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Nokia E5 Review

Nokia E5

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The Nokia E5 runs Symbian S60 v3 (or 3rd Edition), as the E72 before it, and the E71 before that, as well as the E61 before that. This isn't to say Symbian is a bad thing, however, with minimal visual evolution over the generations, even for a business phone with minimal flourish, the Nokia E5's interface looks extremely dated. As usable as ever though, Symbian places most of what you would expect to find, where you would expect to find it, with a few counter-intuitive niggles which include the inability to edit home-screen shortcuts without wading through layers of repeated menus, and it being all too easy to turn off the phone by mistake.

For further details, the OS has been looked at closely in a number of other reviews so we won't dwell on it here, but suffice to say, it performs adequately, with phonebook access tying in nicely with the QWERTY input and all the standard calendar and organizer functions working well.

Homescreen - The Nokia E5 runs Symbian S60 v3 - Nokia E5 Review
Homescreen - The Nokia E5 runs Symbian S60 v3 - Nokia E5 Review


Main menu - The Nokia E5 runs Symbian S60 v3 - Nokia E5 Review
Calendar - The Nokia E5 runs Symbian S60 v3 - Nokia E5 Review

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The Nokia E5 runs Symbian S60 v3

Connectivity and Data:

With quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and Bluetooth 2.1, the Nokia E5 provides a good platform to compete with other business devices when it comes to connectivity, even winning-out in a number of areas. At a very reasonable price-point and with a familiar form-factor that works, the E5 comes loaded with SyncML, push email onboard, support for Exchange servers, making staying connected a primary concern. The phone also ships with Nokia’s new networking apps such as Ovi Chat, and Ovi Contacts, and while these are yet to take off in the same way as BBM or Gtalk, they are nevertheless useful to have if, say, an entire office is kitted out with E5s or other Nokia handsets.

Web browsing using the on-board Symbian browser is okay, if slightly awkward. While it was good 2 years ago, usable last year, the small, low res screen coupled with the lack of a touch-screen make everything about the experience feel particularly dated in this day and age given the current line-up of web-browsers.

Symbian browser - Nokia E5 Review
Symbian browser - Nokia E5 Review
Symbian browser - Nokia E5 Review

Symbian browser

Apps and support on the Nokia E5 include Bloomberg, Lotus Notes Traveller, Quickoffice, Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, Twitter, Ovi Files, Ovi Contacts, Ovi Sync, Friendster and Ovi Chat out of the box.

Applications - Nokia E5 Review
Applications - Nokia E5 Review
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Nokia fanBoy (unregistered)

It has no significant new features I rather have the e72 instead Which looks better

posted on 28 Sep 2010, 18:23

5. B (unregistered)

The E5 is much cheaper with very few features taken away :) So if you can afford the E72, great, otherwise, this is a good alternative.

posted on 01 Oct 2010, 04:42

7. nitinmjh (unregistered)

agreed it is much cheaper than e72...but how about comparing it with e71...since there is not much price difference and the later has sec camera should I opt for e71 if one doesnt need much ram for multitasking and using various applications?

posted on 28 Sep 2010, 09:52

2. lacp (unregistered)

It has 256MB of memory ram. It's one significant new feature. it has about 160MB of free ram after booting.

posted on 28 Sep 2010, 11:09

3. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 872; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

"QWERTY alternatives to the Nokia E5 with similar specs would be the considerably more expensive BlackBerry Bold 9700, or the Android-powered Motorola Milestone 2, the latter of which has a much larger keyboard layout." Are you kidding me Phone Arena? Forget the fact that the 9700 is in another price range and therefore not a true competitor. Am I really reading this right now that you are calling the Milestone 2 and E5 competitor? Have you people lost your mind? Why don't you call the iPhone a competitor while you're at it too? In fact, screw it, let's call the Galaxy Tab an E5 competitor as well. Since you clearly need help here, how about the Blackberry Curve since feature wise and price wise it fits, and I know there's a few Samsung's running the older Win Mo that are in that segment as well. LG has one or two also I'm sure.

posted on 28 Sep 2010, 18:14

4. B (unregistered)

Hi DontHateOnS60, Firstly, cool name, secondly, thanks for sharing your thoughts, The phones were introduced as being QWERTY devices with similar specs. The reason for using the Bold is that feature set of the Nokia E5 is comparable with that of the Bold, illustrating the great value you get with the E5. You're absolutely correct, the Curve could have also been used as an alternative. The Motorola Milestone was used as an example of a current touch-screen alternative with a totally different QWERTY to give readers looking for a QWERTY greater variety. It is acknowledged these are in different price classes. This hopefully illustrates the great features you get with the E5 for the price (Wi-Fi, 3G, great GPS with maps, 5MP camera with flash, snappy processor, good online experience, good music playback, productivity apps out of the box etc). "If your sights are set on something at a similar price-point, another QWERTY device to consider would be the Xperia X10 mini pro, with less of a business orientation, but the versatility of Android nonetheless." Another alternative with a similar form-factor, this time on the cheaper side of the Nokia E5 would be the Nokia C3. This would be ideal if you don't need the power of Symbian S60. It runs Series 40, offering less versatility and connectivity, but a great QWERTY nonetheless. As for using older phones such as Samsungs running WinMo, we're restricted to current handsets with our alternative suggestions, however, appreciate the input. Regards, B - Reviewer _ PhoneArena Team

