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Nokia 7210 Supernova Review

 

Nokia 7210 Supernova Review

 
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Nokia's Supernova series continues to grow each year with various handsets usually targeting people looking for a stylish mid-budget mobile phone. The series already features five models, but other Supernovas are in the making, which will probably be seen on the market this year. While not the latest launched, Nokia 7210 can be considered one of the highlights of the series because of its design and price. If you're not used to see slim Nokia handsets, then you'll be surprised to check out Nokia 7210 Supernova.

Design


Nokia 7210 Supernova is one of the nice surprises coming from the Finnish handset manufacturer, in terms of design. If you're looking for a cheap, stylish and slim mobile phone, then this is one of the Nokia's I would recommend. I held in my hand the Bubble Gum Pink, but the pink color was only applied on the stripe that frames the devices and on the keys. The white/pink combination looks extremely cool for a girl. Still, there are other nice color combinations for you to decide upon. The phone is made of plastic, very well polished, nice to the touch, with no sense of cheapness. Even if it's not one of those under 10mm thickness handsets, its measures (106 x 45 x 10.6mm) make it one of the slimmest phones made by Nokia.

The candybar is also very light, weighing only 88.8g (including battery). There are few external keys placed on the sides of the phone to make it more appealing. Even if the lack of dedicated camera or volume keys will considerably lower its functionality, let's not forget that this is just a mid-budget mobile phone. Therefore, Nokia 7210 Supernova features only a small charger port on the left side, while the microUSB and 2.5mm jack ports are placed on top of the phone. There's also a small click button on top of the phone that enables users to pull out the back cover.

The 2 Megapixel camera can be found on the back of the phone, as well as the three loudspeakers. If you're wondering whether this phone features a microSD slot card, then the answer is 'Yes.' To be able to access it, you need to pull out the back cover and check the small slot on the upper part of the right side of the phone, right under the SIM slot. The keypad on the front is one of the main drawbacks of the device. The buttons look nice and are separated by a thin pink thumb. Unfortunately, they're very hard to press, no matter what you do.

There's no time limit that will make you get used to the keypad, as the keys simply won't budge when you want to text fast. The same goes for the big D-pad. Because of the compound used, the phone is protected against fingerprints and that includes the small display. Overall, Nokia 7210 Supernova looks solid enough to endure soft drops, but its solid construction won't save it from damage in case you intend to throw it on a wall.

Display and Camera

Nokia 7210 Supernova features a very small 2 inch TFT display, supporting 262k color and 240x320 pixel resolution. Besides its small size, I had trouble trying to distinguish something on the screen when outdoors in strong light. Sadly, the quality of the image displayed is well under the standards that Nokia usually offers to its customers. Browsing on such a small screen, almost unreadable under the sunlight, is another big issue of the handset.
 
The 2 Megapixel camera lacks auto-focus and flash capabilities, but at least it can record videos. The maximum resolution available is 1600x1200 pixels for pictures and 176x144 pixels for movies (15 fps).

Camera interface doesn't come up with anything new; it's pretty standard and straightforward. There are the usual settings such as Effects (False colors, Sepia, Greyscale, Negative, Solarise), White Balance (Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent), Landscape mode, Self-timer, Sounds. The camera lens is somewhat protected by the metallic plate that surrounds it.

The phone doesn't feature a dedicated camera button, so you'll have to use the big, hard to press, D-pad. Moreover, after getting some pictures, I was convinced that Nokia should've delivered the device without a camera module.

The pictures are simply horrible, and like that's not enough, it takes about 10 seconds to save one. This is one of the few phones to feature such low quality camera I have ever met; it's like the manufacturer didn't test it at all.

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