Nokia E5 Business Phone

Nokia E5 is the latest of the Nokia’s Business phone series. After doing lot of research and comparing  number of qwerty phones by different  manufacturers, I found E-5 to be best suited for my needs. Comes in various colors as mentioned below, but I bought a white one for myself, as it looks cool as well as comes with a Matte finish which doesn’t get scratched easily. Its beeen 3 months  and I m using it without any hassle.

One best feature is the builtin email app has a easy to understand wizard to setup your official or personal emails. Email reading and composing interfaces are cool and your online address books can be synchronised easily. Using some available online services you can also synchronise your google calander with your Nokia E-5 calendar.  If your organisation uses Microfot’s Exchange server for email communications, you can easily set it up  in your E5 “Mail for Exchange” app. I tried setting up my google apps account with “MfE” but couldnt do it. But I know if I research further  I will be able to do it as I have read reviews of others who have done it.

There is a builtin ‘IM chat application’ with the help of which you can connect your Gtalk, MSN or ovi chat accounts. A small facebook application that helps u perform basic facebook operations. Ovi Store with loads of free applications  and other freebies along with the regular paid stuff.  A  very good youtube application. Believe me youtube plays faster on my E-5 compared to broadband on pc. You can download and install regular symbian stuff on E-5 too.

It supports multi tasking, that means you can run multiple applications simultaneously.  But by far the best thing I liked about E-5 is  totally hassle free GPS navigation. I had GPS in my N82 earlier too but it never worked on the streets of mumbai.  But with E-5  I m able to find my way through GPS and Ovi maps.

Manufacturers specifications:


* Size: 115 x 58.9 x 12.8 mm
* Weight (with battery): 126 g
* Volume: 75 cc
* Additional size and shape information
* Monoblock form factor

Display and user interface

* Size: 2.36″
* Resolution: 320 x 240 pixels (QVGA)
* Up to 256,000 colours
* Internal vibra and antenna
* Ambient light censor

Keys and input methods

* Five-way Navi™ key with soft keys, call and end keys
* Dedicated Home & Messaging keys
* Volume keys
* Classic QWERTY keypad


* Available colours:
o Carbon Black
o Chalk White
o Copper Brown
o Silver Grey
o Sky Blue


* Customisable home screen
* 3D stereo ringtones
* Up to 64 polyphonic MIDI ringtones
* Ringtones: mp3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA
* Video ringtones
* Themes
o wallpapers
o screensavers
o ring tones
o pre-installed themes
o changeable colour themes

Power Management

* BL-4D 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery
* Talk time (maximum):
o GSM up to 7h 30 m
o WCDMA up to 4h 50m
* Standby time (maximum):
o GSM upto 600 h
o WCDMA to 545h

* Free user memory: up to 256 MB
* MicroSD memory card slot, up to 32 GB (2GB included in-box)

Operating frequency
* GSM QB 850/900/1800/1900
o WCDMA Band I + II + VIII (900+1900+2100) or WCDMA Band I + II + V (850+1900+2100)
* Offline mode
* SIM-less operation

Data network

* HSDPA cat9, maximum speed up to 10.2 Mbps
* HSUPA cat5, maximum speed up to 2 Mbps
* Tri-band WCDMA
* GSM GPRS data class 32
* GSM EGPRS data class 32
* DTM32
* EDGE Rel. 4: MSC 32 (RX+TX: 5+1, 4+2, 3+3)
* GPRS: MSC 32 (RX+TX: 5+1, 4+2, 3+3 – cl. B+C)

Requires data service. Data Services may not be available in all networks. Data transmission speeds may be as high as 10.2 Mbps, but may vary based upon network capabilities and other conditions. The establishment and continuation of a data connection depends on network availability, provider support and signal strength.


* Nokia 3.5 mm AV connector
* High-Speed Micro-USB 2.0
* Stereo Bluetooth version 2.0 (A2DP & AVRCP)
* Synchronisation for local & remote synchronisation
* OMA DRM 2.0 and Windows Media DRM for copy protection and WMV
* OMA SyncML 1.1.2 (local)

Software platform & user interface

* Symbian OS version v. 9.3
* S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2
* Java™: MIDP2.0
* C++ & Java SDKs
* Speech codecs: AMR, NB-AMR, HR/FR/EFR
* Over the air SW update (FOTA)
* OVI Suite (PC)