posted on 30 Sep 2010, 08:30

6. Eingild (unregistered)

I'm so proud of you Phonearena. There are no echoes in the video anymore and the reviewer is quite decent. This time. Good job!

posted on 16 Dec 2010, 23:20

8. Shankha (unregistered)

Motorola Milestone and Blackberry bold as competitors! You serious??!! :P

posted on 05 Jan 2011, 04:28

9. bad E5 (unregistered)


This phone is the worst phone i have ever used.It got to Nokia care the next day i bought the phone and returned to nokia company for repair within a week.Dont buy

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 12:21

11. worst e5 (unregistered)

my fone went to nokia care same day and then to nokia company. dont buy this set.
i think my 10K is gone.

posted on 03 Feb 2011, 05:15

12. eyeshield30 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Feb 2011)

great review!
and i just like my E5, great connectivity with my PC. Even with bluetooth ^^

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 07:13

13. Lawrence (unregistered)

the talk time should be 13.15 hrs and not 7.5 hrs.

please correct in your specifications.

posted on 15 May 2011, 12:59

15. emcee (unregistered)

I agree with phone arena. iphone is on a different target audience compared to nokia e5. he even mentioned galaxy tab when infact from the word itself it says "tab" and not a "phone". so screen wise and functionality wise it would be unfair to compare a tab with a phone. but so far i am enjoying my e5. one of the best phone in it's price range. nice cam. loud music playback through the speaker. i have worked with several telecommunications company already like sprint and telstra and i have seen so many phone but not compared to this phone in its price range. so loving the phone.!

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 15:18

16. unregistered (unregistered)

Does this fone stuck or held at times?....I've hear it does so,i'm planning to buy it should i go ahead or not?

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 11:52

17. Ramesh Iyer (unregistered)

I have been using the Nokia E5 for about 6 months and have found it to be excellent for its features and price point. I got the firmware updated to the latest one but even before that it never "hung" as was reported in earlier posts. The display resolution could have been 16M colors instead of the dated 252k though. Since it has almost every feature of its much more expensive cousin E72, I settled for E5 and don't regret it. Worth every dime I spent on the phone and am pleased with the phone overall, despite few niggles (like the display res n rigid vol keys).

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 05:02

18. vvveeellluuu (unregistered)

how to use front camera in nokia E5

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 08:16

19. hel (unregistered)

there is no front camera in e5

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 13:46

20. Jeremy Carter (unregistered)

In the tutorials it says there is a front camera they call it the secondary camera. It even has a flash on the front but I still can't find how to turn it on. Does anyone know anything about this? I got it so I can do video calls with skype but it will not let me. If it does not have that capibilities then I need to get a new phone.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 23:11

21. bluejazz (unregistered)

You can do video calls from fring to fring or fring to skype.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 11:56

22. smallpoles (unregistered)

i just can't turn off the shutter sound of the camera....its really pisses me off any time i want to take pics without been noticed....but in general its a great business phone..

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 12:40

23. phone (unregistered)

What is this fring to skype you are talking about? I want to buy Nokia E5 because I read that it is compatible with skype. Can I not call a person who has a skype acount straight forward? Please someone tell me because I have nearly bought the phone but now I am not sure if this is what I want.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 06:07

24. Angel001 (unregistered)

Hi All
I am planning to buy nokia e5 soon, so plz let me know how gud a phone it is coz i dont want to face any problems after buying it. Plz tell me what problems it can have & in what features ?


posted on 27 Sep 2011, 21:49

25. mmajor1980 (unregistered)

can this phone be setup to check multiple gmail accounts?

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 13:22

26. asjad (unregistered)

i am using nokia e5 but still finding no front camera.....if there is no front camera than y it appears to be like a camera at front,,, not fair at all.....:-(

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Nokia E5

Nokia E5

OS: Symbian 9.3
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PhoneArena rating:
Display2.4 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Single core, 600 MHz, ARM11 processor
0.25 GB RAM
Size4.53 x 2.32 x 0.50 inches
(115 x 58.9 x 12.8 mm)
4.44 oz  (126 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 7.5 hours talk time

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