Pros I like the menu features, Camera, and qwerty keyboard.
Cons A little slow when changing from one app to the next.
Summary Great phone for the going price now that it's 2011, you will not feel far behind the times if your looking for a cheap up-to-date phone.
Pros Syncs perfectly with my outlook mailbox and calendar.
Very user friendly calling, texting, emailing, etc.
Pretty good app store.
Cons Locks up multiple times per day!!
Ovi Maps is terrible, but you can install Google Maps or other and they work great on it.
Unable to differentiate between phone numbers for the same contact.
Summary I gave it 2 stars instead of 1because I absolutely love this phone WHEN IT WORKS!! Anyone who gives it more than this, just hasn't tried to use it much yet. I'm on my 3rd E73 from T-Mobile and I will say that each time I've called they have readily agreed to send me a new phone - after some hoop jumping (battery pull, reset, etc.) and a $10 delivery fee for the first one.
Awesome stuff -
Battery life is really great - I usually plug it in each night, but have found that it will last a whole second day if I forget. Even after the low battery signal begins, you can get a couple of hours out of it. It's very easy and quick to reply to texts & emails or to send a message to a missed caller, unlike some other phones that require several clicks. To initiate a call/text/email you just have to start typing the contacts name and it quickly pops up. Frequently, a right arrow pops up offering you a quick link for common actions. Menus are nicely laid out and easy to navigate. Websites look good even though its a small screen and it shows a nice overview of the page when you scroll.
Unpleasant, but not so bad stuff-
I wish there was a shortcut to take you directly to your text inbox instead of needing that second click- if someone has found this, please post it. The text is often slow and if you're a quick typist you have to wait for it to catch up. It usually transposes the first two letters of any text input if you enter them to quickly.
Stuff that makes you want to throw it out the window-
It locks up ALL THE TIME - some days once and some days 5+ times - yes, even if you clear your inbox, outbox, close all open programs, do a full reset, pull the battery, and do all the crap T-mobile tech support will suggest as if you're an idiot. It frequently will not answer a call, hang up a call, send a text, open an email, scroll a page, connect to bluetooth, or respond to any buttons at all. It randomly returns to the home page while surfing, texting, etc., resets the theme, and begins reading your texts and emails aloud.
Pros Its sleek and has a lot of features. The camera has 5 mega pixels.
Cons It keeps rebooting everyday as y garic10 has stated and freezing on me.
Summary I had it less than two weeks and it is having a lot of problems. It keeps rebooting and freezing. Texting is very in convenient
Pros extremely thin
smart options - just start typing
tons of apps
supports VOIP calls and apps easily
great keyboard - better than BB
really long battery life
Ovi Map navigation!
Cons Wish it had a secondary little pin-plug for recharging, like the N8 does
Only one color - but a good one, at least
Nav pad can be twitchy
Summary This thing is sleek. People can complain about the Symbian OS and funky nav, but once you get the hang of it, what's the issue? None. I am used to them all, and RIM's is quite clunky to manage, if a little more oblique to the distracted eye.
This device has a metal back, a broad battery, very powerful processor, and runs a wide range of apps. I like earthcomber and fring. And the nicest part for me: Ovi Maps/Navigation. I used this on battery-power only on a long motorcycle road trip, and it's a dream. Even through the plastic of the tank bag, even with big gloves no, I could strike buttons any which way to bring it to life for a 5-second blip of where I am and what I'm doing. It even has speed warnings on it!
The qwerty is better in my opinion than hard-top touch keyboards, if you have a lot of real work to do. It handles multiple email accounts very nicely. The call quality is not surpassed, even though reviews these days kinda skip over that. It's better than iPhone 3 or 4, which isn't saying that much, but better than Droid, also, which is.
The E71 version of this is a tiny bit thinner, and I actually like the keyboard best of everything out there. But the E71 doesn't have the horsepower or the smart handling the E73 (which really is a speacialized E72) does.
People complain that the screen isn't HD. Well, yeah, it's basically a BB profile, wide and short, so I wouldn't be watching movies on it. Although, it does have a 5MP Carl Zeiss cam, so the pictures you do take with it look way nice once you load them onto your big screen. Not thrilled with the zoom range on video, though. It goes from way back to almost-can-see-individual players on the field. Again, not what you're looking for, if you want to go Spielberg. But classy, tough, smart & fast business phone? Try to beat it. The BB Curves and Bold on my desk haven't.
Pros Sturdy hardware construction, high capacity battery, looks business like, small and slender, good 5MP camera with flash
Cons Overly complex & outdated operating system, shoddy wifi, very low resolution, tiny QWERTY keyboard with smushed keys(hard to type fast with average sized fingers.) OVI store took FOREVER to download applications.
Summary When you first look at the phone, you get a good first impression that you're about to get your hands on a professional business phone. Once you start it up, you will think that you time traveled back to 2002. The fact that this phone was released in mid 2010 is an absolute joke. The low resolution, super long application download times, and very low internal memory(you have to constantly be aware of running applications and close down those that you're not using). Oh, and the phone doesn't even have a clear battery display of how much power you have left...Do your homework carefully, don't just rely on quick averages to make your buying decision. That's what I did and it failed miserably.
This phone would be top of it's class in the early part of this decade, the 5MP camera with flash makes the price justifiable, but do NOT get this phone if you're interested in using the wiFi or downloading applications from the OVI store.
This phone is ideal for people who are only going to be checking a single e-mail account, texting, calling, extremely light web browsing, and some occasional pictures.
I bought this phone online from T-mobile, and shipped it back the next day(Even after I had bought a $25 case for it from another retailer!). I recommend getting an HTC and an extra battery or two instead.
And a note to Nokia, switch you're focus from an impressive spec sheet, to ACTUAL functionality. It was an absolute chore to figure out how to do simple things.
Updated on Nov 7, 2010