14 days, two new devices. You know you gonna miss them badly, when those will leave you. A precious chance, new experiences, tempting innovations and golden moments. You wanna take each of the event to your heart, wanna to know each aspect, wanna to shout about each glitch or awesome features and more importantly wanna to live the legacy. Why to miss any of the day?
Don’t know in the busy life, I will be able to cope up, but starting my ‘Diary with Nokia E72’. Rest 13 days and 13 posts about Nokia E72. Will I be able to do that? Never been even able to write 13 posts on even different topics in 15 days. Let me try this new challenge.
May 04, 2010, Day 2
Are you among people, who think that their laptops with 3-4 GB of RAM shouldn’t be burdened with eye candy of Windows Vista or Windows 7? Who are fine with Windows XP, because it does everything well and providing more resources will make it more responsive, more resourceful and more great.
Are you among people, who think that why so much stress on touch screen devices that drains power like insane, while the same power and cost could have been used to make already well worth Symbian UI more powered?
Are you among people, who still keep a standby age old lightweight phone like Nokia 1100 or Nokia 1400 with you for backup, if you ran out of power anytime?
Here comes the answer for your wishes. The real runner, Nokia E72. Because for many like me, its always about how much you do rather than how styling way you do.
Detailed views will come after a few days of usages, here comes some early impressions ..
The Positives Ones
Amazing and solid build: Remember those days, when you were used to accidental dropping of phone as you were assured that it wont be broken. Nokia N97 Mini and now this. Solid looks are back. Such a lightweight, thin yet completely solid with Stainless teal device really matches with your all in control young business looks rather tying with the bulky competitor. You may check the pics given below where I kept it various brands, soon will post the pics with iPod Touch and Blackberry possibly.
Keypad: I heard about this keypad that many love it. I always thought that how people could be preferring this keypad even over the horizontal ones like N97 or N900. Always was thinking that how numbers were working, were we need to press some shift and then dial numbers?
The keypad is truly awesome. What makes you liking something? You like something that you feel natural means you thought that this key we use often, there should be some direct key for that. Nokia E72 keys work in multifunction way, either it be “@” or “/”, we get all important keys ready for you in single stroke (only for “_”, I was needed to go into symbols). I was also wondering that why no contacts shortcut on the screen and just was going to complaint…. and I got the contacts, calendar, home and message key built it. More you live with it, more you fall for it, the way the space it utilized and still doesn’t feel like cluttering, really makes this like a full time device you wish.
Optical navi wheel was a good edition, but may be like few others, I felt some complaints as well. I means it is perfect for many scenarios, but sometimes it stucks for a user starting with for first time like you stuck from coming on search button from text windows in Ovi Store. The direction keys always should be ready rather than completely rely on Navi wheel. Still think that this is something that will improve later on. But its also lovable for the ease it provides you while navigation web pages. I have kept the vibration on navi wheel on from settings and it feels good.
Strongest on connectivity side: What the best you expect from a phone, strong on connectivity. No matter which area you live, no matter how much less signals you have, all you want crystal clear sound without any breaking and no fear of loosing calls because of being a little less network area.
Nokia E72 really rules in this department. You will say that connectivity is always been strong point of Nokia and all of its sets keep the legacy, so what’s special about it? I will say, you need to use it to believe it. Not a single complaint over connectivity issue. I used Wi-Fi, I used 3G and used usual GSM, no matter how long you use it, no matter how frequently you switch, its away from bad habits like draining battery or heating up of device.
GPS: This has probably became the strongest selling point of Nokia now days. The free voice navigation. I already have said that navigation looks superb, when you use some 3.2” or 3.5” screen (that’s why I am particularly looking for Nokia N8), but the most important factor is how fast it gets the grip.
I have used GPS over Nokia N73, Nokia N82, Nokia N97 Mini and Nokia N900 and undoubtedly its best of all. For me, Nokia N900’s one was no mature, when I reviewed, Nokia N97 Mini was creating much heat and N82/ N73 were a little bit heavier for their corresponding devices. But Nokia E72 gets it just perfect and it has the compass as well. Use Navigation with compass for a while, you will find it like something navigation is out of context without it and above all its free for lifetime. Great package Nokia!!!
Super amazing battery: ‘Amazing’ word has been used to things so often that we need to call the battery something more than that. As I mentioned in un-boxing, this is the battery, one wanted in each phone. As a heavy user, who likes to keep the phone busy, I never expected my phones run more than 6-7 hours. It was always like even if your phone was full charge in morning, you gonna need to charge in eve or worse you loose battery while travelling back to home. This really frustrates to loose battery in odd situations coz many times, we need the phone most.
Don’t know rigorous and formal testing, but practical my phone went for like one day and 4 hours straight. Even when I tried each of the function including the stress test. For me, I expected it to loose battery completely in between the stress testing, but it didn’t and went much further than that. I love you E72.
Connecting PC to web via phone: With Nokia E72, functions of Smartphone modem seems to have changed a little. Now we don’t only get PC Suit and Mass Storage options, but we get one more like PC to web. Seems to make the use of mobile internet connection on PC easier, but for me story was downside. Yes!! it might not be fault with Nokia and more to do with my MTNL connection, but I felt that basic things were more perfect. I mean getting a modem in your control panel after connecting in PC Suit mode and then making a dialup with that, but this PC to web seem to have messed up things.
I struggled for get the 3G net connected over my PC via E72 and till now not sure exactly how it works. I mean I try and try, restart the phone sometimes and then it gets. I understand that this must something with multiple settings available on phone as if I try Vodafone, then it instantly detects the connection. Internet on E72 has no complications in itself, a completely smooth experience, but I wish with PC too, it was a simple story like always (never struggled with N73, N97, 5800, N82 or N900)
May be I need tips on it, anyone of you who might have used Nokia E72 for internet on PC?
Yeah! some screenshots, though I am not getting enough time to play with this review unit. Office go bad sometimes, when you need little relaxed time 😦
And yes, I haven’t forgotten the royal one, Nokia BH-905, will come back over the same. Might be you will find me recording own Ovi Map instructions via the same 😉