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The Nokia E72 – what I don't like about it

Nokia E72Even though the E72 is a good contender in the business phone arena, here are some things which Nokia could have done better with this phone:

  • Dissappointing Vibrate mode: The vibrate mode on the E72 seems to be too soft – It’s very easy to miss out on calls if you have the phone on silent and vibrate mode on. The only time I noticed the phone vibrate was when it was on the table and it buzzed on the table top. Don’t expect to get much notification if you’ve got the phone in your pocket.
  • Web Browser: Why can’t Symbian do anything about the built in browser? It’s still not internet savvy. While it can handle mobile sites and lighter web pages with ease, but still seems to hang and crash on heavier non-mobile pages. I’ve had frequent hangs in the web browser when the page size goes above 1.5MB. This is not really specific to the E72, but plauges all phones which ship with the Symbian OS. You’re better off installing a third party browser like Opera or Opera Mini if you want to surf heavier pages.
  • Panorama Shots? : Did you know that the E72 now features a panorama mode? Even though it can stitch up multiple photos and make a panorama shot, I still couldn’t get a decent photo stiched up. Here are some samples I took. You’ll need to perfect the skill to take panorama shots on the E72. I got better result multiple snaps and stiching them on a desktop software. Here’s an example:
    First Attempt at creating a Panorama  Snap
    Don’t get me wrong, the camera on the phone is pretty good for an E series phone, it’s just the panorama mode which this phone’s capable of which is an utter disappointment. I had tried third party applications on earlier phones which rendered panorama shots much better than the inbuilt one on the E72.
  • Optical navi key: This is a new feature on the E72, which allows you to move your finger over the D-pad to navigate around the phone interface. At first it looks like a super cool feature, but after a few weeks of usage, it really gets to being a pain. If any of you have successfully used this feature of the phone without getting irritated by it acting up at the wrong time, let us know by commenting on this post.
  • Bundled Applications: I was also quite disappointed with the bundled applications which shipped with the E72 here in India – Callback and B’Day Mate. Two pretty dumb apps for a smart business phone like the E72.

Here are two more attempts at taking panorama snap with the camera after which I gave up:

Do you have any other disappointments with the E72 or did you get better results with the Panorama mode? Let us know by leaving a comment.

Edit: All’s not bad with the E72. We do like some of the neat features this phone sports. If you missed out on what we liked about it, head over here.

E72 first opinions – what I like about it

Nokia E72
The E72 is the successor of the very popular E71 phone from Nokia. It retains most of the good things which the E71 had and improved in other aspects to ensure that the successor of the E71 can really replace it. I’ve been using the E72 as a primary phone for the past two weeks and have been taking it through it’s paces, from using GPRS/WiFi,  Push email, Twitter through Gravity, Music using and more. One thing which impressed me on this phone is the battery life. Even though it uses the same battery as the E71, this phone goes a long way with it’s reduced battery consumption.

I had an E71 earlier and with the same usage patterns, it used to last for just a day or less. The E72 on the other-hand goes for 2, or on days with slightly less usage for 3 days before it needs to be charged. Nokia has managed to optimize the battery consumption on this handset and not at the cost of performance.

This phone flies with it’s speed. The interfaces are snappy and quick to respond even with all it’s special effects. I was able to run around 7 concurrent applications : Nokia Messaging Email, Mobbler, Gravity, Palringo, Advanced Call manger, Facebook Widget and Google Maps running at the same time, without having the phone freeze up or act slow at all. It’s the 600Mhz processor in action over here.

Good Multi-tasking Abilities

This phone’s also got a luxurious amount of phone memory available. This is a real luxury after using the cramped up, every reducing phone memory of the N97. The E72 came with more than 200MB phone memory free when I opened it out of the box. Even today, I’ve got more than 190MB free.

The camera on this phone is also one of the better in the E series phones. The pictures taken in daylight  are clear, and the ones in low light are slightly grainy, but not too much. This camera can’t compete with the N series phones with their Carl Zeiss optics, but it’s not a camera they slapped on in the last minute. You can take a look at some of the pictures from the E72 over at the E72 Photo set I created at Flickr. Pictures with the flash have a slight bluish tinge, but not as bad as the pictures from the E71 with the flash on.

