Nokia E72 review

Will Nokia's QWERTY smartphone do the business?

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The refined bodywork of the E72 feels solid and looks a treat. Its dimensions are similar to the Nokia E71 – at 114(h) x 58.3(w) x 10.1(d)mm it's slimline despite its broad keypad-packing requirements. At 128g it's no pocket-sagger either.

The 2.36-inch display isn't particularly spacious by smartphone standards, though it's adequately bright and clear. The landscape format is tuned to the needs of messaging and email displays well on screen (even if a little extra room wouldn't have gone amiss).

The QWERTY keypad has been slightly reconfigured from the earlier E71. The keys still have a pleasingly tactile, rounded feel and are well defined for speedy, accurate typing.

There are a couple more keys available, however, as the space bar has been reduced from four- to two-key width, giving a 39-button keypad.

Above the keyboard, Nokia has consolidated the control panel into a sleek brushed metal-look panel. The keys – including a regular Call/End and softkey configuration – are again responsive and the design well judged for handling.

As has become standard practice on E-series models, the E72 also has four one-touch physical buttons set up for certain applications and tasks.

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The icon-labelled keys can be user-defined if you prefer, but out of the box they're set up for Home, Contacts, Calendar and Email.

A short press will take you to the assigned feature, although a longer press can activate additional common functions – a long press of the Home key, for example, displays open applications, while a press of the Contacts key creates a new contact.

Similarly, a long press of the Calendar button initiates a new calendar entry and the Email key fires up a new email.

What's new on the panel is the optical pad that's built into the navigation D-pad. You can use the D-pad in the normal way, but the navigation key is designed to make it quicker and easier to navigate web pages in the browser or scroll through lists.

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It acts as a trackpad, small touches and the speed at which you move your finger are reflected in the speed of on-screen action.

In practice, the finger room isn't ideal for subtle tracking, particularly if you have larger fingers. It takes a little getting used to if you want to maximise its potential.

It's generally okay, but for small movements it's often easier just to press the ridged D-pad surround, as we found that sometimes we could overshoot with the trackpad – something that can prove tiresome in some instances where you slip and select the wrong option.

Elsewhere around the bodywork, the E72 has a 3.5mm earphone socket on top that allows standard headphones to be plugged in – a boon if you want to get the best audio quality possible when listening to the music player.

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A thin-pin Nokia charger is included in-box, although there's a microUSB port that can also take care of powering up, if necessary.

Next to this is a hot-swappable MicroSD card slot; Nokia includes a 4GB MicroSD card in-box, with cards up to 32GB supported. This supplements its rather paltry 250MB of onboard storage.

Round the back the chrome battery cover is smart and shiny. The camera is perched above it, protruding slightly with an LED flash partnering the lens.


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