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The Nokia C7 joins the family of Symbian smartphones, and comes hot on the heels of the Nokia N8. With what is now the standard with the new devices, the Nokia C7 gives you access to three homescreens that can be fully customised to your liking, so you could make one screen your apps page, the next for business tools and the final screen could be where you store your favourite contacts.

What’s the first thing you notice about the Nokia C7? It’s probably the glossy finish, which is down to the glass-covered front and the polished stainless steel, which comes in a variety of colours from frosty metal to charcoal black and mahogany brown.

Once you get past the outside, you’ll find there’s loads to keep you occupied. You’ll be able to take great photos or videos using the 8-megapixel camera, edit them with the built-in photo-editing software on the 3.5-inch capacitive touch screen, and share them with friends or family.

The Nokia C7 comes pre-loaded with WebTV widgets so you can stream videos from local and global TV over the Internet, and if that doesn’t keep you entertained for long enough you can access Ovi Store to download games or other apps.

Let’s not forget the 8GB of storage that can be expanded up to 40GB to store music and movies, with the added bonus of USB On-The-Go, you’ll never run out of digital storage space again. Throw in free forever walk and drive navigation with Ovi Maps and you’ve got yourself a media and communications powerhouse.

A combination of excellent design, attention to detail and potential of the Symbian^3 platform make this a very competitive smartphone.

Rafe Blandford, All About Symbian

If you only do one thing

Log in to Facebook and Twitter using the pre-loaded Social app. View your friends’ tweets and status updates right from your homescreen without having load up the app every time, and use Ovi Maps to let your friends know where you are.

Miscellany

The Nokia C7 comes with a capacitive screen, which means that it’s super responsive but won’t make calls on its own if it’s in your pocket. The screen reacts to conduction in your fingertips to make it work.

Pinching your fingers together on the screen while looking at photos allows you to zoom in extra close, making it easier to get a close up of the small details.

With Bluetooth 3.0 onboard, it’s possible for the Nokia C7 achieve transfer speeds of 24 Mbit/s making moving files even faster.