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Nokia 7100 Supernova review: Nokia 7100 Supernova

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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.

Soft rock
The 7100 has a 2.5mm headphone jack, and no adaptor, so we weren't able to test its music player with high-quality headphones. It comes with a pair of very basic, plastic earbuds, and it also supports stereo Bluetooth, but this isn't a phone for music lovers -- with a piddling 4MB of on-board memory, it can only hold a tiny slice of our MP3 collection.

Also, since the phone doesn't include a USB cable or memory-card slot, there's no easy way to get music onto the handset. Happily, it has an FM radio, so, when you run out of songs, you can always tune into that.

Thank God for Opera
With such a small screen, which only sports 65,536 colours, and no 3G or Wi-Fi, we didn't expect surfing the Web on the 7100 to be much fun. But it does sport the Opera Mini Web browser, which does a good job of putting huge pages onto a tiny screen fairly quickly. For a quick Google search or checking up on your Facebook friends, it's surprisingly handy.

The Nokia 7100 Supernova packs basic features into a glossy slider with colourful, shiny trim. It doesn't have any bells and whistles, but it's got good-sized keys and making a call or sending a text message is simple and straightforward. It's inexpensive, but you get what you pay for: terrible photo and video quality, small on-board memory and flimsy headphones.

Edited by Charles Kloet

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