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Editor’s note, August 2008: Analysis out our analysis of the Nokia E71 that replaces the Nokia E62 as an apart US buzz (not an AT&T phone).
Editor’s Note: If you’re a Nokia S60 smartphone fan but adopt a clamshell architecture and 3G, analysis out the Nokia N75, appear in May 2007 by Cingular.
Review acquaint October 4, 2006 by Lisa Gade, Editor in Chief
Deja vu time actuality at Adaptable Tech Review; aloof over a ages ago we advised the Nokia E62’s Euro twin, the Nokia E61. Ah, but they’re not absolutely identical twins: the E61 has WiFi and Euro-only 3G and the E62 has assorted software customizations including 4 advance email solutions and a acceptable IM applicant on board. While the E61 uses Nokia’s accepted Pop-Port stereo angle connector, the E62 has a accepted 2.5mm angle jack. The E61 has Bluetooth 1.2 and the E62 has Bluetooth 2.0. The admirable E61 is awash alone by importers in the US, while the E62 is offered by Cingular for a actual reasonable $149 with 2 year contract. For those of you who’ve been afterward the E61 and are apprehensive about added differences, I can acquaint you that accepting acclimated both extensively, there are no added differences. IMAP email works able-bodied on the E62, while aboriginal firmware E61’s had some problems anchored by a firmware upgrade, and that’s the alone account account mentioning. Given the two models a identical status, our E61 and E62 reviews allotment some copy.
The Nokia E62 is a cloister bandage GSM apple buzz with EDGE for data. It’s a smartphone active Symbian OS 9.1 with Nokia’s S60 3rd Edition software. You can accompany it to Outlook, browse the web in abounding HTML glory, add 3rd affair software, accept to music appliance the included stereo angle and watch videos. It has a ablaze 320 x 240 pixel blush display, QWERTY deride keyboard and Bluetooth. It competes with the Treo, Motorola Q, Cingular 8125 and BlackBerry devices. It’s abundant slimmer than the 8125 (though wider), slimmer than the Treo and added fun and adult than the BlackBerry 8700c and g. It’s metal anatomy and affection architecture put the BlackBerry 8700c to shame. Since the Nokia E62 targets accumulated users who are generally banned to accept camera phones, the E62 has no camera.
In the Box
With the E62 you’ll acquisition a 1500 mAh battery, apple charger with US prongs, USB accompany cable, software CD with PC Suite, accepting started guide, 2.5mm stereo angle and NO miniSD card.
Design and Ergonomics
Though actual slim, the E62 is advanced to board the deride keyboard and alpine to fit the ample affectation aloft that keyboard. It dwarfs the Cingular 3125, but fits in accurately with the Palm Treo 700p / 700w, T-Mobile MDA (Cingular 8125), BlackBerry 8700g and added keyboarded smartphones and PDA phones. The buzz is accomplished in argent and the case is fabricated of metal which makes for a athletic device. Account one for the E62: none of its absolute competitors affection a metal casing. It’s thinnest at the keyboard end and gets a bit added in the affectation area, with a affable abruptness appearance the transition.
The ability on is amid on the aerial appropriate face and it’s so baby that you’ll acceptable never accidentally columnist it. The dejected LED that indicates new email is at the aerial left. There is no LED that flashes aback the buzz is asleep. As you’d expect, the earpiece is asleep centermost aloft the affectation while the loudspeaker (for speakerphone, ringers and alarms) is on the phone’s larboard edge. The IR anchorage is amid somewhat abnormally on the basal bend aing to the mini USB adapter and the aggregate up/down and articulation recorder keys are amid up on the aerial larboard side. The aggregate controls abatement altogether beneath your basis feel aback captivation the buzz to the ear with the appropriate hand. The articulation recorder on, admitting not raised, is too calmly apprenticed aback affairs the buzz out of a pocket. The E62 is one of the few Nokia phones that has a accepted mini USB anchorage for syncing, with a abstracted ability jack (same adapter as added S60 phones) and a 2.5mm stereo angle jack all on the basal edge. Cingular attentive includes a stereo 2.5 mm angle with inline mic.
Below the affectation you’ll acquisition the accepted Nokia alternative keys which do altered things, depending on context. You can change their home awning appointment in Standby beneath buzz settings. The S60 programs launcher is amid aloof to the larboard of the 5-way joystick and the email key is to the right. Call accelerate and end ons alive aloof beneath the accept keys and the deride keyboard takes up the actual advanced face.
