Nokia e5 vs e72 – Which of the two is a Winner?

Added on February 18, 2011

Category: Nokia Symbian S60

Looking at the traffic results, it seems like there are many out there who are looking to choose between a Nokia e5 or a Nokia e72. I did a quick research on the same before going for the Nokia e5 – for my priorities and needs, i found Nokia e5 to be a winner.

For a summary view, if you are looking for a device with the looks, Nokia e72 will take the cake and if you are looking for a balance, it definitely has to be the Nokia e5.

Winners for Nokia e72 over the e5:
-Better screen 16 million colors as opposed to 256k
-Internet Telephony/ voIP interface integrated well with the devices (although internet telephony / voIP is available on the e5 as well, but it is not as integrated on the device – example, Truphone service has a native app for Nokia e72, but will needed to be setup manually for e5 – that too is Truphone gives you the password, which they generally do not so unfortunately you can not use Truphone on e5)
-Better camera (both the phones have 5 megapixels), but the one on e72 has auto-focus whereas e5 does not
-digital compass with GPS on e72, whereas e5 has a regular GPS with A-GPS support
-optical navi-key for people looking for a blackberry bold 2 experience, but unfortunately it does not work too great and most keep it turned off
-more metal on the body on the e72 compared to the e5, although i personally felt the little metal used on Nokia e5 (only the back cover and top navigation area on the keyboard) is better quality.
-extra 2 dedicated navigation keys, example, for calendar and contacts – the other two are also available on e5 which are the messaging and home.
-front camera for 3G video calls

Nokia e5 winners:

-sturdy looks and feel for a plastic (with a little metal) based phone and i personally found it more sturdy feeling than the Nokia e72
-more RAM on Nokia e5 (256 MB – around 160 MB available on load) as opposed to Nokia e72 (128 MB – around 55 MB free on load)
-substantial price comparison between the 2 – the Nokia e5 costs around USD 210/- contract free whereas the Nokia e72 costs around USD 320/-

The winners on Nokia e72 may be more for obvious reasons such as the price difference and being a Nokia e71 successor (which was the phone of the year and gave Nokia a completely new reputation with the competition for business smartphones).

Even though the winners on the Nokia e5 are less, we find this to be a better option off the 2 because of many e72 winners not useful in our case and the small list of winners for the nokia e5 being more substantial and practical in our case.

Conclusion:
If you really are looking forward to buying beween a Nokia e72 or Nokia e5, our suggestion is to go with the Nokia e5.
If these are just a consideration, maybe you can look at other Android options mentioned here.

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