Nokia 7020 Review – Higher Class Flip Mobile Phone

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Nokia 7020 Review: Released in 2009, the Nokia 7020 was slightly out of touch. The 7-series was more of a design-led series which pushed the boundary on some fronts. It gave us some quite memorable designs such as the fabric based Nokia 7200. The Nokia 7020 almost looks out of place among this cadre of phones, having a rather more sterile and professional look to it. This also wasn’t entirely new, as many other Nokia phones by this time had a similar look.

The Nokia 7020 was released as a pair of phones: the Nokia 2720 came out at the same time. Both are flip phones, although the Nokia 7020 comes with a higher specification at a higher cost. However, with touchscreen phones leading the market at this time, this was not a serious attempt at the top end. More so, it was a solid mid-end phone, adding on some features that the Nokia 2720 missed.

The phone is reasonably capable on its own, packing in a microSD card slot and MP3 music player, as well as a 2MP camera. There was also additional support for some more premium applications such as Nokia Maps (although the phone needed an external GPS receiver).

Full specifications here.

This design was pretty successful. Flip phones were quickly dying out at this stage, as touchscreens came to dominate. But some elements of the phone were visible in the re-released Nokia 2720.

 

Nokia 7020 Review Pros:

  • The phone had a compact design which was more premium than the Nokia 2720. It came in a metallic-style finish in a very attractive package and weighed just 86g.
  • Both internal and external screens gained an uprade. The internal screen was 240 x 320 pixels and 2.2 inches – a fair pixel density for this screen size. Even the external one was 128 x 160 and capable of animations. Cleverly, the LCD also blended into the front housing for an impressive effect.
  • The phone also had a semblance of touchscreen: by tapping it you could make it display the time and info screen.
  • Unlike the Nokia 2720, the phone had a microSD card slot which allowed music to be played.

Nokia 7020 Review Cons:

  • The camera was not upgraded by much. A 2MP camera was a small improvement but video capture was still shaky.
  • The price premium was quite acute relative to the cheaper touchscreen phones, which often featured much better stats. With flip phones dying out it was a lot to pay considering the modest spec.
  • Reception and voice quality was less than clear on these phones, perhaps due to the design.
  • Talktime and standby times were also cut slightly from the Nokia 2720, although the phones took the same battery.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects

This should be reasonable. The phone is rare enough and packs a recognisable design. There is a distinct premium over the budget Nokia 2720 and should be enduring into the future.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

Nokia 7020 Disassembly Guide

If you would like to take apart the Nokia 7020 for repair purposes, here is a useful link.

Nokia 7020 Video Review

Here is a video review which shows off the features of the Nokia 7020:

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