Nokia E5 Review
[EDIT July 21, 2011 – The Nokia E5 is available NOW at Straight Talk.com.]
It appears that Straight Talk is preparing to release a follow-up to their very popular Nokia E71. The Nokia E5 just recently cropped up on the Straight Talk “activate phone” page. That’s generally (but not always) a sign that it will be coming soon.
I’m really anxious to get start a Nokia E5 review, as I want to see how it measures up to the Nokia E71, which I really like. The early indications are that there will be many similarities.
Among the similarities are that both models have the same form factor (candy bar-style with QWERTY keyboard), screen resolution (320px by 240 px), and approximate size. They also each offer WiFi, downloadable apps via the Nokia Ovi Store, MP3 player, FM radio, microSD card slot, and video recording.
The odd thing is when you look at where the two phones are different. You would expect the E5 to be better in the areas where the two are different. While that’s true in some cases, the Nokia E5 isn’t necessarily an upgrade across the board.
For example, the E5 has a faster processor (600 MHz vs 379 MHz), twice as much ram, more than twice as much internal memory (250 mb vs. 110 mb), a higher-resolution camera (5.0 mp vs. 3.15 mp), and a slightly newer operating system (symbian 9.3 vs. 9.2). As you can see, these are all fairly significant improvements when it comes to how well the phone will function.
However, the E5 is also 25% thicker (.5″ vs. .39″), lower color contrast on the display (256K vs. 16M), and less talk time when it comes to battery life (rated at 8.5 hours on the E5, vs. 10.5 on the E71). In my opinion all the “downgrades” of the Nokia E5 are not that big of a deal especially when compared to the “upgrades” from the E71. But I thought they were worth mentioning just the same.
With all that being said, I’m excited to get my hands on this and start an in-depth Nokia E5 review – Straight Talk will hopefully have another winner with the E5. As I assemble more information on this phone, I’ll be sure to update this page with links.
For now, keep an eye on StraightTalk.com to watch for the release of this model.