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Nokia E75 - Nokia E75

Niall Magennis

By Niall Magennis

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Nokia E75

Summary

Our Score:

9

There's no doubting that the E75 is being aimed squarely at business types, but that doesn't mean that Nokia has left out all the fun stuff. For example, the phone is supplied with a decent set of stereo headphones (complete with a built-in mic for hands-free calling) which you can use to listen to tunes via either the music player or onboard FM tuner. The headset connects to the phone via a standard 3.5mm jack so you can also swap the headphones for your own cans if you like. But perhaps the most surprising addition on the entertainment side is the support for N-Gage games. Unfortunately no games are includes as standard with the handsets, but you can download them directly from the N-Gage on-phone showroom.

The E75 uses a relatively small 1,000mAh battery so we weren't expecting it to be all that impressive when it came to battery life, but it took our preconceptions and blew them out of the water. This phone was one of the best performers of any smartphone in terms of the length of time it will keep running between charges. Most smartphones last two to two and a half days, but this one was happily able to keep going for around four days with medium usage for calls, email and a bit of web surfing via Wi-Fi. It really is incredibly impressive that it manages to eek out this type of battery life from its power pack. Another boon is that unlike many of Nokia's previous standards this one can be charged via its microUSB port, as well as the supplied wall charger.

Verdict

The N75 packs in pretty much everything you need for life on the move including top class email support, GPS, document creation and editing as well as a decent camera and music player. Add in the excellent battery life and roomy keyboard and you've got a seriously powerful phone. If you don't want the extra bulk - mainly in width - associated with the large touchscreens on the likes of the iPhone and Touch HD, it makes for an excellent business phone.

Overall Score

9

Scores In Detail

  • Performance 9
  • Value 8
  • Features 8
  • Design 9
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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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