BenQ E72 Review - BenQ E72 Review


So overall, the E72 does feature some nice stuff, but there are a few negative things about this phone.

The processor isn’t up to much. I found myself looking at that annoying Windows Mobile ‘wait’ icon rather more often than I’d like. There isn’t a lot of memory on board for your own data and applications. Fresh out of the box my review sample reported just 26.21MB of available storage off its 128MB of ROM and 64MB of RAM. There is a microSD card slot lurking on the right edge protected by the battery cover, but it maxes out at 2GB (i.e. there is no SDHC support).

And then there is the battery. My usual rundown test – playing tunes from a microSD card – elicited just short of five hours of non-stop music off a full charge. That is not as bad as I got with the HTC Touch Diamond (a woeful 2 hours 43 mins), but it isn’t near the 6 hours-plus I’d expect from a Windows Mobile Standard device these days.

There is a mini USB port on the right edge for charging the phone. I didn’t get a headset with my review sample, but in the absence of any other way of connecting it I’m assuming it has a mini USB connector too.

There is a camera here, on the back of the casing, but its sensor is limited to 2-megapixels for stills and lacks autofocus, self-portrait mirror and flash. Shots were quite good, though.

Indoors the coloured dish is reasonably well reproduced and the colours are certainly quite accurate. Outside, the chair’s whiteness does have some pinkish tones, but detailing is reasonably good. The flowers were photographed close in, and there is some loss of definition, but again the shot is passable. Note the date and time stamp in the corner of each photo, which can be turned on or off as you wish.


Physically this is a neat Windows Mobile smartphone though it does suffer from a small screen. Wi-Fi is welcome, as is much of the bundled extra software. But the processor, battery life and internal memory are all inadequate.

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