Ahh, the third time was a charm. My third trial phone from WOMWorldNokia was the business class E72 (See my takes on the 5800 and the E75). Of the three, I enjoyed the company of the E72 the most. What blew me away was the design of the phone itself. I kept thinking of one of my favorite cars… the A8 from Audi (Aaah)…and I just couldn’t stop holding and staring at the E72 (Err, okay, my wife is giving me ‘that look.’). Tell me you don’t see a resemblance..
Guess what? I like buttons! The E72 is such a solid phone, texting was a pleasure once I got used to the smallish keypad (hey it’s my first blackberry style phone, okay?). I did NOT miss having a touchscreen. I assumed I would not like the smaller 2.4″ screen, after using the full touchscreen 5800, but I honestly didn’t miss it. I was able to type faster and more accurately than using a touchscreen keyboard, and found myself using it more to send emails, texts, and tweets than with any other phone. Oh, and there are dedicated buttons functions for toggling bluetooth on/off, and for activating the LED flash to use as a flash light. Very handy!
The multimedia features were very good (including OVI maps with voice Nav), but the podcast app was an obvious omission, which was a feature I enjoyed with the other 2 phones-hey I’m a CNET geek, okay, and I missed their podcasts during my commute. The 3.5mm headset jack was convenient, and audio output quality was about as good as the 5800, which is saying a lot (speakerphone wasn’t quite up to the 5800 though). What was unexpected was the decent quality of photos and videos taken with the E72 (see a sample pic of the Gotpassport ladies below).
This was one phone that actually spurred me to use it more. It was a pleasure to use, and a phone that I actually wouldn’t cover up with a case. Can you imagine an A8 with a car bra on it??