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A simple yet functional smartphone, the Nokia e5 just works. It has a sleek design, feels good to hold and is easy to use. The battery life in comparison to other smartphones is also a big plus.

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      20.12.2012 01:36

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      great phone unless you use the internet a lot

      Originally got this phone on a 2 year contract and I have recently signed up to keep it on SIM only. It's a brilliant phone if you are a texter - especially because of the qwerty keypad - and is pretty easy to navigate due to it being a Nokia. It's not so good if you want to use it for the internet a lot as its not touch screen and so can be a bit 'clunky' when you're navigating your way around a web site, however, if you only use the internet feature infrequently it's not enough to put you off the phone. Being a Nokia has the advantage that you can generally find a charger if you need one and have forgotten yours. The camera is excellent (much better than my husband's iPhone 3G) and it's really easy to upload photos to your computer (although the cable for doing so is only about an inch long). The music player is good - easy to navigate, edit and upload.

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      12.09.2012 20:11
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      Good solid phone looks good just a few negatives bring it down

      I am just coming to the end of a two year contract with this phone and can't wait for an upgrade. It's a very solid phone that looks really good but some aspects left me wanting something different.

      I like the keyboard style key pad which I have grown to love not having to press buttons several times to get the right letter. I also love the free sat nav that comes with the phone. It's really handy but essential to have an in car charger as the battery drains fast.

      Negatives are that I couldn't get my email to come straight to the phone instead of going in via the internet. I may be wrong but it just wouldn't work for me. The camera quality isn't too good either compared to the touch screen Nokia which my sister has.

      I have enjoyed this phone but some of the negatives outway the positives.

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        11.06.2012 10:53
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        another of your average nokia mobiles. cheap but doesnt impress beyond rivals

        the nokia E5's USP much like the earlier nokia E3 is its qwerty keyboard. it takes up more than half of the phones large front and out of all the phones i have owned this has definetly been the easiest to use the keypad on making texting a quick and easy process whcih is a vital feature that many other mobiles seem to forget about in the name of style.

        the screen on the phone is pretty awful considering its quite a recent release. the low pixel count makes it difficult to read things on quite a small screen.

        as far as the styling of the mobile goes it looks good at the moment. its a phone that now even looks a little retro seeing as all mobiles now have touchscreens but with the speed at which the mobile phone market is changing, this phone will soon feel out dated. it also feels a little on the light side and the back feels thin and is made of plastic. its small details like this that reduce the overall quality of the phone.

        the phone comes with symbian op system which although has had improvements from the more recent nokia mobiles still lacks behind its android and apple rivals for functionality. browsing the web is predictably difficult when not using a touchscreen to controlm online browsing.

        the camera is typical 5.0 megapixel but is no good at taking in focus images in usual light situations. it does have an LED flash but i didnt find this usefull in any low light light situations.

        the nokia E5 can be found sim free for around £200 which when considering its rivals being the blackberry curve. the blackberry exceed a lot of features that the nokia can offer.

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          11.02.2012 22:41
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          Nokia has let me down by selling a 3 year old phone under the pretense of a new one

          A few months ago, my previous phone, the Nokia e63 was coming to the end of its life, and I felt that an upgrade was in order. Having had a good run with my Nokia, I looked on the market for something which could improve upon the great experience I had had. Naturally I came to Nokia to find the E5 and decided that as the successor of my previous phone, surely this could be the phone I was looking for. Sadly I was mistaken.

          Upon opening the box, I found the phone to be much lighter than my e63, however I was somewhat put off by the cheap plastic that Nokia had decided to furnish it with. However from an aesthetic viewpoint, it was nice enough. I was glad to see that the camera was 5mp, however the camera aperture itself is quite large and I believe likely to become scratched if not careful.

          The menu itself is quite clustered and I reverted it back to the classic interface present in my e63 for simple usability. Begin my disappointment. Despite saying that the symbian OS was improved the E5 is indistinguishable from its predecessors. The podcast application I had enjoyed previously had been removed and honestly the phone simply seemed another iteration of a phone which is 3 years old now. The applications and ovi market are simply quite dated and in dire need of a make over in comparison to the iOS market and android market. My worst discovery was that upon trying to play music, not only was the sound quality worse, but I couldn't change the volume, the side buttons having no affect on the music player. I don't believe it was simply a faulty model as the volume control worked for the youtube application.

