Nokia E75 review

Nokia’s E75 is designed to make the business life of professionals easier on the move, and out of office. However, does it have what it takes to usurp the reputation of the Blackberry as the professional’s device of choice?

Solid features set

The E75 runs on a Symbian 9.3 operating system with S60 software, which provides adequate power for running multiple applications. Previous Nokia models have found this sort multitasking difficult, resulting in crashes, screen freezes, and a poor battery life.

During test, we ran five programmes simultaneously for well over two hours (Maps, MP3 player, internet, e-mail, and Word) without any lagging, crashes or glitches.

Additionally, the battery life wasn't sapped by our excessive multitasking, and after only one charge, it was still on full power nearly 24 hours later - proving that the device is a reliable, functioning business companion that would won't let down after frantic use, even if you, god forbid, forget to charge it.

Nokia has provided the OVI service on the E75, which allows you to access documents, pictures, and data that is saved on your office or home PC directly from your phone.

While this is an impressive function, and has multiple applications in the business world, the OVI website wasn't working during the review period. So sadly, we didn't get to try out this feature.

It also comes with GPS and Nokia Maps pre-installed which serves its purpose in providing you with a quick idea of where you are, and where you need to be - handy for those business meetings in unfamiliar territory.

However, the programme itself is sluggish and temperamental. Planning routes is also an arduous chore, and one you will eventually (after three months) have to pay for.

As it stands, Nokia hasn't really come to the table with anything new that is going to change the way people think about mobile phones. That doesn't necessarily make it a bad phone, it's just not that good when compared to what's already out there.

Imagine you had the choice between a Ferrari and a BMW: They're both good cars, they both look nice, but if you had the choice, and luckily in this context you do, you always know which one you'd rather have.

Verdict

While the E75’s build quality and e-mail capabilities are very good, its hardly anything new, and besides the QWERTY keyboard, it offers very little that is likely to excite or improve anyone’s business life. Needless to say, we don’t think Nokia will be tempting many professionals over from the Blackberry or iPhone camps with the E75 anytime soon.

Connectivity: EDGE, GSM, GPRS, HSDPA (3.6Mbps), 802.11b/g Display: 2.4 QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) Storage: 110MB, microSD card slot Camera: 3.2 Megapixel with auto-focus Talk time: 5 hours 20 mins Standby: 280 hours Dimensions: (WxDxH): 50x 14.4x111.8mm Weight: 139g

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