My trusty E71 finally took a dive for the last time onto a nasty floor. I was using a Nokia N85 for a bit as a stopgap. Great phone, fantastic camera, but typing email with T9 drove me nuts. The N85 is now hosting my home phone’s SIM. But this review isn’t about the N85, so back to the topic at hand..
Between the N85 and the E72, I tried out the Blackberry 9700, which was lovely, as much as a Blackberry can be, but lacked some of the features I liked, such as a working SIP stack, and especially the ability to tell when my data is moving through the corporate network/BES, vs. WLAN, vs. carrier data that’s not via the BES – I found that utterly impossible on the BB 9700. Otherwise, a nice phone. But again, back to the topic at hand.
First, I’ll start with the physical attributes of the E72. The E72 is a tiny bit wider than the E71, but is the tiniest bit lighter than the E71. The E72 trades in a good bit of the metal housing for plastic, but gets new & improved features like a 3.5mm headphone jack, instead of the 2.5mm mess that’s on the E71. Radios are mostly equivalent to the E71. Mine is the US variant, the E72-2, so it’s a quad-band GSM/EDGE device, with works on UMTS 850/1900/2100 Mhz bands. The 2100 Mhz band is a nice addition to the device, for users who travel abroad, as is the support for HSPA 7.2 Mbps. The WLAN in the E72 is essentially the same as the E71 – 802.11b/g. The camera is a nice bump in the E72 as well – a 5MP cam, a step above the E71’s 3.2 MP cam, with a single LED flash.
My favorite part about the phone? The messaging experience. At work, one of our options is Exchange ActiveSync, so I’ve been a Mail for Exchange user for quite a while now, even with its deficiencies, like the lack of ability to sync folders other than the Inbox, HTML support, and lack of ability to create a meeting request from the phone. The device works with Nokia’s Messaging service, which I’m not using at this time. For my personal mail (hosted by Google Apps), I use the Google Gmail app, which works just as well on the E72 as it did on the E71.
Overall, the E72 is a worthy successor to the E71. Right now, Amazon’s got it for $369. If you’re going to buy, please consider using my link to it.