          The screen of the phone is worse than all of its e-series brethren. I read that Nokia had decided to use a cheaper screen which it turns out makes it nigh on impossible to read in sunlight outdoors. While it does have a long battery life, that could be easily found in the other phones of the e-series.

          I am forced to come to the conclusion that this was simply a cheaply made model to sell money - the £115 price tag is quite ridiculous. Its of a shoddy make with dated software. If you still have any desire to purchase an e-series phone, then I do recommend the e63 and its brothers the e71 and e73 as frankly, any 'improvements' made on this model are of no consequence. The three shop from which I bought it from were gracious enough to allow me to exchange it with another phone, and I chose the HTC Chacha which for only slightly more, is on a whole other level from the E5, and I do wholeheartedly recommend. In short, Nokia has disappointed me, and I haven't looked back since my conversion to HTC.

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          24.07.2011 23:29

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          advise not to buy unless you are into business and travelling in that case buy for storage of files

          I chose this phone on contract seven months agao. I really didnt want a blackberry after hearing such mixed reviews but at the same time a touch screen iphone seemed just to much hassle for me (i am rubbish when it comes to touch screen phones). Ive had nokias before and they have lasted a really long time and i have had no problems with them and after deciding on different make for my previous phone and being very dissapointed at the quality I decided it was time to go back to a manufacture i trusted and felt at home with.


          What attracted me to this phone is that that its big ( so i dont lose it as i have such a bad habit for that), it has keys which are easy to use, a large screen and a 5.0 megapixel camera ( I love taking pictures on nights out). So this phones seemed pretty much ideal. When buying the phone and getting to grips with how to use it I quickly became dissapointed at the level of apps etc on the phone. The phone has alot of software for people who basically work in offices and liek to keep up to date with their work etc. It has an additional memory card for extra storage, zip files etc microsoft works app ( which dont work very well ). The phone tends to freeze alot and cannot seem to keep up with data coming through such as downloading songs or going on facebook. I find the internet very poor on this phone and when i feel that technology should be moving forward i feel that nokia has kind of stayed where it is but covered it in a blackberryish style so it looks appealing. Using facebook on this phone is terribel i cannot dispaly pictures, the layout of facebook is very hard to use and its so slow. The phone freezes alot as well when reading and sending messages. On the plus side it does have a sat nav device which you can use which i think is very clever.

          Unfortunately this phone is better off for people who are less chatty more workaholics. If you travel alot, work alot and like to keep updated and transfer files then this is the phone for you. For the rest off us i have to say this latest nokia number is some what a dissapointment and a blackberry rip off. Its stook in the dark ages and does not compete with the blackberrys and Ifones of this world.

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          22.07.2011 02:38
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          An average phone

          This phone looks and works the same as a lot of the other E series nokias- which means exactly like a Blackberry but less hi-tech. It is a sleek design and it's relatively light which is always a benefit with such a wide phone in a woman's skinny jeans pockets, and compared to a blackberry the keys on the qwerty keypad are far easier to use as they are slightly larger. The screen is large which makes it great for surfing the internet and in terms of using it as a phone proper the sound is good and clear. Everything is well set out on this phone and settings can easily be changed to fit into the personal user however it is offering nothing that many other phones are offering either. As a result it's probably worth getting the higher branded phone instead as it has better deals and a better reputation.

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          02.07.2011 11:33
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          A great phone to have

