For the business users, it’s a necessity to stay connected while in or out of the office, like your job never ends. Thanks to handsets like this the new Nokia E72 facilitating companies to constantly keep in touch with their hard working employees even on their personal time is a cinch. It’s no BlackBerry, I’ll tell you that, but it has quite a lot of other features to offer from multimedia and social networking to emailing and net access. Here’s what I think.

Form Factor
The E72, is the upgrade to the Nokia E71, that’s common knowledge. In the looks department it could go either way depending on what you’re looking for as the specs of both handsets in terms of screen size and dimensions are almost identical. While the new E72 is of a more elegant professional styling the E71 would appeal to the slightly younger professional with its edgy look. The few subtle differences between the two would include the E72’s keypad being slightly larger although the space bar has been shortened and doubles up as a light switch for the 5MP camera’s LED. I was not too comfy with the QWERTY keypad though and when I compared it to a BlackBerry I was pro RIM. It’s something that will take a bit of getting used to. Nokia has also gone with a touch sensitive navigation system placed in the center five way nav-pad.

It also incorporates a 3.5mm (top) handsfree port. Volume/Zoom keys are located on the side on either side of the voice command key. On the other side is the microSD card slot and the micro USB port. The center key can be used as the camera shutter release and when pressed auto focuses and releases the shutter when you lift your finger.

Features and Settings
In many ways the E72 is slightly superior to its predecessor and so it should be. It runs a Symbian OS (9.3) with a Series 60 (v3.2) UI on its ARM 11 600 MHz processor so rest assured you’ll have no issues with speed. If you haven’t used a touch navigation system before it’ll take a little getting used to but the sensitivity can be controlled. There’s really nothing new with the UI. If you’re used to an S60 handset this’ll be a no brainer, and if you’re not, it’s still very easy to get used to. The Active Desktop can be customized to your preference and you have the choice of switching between two with a simple click of a button.

In the audio department the E72 is well equipped and serves its purpose extremely well. The bundled handsfree is something new that Nokia’s experimenting with it seems. I haven’t seen any of the other devices with a set of earphones that have changeable rings around the speaker to suite your ear’s size. It does tend to be a little uncomfortable with prolonged usage, although the tone quality is something you can’t question. The same goes for the volume level. The audio settings include a bass booster, stereo widening, presets and an 8 Band customizable option. And if you have a comfortable set of earphones I say go for it, the audio will only get better.

In the media section the FM radio worked out just fine too. I like the fact that it uses your net connection to get all the channels with their corresponding names and other information. The process may take a little longer than Auto-Scanning but it’s more effective. Reception was pretty good overall. The voice recorder on this handset has a range of about 3 feet but ironically it doesn’t recognize song names when spoken to the Music Search application that helps locate images. Unfortunately, like I said this app was quite a bust. The Nokia Music Store is finally live for India so you can start downloading tracks whenever you want.

The problem with some of the Nokia devices is when it comes to video playback of pretty standard MPEG4 files. The audio syncing goes bonkers most of the time. Converted 3GP files work out just fine but there’s an obvious downgrade in quality.

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