Nokia 700 Unlocked GSM Phone with Touchscreen, 5 MP Camera, Symbian Belle OS, and NFC–U.S. Warranty (White)

Nokia 700 Unlocked GSM Phone with Touchscreen, 5 MP Camera, Symbian Belle OS, and NFC–U.S. Warranty (White)

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Product Description

Nokia 700 – Experience the thinnest and most compact Nokia touch Smartphone (L=4.33″, W=1.97″, Thickness=.38″, Weight=.21 lbs.). Stay connected with friends and family with a compact and elegant device. Slim and sustainable elegance fits perfectly in your hand. Fresh and fast new Nokia UI delivers what you need when you need it. Personalize your multiple home screens with different sized widgets. Browsing experience like on your desktop PC. Choose from thousands of apps. Sharing pictures and pai

Details

  • 3G-enabled messaging phone in White/Silver with 3.2-inch touchscreen AMOLED display; access to personal and corporate e-mail
  • Unlocked quad-band GSM cell phone compatible with 850/900/1800/1900 frequencies and US/International 3G compatibility via 850/900/1700/1900/2100 UMTS/HSDPA plus GPRS/EDGE capabilities
  • 5-megapixel camera; 720p HD camcorder 30fps which stops recording automatically at max MMS size; Bluetooth stereo music; 4 GB memory; microSD expansion support up to 32GB; GPS with free Ovi Maps Navigation voice-guided directions
  • What’s in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, wired stereo headset, USB connectivity cable, quick start guide

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May I know any benefit if I’m using Symbian OS phone or other OS phones?

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proprietary operating systems are what the phone makers install onto the phone, symbian os’s are what the service providers put on it, usualy its one or the other for any phone, because the phone makers will work wiht the service providers to blend it all together

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Symbian Belle – User Interface – Hands on Demo – Nokia 701

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  1. 12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    not bad for the price, May 30, 2012
    By 
    stevie

    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: Nokia 700 Unlocked GSM Phone with Touchscreen, 5 MP Camera, Symbian Belle OS, and NFC–U.S. Warranty (White) (Wireless Phone Accessory)

    The first nokia 700 I bought had the touchscreen pulling away from the body of the phone so I had to return it (Amazon has great customer service). Now that I’ve had my phone for a while (on T-mobile USA), here are some random thoughts:

    I bought this because it was important for me to have physical call and end buttons. If answering/ending without buttons doesn’t bother you, then I’d go with iphone/android. (I am aware that you can sort of answer/end calls with hardware buttons, but the solutions are more half-baked in my opinion).

    The size is fantastic for me, but I prefer compact devices in general. The keyboard in portrait orientation is OK if you have small fingers. But installing swype makes texting in portrait mode easy and convenient.

    The vibration mode is really weak and hard to feel.

    Battery life is good. I can get almost 48 hrs of normal use (mostly calls/few texts/limited web surfing), and maybe 24-36 hrs if I’m using the GPS. I don’t watch video or listen to music on my phone. I lose about 0.5% every hour on standby. I do active power saving, though. I keep my phone on GSM mode with wifi off unless I need the 3G/wifi for web access (I find EDGE to be workable, though). Your mileage will vary, of course. The options for turning on and off the network mode, wifi, bluetooth etc are so easy and fast that I prefer just keeping everything off unless I need something specific, to reduce power consumption.

    You can charge by micro USB in theory. But in practice, several of my previous microUSB chargers simply will not charge my phone, especially car chargers. I had to buy specific a nokia 700 charger (non-USB) for my car. I have found that most plug in USB sockets will work, though (the ones where you have to supply your own USB cord to insert in one end of the charger).

    The offline GPS is fantastic. Fast GPS lock, turn-by-turn navigation, all without using up data. Nokia maps is OK, but you need data access for the maps program to find some local things (e.g. fast food places) that aren’t already in the offline database.

    One bothersome thing is that my remote locking feature simply does not work (i.e. you send a text with a pre-defined message to lock your phone if you misplace it, for example), so I have to keep my screen locked. This wouldn’t be a problem normally, except when driving you’re unable to use the phone then except by looking at it and using the touchscreen to unlock the screen (which I won’t do). This wouldn’t also be an issue, but you can’t use voice commands unless the screen is unlocked as well. At least you can answer calls though. If you’re on bluetooth, then this won’t matter.

    That brings me to voice commands (initiate by long press of the call button). ugh. My old old samsung flip phone had far better voice recognition than this device. I can sort of make it work by using a fake robot voice with a pseudo-british accent. annoying but livable.

    The proximity sensor is good; no more face hanging up like I had with the iphone.

    The app situation is pathetic at best compared to android/apple. If you’re an apps person, I would not recommend this phone (the OS is Nokia -formerly Symbian- Belle). You can see the available apps at the Nokia Store, and choose the correct phone. You’ll see what I mean. If you can find the apps that you need for the 700, then this of course isn’t an issue.

    The camera is adequate at best. I like having a physical shutter button. With fixed focus, anything closer than about 2 feet gets really blurred.

    Summary, if you want a very compact phone to use as a phone, that also has nice web access and great GPS, this will work well and is a great deal at about $200, carrier unlocked.

    Hope this helps

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  2. 7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Real cool but not so smart : Updated after using for a year, February 17, 2012
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    Maxys (Holland, MI, USA) –

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    UPDATED AFTER USING for 1 Year : There is a definite call quality issue. Everybody i speak to mentioned this. Voice is not clear. Did not think of it much initially, but now its a major problem. Waste of time and money, get the newer Lumia 520 if you HAVE to buy an unlocked Nokia or go for a Nexus 4. Cant go wrong with either.

