I still don't know if the 808 battery fits in the E7. Would be nice if some 808 owner could give us the dimensions. Shame no one from AAS picked up on that. I guess they are too busy with WP
I own a couple of those DEJI batteries now but I have not yet bothered/dared fitting it in my E7. In fact I somehow managed to get my E7 autonomy under control lately.
Right now for instance it's been running for over 13h and still has 56% charge in the battery. I use notably a third party application called "Battery Power Saver". It basically switches off 3G when you are not using your phone and turns it back on as soon as you start using it again. I believe this helps a lot. That or simply turn off 3G altogether. Whatever works for you.
I also acquired a couple of those DC-16 external batteries (2200mAh). They have much better specs than the DC-10 I was using until now. Their shape is also quite convenient and they have a charge indicator the DC-10 was lacking. Thus I feel more confident I can go on a trip with my E7 and won't run out of juice.
Overall I'm most happy with my E7 again and it looks like I'm set to be using it for at least as long as I have been using my E90. Must have been 4 years. In fact I'm already considering getting myself a spare E7 just in case I ever damage this one. Although with its PDair leather case it feels rather indestructible. I also stocked up a few spare parts, you never know.
It's far from being the perfect software out of the box but Belle helped making the UI more enjoyable and thanks to a few must have third-party apps you can really enjoy your E7 efficiently. Granted it takes some tweaking and the patience of a power user but it is a really useful tool once you get it right.
Here are the third-party apps I'm using on a daily basis:
- Opera Mobile: Set as default browser. BTW can you change the default browser on Android, WP, or iOS? I'm never using the built-in WebKit browser from Nokia cause Opera is just too good. Available on Nokia Store or directly from Opera.
- Battery Power Saver: Turns off 3G when idle. Available on Nokia Store.
-Battery Info: Home screen widget accurately showing the state of your battery charge. Available on Nokia Store.
- ProfiMail: Still performing far better than the built-in e-mail client especially when it comes to dealing with IMAP folders. Not in the Nokia Store.
- Gravity: The built-in social app is useless. Can't recall last time I used it. Available on Nokia Store.
- Shortcuts: To easily switch between applications/tasks. Without it your keyboard is only useful when typing messages. Available on Nokia Store.
-mIRGGI: IRC client. Freeware.
-Putty: SSH client. Freeware.
The one built-in functionality I'm notably using is ActiveSync for contact synchronization with my Zimbra server.
AFAIK there is simply no smartphone with a comparable form factor to compete with the E7 out there. All QWERTY Android smartphone are plain slide out keyboard rather than proper sit-on-desk keyboard.
I hope Nokia would still be releasing newer hardware for Symbian. Obviously my perfect phone would be an E7 with an MMC, a better and removable battery, say at least the 1500mAh BP-4L from the E90 and E6. Obviously a better CPU (1.4Ghz) and GPU like on the 808 maybe. A better screen resolution would be fantastic too.