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Messaging:

The Messages menu has nothing new to offer – you can easily compose SMS/MMS or Email and located in My Folder are templates which are handy for text that is often used in messages. The fast T9 can help you enter text quickly, but the keypad is an obstacle as it's not quite comfortable. The EDGE connection is a big plus for working with Emails. An interesting option is Text-To-Speech, which reads your messages out loud, while different languages and voices can be added as separate applications.


Connectivity:

The Connectivity menu holds a lot of capabilities – the supported Bluetooth version is 2.0, but it's a pity the multimedia A2DP profile for stereo audio streaming is missing. The phone also has an IrDA port, located on the left side of the handset, and offers further capabilities for connectivity with other devices, but it's an outdated technology and it's present in very few phone models these days. Unfortunately, the E50 does not support Wi-Fi, which is a standard for wireless network – it would have allowed access to Internet in all hotspots (places with such kind of network), as well as usage of IP telephony. Wi-Fi would have been also very useful if the carrier supported UMA – a service that's expected to be launched by T-Mobile USA.  For over-the-air data the phone supports GPRS and the faster EDGE, but there is no sign of the 3G UMTS or HSDPA data here.


Like most other Nokia phones, along with the E50 comes a CD with Nokia PC Suite, as the version we got was 6.80.22. The software has a nice interface and logically structured and easy to use menus, but the options supported are nothing special – here are the standard backup and synchronize, connecting the PC to the Internet via the phone, managing contacts, messages, multimedia and applications. Even if you've never used Nokia PC Suite you won't experience any troubles working with it and establishing a connection between the PC and the phone would be no problem with the USB cable provided with the E50.


Internet browser:

Thanks to the EDGE data and the QVGA resolution of the display, loading and viewing a standard HTML webpage is a pleasure. The phone has no problem rendering all standard pages and reading phoneArena's news was a piece of cake. Scrolling left-to-right and top-to-bottom is done with the phone's joystick, and a mini-map shows you, which part of the page you are looking at. The pages loaded pretty fast and as a whole, we had a great experience with the browser, so we definitely like it more than the Internet Explorer, built in Pocket PC phones based on Windows Mobile.

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