MWC 2009: Live Report
The E55 will utilize noise-cancellation technology, which should improve the voice quality. We couldn’t test this at the show, but will definitely rigorously examine this when we get our review unit. The new technology utilized dual microphone design and special algorithms to surprises ambient noises. During the CES expo, Motorola demoed their Crystal Talk noise-cancellation technology and it really impressed us. Hopefully Nokia’s solution comes close or better to that.
The E55 and E75 will be the first devices to have updated messaging application. Most notably, it now supports HTML viewing of email. By default, messages are opened in text mode, but you have a link at the top of each message to view it in HTML with formatting and images. Those of us (nowadays most of us) who have several different email accounts, will definitely appreciate the tweak Nokia did to move the switching of the different email boxes directly into the reading panel. So instead of selecting your personal email, reading the messaging, going into the main messaging menu, selecting the next email, you can directly switch between the different accounts.
If you are well organized (not like us), you probably have several different folders in your e-mail mailbox, such as important, to do later, not to answer ever etc. Accessing the stored messages in those folders was not possible up until now. This is one of the other important updates of the new messaging client.
Sorting emails is nothing that most people do every day, but now and then it always comes handy. The new e-mail client just a few more sorting options – flag, priority, unread, attachment and size.
Because of the full side-sliding keyboard, allowing it to be a lot narrower compared to the rest of the E-series, it really looks a lot like the E55. For the same reason, it is a lot ticker as well.
Sliding the bottom part reveals the full keyboard. The keys are very large, with little space between them. They offered slightly less tactile feedback than what we’ve used to have.
Just looking at the E75’s display, you can guess correctly that it is high-end device. The colors are very vivid with great contrast.
We always want to give you our final judgment after we use a device for a while, but the E75 is definitely something that attracted out attention. If you want S60 based phone with full keyboard and not huge dimensions, the E75 will probably be one of the best choices.
Other than this, it is pretty much very similar to the 6210 Navigator. Of course, each year the specifications are upgraded and now the screen is 2.6” from the 2.4” on the 6210. As Navigation is what is it made for, battery life is really important if it is going to be used in pedestrian mode (or you don’t want to plug it into the charger every time you use it in your car). That’s why the battery life has been generously upgraded to 19 days of stand-by and around 7.5 hours of talk time (almost doubling the 6210 times). The camera resolution has also gone up and it is now 5 mega-pixels with autofocus.
The new 6710 will come preloaded with the new 3.0 version of Nokia Maps. The software is currently in Beta testing and was originally announced during the Nokia World event, which we covered several months ago.
Depending on the region you live in, if you purchase the 6710 it will come preloaded with different maps set. For example, if you get it in Spain, you might end up having also France and Italy. Purchasing it in the US, might result in having Canada and Mexico for example. Nokia has not worked up the details on that yet. The main point it that by purchasing it, you will get all the premium feature of Nokia maps, plus car charger and holder.
Its build-quality is seems solid. The keypad performed decently with the last row of keys being slightly harder to press. The display offered about average quality. Given the 245 Euro price tag before subsidies, the device is really something to consider in the mid-range segment.
However, we are already in the 2009 and 8-megapixel phones have been available for more than a half year. We’ve compared the models from Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson and … that’s all. Nokia didn’t have an 8-megapixel camera phone until now. Meet the N86 8MP - as its name says, it is the first Nokia to capture 8MP photos.
A single look is enough to say that this is a Nokia phone – its design is absolutely typical for the manufacturer. Think of it as a cross between the N85 and the N97. It is a dual-slider with decently sized numeric keypad with the slide up and multimedia keys when slide open down. Kudos to Nokia for the new design of the multimedia shortcuts: they are big enough, slightly protruding and give feedback when pressed, so overall they are much better when compared to previous models. The 2.6” OLED display looks similar to what we’ve seen in the N85 and we hope it will be better when it comes to reading it outdoors in bright light.
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1. aza909 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Feb 2009)
wow the omnia hd looks the best in the show (se idou- 3.5 inch; doesnt have 3.5 mm. why??) (hd video!!!_
2. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
The home screen looks like windows mobile took some key components from the HTC TouchFLO 2D/3D concept expanded on it in a very intuitive way. I am excited that Windows 7 and WM6.5 look like they will be successful. THANK YOU MICROSOFT FOR GETTING OFF YOUR A** AND DOING SOMETHING FOR A CHANGE!
3. Agent (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Dec 2008)
Wow, now Winmo is only a couple years behind other platforms.