Another cool addition to this phone is the torch. Keep the spacebar pressed long enough and the LED flash on the phone doubles up as a torch, which is quite bright to help you move around in pitch darkness. My only complaint about this functionality is you have to keep the spacebar kept too long to get the torch to light up. I liked the E63’s version better, where the torch came on just after a very short delay after being invoked.

E72 Camera Test
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If you type out  to a lot of sms, chat and emails, the keyboard layout of the E72 is perfect for you. Even though the keys are placed very close to each other, the keys themselves are designed so that you don’t hit the wrong key by mistake.

The E72 comes with Nokia Messaging built in, so you won’t have to go out and install a third party push mail client. In fact you can operate the mail as a pull or push email client. Having the push email functionality takes a hit on the battery life since your data connection will be switched on all all times. The regular pull mail client connects at intervals (or manually) to the server and fetches mails to your phone, so the data connection is on only when the email client is fetching your emails. You can choose which way you want your emails setup on the phone. I primarily used the Nokia Messaging client and have 5 email boxes delivered straight to the phone as soon and the emails hit my inbox. With push-mail on from 7am to 11pm, I still get more than 2 days off my battery, which is very good.

One feature which is overlooked by buyers of this phone is the Noise Cancellation technology incorporated in the phone. To enable this head over to the Control Panel> Settings > Phone > Call > Noise Cancellation. With this setting turned on, get to the one of the louder location in your office or area and try taking a call. You can hear the person on the other side of the call very well even in a noisy environment. This phone has a active noise cancellation technology built in which takes the sounds from the surrounding and effectively cancels it from the headset when you’re listening in closely. The call clarity (without the noise cancellation) is at par with the E71, so there’s nothing you’ll loose out there and I don’t have a 3G connection, so I can’t give you a comparison there.

If you’re a music buff, you can use your own hi-fi headset with the E71, since it sports a standard 3.5mm audio jack, and don’t have to depend on the bundled headsets.

Image Gallery Application
Improved Image Gallery Application

The image gallery application on the E72 is pretty cool with the images navigation rendered in a 3D cover-flow like animation. It’s fast to flip through and get a look at your photo collection.

So in short here’s what I loved and liked about the E72

  • Excellent Battery life for an always-online person
  • Good Keyboard layout for moderate to extended typing
  • Noise cancellation also works pretty well
  • Decent 5MP camera with a LED flash.
  • Useful torch – where the LED flash doubles up as a bright torch
  • Good Wifi Reception.
  • 3.5mm audio jack.
  • Improved Image Gallery Application to manage your media

The next article in this series is going to be about things I really think that the E72 could have done better with. So stay tuned to see if the E72 is the next phone for you.

Facebook App for the E71 and E72 on Ovi Store

Nokia E72Facebook has just released the Facebook app for the E71 and E72 on Ovi Store. Here’s the product description of the app from Ovi Store:

Facebook ® for Nokia E71/E72 lets you keep up with your friends right at your fingertips. Update your status, see what your friends are up to, upload photos, check messages and lookup phone numbers when you need them anytime and anywhere. Facebook allows you to comment on your friend’s statuses, RSVP to event invites and confirm or deny friend requests. The Facebook for Nokia E71/E72 brings Facebook directly to your phone.

I know others on the S60 v3 platform are still waiting for the app to hit their phones. I’m sure it’ll come up pretty soon, now that the app’s available for these two phones. If you have an E71 or E72 head over to the Ovi store to download this app.

Direct Link: Facebook for E71/E72 on Ovi Store
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The E72 finally hits the stores

Nokia E72The much awaited E72 finally hits the stores this week according to a press release from Nokia. The E72 is supposed to be the improved version of the successful E71 which was a successful business model phone among the Nokia’s E-Series handsets.

Here’a link to the press release and a link to the Specs of the E72. Can’t wait to get my hands on one, and post a detailed review of the handset.

From the release:

Nokia vice president Ukko Lappalainen said, “The research shows that people are spending an average of five full days per year – equivalent to a full work week – responding to emails. Half of us (46 percent) choose email over voice or text to send and receive important information. The Nokia E72 was designed exactly with this kind of person in mind – it allows the owner to be more responsive and communicate how they want, whenever they want and wherever they are.”

Here’s a video run-though of the E72 from Nokia Conversations: