The Nokia E52 is Nokia's new entry level Eseries device. Its sister device is the E55 (which has a different keyboard). The E52 features a 3.2 megapixel camera, A-GPS with compass, WiFi and WCDMA connectivity all in a slim-line form factor.
E52's one touch buttons The E52's hardware shortcut buttons can be customised (both single press and long press) in the phone's settings.
E52 applications The E52 comes with a generous bundle of third party and Nokia applications.
Remote lock A less well known advantage of recent Eseries is their ability to remotely lock themselves. You can send a phrase, which if sent to the phone by text, will lock the device. You'll be required to enter a pin number to access the device again. Usually this kind of feature is only available to corporate users who have a device management infrastructure in place.
Top of the E52 The position of the light sensor (used to adjust the brightness of the screen), was the only other hardware difference I spotted between the E52 and E55 (colours aside).
3.2 megapixel EDoF camera The EDoF camera (extended depth of field) uses a special lens and software to allow for instant in-focus capture. It's not quite as good as a true autofocus camera, but it is a lot better than a fixed focused one. The camera module can also be a lot smaller allowing the E52 to have a slim profile.
E52 keypad This is the key difference between the E52 and the E55. The E55 has a half-QWERTY keypad, where the E52 has the more orthodox 12 key layout.
BP5-L battery The battery has a capacity of 1500 mAh, which should lead to some very impressive battery life times. The battery takes up the majority of the room in the phone, to the extent that you wonder where the rest of the hardware can have possible been fitted in. A remarkable industrial design achievement.
microUSB port For PC connectivity and phone charging. It's the 'best' implementation I've seen of a microUSB port - less metal bits showing.
Side buttons Volume up and down keys surround the voice control key (which doubles as the mute key during phone calls).
microSD card Its located under the battery cover, which may annoy some, but has the significant advantage of reducing the number of 'outside' openings.
E52 from the bottom Microphone and lanyard holder.
3.5 mm audio jack The audio quality of the E52 is similar to that of Nokia's recent XpressMusic devices.
Rotated screen The screen rotation is almost instant and adds a welcome level of versatility. Clearly some applications work better in this orientation than others.
E52 in the hand
E51 versus E50 versis E52 The reduced depth of the E52 is evident in this picture.
E50, E51 and E52 The entry level Eseries through the ages. The E52 steps up the screen size significantly and still manages to improve in the size department (mainly thanks to its thinness).
Borwsing in landscape mode The usual OVi services are present on the phone including N-Gage, Ovi Maps, Nokia Music, Ovi Files and more...
Phone The E52 is an outstanding phone device. Both in terms of call quality, but also the additional application that other phones sometimes miss out.
Encryption As with other Eseries devices you can choose to encrypt the content of the C drive and memory cards. This will slow down the phone a little (though you would be hard pressed to really notice), but does provide an extra layer of security.
Accelereomter The E52, as you would expect from a recent Nokia device, has an accelerometer, which can be used to silence alarms and incoming calls and also provides automatic screen rotation.
Customisable homscreen The E52 has the typical Eseries homescreen. A notable feature is the ability to customise exactly which hmescreen plug-ins are displayed. This is part of the 'Switch mode' functionality, which effectively gives you two homescreens (one for work, one for personal), which you can switch back and forth between using the dedicated shortcut.
E52 in camera mode The E52's 3.2 megapixel camera produces reasonable result, assuming you don't need macro mode (less than 50 cm from subject). Note also how the transrefelective screen has excellent outdoor viewing properties.
E52 Box contents Usual box contents, but the 2mm power jack to microUSB power adapter is a nice extra.
E52 box back Designed for the way we work - the little known Eseries mantra.
E52 box front Includes the 'go faster' red stripe down the side.