As already mentioned in my previous post I bought the Nokia E75. My Sony Ericsson W810i was 3 years old and it has served me well, so I thought it is about time I changed my phone. If you ask me what I think about the E75 then going by my initial experience I will give it a thumbs up. The main thing with Nokia phones is that they are solid, user friendly and reliable. The E75 is no exception. The build quality is excellent with steel finish and the sliding mechanism gives confidence. The screen adjusts itself to vertical or horizontal views depending on whether you pull out the slider or not. The phone is about the size of any other cell phone but it packs a lot more features than a regular mobile. Of course it also costs more but it is a lot cheaper than a Blackberry or an Apple iPhone in the UAE. I paid around $350 at wholesale price.
The E75 takes over the Nokia E71 which is also a lovely device but without the QWERTY key pad. The QWERTY keyboard is the primary reason I eyed the E75. It really helps for texting an SMS or for emailing if I go for internet facility. The E series of Nokia phones are business phones. The N series has more personal features. The E75 comes with an office suite which includes word and worksheet programs; document zipping, Adobe PDF program, dictionary and a currency converter. It also comes with GPS, Nokia maps, email and wireless connectivity capabilities, Internet messenger, MP3, FM and a 3.2 megapixel camera. The battery seems good if my 3 day experience is something to go by. I am impressed with the FM and MP3 features.
A couple of negatives that I discovered are:
1. When I search contacts for a person lets say starting with the letter T then it displays all contacts having the letter T either in the first name or the last name. For example if I type in the letter T in the search box wanting to dial Tom Murphy it will also display Michael Taylor as Michael Taylor has the word Taylor starting with T as his last name. This is irritating. Why Nokia designed it this way and whether this is the way it is for all Nokia phones I am not sure.
2. The keyboard keys are too flat and it kind of takes time getting used to it. I wish it had a surface similar to the key of a computer keyboard. It can be improvised.
3. The camera is ordinary. I have never believed that cameras on mobiles phones are good. They have still not come of age I guess, most mobiles have ordinary cameras. 3.2 mega pixels should give a decent picture but if you see the photo it is something you do not want to save.
All in all this seems a good phone and definitely worth the price I have paid.