Nokia X7-00 Review: The Stealth Xpress: Video Recording, Video Quality Comparison, Connectivity, Browser

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Good 720p video capture

The Nokia X7 shoots in 720p resolution at 25 fps and offers digital image stabilization. Clips are stored as MP4 files. Unlike the still camera, the video capturing camera actually fares pretty well.

The videos are shot in pretty high bitrate - about 12Mbps. The amount of resolved detail is fine enough, colors see nice and noise levels are kept reasonably low. Videos hit the 25fps taracquire correct on the imprint and there are no repeated frames either.

Finally you acquire a smart digital zoom in video mode just like on the Nokia N8. It means that you can zoom in to about 2.5x without losing detail. It's pretty impressive if you think about it and the fact that the X7 is one of the very few handsets to have it earns it an extra point.

The video-recording capabilities of the X7 create up gigantic time for the poor still imaging.







Video recorder interface

Here’s a video sample from the Nokia X7 – 720p@25fps (10s, 15.6MB). That may seem a bit gigantic for a 10 second video, but that's the price you pay for the higher bitrate.

Also, you can check out this longer sample we've uploaded to YouTube. There's one more sample - we shot our res chart and zoomed in to show you the effect.

Video quality comparison

We entered the Nokia X7 in our Video Compare Tool database too and put it head to head with other 720p mobile camcorders.

The X7 performed very well in our synthetic video quality tests. It handled the switch from light to blackvery quickly and the quality remained fine even in the poorly lit scene. The resolution chart also points to fine resolution for a 720p video, but there's a noticeable pink spot in the middle.





Nokia X7 in the Video Compare Tool

Good connectivity but lacks video output

The Nokia X7 is a accurate globe trotter. All kinds of network connectivity options are at your disposal - quad-band General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) and EDGE along with penta-band 3G with HSPA. You can go pretty much anywhere in the world where there's Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) or UMTS signal and connect. The 3G is pretty quick too with 10.2Mbps downlink and 2Mbps uplink.

Universal Serial Bus (USB) is version 2.0, with the standard microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port capable of charging the phones besides transferring data. We already covered the Universal Serial Bus (USB) On-The-Go functionality, but just for the record, we had very small distress connecting to Universal Serial Bus (USB) mass storage devices - phones (including Andoids), card readers and thumb drives. Unpopular cards were a problem though but how often would you need to connect a CF card anyway.

Bluetooth connectivity is version 3.0 with stereo support and there's a WirelessN-enabled Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) radio.

The microSD card slot can be used for transferring data to and from your X7. The tray system used to houtilize the card is quite a nuisance though.

The one disappointing side of the otherwise excellent connectivity on the Nokia X7 is the lack of microHDMI port found on the N8 and surprisingly even SD TV-Out via the 3.5mm audio jack.

Much improved web browser

The web browser has been a sore weak spot in touch-enabled Symbians so you'll be pleased to hear that Symbian Anna fixes a lot of the issues. Also, the 4" classy screen of the Nokia X7 makes it a remarkable candidate to show off the best of the changes that Anna brought.






The browser in Symbian Anna has received much needed polish

The Nokia X7 browser has fine page rendering and offers some nice features such as different font sizes (5 options), auto fill-in of web forms and a password manager. Panning is relatively smooth but zooming can be a small slow at times, taking a second to redraw the page content after you zoom out.

Some of the nagging problems in the browser were fixed too - you can now open a recent tab easily (why it took Nokia this long to implement this we'll never know) and it takes you only one tap to acquire to the popup menu with the most useful browser options (it used to hold two taps, which is one too many).

Along with the popup menu's shortslit on the correct of the screen, there's also an always-visible back button on the left. They are quite small and don't cover much of the screen. It used to be that you needed two taps to go back a page too - once to create the back button visible and once to press it.

Back still uses the 3D stack of page thumbnails to let you choose how many steps back you want to go (it's an option that you can turn off if you prefer to go back one step directly).





Going landscape • the popup menu • opening recent tabs is now possible

Another thing we're really pleased to see is how the QWERTY keyboard integrates with the browser. You can utilize the portrait QWERTY to start entering an URL and the list recommended sites pops up immediately. The previous classy screen required going back and forth between screens, which was pretty much unusable.

The Find-on-page feature enables keyword search. The visual hitale is a nice bonus that can assist you find a page you've visited more easily. There's also a popup blocker.

Double tapping on a chunk of text zooms it in on screen, but again, the text doesn't auto fit to the smaller viewport and you still need to scroll sideways.

The Flash Lite 4.0 support is enough for playing Flash, but it’s not as impressive a performer as the desktop-grade Adobe Flash 10.3 for Android 2.2 and up. YouTube videos played inline in the browser but they used the mobile version (240p) of the video, which is heavily compressed. Flash games wouldn't work.

You can also choose to switch Flash off to slit down on loading times and save some data traffic.



YouTube plays inline but only the mobile version of the video stream

Overall, Symbian Anna pushes the web browser very far ahead of what it used to be. Symbian^3 users can't acquire the update quick enough, the incompatibility really is night and day. Still, the browser is not quite as fine as Mobile Safari or the Android 2.2+ browser.


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