Nokia E50 Smartphone Review3
The phone is in a classic candybar design with graceful and stylish outline a large part of the phone is made of metal the surface around the display and the whole battery cover, which takes up most of the back side of the phone.
The rest is made of dark grey matte plastic and the keys, despite being plastic, are the same color as the metal parts and suit really well to the whole design of the phone. They are tightly placed next to one another with no space between them and the size of the buttons in the middle column is slightly bigger. Although each of the keys is raised in the middle (horizontal axis), they are sometimes hard to distinguish and there's a big possibility of making a mistake while typing they are also a bit hard to press, and a quiet but slightly annoying sound can be heard when this happens. The Clear and Menu buttons are the smallest ones and the latter is quite often used, and you have to press it with the top of your finger which makes it very uncomfortable.
The joystick is nicely located between the system buttons and it's enclosed so that you can not make a mistake while using it. The surrounding area lights up when the backlight of the keypad in on, the color of which is blue. The backlight is weak and you can hardly see the numbers in the dark, while the letters are almost impossible to read, unlike the display. It is bright enough and well-lit thanks to the light sensor and it's clearly seen even in bright sun light. The display is a 2-inch one with a resolution of 240x320 pixels and can reproduce up to 262k colors, which are not very saturated. The pixels are small and pictures viewed on the screen look precise and detailed, but the contrast could've been stronger.
The phone has four side buttons the two on the left side are for the sound volume and the ones on the right side are the Voice Key and the Edit button (a pencil). The latter is usually located on the front side of the phone it's used both for changing the way you enter text and selecting/marking multiple fields/items at a time a few pictures for example. The volume control buttons are easy to reach only if you hold the handset next to your ear; if you use it with your right hand, you have to move your hand to reach them as your fingers are at the back of the phone.
The Power button, as usually, is located at top; it's a bit hidden as you have to push the whole surface which in turn comes into contact with the button underneath. This is uncomfortable but at the same time it makes sure that the button will not be pressed by accident while the phone's in your pocket.