The Nokia C7 has been a great mainstream Symbian Belle smartphone for the last couple of years but we think it’s time to upgrade and the Nokia Lumia 820 running Windows Phone 8 is the perfect choice. Here we look at why you should switch from Nokia C7 to Nokia Lumia 820.
Nokia has stated that it will no longer be releasing Symbian based smartphones so switching to a Nokia Lumia device powered by Windows Phone 8 is the most logical choice. After all, you get to keep the fantastic build and eco-friendly brand you’ve always used, while at the same time taking advantage of the latest features and advances in design and technology.
Nokia C7 to Nokia Lumia 820: Screen
The Nokia C7 has a great AMOLED screen with Gorilla Glass and we’ve always been impressed with its 24-bit brightness but the 3.5-inch screen is starting to look a little small in todays big-screen market. Add to this, the display is a 360 x 640-pixel resolution and you’ll see the Nokia Lumia 820 has a clear edge.
The 4.3-inch display is also AMOLED but also comes with the latest Nokia ClearBlack screen technology, which means you can read it outdoors with ease on even the brightest of days. The 480 x 800-pixel resolution isn’t the biggest in the world but we’ve found the screen a pleasure to use and like the Nokia C7, the 24-bit colour depth gives a great range of bright colours on screen.
Nokia C7 to Nokia Lumia 820: Size and Weight
The larger screen of the Nokia Lumia 820 does mean that it’s bigger and heavier but due to advances in materials used and overall design, it’s not has big a difference as you’d think. The Nokia Lumia 820 weighs 160g and measures 123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9mm, which compared to the 135g of the Nokia C7, which is actually a little thicker measuring in at 117.3 x 56.8 x 10.5mm. So as you see, the larger screen doesn’t add too much to the overall size and weight of the Lumia but does give you more screen space to play with.
Nokia C7 to Nokia Lumia 820: Tech Spec
The Nokia C7 comes with a 680MHz single-core processor, which was fine for handling the Symbian Belle operating system backed by 256MB of RAM. However, fast forward to the present and the Nokia Lumia 820 comes with an energy saving 1.5GHz dual-core processor that is backed by 1GB of RAM. You’ll find the latest Windows Phone 8 operating system really flies and is fast and nimble whether surfing the web or playing the latest games.
When it comes to storage, the Nokia Lumia 820 packs 8GB of internal memory and is able to support up to 64GB of external storage courtesy of the microSD slot. There is also 7GB of SkyDrive online backup storage to be had for free. The Nokia C7 also manages to pack in 8GB of internal storage and while the microSD slot offers up to 32GB of external storage, so that’s something of a tie on the storage stakes but you won’t find SkyDrive bundled.
Nokia C7 to Nokia Lumia 820: Camera
On the surface, the Nokia C7 and the Nokia Lumia 820 have a similar camera, as both are rated as having a 8-Megapixel sensor. However, this is just the image size as once you start to look at what else the camera offers you’ll find the Nokia C7 is now a little behind the times.
The Nokia Lumia 820 offers a 4x digital zoom, compared to the 2x of the Nokia C7, while you’ll find the F-Stop/Aperture has switched from f/2.8 on the Nokia C7 to the more impressive f/2.2, even the focus range is now tighter with the Nokia Lumia 820 capable of 10cm, to infinity – the Nokia C7 has a rating of 50cm to infinity.
Video is another area that has been beefed up, as the Nokia Lumia 820 is capable of handling video capture at a rate of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is a great deal better than the 1280 x 720 pixels of the Nokia C7.
Overall, the multimedia aspects of the Nokia C7, which were once seen as pretty cutting-edge, have succumbed to the passage of time and while it’s still a great handset, if you’re in the mood for a switch, the Nokia Lumia 820 would seem the most practical.
If you’re making the switch from your Nokia C7 then we think the Nokia Lumia is the right move to make. What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below.