Nokia E7 seems to be a promising business device with all the hardware capabilities I want and most of the gadget junkies like me want.
E7 has the new Symbian^3 operating system ,Clear Black Display,8 Mega Pixel Camera,slide out QWERTY key board,wi-fi,blue tooth and all the connectivity you need now,4” AMOLED screen ,256 MB of RAM. All the specs are better than a high priced Nokia N97 ,and hopefully error less .
But the problem is as we mentioned all ready the Fixed Focus Camera E7 has. The main reason to go for a Nokia hi end device is ,the hardware richness . You don’t need to carry many gadgets with you ,as most of us gave up lot of gadgets after using the Nokia phones.
I scan a lot of documents using N97’s(earlier N80’s,N95’s and Xpress music 5800’s Cameras)close up mode and email during my office communications. I planned to move to E7 ,but I will loss this feature badly.
E7 will offer you a long short capability and anything less than half a meter will be blurry in your shots.E7’s cam using a better technology called Extended Depth of Field (EDoF) to get better photo graphs ,so Nokia says that you don’t expect a very common fixed camera here in E7.But I dont see much hope in using some new terms instead of new definite technology .
In brief, Nokia agrees(see the answers by Nokia’s employee at the support forums ) that the E7’s camera is not capable of Macro shots and close up shots. You cannot take close up photos of your lovable faces ,flowers ,objects in the office ,on your desk etc..,then what is the point of keeping a camera with 8 mega pixel in your pocket .Nokia may expect you to have two phones as one is your primary and another one for snap purposes only.
In the net ,Symbiandreams started this issue very early to discuss and I can see it growing further in other blogs and forums as well .
The following table simply illustrates the differences between the Nokia Camera technologies (between fixed and auto focus,between c7,e72,e7,e63 etc )Thanks to Steve Litchfield at allaboutsymbian.com for the table.
We thought that Nokia may have a very special reason to have a fixed focus camera on E7 ,and tried to communicate with Nokia ,all attempts failed(even no reply for the press enquires ) as the subject was Nokia E7’s Cam. We got reply from Nokia indirectly(some one working for Nokia) that no reply will come regarding this at this point of time. May be their marketing related issues.
Nokia may have a policy that the N series should have all the perks of the hardware /Software as they maintain that as a BMW series. But they should consider the mass failure of Nokia N97 and if they really want to compensate the customers,they should offer a device similar to N97 with some better specs like E7 has and with a better camera .
We predict ,that we will have an E7-i or E7 mini with autofocus cam soon after E7 release (Or Nokia may have plans to release a similar device with different name and Auto focus sooner ).