Living with the E72, or why Nokia’s finally lost me to Android

by Vikki Chowney on 24th May 2010

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Vikki's E72

Continuing the never-ending search for my ‘next phone’, I’ve been trialling Nokia’s E72 for the past few months. Regular readers will know that my phone of choice was once the E71 (before it sadly broke last year, and this journey began), but I was all aware of its faults.

Not long ago, Nokia reached out and offered me the chance to review the next version – the E72, which has apparently taken care of many of my gripes….

First off, it’s got the same beautiful form factor and the operating system is reassuringly familiar. Nokia Messaging is reassuringly simple and can be set up a few minutes, the keyboard is still fantastic and the build is – if possible – even better. My main gripe with the E71 was its poor camera, which has been vastly improved in this model (see James’ recent comparison of my E72 versus his Nexus One on Flickr). I’ve taken an awful lot more photos over the past few months that’s for sure.

Taking a little bit more time to review this phone has also led to a bit of a change in my behaviour in relation to email. As the screen is so good for reading emails (and perhaps less importantly, how easy it is to flag them) – I’ve taken to reading previously starred Gmail messages on the tube, then queuing the replies up to send when I get above ground. By the time I get to work, they’ve sent and I can just get on with my work inbox.

A second revelation is that this split of having personal mail on my mobile, but not anything work-related, just isn’t cutting it any more. I’ve traditionally never been further than ten minutes away from my laptop, but now that I have to access WordPress on an hourly basis, it’s much more important to be able to access both.

Browsing on the E72 is still great – regardless of the lack of the larger screens now readily available on business phones – I like how wide it is and the battery is very impressive. The processor is faster, the E72 has a new ‘optical joystick’ (which allows you to scroll through menus by running your finger over the central controller) and, as I’ve already mentioned, the camera is a lot better. My last phone trial left me swinging towards Android. Has the E72 changed my mind?

In short, no.

The E72 has changed the way I use email, for which I’m actually quite grateful, but I really have been bewitched by Android’s spell. I’m missing apps, like crazy.

There’s a whole other issue surrounding music and the way I consume it, but that’s a whole other blog post. Basically, I’ve been streaming from music blogs for the better part of a year, almost solely. My iTunes library is stored on an old laptop, Spotify isn’t as exciting as I’d like it to be (hence why I haven’t gone premium and downloaded the mobile app) – but all of this could change with the recent introduction of new social features. Hopefully allowing me to combine all of my own music with the service’s constantly growing database. More to come later.

It’s no secret that the Really Mobile team have had ‘issues’ with Ovi, so I found it difficult to talk myself into re-visiting the store on the E72. In the interest of being fair, I had a quick look…  I wasn’t massively impressed. Especially after my previous experience with how easy the HTC Hero was to pack with news-feeds, Twitter apps and the like.

** You can log in to Letstalk.com to know more about HTC social networking applications and also compare it with other Android-based smartphones.

The E72 is a brilliant phone to use as a professional, with one core email account. It’s nicer to hold and type on than a Blackberry, but the fun, social aspect of an Android phone is lacking for me.

There we have it. We’re down to our final stages, and it’s either a Nexus or an HTC Desire (or possibly a Legend). I’ve set myself a deadline to sort this before the end of June, so it’s decision time.

  • http://www.thoughtsfromhell.net Michael Hell

    Another great Read. I love that Journey you’re doing. So Android is it then, i can’t say this comes surprising. I’m a big Android Fan myself, but also stick to Nokia. If i’d have to chose between the three above, it would be the Desire for me. I only had it in my Hands for about 15 minutes so far, but what i saw i loved. It’s just so much fun to use with the big screen and fast hardware, its amazing. all i’m waiting for, is a hardware QWERTY Android device, and i’m sold!

  • http://whatleydude.com James Whatley

    I totally understand your love for Android also, but to me it’s all about creation.. which is where the HTC fails hard.

    I’ve been tinkering with an N900 v Nexus One post for some time. I might have to dig it out…

    Good post though. Michael’s right, it’s a great journey and a real insight into the modern day mobile phone purchasing journey.

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  • http://www.vikkichowney.com vikkichowney

    Thanks Michael. I keep getting pointed towards the Desire. We’ll see :)

  • http://www.vikkichowney.com vikkichowney

    Sadly though, I don’t use my phone for content creation any more. It’s not about quality of image and speed in uploading, it’s about accessing WordPress to tinker in more detail. I’d never use the N900 either, I can’t get over the form hurdle. It feels clunky and awkward to me, and that puts me off.

    Thanks for the props though ;)

  • http://marilwyd.blogspot.com aliguana

    Yeah, I’m just the same. Still love and use my E71, but I haven’t bothered even looking at the E72, more of the same. I was going to join the iPhone sheep until the Desire came along. Just… wow. (So I guess I joined the Android sheep instead lol).

    Having been a Nokia user since.. well, since my first phone in the 90s, I have to say that Nokia have lost it. Sorry Nokia, got to be said. Your phones are still the best BUILT of any of the manufacturers, but …

  • http://marilwyd.blogspot.com aliguana

    (Basically, ditch the stupid Symbian/NokiaUI/Ovi stuff, and stick to actually building high quality handsets – if you want an OS then use Android and build on top of it like HTC are doing. It’s like being a PC manufacturer, Dell or such, and insisting on still shipping with DOS. Well erm… we’ve all moved on to better OS’s. Purely an untechy end-user point of view though)

  • http://whatleydude.com James Whatley

    I know what you mean about having a decent WordPress interface. The one on the iPad is perfect for my needs.. :)

  • http://twitter.com/c_davies Chris Davies

    Agree with you on the E72; back when I reviewed it I loved the email functionality, but the rest of the experience paled in comparison to what’s out there on the market. Personally I’d go for the Nexus One over the Desire – just because of the 2.2 update – but the Desire is certainly a brilliant phone and, thanks to Sense, has plenty of out-the-box usability and eye-appeal.

    What I really wish HTC would deliver is a hardware QWERTY Android device for the high-end market. Something like the Nexus One but with a physical keyboard. There are mutterings in the shape of the HTC Vision, but for now they’re just rumours sadly.

  • http://www.mobile-users.net Nirave

    Has to be the Desire.

    The Froyo update is said to be coming out in July quite possibly and there should also be a 720p HD Video update for it at some point as well.

    I’ve used one for 2 and a half months and I can’t see myself using anything else at the moment; the Desire with Eclair & Sense is THAT good and Froyo will only make it much much better!

    Interestingly though, the HTC Vision has popped up as a rumour on GSMArena and it could be sporting a Qwerty keyboard – it’s meant to be the Qwerty version of the Desire which will tick all the boxes for a lot of people (myself included – even though I do like the on-screen keyboard on the Deisre, nothing beats the hard qwerty keyboard form factor.)

  • http://www.thoughtsfromhell.net Michael Hell

    Another great Read. I love that Journey you're doing. So Android is it then, i can't say this comes surprising. I'm a big Android Fan myself, but also stick to Nokia. If i'd have to chose between the three above, it would be the Desire for me. I only had it in my Hands for about 15 minutes so far, but what i saw i loved. It's just so much fun to use with the big screen and fast hardware, its amazing. all i'm waiting for, is a hardware QWERTY Android device, and i'm sold!

  • http://www.thoughtsfromhell.net Michael Hell

    Another great Read. I love that Journey you're doing. So Android is it then, i can't say this comes surprising. I'm a big Android Fan myself, but also stick to Nokia. If i'd have to chose between the three above, it would be the Desire for me. I only had it in my Hands for about 15 minutes so far, but what i saw i loved. It's just so much fun to use with the big screen and fast hardware, its amazing. all i'm waiting for, is a hardware QWERTY Android device, and i'm sold!

  • http://whatleydude.com James Whatley

    I totally understand your love for Android also, but to me it's all about creation.. which is where the HTC fails hard. I've been tinkering with an N900 v Nexus One post for some time. I might have to dig it out… Good post though. Michael's right, it's a great journey and a real insight into the modern day mobile phone purchasing journey.

  • http://whatleydude.com James Whatley

    I totally understand your love for Android also, but to me it's all about creation.. which is where the HTC fails hard.

    I've been tinkering with an N900 v Nexus One post for some time. I might have to dig it out…

    Good post though. Michael's right, it's a great journey and a real insight into the modern day mobile phone purchasing journey.

