The Nokia E72 – what I don’t like about it

Nokia E72Even though the E72 is a good contender in the business phone arena, here are some things which Nokia could have done better with this phone:

  • Dissappointing Vibrate mode: The vibrate mode on the E72 seems to be too soft – It’s very easy to miss out on calls if you have the phone on silent and vibrate mode on. The only time I noticed the phone vibrate was when it was on the table and it buzzed on the table top. Don’t expect to get much notification if you’ve got the phone in your pocket.
  • Web Browser: Why can’t Symbian do anything about the built in browser? It’s still not internet savvy. While it can handle mobile sites and lighter web pages with ease, but still seems to hang and crash on heavier non-mobile pages. I’ve had frequent hangs in the web browser when the page size goes above 1.5MB. This is not really specific to the E72, but plauges all phones which ship with the Symbian OS. You’re better off installing a third party browser like Opera or Opera Mini if you want to surf heavier pages.
  • Panorama Shots? : Did you know that the E72 now features a panorama mode? Even though it can stitch up multiple photos and make a panorama shot, I still couldn’t get a decent photo stiched up. Here are some samples I took. You’ll need to perfect the skill to take panorama shots on the E72. I got better result multiple snaps and stiching them on a desktop software. Here’s an example:
    First Attempt at creating a Panorama Snap
    Don’t get me wrong, the camera on the phone is pretty good for an E series phone, it’s just the panorama mode which this phone’s capable of which is an utter disappointment. I had tried third party applications on earlier phones which rendered panorama shots much better than the inbuilt one on the E72.
  • Optical navi key: This is a new feature on the E72, which allows you to move your finger over the D-pad to navigate around the phone interface. At first it looks like a super cool feature, but after a few weeks of usage, it really gets to being a pain. If any of you have successfully used this feature of the phone without getting irritated by it acting up at the wrong time, let us know by commenting on this post.
  • Bundled Applications: I was also quite disappointed with the bundled applications which shipped with the E72 here in India – Callback and B’Day Mate. Two pretty dumb apps for a smart business phone like the E72.

Here are two more attempts at taking panorama snap with the camera after which I gave up:
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13/12/2009

Do you have any other disappointments with the E72 or did you get better results with the Panorama mode? Let us know by leaving a comment.

Edit: All’s not bad with the E72. We do like some of the neat features this phone sports. If you missed out on what we liked about it, head over here.

9 comments On The Nokia E72 – what I don’t like about it

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  • I like the navi key, but it needs to be faster. Agree that the vibrate motor is rather weak. My 6630 had it better but it was a lot bigger.

    Other than that it has been performing ok even with the first production firmware.

    I dislike the fact that I can’t set the autolock period for longer than 20 minutes when using card and ram encryption. An FM transmitter would be great too as I like to listen to audiobooks on the car.

    Most of the other nags are due to software limitations, for instance, the lame default video playing ability. But you can compensate for that with other apps.

    http://nokiae72bugs.wordpress.com

  • I like the navi key, but it needs to be faster. Agree that the vibrate motor is rather weak. My 6630 had it better but it was a lot bigger.

    Other than that it has been performing ok even with the first production firmware.

    I dislike the fact that I can’t set the autolock period for longer than 20 minutes when using card and ram encryption. An FM transmitter would be great too as I like to listen to audiobooks on the car.

    Most of the other nags are due to software limitations, for instance, the lame default video playing ability. But you can compensate for that with other apps.

    http://nokiae72bugs.wordpress.com

  • I bought an E72 yesterday, and having spent about five hours with it, am pretty much giving up on it.

    As a previous Treo 600, 650 and 750, as well as a Motorola Q9h user, my main gripe is with the keypad – aside from its smallish size, it has absolutely none of the tactility and texture/feedback that both the Palm and Motorola have. Looks like it’s the Palm Pre for me.

    It’s a decent phone, and some of the features are okay, but that’s about it. Nothing revolutionary here – now I know why I left the Nokia camp all those years ago. It’s true, you can never go back home.

  • I bought an E72 yesterday, and having spent about five hours with it, am pretty much giving up on it.

    As a previous Treo 600, 650 and 750, as well as a Motorola Q9h user, my main gripe is with the keypad – aside from its smallish size, it has absolutely none of the tactility and texture/feedback that both the Palm and Motorola have. Looks like it’s the Palm Pre for me.

    It’s a decent phone, and some of the features are okay, but that’s about it. Nothing revolutionary here – now I know why I left the Nokia camp all those years ago. It’s true, you can never go back home.

  • I owed an E-72, ergonomically the Optical navigation key is OK, only problem is direction key which surround the optical key are acting as obstacles. These obstacles should have better been kept plain surfaced.
    Magnetometer is the one thing which makes the phone complete GPS, guiding the directions, I would say something Revolutionary…. Better if you install Northpole.sis application you can simply use it as compass if you don’t need to open maps.

  • I owed an E-72, ergonomically the Optical navigation key is OK, only problem is direction key which surround the optical key are acting as obstacles. These obstacles should have better been kept plain surfaced.
    Magnetometer is the one thing which makes the phone complete GPS, guiding the directions, I would say something Revolutionary…. Better if you install Northpole.sis application you can simply use it as compass if you don’t need to open maps.

  • Forget the panorama shots… how about the fact that EVERY time you run an application that needs the internet it always asks you HEY WHAT DO YOU WANT TO USE? Why can't the damn thing just DEFAULT TO KNOWN WIFI points first than use cellular DATA if there are know known WIFI points? What the heck is the point of destinations and “prioritizing” wifi/cellular data if it keeps asking you?

    It's this SIMPLE NOKIA “I'm at work I switch destination to “WORK” use either my work wifi access point or cellular data if wifi isn't available”… “I'm at HOME I switch destination to “HOME” use my wifi access point at HOME or use cellular data” to believe I gave you a chance bought an E72… I'm going back to my iPhone 3GS where it doesn't prompt me every 10 minutes when I want to check mail.

    Not to mention the use interface is SO confusing… I want to browse whats on my SD Card… where's the file manager APP located?? IN THE OFFICE folder??? What kind of logic is that?

    Why are there so many place you can check for software updates? Why not just ONE for all your software INCLUDING the phones firmware??

    Nokia your hardware is great your software sucks… if you look at how much screen space is wasted in every application for example your “chat” application 1/4 of the screen is taken up just showing the IM services tabs Gtalk, Yahoo etc….

    Are Destination Profiles Stick with “Modes” “Personal” and “Work” what the eck is the point of Modes if you have to manually change something as crucial as Destination? Why can't Applications like MAIL be sticky with the “Mode” and “Destination”. I change the Mode to Work “Destination” should change to “Work” Mail should know to use the data connections in “WORK”

    no wonder you're suing Apple

  • E72 is not a good phone. Frequent hangs… that to when you want to do something imp… You have to switch off and switch on… this sucks…

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