While the E72 build quality is very good, it’s not as solid as the other Eseries devices I’ve played with. The battery door feels somewhat loose, and it’s easy to push the release button by accident. There’s also some light leaking from the edges of the keys surrounding the D-pad. Still, the materials used (such as stainless steel) are really nice…
The keyboard is simply fantastic – I’ve never been so comfortable typing on such a small keyboard, and it’s quiet too (essential for those inevitable Twitter conversations in meetings). The screen is the right size for a non-touch device, and looks great under all viewing conditions.
The D-pad incorporates an optical trackpad which, unfortunately, often interferes with normal input even after a period of adjustment. Sure, it’s interesting, but it’s not particularly useful.
Like the E75, the E72 features a regular 3.5 mm audio jack and charges via either USB or the standard Nokia power connector. Battery life is phenomenal, so charging almost becomes an afterthought – I managed 2 days of intensive use on a single charge during a recent conference!
I’m connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server, and things are mostly working as expected. Occasionally the mail client hangs when sending messages (perhaps it’s server related), and I’m not sure how to check other people’s availability when scheduling events in the calendar (any advice?)
Despite running the latest firmware, the E72 is less stable than I expected. For example, it sometimes hangs on the access point menu when attempting to switch between 3G and WiFi during standby.
The 5 megapixel camera takes absolutely stunning pictures for a business phone, achieving Nseries levels of quality – thankfully, the E72 obliterates the lackluster E71 in this area. See for yourself (click to enlarge):
Stay tuned for a full camera review…
So far, the E72 is shaping up to be my favorite Eseries device of all time. It’s an impressive, well-rounded performer in an attractive package – let’s just hope Nokia irons out the remaining bugs!