Nokia 7100 Supernova review: Nokia 7100 Supernova

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CNET Editors' Rating

2 stars Mediocre
Pricing Unavailable

The Good Big buttons are easy to press; springy slider; stereo Bluetooth support; Opera Mini Web browser; FM radio.

The Bad Poor photo and video quality; non-standard headphone jack; flimsy headphones; small screen with fewer-than-average colours; paltry 4MB of memory; no USB cable for syncing.

The Bottom Line It's not bad-looking, but the Nokia 7100 Supernova only offers a rock-bottom range of features. Its 1.3-megapixel camera takes grainy, dark snaps and, with only 4MB of memory, it can't store many photos or songs. But it does have a decent keyboard, so, if you're just looking to make calls and send texts, and you like its looks, it could be worth a gander

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The Nokia 7100 Supernova won't provoke any exploding fireballs of excitement, but it covers the basic features and won't break the bank. This shiny, simple slider phone is available on pay as you go with T-Mobile for around £70.

Looking shiny
The 7100 looks good for such an inexpensive phone, with a glossy finish and brightly-coloured trim that might appeal to the fashion-conscious teen with some pocket money to spend. Our model was billed as red, but it's as pink as a bag of candyfloss in a ballerina costume.

The slide mechanism is springy and, although the back cover feels rather flimsy, the phone feels solidly put-together. The keypad buttons are easy to press, giving a satisfying click, and they're well spaced-out and relatively large. The five-way function button is as big as a 5p coin, which makes the 7100 a good choice for meaty-fingered users.

The 7100 feels well-built, with relatively large buttons and a springy slide mechanism

The 7100 also has a dedicated camera button on the side, but there's an almost identical button shape on the opposite side that doesn't do anything. It reminds us of the blank spaces on car dashboards where the manufacturers have left room for more features in a higher-end model. It could also be confusing when you're trying to launch the camera quickly.

Through a glass darkly
We didn't think much of the 7100's 1.3-megapixel camera, which takes grey and dingy photos, even in the brightly-lit CNET UK towers. Images are noisy, and the camera's too sluggish to take snapshots of anything that moves faster than a marble statue. Over 2 seconds of shutter lag meant that, by the time the camera captured a photo, our subject had moved on and we'd lost interest in them anyway.

If you think that the camera takes bad pictures, wait till you see its video

The 7100's video-capture capability is even worse, delivering jerky, pixellated playback that's barely good enough to be featured in a road-safety campaign. Combine that with a small, 51mm (2-inch) screen and you won't be creating any Oscar-worthy home videos with this phone.

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Nokia 7100 Supernova

Part Number: CNETNokia 7100 Supernova

Typical Price: £70.00

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