          My personal review for the Nokia E5

          Firstly I am going to say how wonderful the phone looks when have it out. Lots of people seem to gaze at it which is why i think its a great phone for the looks. Its got an excellent QWERTY keyboard, similar to my blackberry's one, but not as good. Its got a good solid built, with a good life rate. I have had this phone for over 2 years now and nothing has gone wrong since. It has however jammed here and there, but its not an often thing. The battery seems to last a long time, in comparison with other phones i have owned over the years. It can last me about 5-7 days, depending on how much i use it. The connectivity options are simply superb, with high speed Wi-fi enabled, and a good 3G network rate. Its really fast and smooth whilst browsing on the web on the phone, and its easy to use to. The screen could of been built in a better way; it could of been bigger and have tougher material, as i got a couple of scratches on it. It has a 5 megapixel camera with focus zoom, also it has a LED flash, which is really great for taking photos. Not many phones can do as much as this camera can do. The phone casing is made out of plastic, and it feels really cheap. Most good phones these days come with a lovely matt finish, but this phone fails to do so. However, there is a small band of metal presented on the front of the phone; in between the screen and the QWERTY keyboard. The keys on the phone seem to be big, but might need some time to get the hang of. It has the advantage of people if you have smaller hands, but as I said previously, you should get the hang of using it. It has many features on the phone which are enjoying to use. It has a wide range of apps already installed, or ones you can download from the Nokia OVI Store. Facebook is pre-installed on the phone, and its easy to access facebook features. 3G, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are all present and correct, and with 256MB of RAM and a capable 600MHz processor, the underlying specs are decent, too. You also get 250MB of internal storage to mess about with, which can be easily expanded with microSD cards.

          You can grab the Nokia E5 for £15 a month on a 24 month contract, or £200 if you buy it your self. That's not a bad price at all, but it definitely could be chopped a little.

          Its definitely a worth buying phone. Its in competition with the blackberry curve, and is in my opinion just as good. Superior build quality, excellent connectivity and a great Qwerty keypad help tip the scales slightly in Nokia's favour. Definitely a phone worth buying!

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          31.05.2011 22:28

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          Great phone if you dont mind the lack of fun!

          The Nokia E5 is the latest in the line of business orientated phones, and is built to a high standard. It feels slim in the hand, solid and well built, with a metal battery cover adding a little bit of class to the simple yet functional design. The buttons are ridged making it easy to type on the qwerty keypad, and also allowing the phone to avoid being too wide. The screen is sharp enough for most uses, and the camera is suprisingly good especially as this phone is not an N Series phone with their flashy lenses etc.

          The operating system is Symbian, which seems to have barely evolved over the past 5 years but runs smoother than previous versions. Android and Iphone OS's are much slicker, better looking and have more apps, but the Symbian system works well and can be personalised easily. The home screen can be customised to reduce the need to keep dipping into the menu and the shortcut keys on the phone help to make using the phone much more efficient.

          The phone is aimed at business people and excels at email and messaging. The qwerty keyboard is excellent, easy to use and comfortable. Several email accounts can be set up on the phone and switched between simply, and the whole setup has been designed to make things easy and practical.

          Wifi is very good on this phone, and when connected the phone browses the internet very well, although the screen is small so it is a pain to browse for long periods. The battery life is excellent, usually three or four days with light Wifi usage.

          Overall this phone is very well built, does what you need from a phone, but if you are looking for games, and fun stuff you may want to look at an android device.

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          24.05.2011 08:18

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          Not the best of Nokia.

          I bought my Nokia E5 a while back and it wasn't up to scratch. Like many of the most recent Nokia phones, the interface and the Symbian software is very slow in comparison to the Iphone operating system or even the Blackberry system. Nokia has had several issues with their operating system, as it offers a slow alternative to other phones.

          I was attracted to the Nokia E5 as it was different than the Blackberry. Everyone had the Blackberry, but now I know why. Obviously, like all phones they have their pro's & con's and I will attempt to tell you about them.

          Pro's:

          First of all, it is a very solid, well built phone. The keyboard is very easy to use, with the keys being a lot more spaced out than the Blackberry. Also, the keys feel softer than other phones, so your fingers are able to glide across the phone a lot easier. I bought a case with it & even then, I felt it was pretty easy to text with. The battery life is also very good, as it is a smaller phone & doesn't take up a lot of battery. I could go on through the day without worrying about the battery life. All in all, it's a good alternative to the Blackberry but there are certain elements which hinder the Nokia E5's success.

          Con's

          The camera is very slow, in comparison to my other review of the BB 9780; to focus & take a photo took a while. Even though the camera is 5 MP, the resolution is horrible. Also, I feel that the Symbian software is the biggest let down of Nokia's products. Its interface is just too slow and in a high-technology world; it's retro.

