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Nokia E5 review

A phone for work and play – does it deliver the best of both worlds?

Our Verdict

The Nokia E5 is a good phone for those who want one handset for work and play, but Symbian S60 feels increasingly behind the times.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 256 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 13.17 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 240 x 320

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For

  • Good dual home screen system
  • Good battery life
  • Keyboard is well made
  • Very customisable front screen features
  • Ovi maps can be is very handy

Against

  • Screen is too small
  • Web browsing is squint-inducing
  • Camera is poor
  • Ovi Maps doesn't do much for walkers
  • Symbian S60's nested menu system irritates

Video can be shot with or without sound on the Nokia E5. The maximum resolution is 640 x 480, and the quality was reasonable, although, like stills, a little lacking on the colour depth front. Playback was smooth.

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We can't explain away the vertical band running down our video in the recording, though we hope it was just an issue with our review handset and not symptomatic of a wider problem with the Nokia E5 handsets.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodQWERTY, QWERTZ
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory256 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value0.88 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyE
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time13.17 Hour
Product ModelE5
Screen Size6 cm (2.4")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)126 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, RoHS, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerARM
Operating System VersionSymbian OS 9.3
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Height115 mm
Width58.9 mm
Depth12.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesE
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameE5 Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part Number002S5K5
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
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Package Contents
  • E5 Smartphone
  • Nokia Travel Charger (AC-8E)
  • Nokia 2 GB microSD Card (MU-37)
  • User Guide
  • Nokia Battery (BL-4D)
  • Nokia Stereo Headset (WH-102)
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable (CA-101D)
Limited Warranty2 Year