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September 30, 2010 by Dean Quinn
The Eseries family has long been associated with Nokia’s business model, but with smartphones coming out of the office and into the mainstream, it can be hard to find a handset that gets the balance of work and play just right. The Nokia E5 appears to have this nailed with deal breaking business skills and an abundance of top notch technology.
The Nokia E5 scrubs up well in typical business black with the odd dose of metallic highlights. Coming in at just 115 x 12.6 x 58.9 mm, means it’s easy to get a bit of one or two handed action add to this the solid build and clean layout and you’ve got yourself a fine piece of kit. The spacious four row QWERTY keyboard and the large navigation panel makes getting around a breeze, even if you are partial to the odd tipple. Better still the 2.36 inch TFT landscape display throws out decent enough images that even if you get to the double vision state, chances are you’ll still make sense of the screen.
The Nokia E5 is powered by the super organised Symbian S60 platform. This OS can help keep your life in order and has all the essential tools of the trade covered, including multi-tasking and customisable homescreens, providing quick access to all the shortcuts you could possibly need. Whatever your mood, your Nokia E5 will be able to keep up with a 600MHz processor that will keep everything running smoothly. No good business phone is complete without top messaging features. The E5 can handle everything from texts and picture messages to instant messages and emails, which just so happen to automatically detect over 1000 providers.
The Microsoft package pops in to play, offering editing access for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Proving that you don’t need to have a touchscreen phone in order to get a good web experience, the Nokia E5 offers super fast browser with pages being rendered in seconds. As with all Symbian browsers, you’ll have Flash support to enjoy and 256MB of RAM memory means you’re unlikely to encounter the dreaded ‘out of memory’ error messages. Don’t worry, 3G and Wi-Fi connections come along for the ride too.
Not everything is strictly business with the Nokia E5 as it has a decent 5 megapixel camera complete with LED flash and fixed focus. It’s great for users who want to point, shoot and get a picture at the end of it, video recording also comes as part of the package. There’s a microSD slot that can store up to 32GB of additional memory via an external card, and there’s even A-GPS support with Ovi Maps to help you find your way home after a long day.
The Nokia E5 continues the line of business phone success with a good combination of all the essential office functions without skimping on features.
The Nokia E5 brings a good balance of features and functionality and offers a full office suite and spacious QWERTY keyboard. Perfect as a work or second phone, the only let down is the rather poor camera.
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