Nokia C7 (aka Nokia Astound) vs. HTC Desire S – Review

by Jerry D on March 29, 2011

Another day, another big phone fight, another clash of the telephonic titans. This back-alley brawl pits the Nokia C7 (now available in a new ‘Nokia Astound’ flavour) against the HTC Desire S. The two phones circle each other warily. Who will strike the first blow?

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Stat-fight: Nokia C7 (aka Nokia Astound) vs. HTC Desire S

Highlights: the Nokia C7 (also known as the Nokia Astound) features a 3.5-inch AMOLED display with a decent resolution of 360 x 640 pixels. It also boasts an 8.0 MP digital camera, although almost scuppers it with a fixed-focus lens. The opposing HTC Desire S boasts a slightly bigger 3.7-inch (480 x 800 pixel) S-LCD and its 5.0 MP camera can’t match the raw megapixels of the C7/Astound. See the full smartphone comparison below…

Nokia C7 (aka Nokia Astound) VS HTC Desire S
Display 3.5-inch AMOLED 3.7-inch S-LCD
Resolution 360 x 640 pixels 480 x 800 pixels
Keyboard No No
Processor 680MHz ARM 11 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon
Software Symbian ^3 Android 2.3 with HTC Sense
Storage Up to 40GB Up to 32GB
Rear camera 8.0 Megapixels with Fixed focus lens, dual LED flash, geotagging, face detection and HD video recording (720p) 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, an LED flash, geotagging and 720p HD video recording
Front camera Yes Yes
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA (10.2 Mbps) 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP
Size 56.8 x 117.3 x 10.5mm 59.8 x 115.0 x 11.6mm
Weight 130g 130g
Talktime 9.5 hours 7.0 hours
Standby 552 hours 455 hours

Analysis: Nokia C7 (aka Nokia Astound) vs. HTC Desire S


Best Connectivity: Draw (1-1)
Best Size/Weight: C7 (aka Nokia Astound) (2-1)
Best Camera/Video: Draw (3-2)
Best Display: Desire S (3-3)
Best Processor: Desire S (3-4)
Best Software: Desire S (3-5)
Best Storage: C7 (aka Nokia Astound) (4-5)
Best Battery life: C7 (aka Nokia Astound) (5-5)
Best Extras: C7 (aka Nokia Astound) (6-5)

BPF Verdict: The Nokia C7/Astound) wins!

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