Nokia E72 Mobile Phone

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For the business users, it’s a necessity to stay connected while in or out of the office, like your job never ends. Thanks to handsets like this the new Nokia E72 facilitating companies to constantly keep in touch with their hard working employees even on their personal time is a cinch. It’s no BlackBerry, I’ll tell you that, but it has quite a lot of other features to offer from multimedia and social networking to emailing and net access. Here’s what I think.

Form Factor
The E72, is the upgrade to the Nokia E71, that’s common knowledge. In the looks department it could go either way depending on what you’re looking for as the specs of both handsets in terms of screen size and dimensions are almost identical. While the new E72 is of a more elegant professional styling the E71 would appeal to the slightly younger professional with its edgy look. The few subtle differences between the two would include the E72’s keypad being slightly larger although the space bar has been shortened and doubles up as a light switch for the 5MP camera’s LED. I was not too comfy with the QWERTY keypad though and when I compared it to a BlackBerry I was pro RIM. It’s something that will take a bit of getting used to. Nokia has also gone with a touch sensitive navigation system placed in the center five way nav-pad.

It also incorporates a 3.5mm (top) handsfree port. Volume/Zoom keys are located on the side on either side of the voice command key. On the other side is the microSD card slot and the micro USB port. The center key can be used as the camera shutter release and when pressed auto focuses and releases the shutter when you lift your finger.

Features and Settings
In many ways the E72 is slightly superior to its predecessor and so it should be. It runs a Symbian OS (9.3) with a Series 60 (v3.2) UI on its ARM 11 600 MHz processor so rest assured you’ll have no issues with speed. If you haven’t used a touch navigation system before it’ll take a little getting used to but the sensitivity can be controlled. There’s really nothing new with the UI. If you’re used to an S60 handset this’ll be a no brainer, and if you’re not, it’s still very easy to get used to. The Active Desktop can be customized to your preference and you have the choice of switching between two with a simple click of a button.

In the audio department the E72 is well equipped and serves its purpose extremely well. The bundled handsfree is something new that Nokia’s experimenting with it seems. I haven’t seen any of the other devices with a set of earphones that have changeable rings around the speaker to suite your ear’s size. It does tend to be a little uncomfortable with prolonged usage, although the tone quality is something you can’t question. The same goes for the volume level. The audio settings include a bass booster, stereo widening, presets and an 8 Band customizable option. And if you have a comfortable set of earphones I say go for it, the audio will only get better.

In the media section the FM radio worked out just fine too. I like the fact that it uses your net connection to get all the channels with their corresponding names and other information. The process may take a little longer than Auto-Scanning but it’s more effective. Reception was pretty good overall. The voice recorder on this handset has a range of about 3 feet but ironically it doesn’t recognize song names when spoken to the Music Search application that helps locate images. Unfortunately, like I said this app was quite a bust. The Nokia Music Store is finally live for India so you can start downloading tracks whenever you want.

The problem with some of the Nokia devices is when it comes to video playback of pretty standard MPEG4 files. The audio syncing goes bonkers most of the time. Converted 3GP files work out just fine but there’s an obvious downgrade in quality.
For those with an active online lifestyle, you can download a Twitter client from the OviStore for free, a Facebook, MySpace and YouTube app are already preloaded. If you’re in a Wi-Fi zone you can make use of that service or just connect to your provider’s access point for EDGE/GPRS. Bluetooth with A2DP is on hand for data transfer or wireless audio connectivity. Nokia’s Home Media feature is available to conveniently set up content sharing between your home network and the handset via Wi-Fi. You can also stream media the same way.

Setting up email accounts is a piece of cake with Nokia’s Email Guide. The process has been reduced to just a few clicks and the Nokia Email client works like a charm for POP3 or IMAP accounts. Microsoft Exchange can also be configured quite easily if you have your settings at hand. Other connectivity solutions include wireless printing and Nokia’s Switch application that can quickly transfer all your data from one Nokia handset to another via Bluetooth. The handset is also 3G ready for those using MTNL’s Jadoo service and for those waiting to use others, keep your shirts on, it’ll be a while longer.

Nokia's Ovi maps worked out just fine with the E72. It took just about 4 minutes to locate available satellites for navigation. Of course it's still with just a 3 months license.

Misc. Features
There are loads of features available with the E72 from 3D tones to accelerometer control for silencing incoming calls by flipping the handset over and even work related apps like a full version of QuickOffice (read and write) with Adobe’s PDF reader, a Dictionary, Zip application and Nokia’s Active Notes. All basic features like a Calendar for schedules and reminders, Notes app, Calculator and converter are present as well. Nokia has also preloaded their MultiScanner application that quite accurately captures business card details (when there’s adequate lighting) and text to be converted to either a note, email or message. There’s also the WiPresenter which can be used for wireless presentations if hooked up to a laptop and projector. Nothing’s missing.

The camera in this handset has been upgraded to 5 megapixels (the E71 came with a 3MP AF camera). Features are still the same and those include plenty of scene modes, an auto-stitch Panorama mode (that’s not as good as some of the other handsets’), White balance, ISO settings, timer, exposure, geotagging and a lot more.

I had a lot of complaints about the E71’s camera performance from quite few users and I don’t believe I’ll be hearing any from E72 users. Image quality is really quite good in most conditions. The LED flash does make a difference in certain places but don’t count on it making low light conditions extra bright unless you’re using it as a torch.

The battery life is brilliant. On a single charge with nominal usage I got over two full days' usage. Talk time easily ran into over 5 hours and 20 minutes on an average. Even with very frequent use of the internet for emails, surfing and social networking along with media usage, calls and messages I was able to use the handset easily for over a day and a half.

The Bottom Line
The E72, priced at about Rs. 22,989 (MRP) is worth the buy if this is the kind of handset you’re looking for. It’ll take a bit to get used to the keys but the features that the handset is equipped with and the fact that it also comes with an 8GB memory card makes it quite worth the money. It’s an upgrade in every sense and if you loved the E71 and are thinking of an upgrade, this IS the next best thing. The price is the same as the E71 when it started out so you can be damn sure it’s going to drop soon.

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Published Date: Dec 23, 2009 10:00 am | Updated Date: Dec 23, 2009 10:00 am