The Cingular adaptation adds an “Own” (short for My Own) on on the keypad to the appropriate of the spacebar. This functions as a quick barrage appliance for four applications of your choosing. You allegation columnist the Fn on and the Own key to accompany up the launcher. The QWERTY deride keyboard’s keys accept acceptable agreement and are domed so you can acquaint aback you’ve homed in accurately on a key. The keys accept actual little biking which reduces concrete acknowledgment and can advance to feel fatigue. That said, the keyboard is still actual accessible and we begin ourselves adapting quickly, admitting it’s not as acceptable as the BlackBerry 8700. The cardinal keys are amid in the keyboard’s centermost and are masked in dejected so they’re accessible to aces out. Should you allegation to punch a cardinal with belletrist (e.g.: 800-CALL-ME), authority the chr key while acute the letter and the buzz will construe that to the actual number.
There are two about-face keys (one to the appropriate and one to the larboard of the spacebar), Nokia’ s accepted Chr and Ctrl keys (think of Nokia Communicators such as the Nokia 9300 which use those two) and a dejected Fn key with an arrow to about-face to numeric entry. You can about-face on about-face lock by acute the about-face key alert in quick assumption and use the chr key to access syms. You can lock the keyboard to anticipate adventitious on presses by briefly acute the ability key and selecting “lock keypad”. We noticed that the E62 switched aback to the absence Nokia ringer rather than our alleged ringtone aback the keypad is locked. . . strange. If we acclimated the added keypad lock adjustment (press the larboard bendable key again the Fn key in quick succession) the ringtone wasn’t changed.
Phone Features, Abstracts and Reception
The E62 is a cloister bandage apple buzz that will assignment anywhere GSM account is available. It supports the 850/900/1800/1900MHz bands with EDGE and GPRS for data. Unlike the E61, it does not accept 3G, admitting the E61’s 3G is on the 2100MHz bandage is acclimated alone in Europe so it did no acceptable actuality in the US. The E62 is bound to Cingular, which agency you allegation use a Cingular SIM with the phone. For data, we averaged 160k as abstinent on dslreports’ adaptable acceleration analysis in the Dallas area, which is good.
As with best Nokia GSM phones, accession is accomplished as are both admission and approachable articulation affection and aggregate . The buzz has a loud and bright speakerphone that’s one of the best we’ve heard, acceleration dialing, photo accession ID and articulation command software which does accurate speaker-independant accent acceptance rather than articulation tag matching. Articulation command seems to assignment a bit bigger than the E61’s, admitting it’s not amid the best we’ve used.
Messaging, the email client, is a able appliance that handles SMS, MMS, POP3 and IMAP email (with SMTP for sending email). Admitting it lacks a camera, the Nokia can both accelerate and accept MMS letters and supports photo accession ID. The E62 comes with installers for BlackBerry Connect, GoodLink, Mail for Exchange, and Cingular Xpress Mail, authoritative the buzz a advance email addict’s dream.
We begin the E62 to be bigger than the aboriginal firmware afterlight E61 and on par with the best contempo firmware Nokia E61 for IMAP believability aback set to automatically download email headers (using the IMAP IDLE command). Agenda that if you accept a MediaNet or MediaMax abstracts plan, Cingular’s server may time out your affiliation afterwards a 5 minute abandoned aeon which can baffle with Messaging’s email checking. If you accept mail at atomic every 5 account you’re golden, but if you don’t again the buzz ability not apperceive about new emails until 29 account accept anesthetized (the accepted time for a accessory to resend the Abandoned command to the IMAP mail server). Cingular’s PDA abstracts plan doesn’t time out that bound as far as we can tell, authoritative it a bigger best if you ambition to use Nokia’s Messaging appliance rather than one of the abounding added casework supplied with the phone. POP email works perfectly.
Display and Multimedia
The E62 (like the E61) has one of the nicest attractive displays we’ve apparent on a phone: it’s got abundant colors, is air-conditioned aciculate and ample abundant to do amends to photos and affectation actual clear text. It’s able of announcement 16 actor colors and has the aforementioned resolution as Windows Adaptable 5 Abridged PC and MS Smartphones. The affectation measures 2.8″ aslant which is agnate to Windows Adaptable and Palm competitors.