    Hardware:
    – Extremely slick and cool looking. Quality is top class
    – The screen is fluid and just beautiful
    – No front facing camera :( :( :(
    – Battery lasts one day with heavy usage without any issues at all
    – Camera is very average
    – Because of its small (read cool) form factor difficult to keep the phone still when taking a photo
    – NFC, NFC, NFC – this is going to be a big one in the coming days. It has one in it

    Software:
    – Nokia Belle is pretty nimble and not battery thirsty as Android and iOS
    – Support for widgets and they dont crash as in android
    – The app for youtube points to a website which is really pathetic
    – Major apps missing – Dropbox, Groupon, Mint, all banking apps
    – There are some nifty apps like DLNA play, Battery Monitor, Nokia Drop, NFC Apps and the best of all Nokia Maps suite, simply awesome and blows google maps out of the park since you dont need an internet connection for Maps since they are on your phone
    – Software updates can be done over the air, no need to connect to PC

    One major issue i have faced is that the ambient light sensor isnt what Nokia expected it to be. It kept the screen changing its brightness evry other time which was extremely annoying. There is a third party app for it Nokia Screen Brightness, which can disable it and fix the problem.

    Nice cool alternative to android, apple madness. beautiful, small and powerfull package with very limited apps. An almost smart phone

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  3. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Seriously, when will someone make a decent-sized smartphone?, December 22, 2012
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    After waiting a year past my contract renewal for my wireless provider to offer a new phone which combines form with function, I’ve gotten completely disgusted with the oversized monster-phone phenomena. Who are they making these things for, Andre the Giant? I wanted a phone I could fit in my pocket, drop without breaking, use one-handed, etc. So I finally caved and simply ordered an older, outdated, no-contract phone, because apparently the only way to get compact is to hop in your TARDIS and go back to 2010.

    So far, despite the capacitive touchscreen (like many people with decent nails, I find having to use the surface of my thumbs to type be a nuisance, and far less efficient and precise), I’m liking this phone. It’s intuitive, it sounds good, it’s not dropping calls, and it fits in my pocket, purse, etc. It feels solid. I don’t feel like it’s a huge step up from my 5530, but if it gives me faster connectivity, it’s worth it, especially on a goldbox deal.

    So why the missing star? The screen lifts off the phone. And this is the second phone (Thank you, Amazon, for being your own awesome selves when it comes to replacement!) But here’s the thing; despite this…despite the fact that, from the box, the screen is clearly not attached securely….I’m still debating keeping this phone, because even if the screen FALLS OFF, it’s still better than the bulky, fragile, cumbersome, unwieldy HTC One that I tried for two weeks.

    Pretty much because I can actually hold it securely one-handed, and fit it in my pocket.

    Update: so I bit the bullet, braced myself for horror, and superglued the screen to the chassis.

    Problem solved.

    Meanwhile, this phone continues to please. I’ve dropped it multiple times, gotten it wet, and generally mauled it, with barely even cosmetic injuries (one tiny dent in the aluminum backplate). Do buy a screencover, though…like so many touchscreens, actually touching it seems to result in immediate scratches.

    Navigation has been 99% awesome, with one glitchy misdirection outlier. Love the downloaded maps….so even if I don’t have signal, I can still find my way.

    The camera could do better at night, and extreme close ups aren’t going to happen, but it is quick; I love having a designated button.

    I added a 32 gb SSD. Super easy, and now I have buckets o’memory.

    The screens are very, VERY customizable, yet automatically grid to an appealing, tidy layout. Horizontal looks a bit messy; this phone is meant to be kept in an upright position, or at least primarily in one position or the other, but this seems like an inherent issue to screen rotation more than anything.

    Sound quality and volume, for a cell, are pretty damn good. People with higher cost phones are kind of stunned sometimes at the music belting from my little 700. You won’t be replacing a sound system with it, but if you want some tunes for a small group on a picnic, it does just fine.

    Voice functions, even through Vlingo, could be better. There’s a bit of lag to Vlingo, especially if you run on, and limited function to the built in. But since I don’t even like taking calls while driving, this is not really an issue. Voice activated Google searches have been surprisingly functional. Mostly. Sometimes not, to a hilarious degree. Is this a deal breaker? Pfft. If I wanted a conversation with my phone, I’d connect to a person through it.

    The recent software update included Office Mobile. I can now start a new Word doc from my teeny tiny cell…and with Swype, typing is easier than on my iPad. I can open my PDFs and PPTs effortlessly, view, even edit. Heck, there’s probably some means of using this phone during presentations. I keep discovering new things…. Most of which I then don’t use, because I have a half dozen other devices for those purposes. But if I’m ever stranded on a runway and I can’t reach my laptop, there it is; my bitty Nokia in my pocket can do a lot in a pinch.

    It’s too bad there’s no Netflix app. That’s one of the big drawbacks to going Nokia Belle; it’s not iOS, it’s not Android, so app availability may be limited. But most of the major functions I need are well met by the available apps. Meanwhile, my iPad was declared pbsolete and unupdatable by the lovely folks at APple after only 2 years, so it can’t get the newest apps either, and it most certainly doesn’t offer as much for free.

    I remain very, very pleased with this phone. Smug, even. I paid $130 and got something sturdier, smaller, more reliable, and just as functional, as the handheld tablets that seem to be the new trend in phones. I would buy this phone again in a heartbeat, and really wish it’d been on sale a year ago when my contract initially ran out. I recommend it to all my friends who aren’t looking for a monster screen. Could it be improved? Sure. But…

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