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Nokia E50 review

Nokia E50 review
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Retail Price: RM 978
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Nokia has made an addition to it’s E series of business phone . And here it is the Nokia E50. With classic Nokia design, the small, sleek, and stylish Nokia E50 is also designed for people who want a single phone for both business and leisure use.
Review On : Nokia E50
Reviewed by: Jonathan Cheah
At A Glance:

Local Distributor: Nokia Malaysia (M) Sdn Bhd / Avaxx
Contact : 1-300-88-1600
Build quality: 9/10
Applications: 10/10
Interface: 10/10
Value-for-money: 9/10
Overall rating: 9.5/10
+ Slim smartphone
+ Bluetooth and Infrared
+ Protected MicroSD slot
- 1.3 MP Camera only
- No 3G
- No WiFi

The Nokia E50 is one of the business class devices that Nokia is now touting as part of the Enterprise-type E-Series devices. The phone is probably the least wide Series-60 type Symbian device, and it is surprising what they have packed into a device that feels just like the 6100, albeit a little bit longer.

In the box
  • Handset Transceiver
  • Battery (standard battery)
  • Charger
  • Headset
  • Data Cable
  • User manuals
  • CD

    This is the classic example of the adage that less is more. The simple silver layout of the phone makes it so appealing, and the minimalist approach is so wonderful in a device that is much more powerful than it pretends to be.

    The device measures 113 x 43.5 x 15.5 mm and weighs in at 104g so it is not too large and would be rather easy to carry around in a bag or a pocket.
    The buttons sport etched text on a silver background, and the keypad lights up in a cool electric blue. There are shortcut buttons in chrome on the right side of the phone, and the largest one is the shutter button for the camera and video.

    I like it that this is probably the only Symbian with volume toggle buttons which are found on the left side of the phone. The Edit button is on the right side of the phone, and another button is atop this and goes to the contacts list by default if you press it.
    I really like the screen, which appears to be a high-resolution version of a regular Series-60 Symbian screen. The icons are smaller, and look better on the high-resolution screen. For the record, the pixel count is 240 x 320 and the colour resolution is 18-bit.

    This is the third edition of the Series-60 platform, running a Symbian 9.1 operating system. The usual S-60 OS is now crammed into screen that is slightly simmer than its counterparts, which results in what is probably the slimmest smartphone in the world today.
    The E50 supports SMS and MMS, and its email protocols extend to IMAP, POP and SMTP. IM is featured, as are Push to Talk capabilities if you so desire. Apparently, this is a very email-friendly device, and supports such major names as BlackBerry Connect, Activesync, Intellisync and Visto. This covers a large percentage of what is available, so you should be able to use push email with this device.

    As usual, the Quick Office Suite is preinstalled into the phone, and this is made up of QuickWord, QuickSheet and QuickPoint. The programs correspond to Microsoft¡¦s Word, Excel and Powerpoint applications.

    There is also a PDF reader, and an application called Team Suite. The Teams application is similar to the groups feature used in the contacts list. However, it allows you to do much more such as auto-dialling multiple recipients for conference calls, sending group SMS messages and even to make POC calls between members of a particular team.

    We only have a 1.3 Megapixel phone in this camera. It was only a while ago that 1MP was such a big thing, but today it is regarded as the bare minimum in cameraphones. Anyway, you are not supposed to use this phone to shoot a movie, so the camera is simply an afterthought to the device.
    The camera has a maximum resolution of 1280 x 960 pixels with a digital zoom of up to 4x. The other setting for the camera is 640 x 480 pixels. You can set the camera to operate in night mode or sequence mode.
    Video resolution is at 176 x 144 pixels at 15 frames per second. The camera stores in JPEG format by default and the video recorder stores in H.263 format by default.
    This is first time I have noticed such advanced Voice functions in a Series-60 device. It is almost like a Linux device in that it can read back the menu items aloud
    What is probably the most enticing thing about the voice functions is that you can get it to read back email and text messages to you. This is a really great feature, especially for those who drive a lot and want to listen to their messages while driving.
    There is some confusion about the ability of this device to support two numbers. Some users are asking if this means that the E50 can support two SIM cards. Well, actually what this means is that the Avaya software inside the device is capable of integration with your office landline. When someone calls, the call can be directed to your handset, and this function can be turned off when it is time to stop working and go home.

    The E50 comes with both Bluetooth and infrared connectivity. The infrared port is on the left side of the phone and is barely noticeable to the casual glance. There is also a Pop-Port USB connector, which by now appears to be a standard feature on nearly all Nokia phones.
    This is not a 3G phone but it is a quad-band device and supports EGPRS. There is no support for WiFi, but they do have an xHTML browser and a WAP 2.0 browser if you need one.
    There are no games built into this Enterprise device. Fortunately, it is an S60 type phone and should support games that are found in similar devices. You will just have to beg your friends for what they have, assuming you can get past the DRM lock that prevents forwarding.

    Editor's Opinion

    I like this Symbian device. First of all, it resembles a Series-40-sized device and does not look like a Series-60 device at all. I like it that the device was really small and much more powerful than it lets on.
    The price is really sweet too, and for just over RM1000 I would say that this is a much better bargain than other devices with slightly larger camera resolutions. For the life of me I can never understand why the average Joe or Jill likes to toy with the camera on a phone so much.
    Except for the current models with more than five megapixels of resolution, cameras in mobile phones aren¡¦t much useful except for shooting average pictures to show to friends or to help in explaining yourself in situations when a picture paints more than a thousand words.

    I say it is not worth the brouhaha over how good a mobile camera is and a phone like the E50 is just perfect. It is small and packed full of features, and sells at a very reasonable price. Except for the 1.3 megapixel camera, this phone is starting to grow on me and I would have to place this one very high on my list of recommended phones, if not right at the head of the list.

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