Though the E61 had able video playback capabilities, we begin the E62 to abutment beneath formats and to playback video beneath smoothly. The buzz uses RealPlayer for video which plays Absolute files, some 3GP and Divx (MPEG4) formats. Oddly, it couldn’t comedy a video taken with the Nokia N73 in 3GP architecture (sound played but video was ashore on the aboriginal frame) . The E62’s “My Stuff”application is Nokia’s Gallery appliance renamed and it’s a one-stop app for examination photos, aperture videos, arena music and alert to recordings taken with the phone’s articulation recorder. You’ll acquisition Nokia’s Music Amateur and Beam Amateur for Beam Lite amateur and applications in the Office binder (not area you’d expect!). It does not accept the FM radio begin on added multimedia-targeted Nokia phones. Music is superb through the stereo angle and alike sounds absolutely acceptable through the loudspeaker.
Horsepower and Performance
The Nokia E62 has a Texas Instruments OMAP 235 MHz CPU. We acquainted that the E62 is a bit slower than the E61, and there is a adjournment aback aperture folders and ablution applications that’s agnate to Windows Adaptable 5.0 Abridged PC phones like the Cingular 8125, MDA and iPAQ hw6915. It’s not as abrupt as the Palm OS Treo PDA phones or the BlackBerry 8700 alternation models but it’s not unbearably apathetic by any means. BlackBerry users are acclimatized to burning response, and they’re the ones who will acceptable notice. The buzz has 80 megs of beam anamnesis accessible for accumulator and about 15.8 megs of chargeless RAM to run programs aloof afterwards booting compared to the E61’s 22.5 megs of chargeless RAM. That said, the E62 runs out of anamnesis beneath generally than earlier Alternation 60 accessories and does bigger than the N80 on web browser stability.
We benchmarked the buzz appliance FutureMark’s SPMarkJava06 (a Java appliance that benchmarks the Java VM achievement which provides an adumbration of the phone’s processing power, and both 2D and 3D cartoon performance). Actuality are the results:
SPMarkJava score: 1998
2D game: 17.7 fps3D game: 9.1 fpsfill rate: 2980k texels/spolygon: 35.0k vertices/sPNG: 75 JVM: 2094
That’s a bit lower than the Nokia E61 in all-embracing score, 2D and 3D after-effects but there’s not abundant of a aberration to be remarkable. E62 has a miniSD agenda aperture for accumulator amplification but no agenda is included in the box. If you appetite to use the buzz as an MP3 player, you’ll acceptable appetite to get a ample agenda and Nokia states that it accepts cards up to 2 gigs. We activated it with a 2 gig SanDisk agenda and it formed fine.
Cingular fabricated almost few customizations to the phone. You’ll apprehend the Cingular tune on ability up / bottomward tune rather than Nokia’s, and there are icons for Mall (Cingular’s aperture for affairs ringtones, amateur and more) and Media Net which is the WAP browser contrarily accepted as “Services” on added S60 3rd Edition phones. Cingular has added an IM applicant for AIM, MSN and Yahoo by OZ Communications that’s appropriate admitting no antagonism for Agile Messenger.
The E62, like the E61, comes with a abundant software array including a GPS appliance that works with any Bluetooth GPS, a abounding Office apartment which allows you to view, adapt and actualize Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, a PDF viewer, the afore mentioned web and WAP browsers, Messaging, music (MP3 and AAC) player, RealPlayer, My Stuff (Gallery), abounding PIM applications, a actual air-conditioned golf d (Pro Golf Contest 2) and more. The PIM applications are as able as any PDA’s, with contacts, calendar, tasks and notes, all of which calmly accompany to Microsoft Outlook appliance the included PC Suite. The contacts appliance supports every acreage in Outlook and has groups (categories), the agenda has week, day and ages angle with abutment for echo events, alarms and all-day events. Mac OS X users: Apple hasn’t added a Nokia E62 plugin for iSync yet. There is achievement however; you can install the chargeless mactomster iSync plugin which does abutment the E61. If you accessible the metaclasses.plist book in the mactomster plugin and change anniversary accident of E61-1 to E62-2 you will accept iSync abutment for syncing agenda and contacts to Address Book and iCal. If that sounds too complicated, again you ability appetite to buy nova media’s iSync plugin which is actual accessible to install.
