The Nokia e72 is the successor of the successful e71. This handset is similar in purpose to its predecessor of being a business phone. The E72 has all the features of e71. This means that e71 lovers can opt for the e72 and not feel like using a completely new phone.
The e72 is essentially a phone with improved features. It has an improved processor, camera, internal memory and several other features.
Being a Nokia phone, the e72 has familiar features. The design is robust, solid, and with minor improvements. When you buy the phone, you get a leather case that comes along with the phone. There are a lot of other such in-the-box items that come with the phone such as USB cable, charger, and hand strap to name a few.
The design of the phone is not loud, yet it gets noticed. You can say that the design of the e72 displays subtle professionalism. Given that the design elements are controlled, you can use it in any setting. Be it a party or a business meeting, the phone is apt for any situation.
The QVGA screen measuring 2.4 inches is just enough. You can use the phone in direct sunlight. But do not expect the image quality to remain as it were when you were indoors.
The Nokia e72 may be mistaken for a BlackBerry phone. But on close inspection, you will see a lot of differences. Nokia’s attention to detail is impeccable. The e72 is a vindication of this fact. Design-wise the phone scores highly. The phone is meant for the tuxedo class. The e72 raises the bar a little higher in terms of design.
The build quality of the Nokia e72 is note worthy. The phone is made of steel. All the components of the phone are made of industrial grade material. This aspect lends the phone solidity. When you hold the phone, you will instinctively feel like holding a hard cobblestone that is unbreakable.
The keyboard of the Nokia e72 is one of the best in its category. It competes with BlackBerry smartphones in this regard. The keys are like pillows on the keyboard. The bulge on the keys and their soft retraction and restoration movement lets you type fast and accurately.
There is a new optical trackpad that is built into the phone. This hardware component was not present in the e71. The optical D pad is like a mini-laptop trackpad. The trackpad has good response times. Small touches are converted into quick system actions.
The Nokia e72 has outstanding call quality. This is a characteristic of most Nokia phones. The e72 just resonates this fact. Incoming and outgoing call quality is excellent. The clarity of the phone is akin to talking over a landline phone. This aspect is a unique selling proposition given that this is a business phone. And business people like to hear and be heard clearly.
The Nokia e72 has plenty of battery time. It has more than twelve hours of talk time and twenty days of standby time.
The e72 features a 5 MP rear camera. You can shoot clear pictures with it. The camera is an improvement from the e71.
What’s not so great?
The phone’s design is almost perfect. That is because the rear camera protrudes out of the phone. This is probably the only glitch in an otherwise spotless design.
The operating system is like old wine in new bottle. Every year, new features are being added. But the fact of the matter is that the S60 OS has lost its sheen. The processor is definitely a saving grace. Yet, the menus and graphics look pixilated. There seems to be no technological inception to augment the graphics rendition capabilities of the phone.
If the operating system gets to your nerves, the functional design in the phone is questionable. Some basic features need a lot of navigation paths to access them. You will need to traverse multiple navigation paths to apply a basic setting. This is a cumbersome process. In an era of intuitive user interfaces and optimum functional design, this is a serious slack in the Nokia e72.
The optical trackpad is a welcome addition. But there is not enough finger room to comfortably operate this hardware component. If you have large fingers, then you may never use this trackpad at all.
Vs. Symbian phones
When compared with most Symbian OS phones, the Nokia e72 is thinner. Another key advantage is that is the Nokia e72 has an accelerometer; something that is missing in Symbian phones. Also, the e2 has an inbuilt Wi-Fi spot.
Vs. BlackBerry phones
e72 phones are better than BlackBerry phones is many aspects. They are slimmer, have multitasking capabilities and have better battery times. The only advantage that BlackBerry phones have is they have better processors. Most BlackBerry phones have 1GHz processors compared to the 600 MHz processor found on the Nokia e72.
Vs. Windows phone competitors
Again, the e72 is thinner than Windows phones. Most if not all Windows phones do not have a QWERTY keyboard, whereas this is one of the main draws of the e72.
Windows phones have better screen resolution. This could be one advantage over the e72. However, on average, the e72 fares better than Windows phones in all aspects.
Vs. Android competitors
The competition gets stiffer for the Nokia e72 with Android phones. The main disadvantage of the e72 is the number of apps it provides on the Nokia Ovi Store compared to Android’s App Market. Additionally, most Android devices are now coming in Super AMOLED display.
A significant advantage of the Nokia e72 is that it has assisted GPS. Some Android phones do not have QWERTY keyboards, whereas in the e72 this is the main draw.
There are numerous changes made to the e72. The going had been good for Nokia with the e71. With the e72 it is about mixed reactions. It is not a radically different phone. Most people think it is just an upgrade phone. Very much like a version change of a software product.
The thumbs up factors
Design-wise, the Nokia e72 is on the money. The sleek and robust construct is complemented by the wide and well-structured QWERTY keyboard. The look is solid, and business-like. It is an ideal phone to carry when you are in your business suit.
Under the bonnet, this phone is faster to its predecessor. The basic features have been enhanced to provide more speed. For instance, the email and messaging facilities are a touch faster courtesy the faster processor.
There is plenty of business applications bundled into the phone. The phone supports Wi-Fi and HSPA networking technologies. The A-GPS technology is a useful feature to let you know where you are and where you ought to go. Additionally, Ovi Maps has been revamped with additional features.
The thumbs down factors
The 2.36 inch display is definitely not the largest. The optical trackpad is a welcome addition. But it is uneasy to use. The S60 3rd Edition operating system does not have a good functional design. The camera fares just OK.
Price and availability
The Nokia e72 costs about Rs.17639. It is available at all retail outlets. Buying them from online stores is a better option. You get discounts and also free shipping.