Nokia E55 review:

Nokia E55

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Typical Price: £250.00
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4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

0.5 stars 1 user review

The Good Hybrid alphanumeric/Qwerty keypad works surprisingly well; impressively slim for a smart phone; good battery life.

The Bad Series 60 operating system isn't as slick as the iPhone OS or Android.

The Bottom Line The Nokia E55 is impressively slim, has great battery life and is easy to use. The hybrid keypad may not be to everyone's taste, but, once mastered, it's surprisingly effective. Overall, it's an impressive handset

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8.3 Overall

If you're looking for a messaging phone that's shaped more like a traditional handset than most BlackBerry or Windows Mobile devices, Nokia's E55 might fit the bill. A candybar smart phone with a hybrid alphanumeric/Qwerty keypad and powerful on-board messaging features, it's available for around £250 SIM-free.

Hybrid keypad
At 9mm thick, the E55 is extremely slim -- it's probably one of the slimmest smart phones currently on the market -- and its tall and narrow profile makes it look rather elegant. At first glance, the E55 doesn't look all that different to a number of Nokia's other candybar handsets. Look closer, though, and you'll notice one of its more unusual features: a hybrid keypad.

Most of the keys on the keypad are marked with two letters. You tap once on the key to input the first letter and tap twice to input the second. Alternatively, you can just turn on predictive text and use the keyboard as you would a standard mobile keypad, tapping once for each letter and letting the predictive text engine work out what word you're trying to type. The second method works best, simply because Nokia's text engine is so good. After some practice, we found texting with the E55's keypad significantly faster than using a standard mobile keypad, although not quite as fast as using a full Qwerty keyboard.

Familiar user interface
The E55 runs the Series 60 3rd Edition operating system, so the user interface will be almost instantly familiar to anyone who's used a recent Nokia handset. By default, the home screen is set up to show the number of new emails, and your calendar entries, along with a number of shortcuts to other functions. These are all customisable, so you can easily change the default layout to something that better suits your style.

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