All About Symbian - Nokia (S60) and Sony Ericsson (UIQ) smartphones unwrapped

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Old 19-08-2009, 12:03 PM
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Review: Nokia E55

It's, hand-down, the smallest and lightest and - almost - most powerful QWERTY smartphone ever created. But is the E55 any good? Find out in my full review. Of its two Unique Selling Points, I was impressed by the tiny EDoF camera, which produces results beyond expectations, but I was left feeling that the 'half QWERTY' keyboard implementation needs a little more software intelligence behind it. A great value smartphone overall, but the bottom line is that its fiercest competition will come from its own sister phone, the E52.

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Great review I have been waiting for this.

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Old 19-08-2009, 12:31 PM
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Just to point out I had a more positive experience with the keyboard, as I mentioned in my first look review. In contrast to Steve I found speeds nearer a full QWERTY device than I did a 12 key device.

I think this illustrates the issue of user choice / opinion nicely. Basically there's no way to get a full QWERTY on to the E52 form factor so the E55 solution is the best compromise. Looks like there's room for improvement though on software (I don't have the E55 so can't check what I was doing when entering punctuation etc.). I will point out it is self learning so for names etc it will get better with usage (same as T9).

I'm also a lot fonder of word auto-completion than Steve (gimmicky - not for me!)... and the Eseries switch home screen tool - I wish all Nokia devices had it...

There' also still plenty of stuff on the E55/E52 we've not talked about. I'll try and address some of this in more detail in due course (with regards to some enterprise extras).

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The screenshots show how pathetically small the QVGA resolution. The letters are pixelised, blocky and just plain ugly.

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Let's not get into the screen resolution debate again. For a 2.4" screen, QVGA is absolutely fine. It only starts to look blocky ON THE DEVICE once you get to 2.6" and 2.8" displays, IMHO.
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Hi Steve! Excellent review (as always!). The quirk you mentioned with using punctuation (it'a, etc.), can than not be rectified by intoducing that as a new word? And how did you find it for one-handed use? Cheers.

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I have had my E55 & 52 for two weeks so will share a little input. For one-handed use the E52 is a much better solution.
The half QWERTY is designed to be used with two hands but it is possible to use one handed. You have to be more accurate and in a weird way I felt like I would drop the device when trying to use it one handed (My thumb was going all over the place). The E52 is a lot more comfortable one handed. I am walking around most of the time and found myself constantly stopping to text or email with the E55 were, as with the E52 it felt more natural. If you have both hands free then you won't have any issues.

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Curious about the Web version

Hi
Just a question, slightly off-topic: how do you find out which version of Web is installed? (I have a Innov8, which is also S60v3 FP2, but I guess it's not as updated...)
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T9 on E55?

xxnoelziexx, does the E55 have T9 for the numeric keys? If so, that would still be a one-handed option, right?

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Does a long press on the fullstop/comma button enable you to choose whether to have a fullstop or a comma? Likewise for an apostrophe can you long press on the appropriate key to bring up an apostrophe?

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>>Does a long press on the fullstop/comma button enable you to choose whether to have a fullstop or a comma? Likewise for an apostrophe can you long press on the appropriate key to bring up an apostrophe?

Long press on the ., key gives a semi colon. Long press on the l key gives apostrophe.

Re: Web version: if your copy doesn't have an 'About' menu item then you have the 'old' one! 8-)
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Great review!
Does the E55 have a digital compass? If so, do Ovi Maps and the N97Compass app work with it?
Have you checked to see if by chance either Podcasting or Internet Radio were available from Download!? Alternatively, does the version of Podcasting that Nokia offers as a free download for older devices work on the E55?

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RickyS, another, slightly more scientific, method is to visit with your phone some site that show you your user-agent string, for example http://www.useragent.org/.
The older Web application uses version 413 of the Apple WebKit. For example, the user-agent of your i8510 may look something like this:

Mozilla/5.0 (SymbianOS/9.3; U; Series60/3.2 Samsung/I8510/XXHJ3; Profile/MIDP-2.1 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 ) AppleWebKit/413 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/413

By contrast, the newer Web app uses version 525. For example, the user-agent of the E55 is:

Mozilla/5.0 (SymbianOS/9.3; Series60/3.2 NokiaE55-1/021.008; Profile/MIDP-2.1 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 ) AppleWebKit/525 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 BrowserNG/7.1.13841

Version 525 is also the one used by the browser on the iPhone OS 2.0, whose user-agent is:

Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5A345 Safari/525.20

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You can download internet radio from Nokia

Full instructions here

http://www.s60mobile.co.uk/2009/08/1...nternet-radio/
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Will you be getting the Nokia E72 in for a hands-on any time soon? I still really can't make my mind up between the E55 or the E72!
 

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