This is my first ever review of mobile phones so if I made any mistake/typos, I apologise in advance for this. This is also my first time of using Nokia mobile phone as I have always used Windows Mobile for a long time. So using Nokia phones will be a new experience for me.
Let’s get started...
Inside of each box, it came with the following:
- The phone
- BP-4L Battery
- CA-101 Micro USB Data Cable
- HS-48 Stereo Headset
- CA-146C Charger Adapter
From the moment of pressing the power button, all I see is a blank screen until 10 seconds has passed, the ‘NOKIA’ logo loaded up, then after 5 seconds of the logo display, the infamous “joining hands” picture popped up and the music played.
Finally the last 5 seconds, it has gone straight to a working home screen. That was a total of 20 seconds from pressing the power button all the way to the home screen. The bit that I dislike is the 1st 10 seconds that are blank – it made me think it was not working.
Bu when I use the phone, it’s actually responsive to what I’m asking it to do. The layout of the home screen contains all of the items that I need to access easily. From the home screen, I can access Messaging, the Internet, turning on/off the WiFi, do a search, and use the camera and Maps/GPS.
Now, let’s get down and dirty with the phone specifications and the rest of my reviews.[/teaser]
As mentioned earlier, the phone designs are Monoblock with very similar size as each other. The E55 weights at 95g, carrying the QWERTY keypad while the E52 weights at 98g, using the standard keypad which are very light compared with other phones.
Both of them has the same display size at 320x240, carrying up to 16 million of colours which gives you the best possible colours. As these phones come with Accelerometer sensor, the display can rotate (when enabled manually) when you rotate the phone.
The E55 comes with 100MB of internal memory while the E52 comes with 60MB of internal memory, however the E55 does come with a massive 2GB microSD memory card prefitted with the E52 with 1GB microSD prefitted.
Messaging and Communication
The most important bit of the phones is the communications with the world. Both E52 and E55 come with the following:
Push To Talk
E52 and E55 have 3.2 megapixel (2048x1536 pixels) cameras with 4 x digital zoom. They also come with flash for taking picture in a room with lack of lights. For video recording, they capture at 15fps which is a reasonable numbers.
Internet and Media
The E52 and E55 allow you to access the Internet and receive media contents. You are able to watch videos via many supported video formats, which are mp4, AVC/H.264, wmv, RV, Flash video and H.263/3GPP
You can also listen to music via their music player, supporting AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, AMR-NB and WMA.
This phone also comes with Realplayer Media Player and also FM Radio, which is very useful as you can listen to radio/music while “on the move” – all via the 3.5mm audio jack which is a bonus as it’s the most commonly used audio jack size.
Like most mobile phones, they come with the basic connectivity to get the best out of it. Both of them can do up to 8 hours (GSM) of talk time with up to 6 hours of talk time with WCDMA. They come with the following technologies to keep your phone connected to whatever you need to do:
As far as I can see, both phones has the same software installed, only that E55 comes with more applications like MSN, Maps, Games, and Ovi. I believe it’s down to the fact that E55 comes with bigger memory, however based on the same CPU - ARM 11 600 MHz processor.
I’ve found the onboard A-GPS working pretty well and have locked my location pretty quick. But the application that comes with it – Nokia Maps – does require for you to be connected to the Internet before it can work, so it’s best to avoid it unless you have unlimited Data connection to use it.
I asked about 6 of my friends to have a play with these phones and give me feedback on these phones. All but two liked the E52 due to the phone pad design. The other two was down to the colour of the phone and the QWERTY keypad.
At the end of the day, I like the E52 more than E55 due to the keypad design as I am finding it difficult to use the QWERTY keypad on the E55 when trying to type with one hand. If the E55 came with the standard keypad, then I would have got this phone. So it’s the E52 for me.
However not all phones are perfect. I have issue with the SIM card holder – it’s easy to insert it, but is a bit difficult to remove it unless you have tiny fingers to pull it out. And the battery cover feels like it could snap off the edges when you open it incorrectly without sliding it out.
But apart from them, I feel that, as my first Nokia phones, they are pretty good to use, however I do have to admit that it does take a while for me to get used to it!
Our friends at Mobiles.co.uk [a] have both of them as 'Coming Soon' - be sure to register your interest with your choice of Nokia E52[a] or Nokia E55[a]
And that’s it, my first phone reviews – I hope I have covered what you need to know about these phones. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me any questions - I have both of these phones on loan until 11th Sept 2009, so that's about 2 weeks for you to ask me any questions!