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Nokia E72 review

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Manufacturer: Nokia

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Nokia's E-Series family of smartphones target business users first and foremost, but that doesn't mean they aren't stylish. The Nokia E72 once again uses a combination of gloss chrome edging and brushed black highlights, and its build quality is superb.

Nokia's E-Series family of smartphones target business users first and foremost, but that doesn't mean they aren't stylish. The Nokia E72 once again uses a combination of gloss chrome edging and brushed black highlights, and its build quality is superb.

The design results in the Nokia E72's screen, an unconventional display that's a little smaller than most smartphones'.

Nokia E72: Design and Features

The top rear and bottom of the Nokia E72 have now been fitted with matte black plastic instead of metal; the handset still looks nice but doesn't pick up grubby fingerprints and smudges. Unfortunately, the same can't be said of the etched stainless steel battery cover.

The Nokia E72 includes a full qwerty keyboard that is comfortable to type on. It's almost identical to the E71's, except the space bar is a little smaller and there are dedicated exclamation mark, @ and question mark keys, and a symbol shortcut. The spongy feel of the keys may not suit everyone and the keys on the left and right sides are quite close to the edges of the phone.

A new feature is the optical navi key. Looking like a regular five-way navigational pad, the centre button can also be used to swipe your finger in four directions. It works in a similar fashion to the optical trackpad found on the BlackBerry Curve 8520, though your fingers scrape the edges of the navigational pad when you swipe. The optical navi key is most useful in the Nokia E72's web browser, where a mouse cursor appears on the screen. It's rather sensitive, though, and clicking links is often a hit-and-miss affair.

The Nokia E72 comes preloaded with Nokia Messaging, Nokia's email application. The Nokia Messaging service allows up to 10 email accounts to be used on a single device. Improvements over the previous Nokia email client include folder and HTML email support, expandable views and sorting capabilities. Setting up a personal email account, such as Gmail, Yahoo! or Windows Live mail, is a simple process of entering your username and password.

For corporate accounts, the process is a slightly longer seven steps. The Nokia E72 can synchronise your contacts and calendar information as well as email; the service supports Mail for Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes Traveller mail, with no extra licensing fees or other costs. A new addition to the Nokia E72 is the integration of an instant messaging client. This works across Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk and Nokia's own Ovi Chat service and is similar to Nokia Messaging - it taps into IM services via Nokia's Ovi servers.

The Nokia E72 runs the popular Symbian S60 OS, so it includes all the features and applications expected from a business smartphone, including an updated Quickoffice suite and an Adobe PDF viewer. Nokia's Ovi Store also comes preloaded.

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Nokia E72: Performance

Perhaps the biggest improvement over the E71 is the Nokia E72's speed. Though the E71 was no slouch, the E72 benefits from a combination of updated software and a faster processor and as a result there is no lag when using the phone.

A feature of most E-Series smartphones is the ability to switch between business and personal modes. You can edit a number of settings in each mode, including enabled applications, notifications and themes, and then toggle between the two. The familiar Symbian interface lacks the polish of many alternatives, but it's easy enough to use.

The Nokia E72's 3.5mm headphone jack is a welcome inclusion (its predecessor had a 2.5mm variant). Nokia also bundles the E72 with a 1GB microSD card. The standard music player does a decent job of handling your tunes, and there is also an FM radio. The camera has been upgraded from 3.2 to 5 megapixels and once again includes a single LED flash.

Wi-Fi, built-in GPS, Bluetooth and HSDPA connectivity are predictably included, but the Nokia E72 also has a built-in compass. HSDPA speeds have been increased to up to 10.2 megabits per second download and 2Mbps upload. This results in faster web browsing, but would also suit users who are interested in using the phone as a tethered modem. The Nokia mobile browser is also compatible with Flash, unlike the iPhone.

Nokia E72: Conclusion

Nokia's E72 retains a similar style and feature set to its predecessor, with a few minor improvements. If you already own an E71 there is no compelling reason to upgrade, but for everyone else the E72 is a stylish and top notch business smartphone.

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Nokia E72 reviews verified by Reevoo

Nokia E72Scores 8.7 out of 10 based on 163 reviews
Proprietary Operating System
114x59.5x10.1mm
GSM/GPRS, Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900MHz
Bluetooth
5 mega-pixel (Autofocus) camera
microSDHC
Battery BP-4L
Stereo Headset WH-601
qwerty keyboard
Microsoft Mail for Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes Traveller
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The Nokia E72 is a topnotch business phone with stylish design, superb set of features and stellar performance.

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