Nokia E75 review
The Nokia E75 is classed as a business phone and sits somewhere between the Nokia E71 and the Communicator range. Check out our review to see how whether it lives up to expectations.
The Nokia E75 is an impressive looking smartphone. It feels solid in the hand and due to its rather flat profile looks larger than the likes of the Nokia 5800, with which it shares a similar size and weight. Initial impressions of the build quality are that it’s certainly on a par with the Nokia E71 and it feels good in the hand. The 139g weight is well balanced.
FEATURES: When it comes to features, the screen is a standard 2.4-inch screen with 320 x 240 pixel resolution. While there is nothing special about it, it’s certainly bright and the interface is easy to navigate. The main apps run along the top of the screen and can be accessed using the omni-directional key that sits just below the screen, between the Home and Return keys.
The numeric keypad has plenty of bounce to it and instead of individual keys you’ll find each row is a strip with a sensor underneath. This works well and helps minimise dust and grime getting between the keys.
KEYBOARD: The secret trick with the Nokia E75 that is tucked away at the back of the phone. It’s a side-loading QWERTY, which splits open as soon as you put pressure on the two halves.
As soon as you slide open the QWERTY keyboard the screen rotates so you’ll be viewing it in landscape mode. This is a nice touch and only goes back to Portrait mode when you close it back up again. The benefits of this are evident, as you’ll only really open the keyboard when you want to use it.
The keyboard itself is a nice size and the weighting of the handset means you’ll need to hold it in two hands for best effect. The keys feel large enough but due to the design have a rather flat feel to them as you type, which means you’ll be double-checking you’ve hit the right key every time.
We would have liked a slightly larger Space bar, as the one fitted is a little small and you will find yourself having to look down to locate it from time-to-time.
When pressing the buttons on the left-hand side you need to hold the device firmly, otherwise you’ll find yourself sliding the phone open slightly. This isn’t a problem, more a little irksome and could have been easily resolved with a latch, as can be found on the Nokia N97.
AROUND THE SIDES: Features tucked around the sides of the phones are 3.5mm audio jack on the top, camera and media buttons on the right-hand side, charger input, which is the standard Nokia charger can be found on the bottom of the phone, will finally on the left-hand side are access ports for the microUSB and microSD slots.
CONCLUSION: So, is the Nokia E71 about to become the businessman’s new email favourite? Its early days yet and we’ve not fully got to grips with using it. However, at the moment it’s a close call. It’s a user-friendly phone and using the keyboard is nice but unless you have a real need to have a larger keyboard, such as writing full documents rather than just quick emails on the move, Nokia E71 users may well be happy with what they’re currently using.
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