* Email (SMTP, IMAP4, POP3), SMS, MMS (OMA 1.3), audio messaging (AMS), Nokia Messaging: Email and Chat
* Communities
* People-Centric homescreen
* Office
o Converter
o Dictionary
o Quick Office Suite
o Adobe PDF Reader(try & buy)
o Intranet
o Notes
o Active Notes
o Calculator
o Device Encryption
* OVI Contacts 1.1, Lotus Notes Traveler, World Traveler, Vlingo, VPN client, Device management (TARM support), VoIP

Personal Information Management (PIM)

* Detailed contact information
* Calendar
* To-do list
* Notes & Active Notes
* Recorder
* Calculator
* Clock
* Converter

Email and messaging

* Nokia Messaging email
* Mail for Exchange
* Nokia Messaging IM
o Easy Dialling
o Calendar
o Facebook client

* Some services may be available only by downloading or upgrading. Only devices that offer compatible multimedia message or email features can receive and display multimedia messages. Content appearance may vary. Some images and ringtones can not be forwarded.

Call management

* Easy dialling
* Contacts with Facebook status and support for multiple phone and e-mail details per entry
* Audio messaging
* Logs of dialled, received and missed calls
* Speed dialling and enhanced voice dialling
* Talking ringtone
* Integrated hands-free speaker

Browsing and internet

* OVI Store 1.6
* OVI Share
o Share Online
* Nokia Web Browser (OSS) with Mini Map, Web feeds support (RSS) and xSP framework support
* Facebook, Twitter
* Java&APIs: MIDP2.0, JSR75 (file connection and PIM), JSR82 (BT), JSR135, JSR139 (CLDC1.1), JSR184 (3D), JSR185 (JTWI R1)
* WAP 2.0, XHTML browser over HTTP/TCP/IP stack
* 3GPP H.263 playback+streaming, H.264 and MPEG4

GPS and navigation

* Nokia Maps 3.0 SR3 with Free Navigation forever
o City Explore
o Life Caster
* Friends Finder

Image capture

* Flash modes: Automatic, On, Off, Red-eye reduction
* Flash operating range: 1 m
* Automatic, sunny, cloudy, incandescent, fluorescent
* Automatic, Manual exposure compensation +2,0 ~ -2,0
* Capture modes: Still capture mode, video mode and sequence mode
* Scene modes: Auto, user defined, portrait, landscape, sport, night mode (w/o flash), night portrait
* Still image editor


* 5 megapixel camera
* Zoom up to 3x (digital)
* LED flash
* Full Focus


* 256 MB free user memory, expandable to up to 32 GB with microSD card
* Bluetooth version 2.0 supporting A2DP, AVRCP (Remote Control), SAP (SIM Access Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), FTP (File Transfer Profile), DUN (Dial-up Networking Profile), HSP (Headset Profile), HFP (Hands-Free Profile), SDP (Service Discovery Application Profile), GAP (Generic Access Profile), SPP (Serial Port Profile), GOEP (Generic Object Exchange Profile)

Video camera

* Video recording in 15 fps
* Video resolution in in 176 x 144 (QCIF), 320 x 240 (QVGA) or 640 x 480 pixels (VGA)

Video codecs & formats

* Video streaming: 3GPP, CIF
* Video file format: .mp4
* Adobe Flashlite 3.0
* Java TM MIDP 2.0

Video sharing and playback

* Video recording in 15 fps
* Video resolution in 176 x 144 (QCIF), 320 x 240 (QVGA) or 640 x 480 pixels (VGA)
* Video recording file formats: .mp4 or .3gp
* Camera: up to 3 x digital video zoom

Music features

* Stereo FM radio (87.5-108 MHz/76-90 MHz) with headset as antenna
* Music Store 3.0
* Music Player for mp3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA
* Real Media Player
* Internet Radio


* Stereo FM radio (87.5-108 MHz/76-90 MHz)

User manual

* Black&white printing, eco tips on Green Page

Standard Sales Package

* Nokia E5
* Nokia Battery BL-4D
* Nokia Stereo Headset WH-102
* Nokia Connectivity Cable CA-101D
* Nokia Travel Charger AC-8
* Nokia 2 GB microSD Card MU-37
* User guide


Purchased it for 11500 INR from a local store in mumbai 3 months back.


About the author

Imroz Baig wrote 95 articles for Techstarz.

He is one of the founder members of Techstarz. He holds an engineering degree in computer science and an mba in systems. Imroz is based in mumbai and works for a privately owned software development firm. He blogs at techstarz and his personal blog at

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