Nokia 700, World’s Smallest Smartphone, & a Very Cool Symbian Belle Trick!

Written by Mostafa Dafer on . Posted in Featured, Gadgets

Remember the old days when the coolest kid at school was the one with the smallest phone? Dubbed as: “The smallest smartphone in the world” , the Nokia 700 is a neatly packed tiny, yet powerful, handset. The build quality is as impressive as all phones by Nokia. It feels so lovely to hold, the weight is right & the size is tight! Despite the weight, the phone impresses us with it’s specs and features. Thanks to Nokia for sending us a device for a 2-weeks trial 🙂

Hardware:

The phone’s thin frame holds a 360 x 640 pixels (~229 ppi pixel density) 3.2-inch Gorilla Glass AMOLED Clearback multi-touchscreen along with a 5MP camera capable of shooting 720p@30fps video, and a loud speaker elegantly placed on the front bottom curve; Hidden beneath is a 1GHz ARM11 (1.3GHz after update), a 2D/3D Graphics HW Accelerator with OpenVG1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0 GPU, and 512MB of RAM.

It’s a real WOW how all these specs fits in a phone of Size: 110 x 50 x 9.7 mm & Weight (with battery): 96 g!

You can view the full specs list on GSMArena.

Camera:

The 5 Megapixels  fixed focus Camera along with LED flash was quite responsive. Here are some sample images, we’re sorry, during our trial we could only capture photos in cloudy environments, images would be of much higher quality in sunny environments… You may also process these photos using advanced image enhancing programs such as Adobe Photoshop or GIMP, these are original untouched photos (click on a photo to see the original untouched version, or download all original untouched samples here (some are not published)):



















All of the above images are compressed, click on an image to view the original untouched version or download all original untouched samples here (some are not published).

Gaming:

The Nokia 700 is definitely a great gaming phone, although its 360 x 640 pixels 3.2 inches screen shows the opposite. With 1 GHz ARM11 (1.3GHz after update) & 2D/3D Graphics HW Accelerator with OpenVG1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0 , games run as smoothly as possible! We have tried: SpiderMan, Assassin’s Creed , and Asphalt: Adrenaline 6. In addition, NFC adds great functionality to certain games.

Symbian Belle Operating System:

Symbian Belle is a very good OS. Make no mistake,  there is pretty much nothing that the iPhone can do that you couldn’t also do with a good Symbian phone; it’s true that the Apple Store is incredibly larger than the Symbian Ovi Store, but this definitely doesn’t mean that Symbian is a weak OS, on the contrary, this should force Nokia to encourage developers to create more Symbian apps. As always, operating systems include minor bugs that needs to be reported in order to get fixed, now here’s one:

If you have your contacts saved on your SIM Card instead of your phone memory, the voice command will not be able to find them. Now here’s the settings I was using when I found this bug:

Contacts to display: several memories (Phone memory & SIM memory)
Default saving memory: SIM Memory
Now the name of the contact is X, we can see X in the contacts (saved on the SIM Card), but if we search for X using the sound command it returns “No match found”. This is because (as I have realized) that the voice command only searches the phone memory neglecting the SIM Card although I have set the default memory to the SIM card and not to the phone memory.

Solution: As long as no update that fixes this bug is announced, you must copy your contacts to your phone’s memory instead of keeping them on the SIM card only.


Cool Symbian Belle Trick:

  1- Go to Settings

2- Select Phone

3- Select Voice Commands

4- Open Settings

5- Change automatically accept to manual:

6- Start voice command (using the shortcut on the main screen or by holding the call key)

7- Just give any command or simply say a contact’s name
Now wait till the phone is locked (or you can manually lock it down)

The screen brightens up instead of turning off… now you’ve got an apparently damaged touch-screen!

Actually I found this out by coincidence after I used the voice command to copy a contact’s number… I was shocked when I tried to use the phone again after sometime (it was automatically locked) 😉

 Solution: As long as no update that fixes this bug is announced, you’ll not be able to fix it (who wants to fix it anyway :-P).

Frequently Asked Questions:

Note: These answers represent my personal point of view (not official ;-)).

1- Why did Nokia announce this phone after the Nokia Giants N8 & N9?

The Nokia 700 is a most appealing Symbian Belle device with 512MB of RAM and 1GB of ROM, while the N8 is of 256MB RAM and 512GB ROM (it’s camera is great though, 12MP). The N9 runs on Meego, by which a lot of users preferred Symbian OS, you can read our review on it here.