          To summarise:

          The phone itself is a beautiful phone. It also is something different when you compare it to the iPhone and Blackberry. However, it is dwarfed by the other phones in the market. The Symbian software has become a stigma towards any Nokia product and until that stigma will be removed, I do not recommend a Nokia.

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          30.03.2011 16:42
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          Great overall phone!

          I have had this phone now for a couple of months and I am very impressed with it. I have had some bother with Nokias in the past but this one has been no bother at all. I got the phone when I renewed my contract with Orange, after having a touch screen phone for such a long time I decided i wanted to go back to a phone with a keyboard. The Qwerty keyboard is fabulous and not to small, the buttons are easy to use and a lot quicker than the old style buttons you used to get on phones with 3 and 4 letters to one button. The screen is a perfect size aswell. When you first put the phone on there is the option to go throught the setup wizard, setting things like the date and time.

          The phone is well layed out and is easy to find the different applications, there are the usual categories such as messaging, contacts, control panel etc. The phone also comes with applications already installed such as facebook and twitter, which once you have logged in you can leave them signed in for easy access. There are also a couple of games but these are all just trials and you have to purchase them if you want to keep them. If you do want to purchase more games and applications there is a stores tab in the phone where you can buy products from either nokia's ovi store or oranges app store. Another good thing about the phone is you can connect it to your emails and it can be connected to more than one email address if you have more than one. I found this really easy to setup and is constantly logged in so again no messing about typing in passwords.

          The phone comes with a micro memory card which is 250mb but you can buy a larger size if needed, i had a micro card with my old phone so i just popped that in the phone and transferred all my pictures and music from my old phone. The camera is also pretty good, but i would not say it is top of the range in this category compared to other phones, but for the odd picture it is good.

          Overall the phone is dead easy to use and looks great, i would recommend getting a cover to stop the screen and the camera lens getting scratch.

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            10.02.2011 15:28

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            great phone just like previous Nokias

            I have always chosen Nokias as my personal phones as no matter what ideas they come up with they are always user friendly and follow the same basic ideas so you can go from one to another without much hassle.

            The E5 is just what you would expect from a Nokia, easy to use and up to date. The phone itself is robust, trust me I have dropped it numerous times!! I have had this phone for around 5 months now and there is no wearing of the buttons and the screen is still clear.

            The workings of the phone are as ever the same basics as from the start of Nokias, you can have a small tool bar along the front of the phone and people you ring regularily on the front screen for you to scroll through. The people on the front screen can become annoying as if you have it highlighted by accident then when you press for your call list you ring them - luckily I only have my husband on the front screen!

            With my contract I have free internet so this is the first phone that I have been using interent on so I haven't got much to compare it to but I would say it is extremely slow and I would have to really need to be on the internet to bother as I get annoyed waiting for it. The same goes for the Ovi maps application as I have spent over ten minutes supposedly connected and it has never managed to track us yet. But like I say I don't know if this is the capability of the phone or the signal.

            The camera is 5 mp I think and it is really clear and good quality for a phone camera, the video camera however is not very good unless I am doing something wrong, when I try to film my baby gurgling hardly anything could be heard on the actual recording so think it may only pick up louder noises, when I filmed my 3 year old it was still very quiet but a bit better.

            The phone also has all the general things, security, calculator, calendar, alarm and a few games.

            The only issue I have with this phone is sometimes when it rings the tone is not quite right and sounds really tinney which is concerning me that something could be going wrong with it.

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            21.01.2011 10:05

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            I think I prefer the Blackberry

            Its built with the decent quality you'd expect from Nokia, made with good quality materials, with a metal back plate. In comparison with the Blackberry, it feels more robust and aesthetically, actually looks a better phone. The Ovi Maps is a excellent application to have on a phone as standard.
            The scrolling button on this phone is not very functional for internet use at all; its not made for that really. I think I prefer the Blackberry
            Battery indicator has never dropped below full bars, though I never leave it more than 2 days without a charge. Hardware is all good quality.
            Selecting text recipients is a bit long winded. The settings menu is complicated. I have spent ages trying to find the alarm and change basic settings as there is a menu and a sub-menu, and settings are not necessarily where you would expect. Only 1 free and boring game on it - the rest are free trials only - not good enough. But no serious flaws.

