Like the cheaper, the Nokia E5 is an attempt by the Finnish veteran company to encroach on BlackBerry's territory. The Qwerty keyboard is bound to attract text-happy users and is ably supported by terrifically solid build quality, but the screen is a major disappointment.
The E5 can be obtained for gratis on a £15, 24-month contract. SIM-free, you can expect to part with around £200.
Whole lotta buttons
Dominating the front of the phone, the E5's keyboard is unquestionably its key (pun absolutely intended) selling point. Despite the small nature of the buttons, typing is a joy. There are rare moments when you accidentally push two keys simultaneously, but, on the whole, we were in text heaven with this tap-friendly device. The addition of time-saving shortcut buttons -- which are bound to oft-used activities such as turning on Bluetooth or using the camera's LED flash as a makeshift torch -- is another welcome touch.
The E5 is a definite step up from the rather cheap-looking Nokia C3. The plastic casing feels robust, and the metal battery cover not only protects the phone but also lends it a sense of cool desirability. A band of metal is present on the front of the phone, surrounding the direction pad and action buttons. Say what you will about Nokia's recent design philosophy, but the E5 is undisputedly attractive.
Unfortunately, the cost of including all that lovely metalwork seems to have had a negative impact on other parts of the phone. The screen is the biggest culprit. The QVGA TFT display has a paltry resolution of just 320x240 pixels and is practically impossible to use in direct sunlight. Even when compared to the AMOLED displays on the and -- both of which don't perform particularly well under a blazing sun -- the E5 ends up looking bad.
Despite the seemingly never-ending rumours of Nokia switching to, the E5 comes packing good old Symbian. Series 60 third edition, to be precise. The operating system continues to lag behind its rivals, but Nokia has, at least, taken steps to include additional functionality, such as a handy home-screen contacts bar.
Facebook app allows you to control your social networking world -- albeit rather awkwardly-- on the 60mm (2.4-inch) landscape screen. The Ovi Store naturally offers other downloads, including games, apps and widgets. The E5 comes with the excellent speech-to-text application, pre-installed. Already a hit on the and Android platforms, this program lets you control aspects of your device with your voice alone.offers free turn-by-turn navigation and the pre-installed
Browsing the Web is predictably difficult given the E5's lacklustre landscape screen and measly pixel count. The default Web browser is also quite sluggish, even over a Wi-Fi connection. Pages take noticeably longer to render than they do on rival smart phones, and the lack of a touchscreen means you'll have to use buttons to zoom in and out.