11 December 2009 – The Nokia E71 and Nokia E72 are Blackberry-type full Qwerty keyboard devices in the Nokia ‘E’ range of devices. The ‘E’ range is commonly used to denote Enterprise class devices which are designed with the business user in mind.
The E72 can be said to be the successor model to the E71. Therefore, the question that this article addresses is this: Is it worth the price premium to go for the newer model over the old?
There are a number of minor differences between both devices with two differences in particular likely to affect a purchase decision. The first key difference is that the camera on the E71 is a 3.2 megapixel one, while the E72 has a 5.0 megapixel camera. It is not really a significant difference, as neither device is meant to be used as a professional camera.
The second key difference is the HSDPA speed, which is given as 3.6 Mbps for the E71 and 10.2 Mbps for the E72. At first glance, three times the speed may seem significant. But is it? Does your service provider support that kind of speed? Perhaps more important is if you will be using such speeds all the time given that a handheld has storage limitations.
I think that the difference in HSDPA speed is negligible and so is the difference in the camera rating. Given the current prices at the time of writing, I would go for the older model and spend the RM 400 difference on something else.
Nokia E71 (RM 1200 - 1230)
3.5G HSDPA 3.6 Mbps + WiFi 802.11 g, Qwerty Candybar, 3.2 MP Camera, 110 MB Memory + microSD (up to 8GB)
The Nokia E71 comes fully equipped for easy-to-install and easy-to-use professional and personal email. People who use Microsoft Exchange at work can access their email using the Mail for Exchange mobile email client, which comes pre-loaded with the Nokia E71. With these Nokia Eseries device, people can get reliable real-time access to their email, calendar, contacts and tasks, as well as download attachments like Word, Excel, Powerpoint or PDF files directly to their devices.
The Nokia E71 supports email accounts from more than a thousand internet service providers (ISPs) around the world, as well as Gmail, Yahoo! mail and Hotmail. Additionally, the Nokia E71 supports the Nokia Intellisync Wireless Email solution as well as third party email solutions like System Seven and Visto Mobile. Both devices come with the new switch mode that allows people easily to switch between personal and work home screens.
Nokia E72 (RM 1530 - 1610)
3.5G HSDPA 10.2 Mbps + WiFi 802.11 b/g, Qwerty Candybar, 5.0 MP Camera, 250 MB Memory + microSD (up to 16GB)
Building on the formula from the hugely successful Nokia E71, Nokia's best selling QWERTY device to date, this latest arrival in Nokia's Eseries family maintains essential elements of its predecessor, whilst still improving its capabilities in a number of areas. Nokia also upgraded the camera to 5 megapixels and added a standard 3.5 mm audio jack.
On top of these developments, for the first time, owners will be able to set up instant messaging (IM) accounts provided by Nokia Messaging direct from the homescreen. In just a few steps, device owners will be able to connect to their favorite IM accounts such as Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk and Ovi, amongst many others.
|Model||Nokia E71||Nokia E72|
|Market Status||Current Model||New Model|
|technology||HSDPA / UMTS/ Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900||GSM 850/900/1800/1900|
HSDPA 850/1900/2100 (US version)
|Dimension(mm)||57 x 114 x 10 mm||114 x 59.5 x 10.1|
|Screen size||240 x 320 pixels||2.36 inch, 240 x 320 pixels|
|Screen Color||TFT 16 million colors||TFT active matrix 16.7 million colors|
|Line of Text||-||-|
|Navigation key||-||Five-way scroll key, Optical trackpad|
|Memory Expansion||Micro SD - 1GB included (up to 8GB, hot swap)||Micro SD - up to 16GB, hot swap (4 GB memory card included)|
|Battery Type||Li - Po 1500mAh (BP-4L)||Li-Ion 1500 mAh (BP-4L)|
|Talk Time(minutes)||630 minutes||750|
|Standby Time(hours)||408 hours||492|
|Video Support||H.263, MPEG-4 VSP,RealVideo,H.264||MPEG 4, 3GPP|
|Voice Support||voice dial, voice memo||Comand, Speaker, Recording, Enhanced voice dialling|
|Audio Support||MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC||AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, AMR-NB, WMA|
3.5 mm audio jack
|Bluetooth||Yes, ver 2.0||Yes , v 2.0|
|EDGE||multislot class 32, max download 296 kbps; upload 177.6 kbps||Class 32, 128/384 kbps (DL/UL)|
|Data Types/GPRS||Class 32||Class 32|
|WIFI||802.11g||802.11 b/g, UPnP support|
SIP VoIP 3.0
|HSDPA||Yes, 3.6Mbps||HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps/ HSUPA 2 Mbps|
|Data cable||Yes, FS-USB||Micro USB|
|WAP||Yes Ver 2.0||Yes Ver 2.0|
|Platform/OS||Symbian 9.2||Symbian 9.3|
|Browser||Yes, HTML / XHTML Browser||WAP 2.0/HTML (Nokia MiniMap browser)|
|PIM Application||Calculator, calendar, reminders, currency converter||-|
|OtherApplication||GPS, mobile VPN, Nokia MiniMap, Flash Lite 3||Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), PDF viewer, A-GPS, Nokia Maps 3.0, Flash Lite 3.0|
|Caller ID||Photo caller ID||Photo caller ID|
|Max. Resolution||2048 x 1536 pixels (Secondary video call camera)||2592 x1944 (Secondary VGA camera)|
|Extra Features||Front camera for video call, auto-focus||Auto focus|
|Video Format||3GP, MPEG4||640x480|