WOMWorld/Nokia just sent me a a previously un-released video of the E7 along with a message that the E7 will be shipping “very soon”. The short clip (below) features Nokia designer Shungiro Eguchi speaking about some of the design ideas behind the phone. If you are having trouble viewing the video on your phone, click here for a non-Flash, mobile formatted version.
I spent some time with the E7 at Tech.Ed Europe in November and was very impressed with the phone, especially the form factor and keyboard. It manages to pack a four inch screen and a very good hardware QWERY keyboard into a sleek all metal body scarcely any larger than that of the N8 or iPhone.
A pocket-able device with both a touch screen and a physical keyboard is my preferred form factor. Touch screen keyboards are OK but I find myself typing much faster and with greater accuracy on a real keyboard. The E7’s keyboard is one of the best I’ve used on a phone. There are four rows of large, well spaced keys that have a decent amount of travel and very good tactile feedback. The keyboard also has directional arrow keys, something that I consider essential for text editing and clicking tiny image links in the browser.