Nokia E55 review

The Nokia E55 claims to make messaging as "efficient and pocketable as possible." But does it live up to expectations? We test out the theory in this review.

That said, just being able to keep track of what's happening in the office when you're not there is useful in itself.

Web browsing is also a pleasant experience on the E55, with IT PRO loading quickly and the home screen rendering surprisingly well. Although there's no multi-touch or other whizzy features, moving around the page is still quite easy and the user experience isn't really adversely affected. Being able to search for keywords on the page, for example, is a simple but welcomed touch.

QuickOffice is also present and correct, as is a PDF reader and other handy productivity tools including a wireless presenter feature.

There's a 3.2megapixel camera on board, which serves up good quality images and boasts a dedicated zoom and solid LED flash. Once you've taken a shot, you can then send it to friends or colleagues or share it online, add to an album, obtain details or delete. Icons for these tasks appear on the right-hand side of the screen with text describing what they do appearing as you scroll down - although they are quite self-explanatory. Video recording isn't too shabby either (at 15fps) although it struggled a bit under artificial lighting, resulting in a slightly darker than expected image.

A digital compass and Nokia's Ovi Maps are on board too and we were mightily impressed with how responsive the app is on this handset. It locked onto our location quickly and easily mere seconds - despite being on a coach en route to Birmingham and then continued tracking and updating our location effortlessly.

When Nokia first announced the E55 back at Mobile World Congress in February, it touted the device as being optimised for efficiency and offering "one click access to the most commonly use programs." Aside from our gripes about the keyboard which Nokia claims you'll be able to use with the same ease of a normal keypad with practice we'd have to agree that it does live up to its claims.

Quoted battery life figures are 29 days of standby and eight hours of talktime and during our fairly heavy use tests, we'd say they're quite honest estimates. That said, if you're using email, Wi-Fi or the like a lot, it's worth keeping more of a close eye on juice levels.

Looks aren't everything and in these days of touch screen dominance, it's nice to see that a humble Symbian device can still hold its own.

Verdict

The snobbish among us may well take one look at the Nokia E55 and dismiss it. But to do so would be quite an error as beneath this slimline, lightweight S60-based handset lurks a bumper set of features that should prove attractive to business users. The E55 doesn't boast the nicest keyboard or biggest screen and it lacks the bells and whistles of some of its industry peers, but what it does do it does very well and for that we have no problem in recommending it as viable business tool.

Connectivity: Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 Display: 2.4in, 240x320 pixels Processor: 600 MHz Storage: 60MB (RAM), 256MB (ROM) Camera: 3.2 megapixels A-GPS: Yes Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g Dimensions: 49.5 x 10.9 x 116.3mm (WDH) Weight: 95g Battery: BP-4L 1500mAh battery, eight hours' talktime, 29 days' standby

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