The E52 is the latest E-series handset to be released by Nokia and builds on the foundation laid by its predecessors, the Nokia E50 and E51 business phones. The conceptual idea behind the handset was to produce a dev....
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The E52 is the latest E-series handset to be released by Nokia, and builds on the foundation laid by its predecessors, the Nokia E50 and E51 business phones. The conceptual idea behind the handset was to produce a device that is ergonomic in design, but at the same time, offers users the functionality of a streamlined business phone. So, in other words, a phone that can do whatever a business smartphone is capable of, minus the bulk.
Has the E52 accomplished its grand design manifesto? Well, yes and no. The phone is amazingly sleek and elegantly designed. At a quick glance, it is clear that much time and thought has gone into its exterior design. However, its ergonomic design to some extent is the phones Achilles heel, when it comes to business functionality. The lack of a QWERTY keyboard really hampers the phones ability to reach its full potential. It has a great suite of business applications but without a QWERTY it’s hard to take full advantage of the excellent range of products. However, if having a QWERTY is not high on your list of ‘must haves’, then the Nokia E52 might just be the business phone you are looking for.
The handset measures in at 116 x 49 x 9.9 mm, making it the slimmest smartphone currently available in the market. Its size and design ensures that the handset sits well in the palm of your hand and is very comfortable for one handed use. The slimline design makes certain that the phones profile is kept to a minimum, eliminating a pocket phone bulge. Not only is the E52 one of the slimmest business phones on the market but it’s probably one of the lightest as well. The handset, including the battery, weighs in at only 98 grams.
The phone’s 2.4 inch display is vivid and bright, offering great contrast, which helps with difficult light conditions such as direct sunlight. Additionally, an ambient light sensor has also been included and is located next to the earpiece.
Moving onto the insides of the Nokia E52....The device is powered by a 600MHz processor and 256 MB of RAM, giving you plenty of processing power to churn through emails, and the impressive collection of applications the phone has to offer. The phone only comes with 60 MB of internal storage, but fear not, as this can easily be expanded to 16 GB with the use of a MicroSD card. Other noteworthy inclusions include a built-in GPS receiver, which runs Ovi Maps 3.0 , Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support, an FM radio and WI-FI support, to meet your connectivity needs.
The handset runs the Symbian 9.3 operating system with the Series 60 3rd Edition user interface. If you have ever picked up a Nokia phone, the interface will instantly be familiar. The menus and applications are laid out in a straightforward 4x3 grid, making it very easy to navigate and customise. Applications worth mentioning include Quick Office, which is a great little app to touch up work documents whilst on the go, a decent video and audio player, Ovi Maps, and there’s a abundance of apps ready to be downloaded from the readily accessible Ovi store.
Nokia has developed a great phone with the E52. The E52 is a fast processor, great business apps, extraordinary battery life, classical design and a super straight-forward and friendly interface, with a high degree of customisation. The Nokia E52 is a standout alternative to more traditional, bulky smartphones. You can’t help but fall in love with it.