Excerpt: In all its QWERTY-ness, the Nokia E5 made it out and its popularity has been steadily increasing since its launch. It’s no BlackBerry, but then again it offers no presumptions of being one. The E5 looks like a slightly higher-end and much needed update to the E63 which was Nokia's affordable E-series business class phone for those users who didn’t have the extra Rs. 6000 to shell out for the E72. Here’s a closer look.
Excerpt: The successor to the E72, Nokia's E5 is the latest in its range of straight-laced business-focused handsets. The E5 definitely shares a look with its predecessor, but it couldn't feel more different to hold. Can the same be said for using it?
Summary: Nokia's mission for the forward-facing, messaging-centric QWERTY market (think Blackberry)? Take the best selling E71/E63/E72 concept, interpret it in 2010 design language, beef up the internals and try to sell it for as low a price as possible while making as few compromises as possible. The result is the E5, announced way back in April but, surprisingly, not available until now.
Excerpt: The Nokia E5 is a very good budget QWERTY smartphone which offers very good specifications: 5 MP camera, 3G, Wi-Fi and GPS. It has a 600 MHz processor and 256 MB RAM. It runs Symbian OS v9.3 with FP2.
Summary: One of the most recent Nokia smartphones is the Nokia E5. The Nokia E5 handset has a full Qwerty keyboard and is a follow-up of what Nokia offered with the Nokia E71 and E63 models. The Nokia E5 cell phone is especially aimed at the business user, who will also use the Nokia smartphone for personal use. That is actually a pretty logical and practically-oriented target group. A large part of business users also actively use their phone for personal use.
Cons: Good dual home screen system, Good battery life, Keyboard is well made, Very customisable front screen features, Ovi maps can be is very handy, Screen is too small, Web browsing is squint-inducing, Camera is poor, Ovi Maps doesn’t do much for walkers
Conclusion: We would be happy to recommend the Nokia E5. With a slightly more lackluster finish at a more appealing price-tag than its E72 sibling, and most other similarly classed phones, it certainly does the key things it needs to do pretty well. The slightly unrefined finish of the Nokia E5 does crop up from time to time, with the screen resolution, cramped keypad and awkward volume-rocker occasionally hindering use.
Pros: Good price point, Comprehensive business feature set, Solid feel, Great email device, Good price point, Comprehensive business feature set, Solid feel, Great email device
Cons: 3G reception poor at times, Stiff volume rocker, Dated OS look, 3G reception poor at times, Stiff volume rocker, Dated OS look
Summary: Traditionally, I have no complaints about the communication quality. This model is a typical representative of the current generation. Ringtones offer above average volume, but at the maximum level the loudspeaker has slightly unclear sound with squeaking. The vibro is average or closer to weak.
Nokia is the only company to offer QWERTY smartphones on S60, so the competition is inside Nokia product range. Only E63 is cheaper.
Conclusion: Back in the day, smartphones were expensive and most of the people who could afford them were the corporate type. So smartphones got better at better at handling business tasks. Symbian may be aging but all those years of being a trusty assistant haven’t been in vain – it still offers one of the best business tools out of the box. Nokia has spiced up the E5 with social networking support to appeal to the younger crowd as well.
Pros: QWERTY messenger bar, Quad-band GSM/EDGE, Tri-band 3G with 10.2Mbps HSDPA and 2Mbps HSUPA, Symbian S60 UI, 3rd edition FP2, 600MHz processor, 256MB RAM; 250MB user-accessible storage, 2.36" 256K-color QVGA display, 5 megapixel fixed-focus camera, LED flash, VGA video recording at 15fps, Wi-Fi b/g; DLNA and UPnP support, GPS receiver; Ovi Maps 3.0 with free life-time voice guided navigation, Stereo FM radio with RDS, Internet radio, Bluetooth (with A2DP), Standard micr...
Cons: Non-hot-swappable microSD card under the battery, Camera doesn’t have autofocus, Poor video recording, Low-res screen isn’t very good for browsing, No native Twitter and MySpace clients
Conclusion: Nokia E5 is a decent phone with very good features, which targets corporate people that are also into the social networking services thingy. The handset is an all-rounder as it performs decent in all areas. Add the that its solid construction and you get a serious rival to the Eseries smartphones, which are slightly more expensive than the E5.
Pros: The main thing that might motivate a customer to buy this phone is the QWERTY keyboard, as well as the solid build. Once you get the phone in your hand and check its other features, you discover the 5.0-megapixel camera, multiple connectivity options (HSDPA, Bluetooth, microUSB, Wi-Fi), as well as the multitude of apps. Other strong points of the device include: 3.5mm audio jack, Office document editor, PDF viewer, Microsoft Office Messenger support, excellent battery...
Cons: The smartphone has a few downsides that could've been avoided: camera is lacking any advanced features or autofocus, the display under-performs, especially when using apps, the microSD card which is not ho-swappable, integrated web browser is bugged and freezes sometimes.