Product Review: Nokia E75-Part 1

A heritage of the Communicator introduces itself…
Nokia has a long tradition in the production of business devices. At the beginning, mobile phones were simply mobile phones, intended for telephoning and for no longer, then the SMS came. All phones with pixelated black and white display and (much too small) SMS space were per se business handys and for private persons much too expensive. In 1996, Nokia introduced a new device class-a Communicator.

 

From the outside he looked like a mobile phone, inside, however, one found a full-fledged QWERTZ keyboard with a display. The basic data were impressive. A total of 8 MB of memory was available for applications (4 MB), for the program memory (2 MB) and user data (2 MB). The device weighed just under 400 grams and had a stand-by time of about one day. It was a device which stood for the modern businessman, who could not just phone and write SMS, but could also call up websites and fax drums. Thus the Communicator was even better equipped than many Bürorchner.
The following success story is quickly told. On the 9000 followed Communicators which became smaller, lighter and more powerful, with color display, UMTS and WLAN. The fan base was great when you needed a Windows Mobile PDA together with a mobile phone to go online via infrared or cable-or just simply open the Communicator and e-mail the e-mails.This made a real impression in the technology world.

Unfortunately Nokia had made a lot of mistakes in the last Communicators, content and strategy. The success faded increasingly with the strengthened Blackberry, Windows Mobile and other competition. The last Communicator E90 was celebrated in the fanfare as a salvation, but in the end it was too heavy, too slow and too bulky. Especially since Nokia with the operating system Symbian for the business machine had verpropriert and the processor fast work actually rather hindered.

The concept as such remained undefeated, the QWERTY keyboard and the large screen.With the Nokia E61, E61i and the E71 , Nokia tried to build on the old successes in the business world, but the slim concept of a communicator that was not wider than a normal mobile phone and a full-fledged Pocket PC was then more popular than a mobile phone In bar form with a full QWERTY keyboard à la Blackberry. Of course, the E71 was quite a cashbox, after all, design, processing and technical equipment were linked together. With theE75, Nokia is now trying to unite Communicator fans and business users in a new design.

The first impression of the smartphone
With the E75 and the consumer model 5730 XpressMusic, Nokia wants to introduce a new form factor into the mobile phone party. Of course, absolutely new is not it, HTC with the rosehas this form factor already in the program and also in the pre-E75 time there was similar, but for Nokia it is innovative. It is a side-pullable, full QWERTY keyboard.

The form factor makes the E75 relatively narrow, almost like a normal mobile phone or just a communicator. So it fits much better into the pants or shirt pocket than an E71 and collects points among the Communicator fans, who could not with this draw of the E71 ever befriend.Depressed, the user benefits from a relatively large keyboard, which makes it much easier to write SMS, e-mails or instant messages. The keyboard is, the 9300 Communicator fans will be happy, pleasantly flat. The form factor has the disadvantage, of course, that the E75 is relatively thick, with 16 mm it already carries a little. The weight is 141 grams, which are however handsome and pleasantly distributed. The weight is also due to the fact that this Nokia belongs to one of the best processed mobile phones on the market, if the sliding mechanism is included in the equation. The smartphone is nicely decorated with a lot of stainless steel and really makes a solid impression. Quite unlike the Nokia N series multimedia cousins.

As far as the first part, or the introduction. In the next article I deal with the keyboard and other details of the smartphone. Read more at themotorcyclers.com.