The 3.2 megapixel camera is a definite step up from the 2 megapixel, flashless offering on the E65 and unlike Nokia's other new business phone, the E71, it has a dedicated shutter button on the side. It will support resolution up to 2048 x 1536 and includes an enhanced zoom that will keep going up to 4x even at maximum resolution.
There's no N-series-style Carl Zeiss lens, but it has autofocus and red eye reduction, though the LED photo light isn't as good as a proper flash, and you'll need to get pretty close to your subject to make it worth your while. In good light, pics were no better or worse than you'd expect, though the colour balance isn't great and noise creeps in very quickly if the light is less than perfect.
The built-in AGPS works well and comes with European maps
Video doesn't even reach that standard, offering 320 x 240 (VGA) resolution at 15 frames a second but in good light, if movement isn't too fast, it's passable. There's also a VGA camera on the front for video calling.
The Symbian music player is competent if not particularly spectacular. It will play MP3, AAC and AMR formats and there's also a RealPlayer on board for music and video. There's an FM radio too with 50 presets, which should be more than enough. You'll need the supplied headphones to act as an aerial but you can also set it to loudspeaker mode when they're plugged in.
The speaker is quite good – tinny, obviously, but very clear with speech and clearer than most with music. The 2.5mm jack is a disappointment though, since you won't be able to upgrade your headphones without an adaptor (not supplied).
What's the point of sliding out the SIM without powering down as it causes you to lose connectivity anyway and when you insert the new SIM it has to register so not sure what time you think you are saving.
Missing a QWERTY keypad
says who? Its a business phone without a QWERTY keypad, not missing one though.
Does it improve the RAM or it is as useless as the 65 for smartphone use
The E65 has just about enough RAM to run the bundled SIP client and browse the web. The moment you try to use th IMAP client you are facing the choice of "either SIP or IMAP". So the question is - did they improve the RAM or t is the same crap as before. If it is the same crap as before (64M) it is better to shell out the few extra quid for a proper N-series gadget.
Another question is - did they fix the Bluetooth bugs. With an E65 if you walk out of handsfree coverage you quite often have to reboot (especially if you use the SIP client as well). Quite annoying actually. You almost fell like you are running Winhoze...
Me coat, the one with "Enough E-series, I am going for an N78" on it.
I have mostly bought Nokias in the past. Last time I was considering upgrading to a smat phone I had a look at the various Nokia offerings, and, basicly gave up.
The profusion of slightly different E.. and N.. models means you need to scan the fine details of feature lists making sure it has what you need and trying to work out what each model has and whethere its worth hte extra -- OK so far this is just normal tech shopping.
The problem is that having done the research and choosen a model its probably not in stock so you have just wasted an hour of your time, or, if it is in stock and you get your hands on one the build quality is c**P and the UI is stoneage and none of the apps are usable.
I really htink they ought to spend the time on fewer better phones, and, spend a lot more time unclunking the user interface.
Isn't this just a dumbed down N95?
What 'business' features are we really talking about here? Push Email?