Nokia’s popular E71 had long been a main contender for the executive power of the Blackberry, so Nokia thought it would up the ante with its brand new E72 smartphone. Does it have what it takes to replace the Blackberry in your suit pocket? Let’s find out.
For those of you who find it impossible to type out a very important email to your boss on a touchscreen, the E72 retains the all important QWERTY keyboard.
Just because it boasts a button for each letter, it doesn’t mean it won’t fit into even the most fashionable tiny handbag being reasonably compact at 114 x 58.3 x 10.1 mm and weighing in at 128g.
On the outside, the E72 looks professional with metal trim and a dose of chrome around the face of the handset and the back battery cover.
To continue the sleek look, Nokia has hidden the microUSB port and microSD slot behind plastic covers.
The E72 may be a business phone, but it still has a high-quality 5 megapixel camera with LED flash so you can capture all the good (and questionable) times at your next work function.
There is also a secondary camera on the front of the phone for taking self-portraits.
The top of the handset houses the power button and standard 3.5mm headphone jack, so you can listen to your tunes through your snazzy Sennheiser earbuds.
Being a business-focused phone, it’s going to need quite a bit of memory, and with 250MB internal memory with an included 4GB microSD card, you’ll be able to save legal document after legal document on your phone and still have room for a bit of Beyonce.
Connectivity-wise, the phone comes packed with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS and HSDPA tethering. There is also the added ability to connect to your company’s internet through a VPN link.
What the E72 features that is incredibly handy for the myriad of personas you have is the ability to set up multiple email accounts from Gmail, Nokia’s Ovi Mail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail to the more corporate Exchange and Lotus Notes Traveler.
The push email support will run for all of your accounts simultaneously. Well, time is money.
If email isn’t instant enough for you, you can also chat through Google Talk, MSN or Ovi Chat.
The Nokia E72 even comes in an array of office-wear colours, so you can choose from Zodium Black, Metal Grey and Topaz Brown.
It is available on a range of carriers at the £25.00 per month mark.
The Gaj-It Verdict:
This compact business smartphone ticks all the boxes and allows you to type long missives easily despite the keys being on the small side. The phone’s mix of corporate and personal features makes this a great handset to bridge office interaction and pub interaction nicely.