The compact Nokia E71 earned kudos as one of the best business workhorses to emerge from the Eseries stable. But there’s no hostile makeover here with its successor edging into the frame – the new E72 is a smart-suited follow-up with credentials that build on the solid E71 blueprint, enhancing the overall experience. Out go the 3.2-megapixel optics in favour of a full 5-megapixel camera, an optical navigation key makes flicking through menus even easier when on the move, and its high-speed data talents can now handle blistering 10Mbps connections. The E72 still comes in a blazer-friendly 10mm slim shell and keeps its one-touch access to calendar, contacts, and (push) email. Instant messaging options include Ovi (naturally), Google Talk and Yahoo! Messager. Juggling multiple inboxes is made simple via Nokia Messaging, Mail for Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes Traveller. The E72 comes stuffed with applications for reading PDFs and Office documents, travel and presentation tasks, and adding new software is as easy as clicking through to the Ovi Store.
What they say
“The E71 was a kick ass device and the E72 is a welcome upgrade”
If you only do one thing
Navigate the urban jungle with the E72’s new digital compass and integrated A-GPS service, complete with a lifetime subscription to Nokia Maps’ innovative walking directions. You’ll never be late for a business meeting again – unless you lose track of time listening to tunes via the new 3.5mm audio jack.
10.2Mbps sounds fast but how does it compare to bandwidths of other devices? Stretching back to the dawn of the Internet era, the Nokia E72 can stream about 180 times more data than a 56k modem and 700 times more than a first generation GSM digital mobile phone.
Moving more up to date, this HSDPA link is a mere 43 times faster than the first EDGE phones and just 3.5 times faster than today’s speediest Bluetooth 2.0+ EDR connection. That sounds pretty nippy until you put it alongside Wi-Fi, for instance, where 10.2Mbps is around the same bandwidth as the early 802.11b technology, ten times slower than the best 802.11g links today – and over 50 times slower than the speediest 802.11n kit.
Of course, mobile data technology is moving on all the time, and clocking up faster speeds remains a keen ambition to ensure you can tap into the content you’re most keen to consume faster than you can blink.