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Nokia E55 Review

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Nokia E55 Review
The Nokia E55 is a decent performer in terms of overall speed, although we´ve seen snappier Symbian S60 handsets, including the aging 6120 classic. As a whole, we do not have any major gripes, because we didn’t encounter annoying menu or application start-up lagging and the accelerometer switches screen orientation really fast. In-call quality is decent and our major complaint concerns the earpiece of the E55. Voices of people sound too loud, yet muffled and fuzzy and sometimes they get illegible - the only way to fix this is to turn down the volume. Things seem to be much better on the other end and people said they we able to catch onto what we were saying without any problem, but claimed we sounded a bit monotonous. The loudspeaker left us with good impressions. It delivers good quality both ways, but we would have liked it better if it packed more punch.

The Nokia E55 is praised for its extremely robust battery and this is the case indeed. We had to charge the phone at the end of the third day, after heavy use and serious Wi-Fi abuse on daily basis, which is a commendable result. You can count on your phone being alive and kicking even on really busy days. Well done, Nokia!


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. To top it off, the handset looks great, is thin, light-weighted and powered by a really robust battery.

Other handsets that make for viable alternatives to the Nokia E55 are:

The Nokia E52 – practically the same handset, but equipped with a standard numeric keypad
The Nokia E75 – heavier, with full QWERTY keyboard
The Nokia E71 – larger size, with full QWERTY keyboard.

 Software version of the reviewed unit - 021.010.


Nokia E55 and Nokia E52 Video Review:



Pros

  • Extremely light-weighted
  • Almost perfect display that remains totally usable in direct sunlight
  • Really robust battery
  • Delivers good audio quality

Cons

  • No macro mode
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 849; 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??

posted on 18 Aug 2009, 09:51

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.

posted on 20 Aug 2009, 13:50

3. bluehorseshoe (Posts: 17; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)


Anyone know when the E55 will be released for the US?

posted on 21 Aug 2009, 08:38

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.

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Nokia E55

Nokia E55

OS: Symbian 9.3
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Display2.4 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 600 MHz, ARM11 processor
Size4.57 x 1.93 x 0.39 inches
(116 x 49 x 9.9 mm)
3.46 oz  (98 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 8 hours talk time

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