Good value for money
And it’s a GPS!
If you’ve been put off by the poor GPS on some older Nokias, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how quickly the E5 determines your location on startup — a matter of seconds rather than minutes (and on a rainy day, even).
In a quick test, I got the E5 to guide me home from work, turn-by-turn, and in a rather fetching female voice.
Even after passing through tunnels the E5 easily regained its bearings. And when I made detours, the directions are recalculated in a few seconds.
And because it’s Ovi Maps, you can get free maps for almost any country in the world — a big plus for frequent travellers.
Unfortunately, the E5’s camera is also from 2005. There’s a 5-megapixel sensor, but it has poor per-pixel sharpness and will produce grainy photos when used under anything other than direct sunlight.
Photos are typical of a fixed-focus camera, poor for close-ups (anything less than a metre away) and not particularly sharp for anything else either. At least there’s an LED flash.
Recorded video is compressed as MPEG-4 clips, but suffer from a poor framerate (just 15fps) and the same grainy quality as still photos.
The camera’s white balance is a little weird in artificial lighting too, always looking a little blueish.
And so, while the E5 is good enough for posting pictures on Facebook — you won’t be printing enlargements from it.
The Nokia E5 can be summed up as a smartphone that’s rich in features, but with a cumbersome user interface.
While the E5’s input methods, display tech- nology and software may not give you the best web and social networking experience on the go, it’s still a pretty good phone if your primary needs are phone calls, SMS and email.
And if you’re used to the application ecosystem found with Android and iOS devices, Nokia’s Ovi Store looks like barren wasteland in comparison.
But for the price (a mere RM830), and the fact that it’s not tied down to a contract, it’s a steal.
Pros: Loads of features for a low price; excellent build quality; good GPS; awesome battery life.
Cons: It runs on Symbian.
ReaR View: camera.
The E5 has a 5-megapixel