Nokia 7370 review: Nokia 7370

The 7370's camera doesn't have a flash.

Though the 7380 came with a 2-megapixel camera, the 7370's shooter is just 1.3 megapixels. Still, it makes a respectable showing with a landscape mode and five resolutions (1,280x960, 800x600, 640x480, 320x240, and 160x120). Other options include three quality settings, five color effects, a self-timer, a multishot mode, and an 8X zoom. There's no flash or brightness setting, but there is a self-portrait mirror. Also, the placement of the lens on the phone's backside was right where we wanted to rest our finger. The camcorder records clips in two resolutions (176x144 and 128x96) with sound. You can choose from three quality settings and you can mute the sound. Clips meant for multimedia messages are capped at seven seconds; otherwise you can shoot for up to four minutes. Internal memory for all of work is 10MB of shared space. Photo quality is decent for a megapixel camera phone with distinct colors and object outlines.

We like the 7370's photo quality.

The Nokia 7370 also comes with a rudimentary media player that supports MPEG-4 video playback and MP3 and AAC audio files. Its interface and features are spartan but useful, and it performs well. There's also an FM radio, stereo speakers, and stereo widening.

You can personalize the 7370 with a variety of color themes, wallpapers, screensavers, and alert sounds. You can download more options via the WAP 2.0 wireless browser. You can always get more ring tones as well and use MP3 files to identify callers. One Java (J2ME) game is also included, Phantom Spider.

We tested the triband (GSM 900/a800/1900; GPRS/EDGE) 7370 world phone in San Francisco using Cingular Wireless service. Call quality was quite good with great clarity and little static or interference. Volume was a tad low for our tastes, so users with hearing impairments should test the 7370 before buying. Callers reported good conditions overall on their end, though they had trouble hearing us in noisy environments. Speakerphone calls were decent as well, but as with most cell speakerphones, voices were a bit muffled. We also had good call quality using a Bluetooth headset.

The Nokia 7370 has a rated battery life of 4 hours of talk time and a tested talk time of 3 hours and 42 minutes. It has a rated standby time of 11 days. According to FCC radiation tests, the 7370 has a digital SAR rating of 0.66 watt per kilogram.

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