I've updated my rating of this product from original 1 star to 3 stars (11 months later) after the product firmware was updated.
Original review: =============== I'm an experienced smartphone user (previous Nokia E72, Android, iPhone, Blackberry). I so much wanted to love this phone C7/Astound because of its awesomely better mechanical design compared to the above phones, and I'm a fan of the Nokia radio/call quality compared to the above phones. But this C7 has been the most frustrating and most buggy phone I've ever had to use. I'm surprised it actually got out of Nokia Q/A (Quality Assurance), it is so full of bugs. I'm perplexed at so many positive reviews of this phone on other review sites including T-Mobile???
First, the GOOD things: -------------------- I love the Nokia C7 hardware design. That's why I got the C7 in first place. It's slim, solidly built unlike many of the plastic-y touchscreen phones and BB. And WHEN the phone can make...
So this phone, the Nokia Astound. It has a heck of a lot going for it - Ovi Maps is fantastic, Wifi calling (now free with t-mobile, as in won't use up your minutes), the updated software with Swype and a new browser, a great music player with an Fm Transmitter for folks like me who haven't got a 3.5mm jack socket in their car, an 8MP camera which, whilst not Auto Focus, is still good and I have taken some very good photo's with it. The graphics processor makes games, videos and animation smooth and the stereo speakers sound good (for cellphone speakers). So far so good. And this would be a 4 or 5 star device but...
The problems-well mostly, there are some software bugs that should be ironed out with the Symbian Anna update in June. I have had it crash several times, and had weird things happen with the lock screen, plus once had it think i had a headset connected when i didn't. Performance is huge and no-one wants to be rebooting their phone. Hence 3 star overall...
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