So, on to the 2-megapixel camera. There is a flash, which is potentially handy, and 8x digital zoom, which is less so. A side key starts the camera running then shoots images. You’ve got a fair selection of effects (greyscale, sepia, negative, solarise and so on), and can play a little with the white balance choosing auto, daylight, tungsten or fluorescent settings.
Image quality is passable but no more. The coloured dish, shot as ever under normal household lighting with the flash off but other settings on auto mode, is a little dark and grainy. Outdoors the passion flower shows how, as is so often the case, brilliant whites give the sensor problems. It just can’t sort out the exposure settings to fit the colour and brightness variations of the subject. The apples are a lot better, though here too the photo lacks sharpness.
There is a Web browser but I wouldn’t advocate it as a key selling point of this handset. The screen is just too small at two diagonal inches to really do Web sites much justice. Mobile email is supported, though it may be that you should look at 3G handsets and/or larger screens if this is your thing.
There is a notes application, timer, stopwatch, to do list manager and calendar as well as four games which include a Sudoku clone and Snake III. Bluetooth is built in, and the 7500 Prism sports Nokia Sensor – a Bluetooth application designed to help you form ad hoc social networks.
In the end Nokia’s 7500 Prism is average on the outside, average on the inside, and sadly not the shining gem that it initially promises to be.