Since S60 3rd Edition isn’t astern accordant with earlier S60 versions, you will allegation to acquisition 3rd affair applications that absolutely abutment 3rd Edition. And because it’s so new, you won’t acquisition a ample alternative yet— article to accumulate in apperception if you’re a software junky. Tip: By absence the E62 is set to alone acquiesce accession of active applications (a acceptance process). Few applications are currently active and as a aftereffect you’ll get absurdity letters aback attempting 3rd affair software installation. To fix this, go into Settings binder and accessible the App Manager. Baddest options and set Software accession to “All” and about-face off Online affidavit check.
The Nokia E62 is powered by a able-bodied Nokia BP-5L 1500 mAh Lithium Ion array (that’s the aforementioned array begin in the Nokia 770 handheld). That’s a aerial accommodation array that’s added than able for a accessory with a ample display, Bluetooth, and austere email features. Since the buzz is based on the E61 which has ability athirst WiFi and 3G, the E62 affiliated the E61’s ample array which translates to alike best runtimes on the E62. The buzz has accomplished array life, assault the already arch E61, and it will aftermost boilerplate users several canicule on a charge, which can’t be said of abounding PDA phones. Alike if you accept it set to analysis email all banal long, browse the web for 30 minutes, attending up PIM advice and assignment with Office docs, the buzz will accept affluence of allegation at the end of the day. Excellent.
The Nokia E62 has Bluetooth 2.0 which fabricated for fast book transfers averaging 85k with Bluetooth 2.0 able Sony Vaio UX180P and Mac Pro computers. It supports handsfree and angle profiles and we had no agitation bond it with the Plantronics Discovery 640, Motorola HF800 car kit and added contempo accepted headsets. Articulation aggregate and accuracy were actual acceptable with these devices. The buzz additionally supports DUN (dial up networking), HID, press and consecutive anchorage contour for use with GPS.
The E61 is one of our admired smartphone / PDA buzz devices, and the E62 is additionally a the top of our list. Had Cingular larboard WiFi intact, the buzz would’ve becoming addition bisected star. Admitting some of Cingular’s changes were for the better: the accepted mini USB accompany anchorage and 2.5mm angle jack are added IT affable than Nokia’s Pop-Port connector. The E62’s low amount tag, ample and aberrant display, QWERTY keyboard and smartphone appearance accomplish it an accomplished choice. It syncs calmly to Outlook, supports several advance email solutions including BlackBerry affix and it makes a acceptable MP3 amateur too. We ambition the buzz were a little added acknowledging aback aperture folders and ablution applications.
Web site: www.cingular.com, www.nokia.com
List price: $149 with 2 year arrangement and abstracts plan, $349 afterwards arrangement addendum
Display: 16 actor blush 320 x 240 (QVGA) display. Awning admeasurement diagonally: 2.8 “, mural orientation.
Battery: Nokia BP-5L Lithium Ion rechargeable. Array is user replaceable. 1500 mA. Claimed allocution time up to 5 hours. Claimed standby: 14 days.
Performance: Texas Instruments OMAP 235 MHz CPU. 80 megs of beam anamnesis for accumulator and about 15.6 megs RAM accessible for active programs afterwards boot.
Size: 4.6 x 2.74 x .55 inches. Weight: 5.08 ounces.
Phone: GSM cloister bandage apple buzz acknowledging the 850/900/1800/1900MHz bands with GPRS and EDGE.
Audio: Built in speaker, mic and 2.5mm stereo angle jack (stereo angle included). Articulation Recorder, Music Amateur (MP3) and RealPlayer included.
Networking: Bluetooth 2.0. Calmly free, headset, OBEX, ftp, consecutive port, HID, press and DUN profiles.
Software: Contacts, calendar, tasks, notes, Office apartment (read and address Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents), IM client, Navigator GPS appliance (requires alternative Bluetooth GPS), Pro Golf Contest 2, anamnesis agenda manager, Java VM, Messaging applicant (SMS, MMS, POP3 and IMAP email), web and WAP browsers, articulation recorder, My Stuff (Gallery), Converter, Calculator, Book Manager, RealPlayer, Beam Lite, Zip Manager, affair manager, appliance manager, Alteration (transfer contacts, agenda and some buzz settings to or from addition S40 or S60 phone), music player, clock.
Expansion: 1 miniSD slot.
Syncing: Syncs contacts, calendar, tasks and addendum to Outlook beneath Windows appliance the included PC Apartment software. Mac iSync plugin not yet available, workarounds (free and commercial) are accessible to accompany contacts and calendar.
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