Review: Nokia E52

On a quick glance, the Nokia E52 looks somewhat similar to the successful E51 that it is replacing. There isn’t much changes except adding a few more feature. Well, I guess there isn’t much improvement that Nokia can do to a near perfect phone.

The E52 is a candy bar phone. Most candy bar phone out there in the market are feature phone (aka dumb phone). But the E52 is nowhere dumb. It runs on Symbian OS. It comes with a 2.4 inch QVGA screen that is non-touchscreen. But trust me, Symbian is good with non-touchscreen. The E52 weighs 98g and is 11.6 x 4.9 x 0.99 cm. I like the form factor, feels good in the hands. 60mb of internal memory and a 1GB microSD card in the retail box. 3.5mm audio jack and a MicroUSB port for charging and data transfer. Like most smartphone, the E52 comes with WIFI, Bluetooth, A-GPS and digital compass. Yeap, digital compass on a candy bar phone. Isn’t that great? The only disappointment is the 3.2 megapixel (No Auto Focus) camera. What was Nokia thinking? They almost created the perfect candy bar phone. ALMOST. Argh.

The Nokia E52 comes with support for Exchange and Lotus Notes. If that is not enough, you also have support for Nokia Messaging Service. The only problem is not many people will want to type long email on a number pad. If you are into typing long email on your phone, I would suggest something with a Qwerty keyboard like the E72 (Which I will review soon). The E52 would be more useful for viewing emails and typing short replies.

Nokia gave the E52 a slightly different look compared to the E51. But I don’t know if it is my “resistant to change mentality”, but I still prefer the look of the E51. But I guess beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. The 4 shortcut buttons are arranged differently on the E52. I kinda like this new arrangement. The new arrangement makes it less likely to press the wrong buttons. The 5-way navigational keypad is pretty good for navigation. I wish Nokia would consider adding an Optical navi key in the next model.

From what I understand, there isn’t a non-camera edition for the E52 unlike E51. I feel the pain for the NS guys. When I went for my last reservist, I was fortunate to have the E51 to keep me company. It would be good if Nokia release a non-camera edition for E52. It would be a big hit among the NS guys. Imagine having a phone with A-GPS and digital compass during your next reservist. Install Google Maps with Latitude and you have the best command and control device in your pocket. Wahahahaha.

As a whole, I quite like the Nokia E52. Nokia did a good job in fine tuning the successful E51. It’s a very good candy bar phone. Perhaps the most advanced candy bar phone in the market now. If you are a huge fan of candy bar form factor, this phone is your best choice.

In short:
One of the best candy bar phone money can buy
A-GPS with Digital compass
MicroUSB and 3.5mm audio jack
Support for Exchange and Lotus notes
Camera no auto focus


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