Nokia E72 review

Will Nokia's QWERTY smartphone do the business?

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Our Verdict

A good upgrade to the E71, with a lot of thought gone into this business smartphone

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 250 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 9.20 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 240 x 320

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  • Fine QWERTY keyboard
  • Excellent messaging functionality
  • Great build and design
  • Wi-Fi and HSPA data
  • Good package of smartphone features
  • 4GB MicroSD card


  • 2.36-inch screen small for a smartphone
  • S60 user interface buries settings
  • Optical navigation key can be fiddly
  • Only 250MB onboard memory
  • No dedicated camera button

The Nokia E71 certainly hit the mark for its target business audience, so it's little surprise that its E72 successor reprises much of what was good about that QWERTY keyboard-packing Symbian S60 smartphone, while updating it with extra power and performance.

The E72 features a sleek business-like design, sporting a BlackBerry-style full QWERTY keyboard across its wide body. Some eye-catching chrome trim complements the classically understated bodywork that's aimed squarely at serious business users.

Smartphone technology may have moved on rapidly since the E71 first wowed us as a business tool, but it seems there's still strong demand for devices like the E72.

Nokia e72

This E-series model operates on the non-touchscreen Symbian S60 3rd Edition (v3.2.3) platform, so there's no screen-tapping action here – its 2.36-inch QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) landscape-oriented TFT display is, in fact, similar to the E71's.

However Nokia has upgraded the processor under the bonnet to a 600MHz ARM processor, making its work-rate that much quicker.

The E72 has also introduced an optical trackpad within the navigation D-pad, so light finger action can initiate movement on the screen.

Nokia e72

The camera has been enhanced from the E71's 3.2-megapixel shooter, with a 5-megapixel camera taking care of imaging.

HSDPA connectivity has been boosted to download speeds of up to 10.2Mbps (suitable network capability allowing) and HSUPA upload at up to 2Mbps. Wi-Fi is safely onboard, as is A-GPS satellite navigation which supports Nokia's latest Ovi Maps free turn-by-turn sat-nav software upgrade.

Nokia e72

Nokia has beefed up the messaging experience on the E72, providing support for Nokia Messaging, where up to 10 regular email accounts can be handled in a user-friendly desktop-style push email environment.

Nokia's Chat software also provides instant messaging connectivity for multiple services simultaneously. Other software enhancements are dotted throughout, bringing the enterprise user experience up to date.

So does the Nokia E72 still have what it takes do the business?


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory250 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, HSCSD, EDGE, HSDPA
SAR Value1.31 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyE
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourMetal Gray
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time9.20 Hour
Product ModelE72
Screen Size6 cm (2.4")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)128 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, ENERGY STAR, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution320 x 240
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Operating System VersionSymbian OS 9.3
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height114 mm
Width58.3 mm
Depth10.1 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesE
Battery Standby Time17493.12 Hour
Product NameE72 Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number002R2c6
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

How we respond is who we are

Nokia E72 is a high-performance device tailor-made for seamless business and personal communication.

Best-in-class messaging

Get emails in real time through Mail for Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes Traveler, as well as from your Hotmail, Gmail, and other personal accounts - and quickly access your favourite IM services.

Fast,responsive scrolling

Use the highly responsive Optical Navi Key to scroll quickly and smoothly through webpages, emails, and menus - or as a one-touch autofocus key when using the 5 megapixel camera.

All-day effeciency

Work efficiently from almost anywhere - view and edit documents, get online quickly with built-in 3G and Wi-Fi. Stay connected for longer with the powerful battery.

Package Contents
  • E72 Smartphone
  • Nokia Battery BP-4L
  • Nokia High Efficiency Charger AC-8
  • Nokia 4 GB microSDHC Card MU-41
  • Nokia MicroUSB data cable CA-101D
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-205
  • Pouch and Strap
  • User guide
  • Eseries Experiences leaflet
Limited Warranty2 Year