Summary

Our Score

7/10

User Score

Review Price £279.00

Nokia 700 - Built-In Apps, Browsing and Maps

The Nokia 700 may not come across as an app king when sat next to an iPhone 4 or an Android like the HTC Wildfire S, but it can do quite a bit sans a trip to the Nokia Store. Twitter and Facebook are integrated into the Social app, there are built-in iPlayer and YouTube apps, Shazam, a video editor, Vlingo voice commands and - our favourite - a voice synthesiser to read your SMS messages, among others.

Apps menu

All these apps live within a vertical scrolling main menu. Like the home screens, this has been thoroughly overhauled in the latest iteration of Symbian. Clunky-looking icons have been replaced with better rounded-off ones, providing a snazzier look. These icons can be organised as you like, with completely manual positioning and support for folders. Any app fans will want to use the latter, as the 3-icon columns mean it's easy to turn the apps menu into a mile-long list.

Some built-in apps are a bit frivolous, a bit niche, but others are desperately important. Mercifully, the basics of social network integration are decent. The Social app lets you view the latest updates from Facebook and Twitter as a single stream, or delve deeper into the content of the two networks - messages, events, @replies and so on. As we saw with the Nokia 700's widgets, it's not a desperately attractive app but functions well, with a look that's a step above the standard set by the dark old days of Symbian.

Facebook

The standard web browser has been given some significant - and much-needed - UI improvements since Symbian^3's retail launch in 2010. There's now a static nav bar at the bottom of the screen, removing the need to constantly bring up the menu manually.

The nav bar offers back and forward buttons, a bookmark shortcut, access to tabs and a button to bring up the expanded options menu. This offers slightly lesser-used things like Feeds, History, link sharing and the option to add a bookmark. You can choose whether you want the Nokia 700 to use Google or Bing too, which is nice.

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The phone's touchscreen is happy to perform multi-touch gestures like pinch zooming, and text re-rendering is quick. One sadly missing feature is full Flash 10.1 support - the Nokia 700 makes do with the relatively limited Flash lite 4.0. The 1GHz processor could have coped with the strain too. Ho hum.
Maps

Maps. Not Ovi Maps.


Like any GPS-enabled Nokia smartphone, it comes with Maps - previously Ovi Maps - pre-installed. And it's just as great as ever. For many people, it won't seem much better or worse than rivals like Google Maps, but it is a little bit special. It's a pro at pre-loading maps using the phone's memory (inc. SD cards). You can download maps over Wi-Fi so they don't have to load over slow (and often costly) 3G while you're out. Having cached maps also makes dashing across large areas within Maps super-quick - which the 1GHz processor also has no trouble with.

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