Nokia E55 Review
The phone features a 3.2-megapixel camera with an LED flash. We took quite a few snapshots of whatever came our way, not expecting wonders. Ultimately, we found out quality of pictures taken in daylight was what we expected. Colors are thin in some, unrealistic in others, but at least the overall quality is above average. Image noise gets worse in stills taken in artificial light and the LED flash is not powerful enough, but we´ve seen worse. Despite the lack of macro mode, we tried taking several macro pictures and we have to say they turned out to be quite a disappointment. This is just too bad, since sooner or later any business user needs to take a picture of printed text and the Nokia E55 is pretty useless at that. The phone captures videos at maximum resolution of 640x480 pixels and 15 frames per second with quality that´s nothing to write home about.
Nokia E55 sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution
There isn´t much to talk about the multimedia capabilities of the Nokia E55. The handset sports a music player and FM radio with RDS and both apps come dressed in the standard Symbian S60 3rd edition with Feature Pack 2 attire. They offer enough options and as a whole, are pretty handy to use. The boxed earphones aren´t bad and deliver sound quality that deserves applause. It´s a good thing that the phone is equipped with a 3.5mm jack, so plugging in another pair is possible. You can watch videos with a resolution of 640x480 pixels at good image quality, provided they have been converted to MPEG-4 files with bitrate not exceeding 700 kbps. Coding videos at resolutions higher than the native one of the screen is pointless, since you won´t notice any difference anyway.
1. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 770; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
"because the E55 8MP comes preloaded..." You guys at PhoneArena might want to fix that error in the paragraph you're talking about messaging. It's right above the pictures showing the email client. Somebody must've had the N86 on their mind or you're just trying to see if we're awake out here. Or you have something you might like to share with us all??
2. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
Thanks for the note! Unfortunately, we do not have information about something that interesting like an 8MP camera on the E55... Obviously, it was the N86 8MP that was on our mind, while writing this review. We are sorry for the mistake, it has been fixed.
3. bluehorseshoe (Posts: 17; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)
Anyone know when the E55 will be released for the US?
4. Whitecarnage (Posts: 12; Member since: 22 Mar 2009)
"Voices of people sound too loud, yet muffled and fuzzy and sometimes they get illegible" What's up Phonearena? Sounds too loud yet muffled? Aren't those words quite contradicting? When on Earth can a muffled sound be considered loud? I'm sorry but in as much as I would like to comprehend, I just can't understand what you mean by that. Anyone who can explain? It's actually what I want the most in this review as I don't want to get into trouble during calls.