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            14.01.2011 17:51
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            Business and Personal phone squished into one amazing phone

            The Nokia E5-00 is my newest phone, and I love it! It's a business and personal phone pushed into one amazing phone. Because of this it offers 4 different home screens to switch between aimed to target your business and personal lives. I find this really useful and I'm always switching this around depending on what I'm doing. It also has tonnes of business and leisure applications and software already built in for example quick office and Abobe PDF.

            The E5 is also keeping up to date with the newest smartphone features for example it has WI-FI, A-GPS and a 5-megapixel camera. The operating system is Symbian and you can find loads of new applications on at the Ovi Store. The screen was probably the biggest let down for me at under 2.4 inches across. It gives 320 x 240 pixels, and is not touch sensitive. I would have loved for this phone to be touch sensitive however it is not a massive let-down as it is still very easy to navigate around the different areas. The a 1200mAh battery that comes in this phone is actually very good. Nokia say you can get up to 13 hours call time and 38 hours music playback however I think this is lower than it really is. I have my 3G on 24/7 and I'm constantly web browsing, texting and listening to music and I can get over 30 hours battery life from it, and that's extremely high usage.

            The E5 can come in black, silver, white, brown, grey and blue depending on what you wish. On the front there's an extremely nice QWERTY keyboard, which I find lovely to use. I use my nails when typing most of the time and I find that if I use the pads of my fingers I hit multiple keys. This is not a problem though as using nails is fine. On the keypad there are a couple of shortcuts. These include a mute button, a shortcut to the camera's LED light, which can be used as a flashlight. There are also two thin buttons on the front which offer quick access to the home screen and messaging. These are higher than the other buttons which is extremely helpful as it makes them very easy to hit.

            Another small let down for me was the fact that it does not have multiple home screens which you would normally be able to flick between. However you can set up the one home screen in many different ways, and if you get it right you can fit ALOT of things onto the one page. There are so many way to personalise the home screen; you can change the positions of shortcuts, change the colour theme, change which 6 applications appear on the home screen and where they appear, and much more!

            I love the camera on this phone. There's just so much you can do with it, and it gives wonderful photos for a phone. The self timer is awesome and gives you loads of options including 2 and 10 seconds, and offers sequence shooting of up to 30 minutes. Video mode is OK and offers a few options such as night scene mods however it does not shoot amazing videos. On the whole the picture quality is good although it does seem to have some trouble letting enough light on alot of photos which makes them dull. The quality of outside photos varies however it is better than most phones I've experience. Indoor shots are very good from my experience!

            Now onto the internet... first of all the WI-FI is extremely easy to set up on the Nokia E5. It incorporates Nokia's superb Wi-Fi sniffer which will constantly be on the look out for new WI-FI connections, automatically connecting to known networks and notifying you of new ones! There are a huge amount of shortcuts when browsing the web on this phone, which can be found under options. These include zooming and a page overview. The main problem with browsing the internet is the small screen. I find that it's abit cramped and it cannot fit much onto the screen. This is slightly overcome with the page overview tool however it is still pretty poor. There's also no flash so watching videos directly from most website is impossible. It is however possible to watch YouTube videos using the application. In the Internet file found in the Menu you will find applications such as YouTube, Facebook, Hi5, Twitter, chat and your web browser. These are all very good, and make browsing easier, especially YouTube and Facebook.

            I was pretty impressed with the GPS and Ovi maps on this phone. The Ovi maps menu is nicely laid out and easy to use with options such as drive, walk, my position and weather. I did a few tests with the GPS and Ovi maps and I came up with varying results. Ovi maps is very good for use when driving as it is very good at working out the best routes by road, however the first time I did a test walking from my house to a local park about 2 miles away it took me around a long route of about 3 miles. The second time I tested it going in a different direction to my school and it done it perfectly, taking basically the exact route I take, which is the fastest.

            This Nokia is great. It's taken a business phone and made it perfect for non-business users too! I love the way it looks, how well made it is, the fact you can change between four home screens and I am very impressed with the battery life!


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