Nokia E7 vs. T-Mobile G2 – Review

by Jerry D on September 21, 2010

Nokia’s E7 business phone has some good specs on paper, but does it fare in a straight fight against another handset with a QWERTY keyboard? Enter the HTC-built T-Mobile G2 (aka Desire Z). Who’s going to remain standing at the end of this one?

Connectivity:

In terms of wireless connectivity, the stylish Nokia E7 includes 3G/HSDPA (10.2 Mbps), a triple-hit of 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, plus Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. HTC has stuffed the G2 with 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. So there’s not much between them in this first round. (1-1)

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Size & Weight:

As for size and weight, the E7 is the thinner of the two cellphones, measuring 13.6mm to the T-Mobile G2′s 15.0mm. Weigh the two phones and the E7 weighs 176g, while the T-Mobile G2 is far heftier at 184g. It’s one of the heaviest phones we’ve seen since the 220g Dell Streak. (2-1)

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Camera:

The E7′s camera boasts a 8.0 Megapixel resolution. Frills include a fixed focus lens, dual LED flash, geotagging, face detection and HD video recording (720p). The highest resolution it supports is 3264 x 2448 pixels. For video calls, there’s also a second, front-mounted camera.

Despite its autofocus, LED flash and HD video recording (720p) capabilities, the T-Mobile G2′s 5.0 Megapixel package loses out in this round. (3-1)

Here’s how the raw technology of the cameras compare*.

1.0MP – 1280 x 960 pixels
2.0MP – 1600 x 1200 pixels
3.1MP – 2048 x 1536 pixels
5.0MP – 2592 x 1944 pixels (T-Mobile G2)
8.0MP – 3264 x 2448 pixels (Nokia E7)
10.0MP – 3872 x 2592 pixels
12.0MP – 4290 x 2800 pixels
16.0MP – 4920 x 3264 pixels

*These are typical resolutions. Actual resolutions may vary

Screen/keyboard:

The design of Nokia’s E7 features a roomy 4.0-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED screen, with a ho-hum resolution of 360 by 640 pixels. The pixels per inch (PPI) measurement here is 183.5, which isn’t particularly thrilling (at least not when the iPhone 4 scores 326+). Nokia has paired the E7′s screen with a neat, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, which is ideal for business users.

View the best mobile displays in The ‘pixel density’ league table

T-Mobile G2′s touch-sensitive LCD screen is smaller at 3.7 inches and boasts a resolution of 400 x 800 pixels. Taking this and the screen size into account, the pixel density is far higher – 252.162 pixels per inch. The G2 also features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, which is mounted on a new ‘Z’-hinge. Let’s call this round a tie. (3-1)

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Performance:

As for the processors and operating systems, the E7 boasts a 680MHz ARM 11 processor. The T-Mobile G2 has an Snapdragon MSM7230 (with an extra Adreno 205 graphic co-processing chip) that’s rated at 800MHz. Symbian ^3 is the OS of choice for the E7 – it’s one of four new Nokia phones that run the software, which has yet to prove its worth. The T-Mobile G2, meanwhile, runs the extremely capable Android 2.2 build known as ‘Froyo’. (3-3)

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Storage:

The 16GB in the E7 trumps the 12GB capacity of the T-Mobile G2. But strangely there’s no expansion slot on the E7, so the base memory can’t be extended. The 12GB storage capacity on T-Mobile’s phone can be expanded to 36GB via the microSD slot. The G2 snatches back another point and snatches the lead. (3-4)

Battery life:

With an overnight charge, Nokia claims 9.0 hours of talktime for the E7, compared to 6.5 hours for the T-Mobile G2. Standby times are 432 hours and 420 hours respectively. The point goes to the E7 this time, edging it back ahead just before the final round… (4-4)

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Extras:

The E7 also includes onboard 3D graphics acceleration, GPS/A-GPS (with free Ovi Maps), a digital compass, Flash support, an FM radio (with RDS) plus a TV-out/HDMI connection. The T-Mobile G2 features GPS/A-GPS, a digital compass, FM radio, pinch and zoom functionality and Swype. (4-4)

It’s a tie!

The E7 and the G2 can’t be separated at the end of this fight. (4-4). Nokia lands good punches with the highest-spec camera and the most memory out of the box (even though this can’t be upgraded). It’s also got a bigger display than than the G2, although the resolution is lower. In terms of size, it’s also thinner and lighter than its rival. But all these good technical specs will be for nothing if the Symbian ^3 OS can’t compete with Android…

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