Review by Ricky Cadden on Thursday April 30, 2009.
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The Nokia E75 is the first smartphone to be powered by Nokia's S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2 user interface and feature a slide-out QWERTY keyboard in addition to its standard numeric keypad. The E75 is available in your choice of black, red, or gold color schemes, and features many firsts for Nokia's business-focused Eseries product line. Read through our review to see if this is truly the businessman's best friend.
The Nokia E75 is a standard candybar smartphone with a numeric keypad positioned below the display. However, a unique feature is the slide-out QWERTY keyboard, which rotates the display to landscape orientation when slid open. The front of the phone is a high-gloss metallic flake, with a clear plastic coating. While this looks nice, it also grabs fingerprints like crazy. The outer edges are chrome, as is the d-pad, for a very professional look. The back of the phone is a light grey plastic, while the battery cover is stainless steel, with a ribbed pattern that should deter fingerprints.
Most of the Nokia E75 is made of plastic, which can squeak a little when you are using the phone, specifically the numeric keypad buttons. The slide is rock solid and as smooth as butter, with no wobble in either the open or closed position. The slide-out keyboard is spring-assisted, which helps it to snap into place with a confident click. Measuring in at only 111.8mm x 50mm x 14.4mm (4.4in x 1.9in x .6in), this cell phone has a bit of heft, with its 139g (4.9oz) weight.
The front of the Nokia E75 looks like any other candybar smartphone, with the top portion being taken up by a 2.4-inch QVGA (240x320 pixel) resolution display. Above the display you'll find the ambient light sensor and front-facing VGA-resolution camera for video calling, where supported. The speaker is nestled between these two, and circled by a chrome ring. The display is flush with the front of the handset, which prevents gunk from collecting in the corners.
Below this is the standard numeric keypad. The font used on this keypad is different to most of Nokia's previous smartphones in that it is presented in bold, and in all capital letters. This makes it much easier to read. The keypad is made up of four solid strips, stretching from one side to the other as a single large button. Each of these strips has 3 numbers on it. Surprisingly, I found them easy to use, and each button has a nice tactile feel and distinct 'click'. The keypad backlight is also quite strong, and evenly lights up each key.
When you slide the Nokia E75 open, the display automatically rotates to landscape view, which is handy. The
Along the left edge of the Nokia E75 is where you'll find the
The back of the E75 houses the 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera and LED flash, with a self-portrait mirror close by. The single loudspeaker is also located on the back of the phone. The earlier-mentioned stainless steel battery cover is secured by a spring-loaded clasp, beneath which is the 1000mAh battery and SIM card slot.
Nokia E75 Review
Former news editor Ricky Cadden runs Symbian-Guru.com. Ricky is based in Texas.