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  • http://www.vikkichowney.com vikkichowney

    Sadly though, I don't use my phone for content creation any more. It's not about quality of image and speed in uploading, it's about accessing WordPress to tinker in more detail. I'd never use the N900 either, I can't get over the form hurdle. It feels clunky and awkward to me, and that puts me off.Thanks for the props though ;)

  • http://www.vikkichowney.com vikkichowney

    Thanks Michael. I keep getting pointed towards the Desire. We'll see :)

  • http://www.vikkichowney.com vikkichowney

    Sadly though, I don't use my phone for content creation any more. It's not about quality of image and speed in uploading, it's about accessing WordPress to tinker in more detail. I'd never use the N900 either, I can't get over the form hurdle. It feels clunky and awkward to me, and that puts me off.

    Thanks for the props though ;)

  • http://www.vikkichowney.com vikkichowney

    Thanks Michael. I keep getting pointed towards the Desire. We'll see :)

  • http://marilwyd.blogspot.com aliguana

    Yeah, I'm just the same. Still love and use my E71, but I haven't bothered even looking at the E72, more of the same. I was going to join the iPhone sheep until the Desire came along. Just… wow. (So I guess I joined the Android sheep instead lol).Having been a Nokia user since.. well, since my first phone in the 90s, I have to say that Nokia have lost it. Sorry Nokia, got to be said. Your phones are still the best BUILT of any of the manufacturers, but …

  • http://marilwyd.blogspot.com aliguana

    Yeah, I'm just the same. Still love and use my E71, but I haven't bothered even looking at the E72, more of the same. I was going to join the iPhone sheep until the Desire came along. Just… wow. (So I guess I joined the Android sheep instead lol).

    Having been a Nokia user since.. well, since my first phone in the 90s, I have to say that Nokia have lost it. Sorry Nokia, got to be said. Your phones are still the best BUILT of any of the manufacturers, but …

  • http://marilwyd.blogspot.com aliguana

    (Basically, ditch the stupid Symbian/NokiaUI/Ovi stuff, and stick to actually building high quality handsets – if you want an OS then use Android and build on top of it like HTC are doing. It's like being a PC manufacturer, Dell or such, and insisting on still shipping with DOS. Well erm… we've all moved on to better OS's. Purely an untechy end-user point of view though)

  • http://marilwyd.blogspot.com aliguana

    (Basically, ditch the stupid Symbian/NokiaUI/Ovi stuff, and stick to actually building high quality handsets – if you want an OS then use Android and build on top of it like HTC are doing. It's like being a PC manufacturer, Dell or such, and insisting on still shipping with DOS. Well erm… we've all moved on to better OS's. Purely an untechy end-user point of view though)

  • http://whatleydude.com James Whatley

    I know what you mean about having a decent WordPress interface. The one on the iPad is perfect for my needs.. :)

  • http://whatleydude.com James Whatley

    I know what you mean about having a decent WordPress interface. The one on the iPad is perfect for my needs.. :)

  • http://twitter.com/c_davies Chris Davies

    Agree with you on the E72; back when I reviewed it I loved the email functionality, but the rest of the experience paled in comparison to what's out there on the market. Personally I'd go for the Nexus One over the Desire – just because of the 2.2 update – but the Desire is certainly a brilliant phone and, thanks to Sense, has plenty of out-the-box usability and eye-appeal. What I really wish HTC would deliver is a hardware QWERTY Android device for the high-end market. Something like the Nexus One but with a physical keyboard. There are mutterings in the shape of the HTC Vision, but for now they're just rumours sadly.

  • http://twitter.com/c_davies Chris Davies

    Agree with you on the E72; back when I reviewed it I loved the email functionality, but the rest of the experience paled in comparison to what's out there on the market. Personally I'd go for the Nexus One over the Desire – just because of the 2.2 update – but the Desire is certainly a brilliant phone and, thanks to Sense, has plenty of out-the-box usability and eye-appeal.

    What I really wish HTC would deliver is a hardware QWERTY Android device for the high-end market. Something like the Nexus One but with a physical keyboard. There are mutterings in the shape of the HTC Vision, but for now they're just rumours sadly.

  • http://www.mobile-users.net Nirave

    Has to be the Desire.The Froyo update is said to be coming out in July quite possibly and there should also be a 720p HD Video update for it at some point as well.I've used one for 2 and a half months and I can't see myself using anything else at the moment; the Desire with Eclair & Sense is THAT good and Froyo will only make it much much better!Interestingly though, the HTC Vision has popped up as a rumour on GSMArena and it could be sporting a Qwerty keyboard – it's meant to be the Qwerty version of the Desire which will tick all the boxes for a lot of people (myself included – even though I do like the on-screen keyboard on the Deisre, nothing beats the hard qwerty keyboard form factor.)

