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NOKIA E5: Nothing snazzy, but delivers the best

No touchscreen, a relatively modest camera and no jaw-dropping features, but still, the E5 sticks to the basics that make Nokia’s E series such a hit among enterprise-users.

, ET Bureau|
Oct 14, 2010, 03.04 AM IST
No touchscreen, a relatively modest camera and no jaw-dropping features, but still, the E5 sticks to the basics that make Nokia’s E series such a hit among enterprise-users. The N8 might be hogging all the headlines from Nokia now, but that does not mean that the cellphone giant does not have other arrows in its smartphone quiver. In fact, even when the likes of N97 and N97 Mini have been facing the flak, Nokia’s enterprise-oriented E series devices have been doing brisk business, with the QWERTY trio of E63, E71 and E72 doing particularly well.

It is into this mix that Nokia has thrown its latest enterprise phone, the E5. Like the trio mentioned earlier, the E5 too is a QWERTY device running Symbian Series 60 (3rd edition), although in a more compact and good-looking frame. As in most QWERTY candybars, the screen is a tad on the small side at 2.36 inches and the resolution of 320x240 pixels seems archaic in these times when cellphones are talking of 960 x 640 pixel resolution. A metallic back panel contains the 5.0-megapixel shooter with a LED flash — no autofocus here.

But the E5, like its E series brethren, is not about large screens and snazzy multimedia. It is instead about handling mail and office work with élan and it is here that it really shines. We were able to configure mails (Webmail and professional), sync contacts and view and edit MS Office attachments with minimum fuss, and were also able to chat on Yahoo! Messenger, MSN and Google Talk, using the very handy pre-installed chat application.

The QWERTY keypad might look small initially but works like a treat, with the dedicated messaging key next to the D-pad coming in handy. There is even a Facebook app thrown in for social networking — basic but very functional. Keeping to the E series tradition, multi-tasking works just fine. But keeping more than four apps open can lead to the odd lag.

The camera is mediocre, but call quality is excellent. Connectivity options include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and there is A-GPS with Ovi Maps for those with a penchant for getting lost. Best of all, the battery is staggering — a single charge lasted us more than two days, with push mail on all the time and a few hours of calls and net browsing. Speaking of Net browsing, we would recommend downloading Opera Mini for this handset — the default S60 browser is not good enough.

A 2GB storage card in the box tops off this rather sweet package which is tagged at a rather reasonable `12,699 — well below the BlackBerry 8520, which has relatively poor specs in comparison. Nokia has served up a very good handset at a decent price with E5.

Pros: Smart looks, superb e-mail and chat integration, terrific battery life, great QWERTY keyboard, lots of connectivity options

Cons: Small display, no autofocus, sluggish browser

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