Nokia E7 vs BlackBerry Bold 9780

Vs 16:22, 10 Dec 2010

We put the new Nokia E7 against the BlackBerry Bold 9780 to see which smartphone comes equipped with better features for the users

The Nokia E7 is slated to be launched early next year. The highly anticipated Nokia's new Symbian^3 smartphone Nokia E7 is a touchscreen slider phone featuring a QWERTY keyboard. Powered by the BlackBerry 6 OS, the latest BlackBerry Bold 9780 comes with perfect blackberry keyboard designed for your fingers to do the talking.

We compare the key features of both these new smartphones to find out which one is better suited for your hard-earned money.

A very similar looking device to the Nokia N8, the Nokia E7, at 123.7 x 62.4 x 13.6 mm, is slightly larger and has that slide-out QWERTY keyboard as well. it spots a 4-inch 16:9 nHD (640 x 360 pixels) AMOLED display, which is every bit as good as it sounds – blacks look intense and the brighter colours simply jump off the page. It makes watching videos and browsing the Internet a gorgeous and completely immersive experience.

Crafted with premium material, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 has a leather-like back cover and a vibrant screen. The BlackBerry Bold 9780, in terms of looks, is practically the same as its predecessor the BlackBerry Bold 9700. It’s the same shape, size (109 x 60 x 14 mm) and form. The screen is exactly the same as the Bold 9700’s 2.44-inch 480x360 pixel display.

Winner: Nokia E7

The Nokia E7 comes with an impressive camera at 8-meapixels with Dual LED flash and Face recognition software. Then there's its ability to shoot video at 25 fps in HD quality 720p resolution and its front-facing VGA (640 x 480 pixels) camera, which makes short work of video calling. In addition to this, you can also use the pinch-to-zoom function to examine photos in more detail – and when you're shooting in 8-megapixels, you can rest assured that there's plenty of detail.

And if that wasn't enough, there’s photo and video editing apps built into the device, so once you've taken a picture or filmed a video, you can pop them in that and edit them with effects until your hearts content – and once you're done with that you can send them via the E7's HDMI port to your TV for all to see.

The Bold 9780 comes equipped with a 5 megapixel camera. Face Detection, Portrait, Sports, single shot and continuous autofocus are now all available within the Bold 9780's camera options as well, which make taking decent shots a hell of a lot easier.

Winner: Nokia E7

The big thing with the Nokia E7 is its operating system which, in case you didn't know, is Symbian^3 – AKA: Nokia's latest attempt to realign itself with the likes of iOS and Android. On the whole, Symbian^3 is quite a breath of fresh air. It looks decidedly different, has multiple homescreens and is very easy to customise with apps, shortcuts and dedicated Symbian^3 homescreen widgets. Overall, the experience of using Symbian^3 is vastly improved and adds a level of maturity and, dare we say, modernity, to how you interact with your Nokia handset.

The big change, for now, at least, with the Bold 9780 is that it ships with BlackBerry OS 6 and some improved hardware. With this new OS, you now have the ability to swipe across to different menu options – All, Frequent, Downloads, Media and Favourites. Also, the inclusion of Universal Search is a definite plus for the BlackBerry Bold 9780. But the best aspect of BlackBerry OS 6 is the Social Feeds application, which pulls together and aggregates all of your social networking accounts in one place.

Winner: BlackBerry Bold 9780

On the connectivity front, the Nokia E7 offers Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth and A-GPS. The Nokia E7 isn't quite as snappy as the Nokia N8, as there were some noticeable moments of lag when its 680MHz ARM processor struggled to keep up with what we wanted it to do, mostly whilst browsing the web and occasionally when skipping between homescreens. The web browser on board the Nokia E7, like the one on the Nokia N8, is pretty good packing in Flash Lite 4, HTML, XHTML MP, WML and CSS support.

In terms of connectivity, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 offers 3G, GPRS, GPS and Wi-Fi support. The device further supports for HSDPA, UMTS and EDGE networks. It offers 512 MB onboard memory and a 2GB media card. Another thing we would have liked on the Bold 9780 is a better processor. RIM decided to stick with the exact same 624MHz processor that it used in the Bold 9700, which didn’t bode too well with us during testing.

Winner: Nokia E7

The Nokia E7 has not been released in India. There is no official word on the pricing of this device as yet. But, as the device is pretty similar to the Nokia N8, it will cost somewhere around Rs. 25,000. Whereas, the new BlackBerry Bold 9780 is approximately priced at Rs. 26,900 in India.

Winner: Nokia E7

Verdict: The Nokia E7 promises a lot with its spectacular features and the device looks better placed on the specs front as well compared to the BlackBerry Bold 9780. However, the Bold 9780 too is a good business phone with all new revamped OS for the users.

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