By December 17, 2009

Nokia E52 Review

You may have seen the Nokia E55 review that I did a short time ago. As Matt mentioned, I was really impressed with it. I now have the E52 to play with and the obvious difference I can see is that it has a good old phone keypad rather than a compact qwerty one. I’ll quickly fly through the features of this Nokia E52 and point out and changes that I come across, and please excuse my copying and pasting of some text from the E55 review but the handset are very similar!

E52-angled-right The Nokia E52

What’s in the box?

  • Nokia E52 handset
  • Nokia Charger AC-10
  • Nokia Charger Adapter CA-146C
  • Nokia Battery BP-4L (1500mAh)
  • Nokia Stereo headset HS-48
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable (CA-101) supports charging
  • 1 GB microSD card inside device
  • User Guide
  • Nokia PC Suite (v7.1.26) in microSD card

 

For more information you can check out Matt’s Nokia E55 unboxing video

 

Nokia E52 Specification:

  • Dimensions: 116 x 49 x 9.9mm
  • Weight: 98g
  • Battery:
    – Talk Time: 8 hrs
    – Standby Time: 672 hrs
    – Capacity: 1500 mAh
  • Display: 240 x 320 pixels/2.4 inch
  • Network:
    – GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 (Quad-Band)
    – WCDMA: 900/2100 (Dual-Band)
  • Camera: 3.2 mega-pixels, LED Flash
  • FM Stereo Radio (RDS)
  • Messaging: SMS / MMS (with video) . E-mail (POP3, SMTP, IMAP4, MS Exchange)
  • Memory: 60MB (internal) / microSDHC (external)
  • microUSB
  • Nokia 3.5mm AV connector
  • Bluetooth (2.0)
  • Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11g)
  • AGPS
  • Nokia Maps
  • Accelerometer
  • Nokia Web Browser
  • Flash Lite 3.0
  • Ovi Support

 

General:

Front – You can see the 2.4 inch QVGA screen (240×320 pixels) and keypad

E52-front Nokia E52 – front view

 

Keypad – Starting from the top.are the left and right soft keys. Below these keys are the home, calendar, messaging and back button shortcut keys. Next are the send/receive (or call/hang up) buttons.

In the middle of this is the D-pad for navigation through the phone. In the centre of this is the select button. Finally, you can see phone keypad

E52-keypad Nokia E52 – keypad view

 

Top – There is a 3.5mm headphone/handsfree connection and power button on the top of the phone.

E52-top Nokia E52 – top view

 

Right – From the left you can see the dedicated camera button, then there is the up/down rocker buttons with a voice control button placed between them.

E52-right Nokia E52 – right side view

 

Left – There isn’t much on the left side except for the sync/charge connection.

E52-left Nokia E52 – left side view

 

Back – The battery, sim card and microSD card are housed under the back cover. You can also see the 3.2MP camera and flash. Under this is the loud speaker.

E52-back Nokia E52 – back view

 

Highlights:

  • Stylish design
  • Light weight
  • Good in-call sound quality
  • Great battery life
  • Easier messaging?

 

Lowlights:

  • Camera quality is disappointing

 

Review:

The Nokia E52 is a stylish phone. It may seem a bit too slim for some but I quite like this.

E52-angled-left

As expected, the screen display is bright and sharp just like the E55. I’m guessing that it can be a bit difficult sometimes to view the screen in bright sunlight but during the couple of weeks that I’ve had the phone it’s been constant rain making the daylight hours darker and shorter than usual!

The E52 has the same Symbian S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 OS as the E55. The home screen can be switched between and business and personal profile/mode so you can set up shortcuts on the home screen to suit. Then you can just toggle between the two modes. The home screen can look quite cluttered. Of course Nokia have taken this into account. So, you can select a basic theme which will provide you with a clean home screen.

The same N-Gage support is provided which means you can access a wide variety of games. It’s still aimed at business users too and all of the useful business applications such as Nokia’s Ovi maps, FM radio, video player, Calendar, etc. are also there to use.

Connectivity offers 3G, WIFI, GPS, Bluetooth and USB connections.
Emailing and messaging seems pretty straightforward. If you use Gmail all you have to do is enter your Gmail user name and password and the phone does the rest for you. The email client also supports other personal and corporate email types such as, IBM Lotus Notes Traveller, Microsoft Exchange, Yahoo! mail, etc.

As you may have read,  really didn’t get to grips with the compact qwerty keypad on the E55 so there’s no surprise that I found this phone keypad on the E52 much easier to use. But as always, it boils down to personal preference.

The camera is just like the E55 as well. Not great. There is a flash but it doesn’t really do the camera any favours as you can still only take a decent picture in good lighting. The E52 is designed for business users though so you can really expect the camera to be a selling point for the phone.

The 3.5mm headphone socket means that you can use your own headphones when listening to any media – always a plus for me as I always like to use my own favourite earphones. I’m just picky!

In-call sound quality is quite good. It’s active noise reduction helps to eliminate background noise. I made and received a few calls on this phone and I’ve no complaints on the call quality. The speaker phone is loud and clear enough for calls and of course can be used to listen to media though.

 

Conclusion:

I guess after all that the only difference was the keypad!

The Nokia E52 is a slim, lightweight and stylish looking phone. Geared towards business men and women, it’s packed with features and applications to keep you up to date and in the loop with everything that’s going on.

Not one to buy if you are after a camera phone but otherwise a very nice phone to use.

 

Reviewed by: Emma

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