"Worthy successor to the E71"4.0 starson by guyfromtrinidad
Pros: Great messaging phone, OVI maps is fantastic, GPS with built in compass, 5 megapixel camera with a cool panorama app
Cons: Loudspeaker should be louder, firmware update long overdue to fix some minor issues
Summary: I am a former owner of the Nokia E71, which I totally loved and cried when I left it in a taxi and never saw it again. So I decided to go with the upgrade, the E72. What I loved with the E71 was that out of the box it was a powerful device and just worked fantastic. So is the E72 as fantastic? Not just yet.
There are some things that the e72 gets right 5 megapixel camera, 3.5mm stereo jack, a-gps with compass. nokia messaging out of the box which is much better on the e72 than the e71. However there are little hiccups that e71 owners will notice (check Nokia forums to get an idea) that are missing or implemented differently. The good thing is that a firmware update could fix many of these issues but Nokia has been very slow in providing firmware updates or even saying when they are scheduling them. While these issues are not a reason not to buy the phone its sad that Nokia did not provide the same support that they gave the e71 within the first few weeks of its launch.
There are some nice surprises like voice activated music search, a panorama app for the camera and messaging(gtalk, yahoo, msn) and Facebook app. The phone menu does take a little getting used to and I spent a half an hour trying to do the simplest things. Nokia really needs to make the Symbian OS more user friendly but when you know where things are it works great. Connecting to WiFi is fast and is managed much better than the e71.
The update to OVI maps is fantastic in fact the update seemed to improve the GPS, before the update it would sometimes take 2 minutes for me to get a fix now I get a fix withing 5 seconds, even indoors. It is so great that I have stopped using google maps and now use this exclusively.
So all in all if you have the cash this is a great device especially if you don't want to be tied down by the blackberry, the email options are rich and the new Ovi maps is a killer feature. So its a solid recommendation, put Gravity for twitter on it Vlingo and shazam to start with and you are good to go.