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Nokia E75 review

Niall Magennis

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  • E75 Smartphone (Quad Band, Tri Band - GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 800 - Wi-Fi, Bluetooth - GPRS, HSCSD, EDGE, HSDPA - Polyphonic - 16.7 Million Colors - 50MB - Slide - Red)

Summary

Our Score:

9

Nokia's E series line-up of messaging phones has brought us some top class handsets in the last year or so. We've had not only the sublime E71, but also the E63 - it's equally impressive, but less costly sibling - so this latest addition to the range has a lot to live up to.

Luckily, first impressions of the E75 are good. This really is a beautifully designed phone and reminds us in many ways of Nokia's old 8800 luxury handset as it has a similar polished chrome surround that frames the screen and keypad. It also has top class build quality as like the 8800 the metal bits are actually made of real metal and the plastic that's been used manages to avoid looking cheap and nasty.

The other key feature of the E75's design is its slide out QWERTY keyboard. This may be Nokia's first attempt at producing a slide out keyboard but it's hit the jackpot first time. The sliding mechanism feels silky smooth yet sturdy enough to stand up to the rigors of daily use. What's more, Nokia hasn't had to bulk up the handset to accommodate the keyboard as it still only measure 14.4mm at its thickest point.

The keyboard itself is one of the best we've used on any messaging device. Compared to the likes of the HTC S740 which have similar slide out keyboards, the keys here are huge and well spaced. This means you can get up a decent typing speed for emails and text messages pretty much straight off the bat.

Like Nokia's other E series models this one is based on the company's S60 software. Series 60 has improved a lot over the years and is now far slicker and more useable than its earlier incarnations. There's now a good line-up of useful applications including QuickOffice for viewing and editing work documents, Nokia Maps for use with the phone's GPS receiver (you get a 3-month free trial of the service with this handset), a PDF viewer and stable media player. Another neat feature of S60, as implemented here, is the Switch Mode function that enables you to set up different home screens for Work and Personal use and quickly switch between them from the standby screen.

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Robovski

April 27, 2009, 6:44 am

Looks like the phone I have been waiting for to replace my Samsung F700.

josephcb0

April 27, 2009, 1:53 pm

Hi there, where are the camera screen shots? Will be very appreciated if you could show the quality of the front cam as well! :-)

Premfab

April 27, 2009, 2:35 pm

Looks like a 'grown up' E71 which I own and love. It may be time to upgrade .....!!!!

purephase

April 27, 2009, 3:36 pm

@joseph





As I understand it the front camera is only for use during video calls. It can't be used to take pics - not sure why. This is true on E71 anyway.





@Prem - I have the E71 as well and it's awesome. I don't really see what this handset has that would make me switch. I guess if you feel the keys on the E71 are too small - or you really want a 3.5mm jack, but otherwise you're just getting a fatter version of the same phone aren't you?





Now if they had ditched the number pad completely, and put in a hi-res full length screen, then I would have been interested!



Crispy

April 27, 2009, 5:08 pm

With the N95 8GB, once in camera mode you can switch to the video calling camera under Options, use secondary camera - which then allows you to take photos with it although the lower resolution and quality are immediately evident on screen - have never used it for photos, just once or twice as an impromptu 'mirror' where nothing better has been available!

lifethroughalens

April 27, 2009, 7:04 pm

@ purephase


"Now if they had ditched the number pad completely, and put in a hi-res full length screen, then I would have been interested" - N97?!





This does look like a corker although it would be nice if the screen could tilt and I really would like a slightly bigger screen, say up to the headphone speaker and fully filling out the handset width wise.

Rickysio

April 27, 2009, 10:12 pm

@lifethroughalens





Technological limit. Screen can't reach that size as to be directly 'next' to the headphone speaker. LCD screens need 'containers' and etc that take up space.





Still, at least this is an OS that can ACTUALLY multitask like... 16 years ago.

ffrankmccaffery

April 28, 2009, 10:24 pm

its just a shame the third party applications market is dwindling fast for this phones platform

Martin Daler

September 4, 2009, 5:41 pm

I guess you have to pay for the Nokia Maps service after the three month trial, but is there any reason for this phone not to run the excellent CoPilot 7? Does the GPS run only with aGPS assistance (i.e. needing a data connection), or does it also run as standalone, sim-free, vanilla GPS?

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