  • http://www.mobile-users.net Nirave

    Has to be the Desire.

    The Froyo update is said to be coming out in July quite possibly and there should also be a 720p HD Video update for it at some point as well.

    I've used one for 2 and a half months and I can't see myself using anything else at the moment; the Desire with Eclair & Sense is THAT good and Froyo will only make it much much better!

    Interestingly though, the HTC Vision has popped up as a rumour on GSMArena and it could be sporting a Qwerty keyboard – it's meant to be the Qwerty version of the Desire which will tick all the boxes for a lot of people (myself included – even though I do like the on-screen keyboard on the Deisre, nothing beats the hard qwerty keyboard form factor.)

  • http://twitter.com/matt_shields Matthew Shields

    I just switched from my beloved E71 to the HTC Desire. The only thing I miss is Gravity, there is nothing even close on Android but apart from that there’s no going back, totally converted.

  • http://twitter.com/matt_shields Matthew Shields

    I just switched from my beloved E71 to the HTC Desire. The only thing I miss is Gravity, there is nothing even close on Android but apart from that there's no going back, totally converted.

  • http://twitter.com/matt_shields Matthew Shields

    I just switched from my beloved E71 to the HTC Desire. The only thing I miss is Gravity, there is nothing even close on Android but apart from that there's no going back, totally converted.

  • http://www.reinvent.ro Catalin Giboi

    It’s strange and pleasant to see people with similar thoughts and actions. I too have switched from an E72 to an HTC Desire and, as Matthew Shields said, the only thing I miss is Gravity, and the qwerty. Other than that it feels like the 21st century!

    After I had my first touch device, the first iPhone, I sworn I will not get another stupid touch device ever again. But playing with HTC’s Desire for a while, and its price (199 euros in VAT from Vodafone RO), convinced me that this is my next phone and it’s here to stay. It’s a whole new experience. Touch devices evolved incredibly in the past two years and I’m glad I took the time to ‘touch’ one.

    Nokia is really far behind and after opening my E72 to clean it for the sale it really felt awkward. Except for that qwerty which will forever be in my heart. That and Gravity, the only two things I’ll miss, but not sufficient to make me go back to Symbian and Nokia. I do feel that Nokia should look to Microsoft and their new Windows Phone platform, because that’s their future if they don’t act fast.

  • http://www.reinvent.ro CGiboi

    It's strange and pleasant to see people with similar thoughts and actions. I too have switched from an E72 to an HTC Desire and, as Matthew Shields said, the only thing I miss is Gravity, and the qwerty. Other than that it feels like the 21st century!After I had my first touch device, the first iPhone, I sworn I will not get another stupid touch device ever again. But playing with HTC's Desire for a while, and its price (199 euros in VAT from Vodafone RO), convinced me that this is my next phone and it's here to stay. It's a whole new experience. Touch devices evolved incredibly in the past two years and I'm glad I took the time to 'touch' one.Nokia is really far behind and after opening my E72 to clean it for the sale it really felt awkward. Except for that qwerty which will forever be in my heart. That and Gravity, the only two things I'll miss, but not sufficient to make me go back to Symbian and Nokia. I do feel that Nokia should look to Microsoft and their new Windows Phone platform, because that's their future if they don't act fast.

  • http://www.reinvent.ro CGiboi

    It's strange and pleasant to see people with similar thoughts and actions. I too have switched from an E72 to an HTC Desire and, as Matthew Shields said, the only thing I miss is Gravity, and the qwerty. Other than that it feels like the 21st century!

    After I had my first touch device, the first iPhone, I sworn I will not get another stupid touch device ever again. But playing with HTC's Desire for a while, and its price (199 euros in VAT from Vodafone RO), convinced me that this is my next phone and it's here to stay. It's a whole new experience. Touch devices evolved incredibly in the past two years and I'm glad I took the time to 'touch' one.

    Nokia is really far behind and after opening my E72 to clean it for the sale it really felt awkward. Except for that qwerty which will forever be in my heart. That and Gravity, the only two things I'll miss, but not sufficient to make me go back to Symbian and Nokia. I do feel that Nokia should look to Microsoft and their new Windows Phone platform, because that's their future if they don't act fast.

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