storage? Seriously?
- Lots of bundled software, including full versions of JoikuSpot, QuickOffice and a bunch of Microsoft crap.
A more in-depth comparison can be found here if you’re interested. And you can get a better sense of the E7’s target market from this official Nokia propaganda video, though many of the features shown herein aren’t exclusive to this particular device:
Personally, I’ll take a run through the woods without the constant interruptions, thanks…
My Two Cents
I’ve never really been a fan of the whole Eseries vs. Nseries thing, and just like days of old Nokia is once again forcing its customers choose between their best available camera and a physical qwerty keyboard.
More troubling is that the E7 is not the fabled N9, the MeeGo-powered handset that everyone’s been waiting for. Though Nokia has promised it by year’s end, the smartphone spin on the Linux Foundation-approved mobile OS is nowhere to be seen in Nokia World news.
Every day that Nokia doesn’t come to market with a MeeGo-powered phone means that Google’s Android — arguably less open than MeeGo — gains more ground. Even my own low-rent carrier, the last in Canada to carry a BlackBerry (!), is getting ready to launch an Android device.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Nokia needs to release their MeeGo phone, right now…