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First Look: Nokia E75 (unlocked)

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First Look: Nokia E75 (unlocked)

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The Nokia E75 is a nice alternative to the current crop of slate QWERTY messaging smartphones, offering a compact design without sacrificing the keyboard or e-mail capabilities. However, without carrier backing, the unlocked phone is a bit expensive.

>> Bonnie: Hi, I'm Bonnie Cha, Senior Editor for CNET.com and today we're taking a first look at the Nokia E75; this is another model from the Nokia E Series and as you may or may not know all the phones in that family tend to have more of a business focus. However, one thing that's different about the E75 is the design. We've seen a lot of QWERTY slate designs like the Nokia E71X lately but as you can see the E75 looks more like a regular candy bar style phone. It's nice and compact and has a very solid build and even though it's small it has a pretty decent size display here on front, which measures 2.4 inches diagonally. It's clear and bright and like the E71 you can switch between 2 home screens, one for work and one for home. In Business mode you'll see your email and productivity apps on front but if you switch to Personal View it'll bring up more fun stuff like Media Player and Engage Games so it's a nice touch to help you kind of checkout at the end of a work day. Below the display you have your traditional navigation controls and dial pad. Wasn't a huge fan of the keypad the number of rows are really narrow so it's easy to hit the wrong number since the layout was cramped. Fortunately, you don't have to rely on this to send text messages because, ta-da, the E75 has a full QWERTY keyboard. Yes, it's packed into this compact Smartphone and it's a really good one at that. The buttons are large and have a non slippery texture. If anything the keys are a little bit flat but I still didn't have any problems sending out emails and text messages. The E75 is also optimized for messaging and includes Nokia's new Nokia Messaging Application which allows you to get access to numerous accounts and receive real-time delivery messages. It supports a range of email clients including Yahoo, Windows Live, GMail and Microsoft Exchange. This Smartphone offers plenty of other features as well including Quick Office Suite for viewing and editing Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. The E75's web browser is Nokia's own and includes support for Flashlight 3.0 so you'll be able to view and use sites like YouTube right from the browser, which is great. As far as connectivity this Smartphone offers WiFi and support for AT&T's 3G bands and you'll also get Bluetooth and GPS. And even though the E75 is more business oriented you can still have some fun on this device, there's a built-in media player and also support for Podcasts, Internet, radio and an FM tuner. You also get a 3.2 megapixel camera, though the pictures often tend to have a bluish tint to them, I thought. But despite all these great features I'd say the call quality was just average, there's a bit of background noise when I was on calls and the speaker phone volume was a little on the low side, but, you know, nothing that really prevented me from continuing to make calls but just something I noticed. Like a lot of Nokia's high end Smartphones the E75 isn't available with a U.S. carrier so you'll have to get it unlocked which means you'll also pay a high price, $530 to be exact for this phone. However, if you like the freedom of an unlocked phone and want a full-featured Smartphone and a small design certainly recommend the Nokia E75. I'm Bonnie Cha and this has been your first look at the Nokia E75. ^M00:03:13 [ Music ]

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