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The E5, a simple looking handset packed with great apps and functionality, is a well-upgraded E63 suitable for business and recreational purposes.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2011 17:14 IST
Shayne Rana
Shayne Rana
Hindustan Times

At first glance, the Nokia E5 looks like a higher-end, updated version of the E63, Nokia's E-series business class phone.

The E5 is a simple looking QWERTY keypad handset. The buttons are large and soft enough for typing. The 3.2-inch QVGA display is not scratch resistant; the charging port, micro USB slot and 3.5 mm handsfree socket are located at the top of the device. A set of volume/ zoom keys are on the right side. Like the Nokia C3, two buttons on the side pop open the rear panel. However, there’s no hot swap for the MicroSD card.

There’s nothing radically new about the S60 platform except for the horizontal variant of the Home Screen. The built-in Facebook application allows you to sync your phonebook contacts with your online contacts. But if you’ve saved contacts with nicknames, syncing is a problem. The UI is smooth in terms of navigation, and the E5 handles multitasking efficiently.

The E5’s music player is brilliant. Without tweaking the audio, music quality was loud and clear, but not with the bundled handsfree. The E5 also has a Stereo FM radio and an Internet radio.

Videos are easy to view, and the E5 reads MPEG4, 3GP and WMV formats. Multimedia capabilities include a voice recorder, music search, a podcast app and Nokia’s Home Media app. The handset came with no preloaded games.

The E5 is equipped with 3G, Bluetooth with A2DP (and AVRCP), EDGE, Wi-Fi and USB 2.0. The native browser, although slow, is superb for browsing. Preloaded apps include those for Twitter, Hi5, MySpace, Friendster and YouTube. An application for Ovi chat, Gtalk and MSN are also on board. The E5 is also a GPS-enabled (with a-GPS support) handset that comes loaded with Ovi Maps 3.0.

The E5 comes with a full version of QuickOffice which allows you to create and edit MS Office documents. A PDF and Zip reader are also available. Nokia’s universal Search option and text to speech reader for messages are also included.

The E5’s 5 MP fixed focus camera allows you to make adjustments to exposure level, white balance, ISO, scene mode, etc. Even with the lack of auto focus, the camera manages to deliver well. The downside is that it takes a bit long to process an image. Videos can be recorded up to 640 x 480 pixels at 15 fps.

The battery life is brilliant. On a single charge, expect over two-and-a-half days with calls, messages, music and video. Talk time averaged in over five-and-half-hours.

What we like
Technically impressive
No multiple calibrations
Navigation is cool

What we don’t
Requires lots of space
Too expensive
Bad launch lineup

With a price tag of Rs 11,100 (MOP) the Nokia E5 is perfect if you’re looking for a QWERTY handset with connectivity options and decent multimedia.

First Published: Jan 11, 2011 13:52 IST