Summary: In this first part of a two part long term review, David Gilson looks at the hardware on his trusty Nokia E55, at his side now for eight months. From design to materials to typing to camera, David covers the E55 in detail. Part two will follow later in the week and will both look at the E55's software and also draw some long term conclusions for this diminutive qwerty smartphone.
Review: Long term review: Nokia E55 - part 2 (Software)
All About Symbian
29 January 2010
Summary: In this first part of his two part long term review, David Gilson looked at the hardware on his trusty Nokia E55, at his side now for eight months. In this second part, he looks at the E55's software in detail and also draws some long term conclusions for this diminutive qwerty smartphone.
Excerpt: You could be forgiven for thinking the Nokia E55 seems like any other Nokia E-series phone that has rolled off the production line. Taking a closer look introduces some unexpected differences to this smartphone. Keep reading to find out what the Nokia...
Excerpt: Nokia E55 is one of the last smartphones launched on the market before the Finnish giant renamed its four handset lines to Nokia Cseries, Xseries, Eseries and Nseries. Even though the latter two have been around for a while, each new device within the series will carry a number from 1 to 9, each signifying the range of functionality on offer, as well as the price. The E55 is the half-QWERTY clone of the popular Nokia E52 and targets the same business segment.
Pros: The E55 breathes style and is perfectly fit for the business market. Its compact and fully metallic case turns it in the perfect premium smartphone. In addition, the phone embeds every possible feature that could fit in such a compact form: 600 MHz CPU, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, UPnP technology, DLNA support, built-in GPS receiver with Ovi Maps preinstalled and trial turn-by-turn navigation license (10 days) and lifetime City Explorer license, excellent battery life and audio...
Cons: If you're not bothered by the fact that this a Symbian phone and that it's overpriced, then the E55 has little drawbacks. The rather low camera pictures, as well as the fact that it will take some time to get used with the half-QWERTY keyboard are the only minor downsides of the phone. Sales Package Nokia E55 handset Nokia Charger AC-10 Nokia Battery BP-4L (1500mAh) Nokia Stereo headset HS-48 Nokia Connectivity Cable (CA-101) supports charging Nokia 2 GB microSD card ...
Summary: In this first look review we're going to run through some of the key points of the brand new Nokia E55. Rafe shares his thoughts after 36 hours with the device. We'll have a full review, courtesy of Steve, very shortly.
Summary: The Nokia E55 will please both business-users and multimedia-minded consumers because of its slim profile, packed features, and wallet-friendly price.
Pros: The Nokia E55 is a superslim smartphone that is both business-centric and multimedia-smart. It has a 3.2-megapixel camera, a 3.5mm headset jack, Wi-Fi, support for American 3G bands, and Bluetooth. It is surprisingly affordable for an unlocked phone and has great call quality, too.
Cons: The Nokia E55's hybrid keyboard may not be for everyone, and the keys felt a bit squishy as well.
Conclusion: The battery life is excellent and the sound quality for media and calls is great. As marketed, this phone is designed for messaging. I would definitely agree. It’s simple to use and navigate through. Of course, if texting/messaging is something you do a lot the compact QWERTY keyboard will definitely be a big decision maker if you’re considering this phone.
Conclusion: The testing stage of the review was followed by a meeting behind closed doors where we unanimously arrived at the conclusion the Nokia E55 was worth the money, despite the mediocre in-call quality. Why? It sports an almost perfect screen that remains usable in direct sunlight, good keyboard, wonderful browser, extremely capable email client and the necessary organizer functions to meet the needs of highly demanding customers.
Pros: Extremely light-weighted, Almost perfect display that remains totally usable in direct sunlight, Really robust battery, Delivers good audio quality