Nokia 700 Preview: First Look: Web Browser, First Impressions

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Browser improved, a bit

The browser interface n Symbian Belle has been shuffled a bit, resulting in improved usability but it’s nothing major.

On top you have the URL bar, which auto-hides ones you start navigating the page. Once you start typing a "Search for..." pop-up lets you choose one of several search engines (Google and Bing are offered in most locations).






Symbian Belle brings refined browser UI

At the bottom you have a fixed row with five shortcuts - Back, Forward, Bookmarks, Tabs and Menu. The addition of the Tabs shortslit makes managing multiple pages easier - in earlier versions you had to go through the popup menu, adding a few extra clicks.

The popup menu itself is pretty much the same - you acquire RSS feeds, find on page, Most visited and other options, along with a "More" option, which brings the final set of options for the browser (but you'd rarely need to utilize those).

Text reflow is supported, which makes reading sites meant for desktop that much easier on the mobile screen. Kinetic scrolling is also available.




Browser supports text reflow • Browser in landscape mode

The browser supports FlashLite 4 and promises to play YouTube videos at 360p, but we'll leave those tests for the review when we have more time and a phone with final software.

The browser felt fluid and quick when we panned around a page and zoomed in and out. We didn’t really

see any pages break either.

Nokia has spruced up the Symbian browser in Belle and claim it's now three times faster. We couldn’t verify that claim as we couldn’t find a benchimprint that worked well on both Anna and Belle. We'll try again for the review, maybe we'll find a benchimprint that works properly on both by then.

First impressions

The updated Symbian Belle is not news any more - we mean not after our Nokia 701 preview and an in-depth software review. The Nokia 700 however, is. It's fine news for loyal upgraders. It must be fine news too for some of the unfaithful who might want to discontinue an afhonest and come back home.

The Nokia 700 is the second phone to carry the recent Symbian Belle. It's also the company's second 1Giga Hertz (GHz) Symbian smartphone. Upon a casual glance, it's bound to always be second best. It seems the updated software and the recent 1Giga Hertz (GHz) Central Processing Units (CPU) is all there is to it. That and the NFC pairing abilities. The rest of the specs are reasonable but nothing we haven't seen before.

Still there's no way for such a good-looking phone to live in anyone's shadow. We've seen plenty of beautifully designed and well-built phones from Nokia but the Nokia 700 has that rare bit of magic, which is hard to define - and resist.

Out of the two latest Symbian smartphones, the Nokia 701 is the better-equipped while the Nokia 700 is the better-looking. Two solid performers are about to give Nokia a solid boost in the midrange. Neither is mind-blowing but you'd do well to haged an eye on both. Especially on the slim and stylish Nokia 700. We'd gladly have both of them back for a full review of course but a small bias doesn't harm once in a while. Don't blame us - it's the Nokia 700.


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