Except the Communicator series, Nokia didn’t have much to offer to the business class users, until the Eseries happened. Since the first Eseries phone in 2005, Nokia has come a long way to offer variety of devices to this segment, the latest being E75. E75 tries to ride on the success of Nokia’s best selling Eseries device, E71 but does it have the charm to lure users with a new form factor?
The package contents include the handset, BL-4U battery, Charger, Connectivity Cable, Headset (HS-43), User Guide and 8GB microSD memory card.
The weight is the first thing to come in your mind when you hold the device. However, the heavy weight actually works in favor of the device because it signifies the use of high quality materials. The front glossy plastic is covered by its 2.4-inch screen and a cramped alphanumeric keypad. The back side sports a shiny textured metallic battery adding to E75’s aura, 3.2MP camera with self-portrait mirror and microphone. Regarding the remaining sides, the left side has rubber covered USB and microSD card slot; the upper side with a 3.5mm audio jack; right side with volume, recorder and camera keys and the bottom side comprises of charging point (thin pin) and lanyard holes.
Talking about its sliding mechanism, I think it is one of the best sliders to come out of Nokia’s stable. It’s smooth and does not take much effort even when you try to slide it from a single thumb.
The slider reveals a well etched full QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard does not consist of island keys but has nicely spaced keys spanning across its four-row layout. Of course, you need some time to adjust to its setting but it shouldn’t take more than a couple of messages. If Nokia managed to make a decent QWERTY keypad, well, they missed to make the same mark with the front alphanumeric keyboard. The keys are cramped, especially the keys alongside the D-pad.
E75 houses a 2.4-inch screen supporting 16M colors and a QVGA display. The display is good and has no problems whatsoever in the direct sunlight, even if the colors faint.
Moving to the camera, the phone integrates a 3.2MP camera sensor along with LED flash and autofocus. While the list looks good on the surface, let me tell you, it’s not. There are many things that say “hey, I am an Eseries phone, don’t expect this from me”. To start with, there’s no camera cover which leaves the camera glass highly prone to scratches. Secondly, the wrongly placed camera button that hampers your viewing area since it’s placed directly in line of the screen and lastly, which you cannot forgo like the other two drawbacks, is the dismal picture quality. The still pictures taken show a high-level of noise but the video capturing, capable to record VGA res at 30fps was somewhat better than the still pictures.
Nokia E75 runs on Symbian OS 9.3 Series 60 3rd Edition with Feature Pack 2. If you’ve used any Symbian S60 phone in the past, you wouldn’t find any major changes in the UI apart from some tweaks that make the new UI snappier and easy to use.
One of the USPs of E75, we can say is its tight integration of email. The email application is built into the phone and could be used right away in few simple steps. It supports emails from up to 16 accounts including Microsoft Exchange and Ovi mail.
E75 integrates A-GPS and install the in-house developed Ovi Maps, it proves a decent navigation solution. But if Ovi Maps is not your liking, there are other 3rd party apps like Google Maps that work perfectly well with the GPS module.
Other noteworthy features found in E75 are N-gage gaming support; 3.5mm audio jack; a quick profile switch that changes the homescreen and other preferences according to home or office mode; sensor settings with tapping and turning control. However, the tapping and turning functions have been removed by the latest firmware but can be expected to return in later versions.
Nokai E75’s battery is rated at 1000mAh, which if you compare with E71, will fall short by a good 500mAh. Needless to say, it obviously clocks less hours and lasted about a day to me with surfing on Wi-Fi, calling about two hours or so and texting.
Lastly, even though E71 and E75 are compared on many fronts, I would say both the devices are different with different target audiences. E71 gives extra working hours at a bit low price than E75 but E75 trades the battery life with additional features like S60 FP2, 3.5mm audio jack and N-gage support, which somehow justifies its price tag.