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Review: Nokia E52

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Nokia E52 live hands-on image (2)JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Business phones are no longer seen as brick-sized handsets with large keyboards. They come in different form factors, appealing to a variety of consumers – not necessarily businessmen only.

The Nokia E52 is a light candybar handset designed for consumers who wish to use one single phone for the business life and for the life that comes outside the workplace.

The phone features HSPA connectivity, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, a 3.2 megapixel camera with fixed focus, a 2.4″ display, microSD memory card support, a 3.5mm audio jack, and A-GPS. The device runs on Nokia’s S60 smartphone platform, with the aid of a powerful 600MHz CPU.

Throughout the world, the handset is available in the following colours: Metal Grey Aluminium, Golden Aluminium, and Graphite Grey. Our test unit was in Metal Grey Aluminium.

Market Placement

The Nokia E52’s competition is difficult to determine as most business handsets consist of a QWERTY keyboard. The latter component may not be needed as the large numeric keypad on the E52 should fulfil most typing needs of users. Another aspect that differentiates the E52 from the rest of the market is the lack of a touchscreen – a disadvantage to the phone.

The few mobile phones which do indeed pose a threat to the E52 are the Samsung i7110 and the Sony Ericsson G700 Business Edition.

Samsung i7110

The i7110 was announced a year ago. It runs on the S60 software platform, it has a 2.6″ AMOLED display, a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, full connectivity options, A-GPS, and support for microSD memory cards. In terms of specifications, the Samsung phone is clearly better than the phone being reviewed, but the problem may be the availability in the market: Samsung S60 smartphones are not exactly widely available, and this particular model is about a year old.


Sony Ericsson G700 Business Edition

The G700 Business Edition runs on the extinct Symbian UIQ platform. The device, similarly to the abovementioned i7110, was also released last year.

The phone has a 2.4″ display, 3G, Bluetooth, and no camera nor GPS. This handset is clearly “under-spec’d” in comparison to the E52. The G700 will appeal to a much different target audience than the E52’s market, although due to the form factor of both handsets, they may be considered rivals. The E51 on the other hand is the ideal competitor of the G700, as both these phones do not have cameras.

Sony Ericsson G700 Business Edition

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By , Editor-in-Chief, Johannesburg office

Published on Nov 9th, 2009 GMT +2