2-Are You sure that this is the smallest officially announced phone?

Actually it’s the smallest officially announced “SMARTphone”, not the smallest phone.

3-Why would I buy a Symbian phone when Nokia is planning to stop supporting the Symbian OS by 2016?

Come on, now you must be kidding. So what if Nokia Stops supporting the Symbian OS by 2016? I mean that’s after 4 years from now, stopping support doesn’t mean your phone’s death… it means that you wouldn’t get anymore updates by then, but who cares? In four years you would probably buy a new, better, more powerful, and probably slimmer phone. No one can deny it, as technology is progressing incredibly everyday!

4-How to use unsigned apps (solution for “certificate error”) on Nokia Phones: 

You can view our previous post here.

Special Thanks to: Hazem from Nokiaconnects, Ramzi Khayat for taking great photos of the phone for us, Moalla Ilani for capturing Sample images, and Mahmoud Basho for sending us the images for simplifying the “Belle OS Trick” procedure 🙂

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Mostafa Dafer

Computer & Communication Eng. Stdnt. Founder & CEO of CoolesTech Knows Arabic; English, learning French, Chinese, and Japanese Email:Mostafa@coolestech.com

Comments (45)

  • moallailani

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    Amazing Phone I had the honor to use it for several days

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    • Mostafa Dafer

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      You’re totally right Moalla, but I guess that big handed guys wouldn’t tolerate it much 🙂

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      • moallailani

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        absolutely not, it’s not about big hands its about professional hands, i faced zero accidents while using the phone with taking into consideration that nokia used the Gorilla glass as u mentioned above that reduces the risk of damaging the phone. 1 point for nokia & iphone ;).

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        • Mostafa Dafer

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          The gorilla glass isn’t an obstacle… On the contrary, it’s an excellent (or even the best commercial) glass in terms of anti-scratch and accuracy…And you’re wrong, 1 point for Nokia, 0 points for iPhone (Apple doesn’t use Corning Gorilla Glass 😉 )

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          • moallailani

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            Ah so sorry “iPhone is promising a similar, indestructible style of screen — one that’s curiously similar to Gorilla glass.” I was shocked because at the university guys where talking about iphone has gorilla glass. sorry nokia +1 for glass & -1 for skype =00 but hope skype issue will be resolved soon although skype is invlolved & responsible about this issue!!

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            • Mostafa Dafer

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              Ah yes, actually facts of the iPhone aren’t found with “Guys At My University”… iPhone is more like “I have an iPhone so I’m cool”, Period. If you read about the iPhone (while being NEUTRAL) and compare it with other phones you’d see that every phone has it’s own cons and pros…. There’s no one single phone that is “The Best Phone in the World, get one for xxxx$”. Hope you understand my point. And sorry iPhone defenders, don’t mean to insult 🙂

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  • moallailani

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    What I really disliked about the Nokia 700 that there’s no VIDEO CALL ON SKYPE which is a big disadvantage with respect to me; here a plus point goes to the iPhone. But in general the phone was amazing and anyways i think nokia will rethink in making video call skype on the nokia 700.
    Hope so !!!

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    • Mostafa Dafer

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      Nokia isn’t the one to blame… it’s skype. Yes, since the problem is with the app itself…However, the Nokia 700 comes with no secondary camera for video calls 🙁 so even if skype had a video call feature you would still not be able to make a video call comfortably…

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      • moallailani

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        Are you convincing me not to buy the phone? haha At least i was some how optimistic concerning this issue. because i strongly need skype on phone!! only if there’s another app. that will goes in that job!!!

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        • Mostafa Dafer

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          haha, actually I’m neutral (I assure you that I don’t get paid by Nokia, at least not till this moment lol 😛 )… I show you the phone as is, you decide whether to buy it or not 😉

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  • Othman Annan

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    7abbet hal phone nezel 3a lobnan walla ba3ed?? wol Price ???

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  • moallailani

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    I think its found in the Lebanese Market and price 300$ or more I think 😉

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  • Ǩhalil Koros

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    super small and HD why by the way inthe first img is that Hcu Grass.

