Nokia's E7 smartphone is now available in the UK on the Vodafone network. It runs the Symbian^3 mobile operating system and provides a happy medium for those who like to use a touchscreen, but prefer typing with actual buttons.

The E7 can be controlled via its 4in (640x360-pixel) AmoLED capacitive touchscreen, although a slide-out Qwerty keypad is useful for typing long emails or taking advantage of the full-screen HTML-compatible email viewer.

An 8Mp camera with dual-LED flash uses a widescreen (16:9) viewfinder, allowing you to capture Jpeg stills and record 720p Mpeg4 video at 25fps. A 2x digital zoom (3x for video) and face-recognition software are useful features, while a secondary VGA-resolution (640x480 pixels) camera lets you conduct video calls.

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The E7 boasts a 680MHz processor and 16GB of internal memory, plus Bluetooth 3.0, high-speed Micro USB and HDMI connections for transferring content or viewing it on a big screen for sharing with family and friends. The smartphone also offers wireless 802.11b/g/n connectivity and integrated GPS.

An album art interface allows you to browse a selection of albums in your music collection, just like you would on your computer.

The Nokia E7's anodised aluminum casing is available in five colours: dark grey, silver white, blue, green and orange. It's lightweight at 176g, and measures 124x62x14mm.

Nokia claims the battery offers up to 9 hours of talk time, and up to 430 hours in standby mode.

The Nokia E7 is available from Vodafone on £40-per-month price plan, which includes 1,200 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB of mobile data, or from £469 on pay-as-you-go, and £499 SIM-free.