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Nokia E5 Review

Nokia E5

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Nokia E5 Review
Fortunately, the Nokia E5 has retained the same 600MHz processor of the E72, therefore the phone has no trouble coping with multi-tasking multiple apps at once.

In-call quality was extremely clear. When making a call from the Nokia E5, volume was audible and there was minimal background interference. Receiving a call on the phone wasn't quite as sharp as we might have hoped, however, with adequate volume levels, conversations are still perfectly audible. The main problem we had was weaker than average 3G reception. It seemed far less reliable than any other handset tested in the same area. While this isn't an issue in some areas, it did manage to detract slightly from the overall experience.

Quoted at 7.5 hours of talk time and 625 hours of standby time, practically speaking, with moderate to heavy use of Wi-Fi, MP3 player and email, we found ourselves charging our Nokia E5 every one to two nights.


Conclusion:

We would be happy to recommend the Nokia E5. With a slightly more lackluster finish at a more appealing price-tag than its E72 sibling, and most other similarly classed phones, it certainly does the key things it needs to do pretty well. The slightly unrefined finish of the Nokia E5 does crop up from time to time, with the screen resolution, cramped keypad and awkward volume-rocker occasionally hindering use. The interface could also use a revamp as it's been looking dated for a while now. That said, for considerably less than a BlackBerry, the Nokia E5 offers a good feature-set at a decent price. 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. 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.


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Pros

  • Good price point
  • Comprehensive business feature set
  • Solid feel
  • Great email device

Cons

  • 3G reception poor at times
  • Stiff volume rocker
  • Dated OS look
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Nokia E5

Nokia E5

OS: Symbian 9.3
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display2.4 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
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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