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    • Mostafa Dafer

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      IT's not HD, it's 360 x 640 pixels (~229 ppi pixel density), but it can run HD Games (or so I think). LOL, yes it's HCU Grass, 😛

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  • Mohamad Naddi

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    thxx 5aye mostafa 3ala hal preview kteer 7eloo allah ya3tek l3afye elak w la kol le shta8alo ma3aak … Tyeb w sho ra2yak bl E7 :chic: …

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  • رورو

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    :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes:

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  • omar

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    gr8 phone but somehow expensive, i have an N8 , best phone ever, can be found in 340$ in all marketplaces , dnt forget a 12mp HD cam, google it ull find a huge difference.

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    • Mostafa Dafer

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      I have written the main difference between N8 & 700, The Nokia 700 is a most appealing Symbian Belle device with 512MB of RAM and 1GB of ROM, while the N8 is of 256MB RAM and 512GB ROM (it’s camera is great though, 12MP). I think that 700 is about 280$ only… 🙂

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  • Abo Ǯobayda

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    مدهش!
    كيف صوتو منيح أبو صطيف ؟.

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    • Mostafa Dafer

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      صوته ممتاز، مش عالي كتير بس كمان صافي، ما تسمع خشة… كمان تقدر تستعمل برامج خاصة لترفع الصوت لو ما عاجبك كتير 🙂

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    • Abo Ǯobayda

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      Mostafa Dafer مممم حلو… بس عم بدور على جهاز نوكيا بنظام belle يكون صوتو عااالي يا ترى هل هو موجود؟

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      • Mostafa Dafer

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        والله ما أعرف… لكن N8 صوته ممتاز جربته يا ترى؟

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    • Abo Ǯobayda

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      Mostafa Dafer لا والله ما جربته .. لكن اذا مثل ما بتقول خلاص وقع الاختيار…..
      شكرا ..

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      • Mostafa Dafer

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        شكراً على ثقتك لكن لو تشوف أكثر… أنا ما جربت كل هواتف Belle…

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    • Abo Ǯobayda

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      Mahmoud Basho Thank you .. Do you recommend it then?

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      • Mahmoud Basho

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        From my own experience with Nokia phone… I recommend it due to its comfortable size and lovely shape.

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  • Omary Maq

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    helo kteer

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  • omar

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    N8 has its new belle software update on nokia ovi. talking about processors, nokia never tilted in my hands though i downloaded all apps. found on ovi store, its been with me for more than 9 mnths. non happened, gorilla screen(youtube it) , anti scratch back, also (youtube it) , dnt forget that from 2 yrs. when the N8 was found in shops it was 670$, see the difference from 670$ and 280$ for a new brand phone 😉

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    • Mostafa Dafer

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      N8 is a great phone 🙂 but the processor and RAM aren’t just for preventing lags or freezes…

      Actually, Symbian Carla for example (newer than Belle) are available for 1GHz CPUs only (700 is 1GHz)… Symbian Donna is only available for Dual Core Processors…

      In addition, Nokia 701, 700 and 603 are to get Belle Feature Pack 1, same as 808 PureView (Symbian^3 will also be updated to FP1 but not with the full features) ….

      700 also uses Gorilla Glass (I’m not going to repeat what I’ve already written in this post here). And no, you can’t compare phones this way, you can’t say when N8 was first released it cost x$ but when this was first release it cost y$, times do change.

      PS: If you are really impressed by powerful camera phones then you must see the
      Nokia 808 PureView with 41MP camera here

      I understand that everyone loves his own gadgets no matter what 😉

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  • محمد المعاني

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    كم سعرو بل اردن + كم ذاكرتو الداخليه.

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    • Mostafa Dafer

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      لا أعرف السعر في الأردن، لكن الذاكرة الداخلية هي Internal Memory2GB و 1GB Rom، ويستحمل حتى 32GB ذاكرة خارجية 🙂

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  • Khalil Dafer

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    great!

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  • omar

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    no doubt Nokia 808 pureview is the best phone worldwide, be sure that whenever possible in lebanon ill buy immediately 😀 , nokia forever

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    • Mostafa Dafer

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      والله ما أعرف بالظبط لكن بحدود 250$

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  • sara sarita

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    ?:-) كم تمن في المغرب

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    • Mostafa Dafer

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      والله ما أعرف بالظبط لكن بحدود 250$ :-))

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      • Moalla Ilani

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        هذا الهاتف رائع بكل معنى الكلمة أنصح بشرائة أو ما رأيكم

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