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Nokia E52 Review + Nokia E55

What Mobile
November 6, 2009

Eseries models may not sell by the bucketload in Carphone Warehouse, but corporates buy in the thousands and Nokia knows to ensure each version is solidly built and packed with functionality.

The original slimline E50, a firm favourite, was succeeded by the equally impressive E51 and now it’s the turn of the E52, bringing the latest set of features.

The camera has been bumped up to 3.2-megapixels, along with an LED flash. In the past, the E50 and E51 models were available without a camera, to appease businesses with camera bans. Now it’s have the camera or find another phone.

Despite being only 9.9mm thick, the phone houses a 1500mAh battery and this allows the E52 to continue the tradition of offering incredible battery life.

With the battery saving mode activated, Nokia quotes a standby time of 696 hours (29 days) in 3G mode and up to eight hours in 2G mode (six in 3G mode). There is one catch, and that’s the fact that you’ll dig deep into those times if you start using the multimedia features, GPS navigation or playing games.

Let down your hair

The E52 comes with the N-Gage application, so when you’re not working on that deal to fix the world economy, you can be playing games like Bounce 3D, Guitar Hero Mobile, Tomb Raider: Underworld or Worms World Party. Thanks to a faster processor, the E52 flies along.

There’s support for push email, Microsoft Exchange and a recent deal will soon see Office documents supported natively. This phone really does have it all.

There are two extra buttons to take you to upcoming appointments or new messages, or if held down, add a new appointment or create a new message.

The extra keys are slightly raised, and this means you’ll probably find yourself pressing the clear button instead of the end button when you want to end a call.

The camera is good, but not excellent, while the LED light is bright. VGA video recording is a nice addition.

The latest version of Maps takes advantage of the E52’s integrated digital compass. When you stand still and turn the phone, the map rotates with you – making pedestrian navigation easy.

You don’t need to upgrade to get the full turn-by-turn instructions, but this is recommended for ordinary driving use.
Data can be backed and synchronised via a number of different services, including SyncML, Ovi Sync and Microsoft ActiveSync.

The standby screen shows all important information about messages and upcoming appointments, and you can switch between business and personal modes.

If the numeric keypad and T9 seems a bit of a hindrance for entering text, there is the option of getting a phone with a slide-out keyboard, such as the Nokia E75, but Nokia also has another option; an E52 with ‘BlackBerry SureType’ style keyboard.

The E55 has identical specifications but a totally different input system. All of this gives you more choice, and whichever model you choose, the battery life is going to be hard to beat. Nokia has yet again come up with another business winner.

 

VERDICT

As BlackBerry gets ever more dominant in the business world, Nokia can’t afford any screwups. With the launch of the E52 (and the almost identical E55 that has a compact QWERTY keyboard instead of a numeric pad with T9), Nokia has ensured it as a sturdy, dependable, candybar shaped phone that is packed with features, and is pleasant on the eyes. Alongside the E75, with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, there still seems to be life in S60 on the business side, even if it’s taking a knock elsewhere. Solid battery life is the proverbial icing on the cake…

 

RATING

PERFORMANCE
****-

FEATURES
*****

USABILITY
*****

 

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