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Jun 25, 2009, 12:59 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Phone Scoop gets some hands-on time with a whole bunch of new phones, including the BlackBerry Tour, Motorola Karma, Nokia E72, Samsung Exclaim and the Sony Ericsson Satio.

Nokia's E72 was the best phone we saw at the Pepcom event. Truly a well thought-out and well put-together device.

Nokia E72  

The materials of the E72 are all top-notch. Everything about it feels solid. The back plate is made of metal and the the finish is a nice matte black.

It is just a hair wider than the E71, and this lets Nokia give it a slightly bigger keyboard. The keyboard of the E71 was fantastic, and the E72's is just as good. The keys have the same shape and feel, and because it is factionally wider, I found it a bit easier to type on. The camera module appears to bulge just a bit more than that of the E71, and we chalk this up to its spec jump from 3.2 megapixels to 5.0 megapixels.

The navigation cluster has been changed up a bit. I can't say it is better or worse than that of the E71, it's just different. The most noticeable aspect is that the shortcut keys to email, calendar, contacts, etc., have been made slightly bigger.

My favorite feature, of course, is the 3.5mm headset jack, which Nokia has wisely been putting on its E Series devices lately.

The one negative thing I'll say about the E72 is the screen. It uses the same 240 x 320 screen of the E71. Compared to the high-resolution devices that are being kicked out by the competition lately, the E72's screen looked downright dreary.

Still, in total, the E72 is a great follow-up device to the E71.

About the author, Eric M. Zeman:

Eric has been covering the mobile telecommunications industry for 17 years at various print and online publications. He studied at Rutgers Newark and University of Kentucky, and has a degree in writing. He likes playing guitar, attending concerts, listening to music, and driving sports cars.



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Jun 25, 2009, 2:25 PM

Good news for the verizon tour bezel...

looks like big red is getting the stealthy gunmetal dark gray/black color vs the lighter silver which the sprint version was showing off.

the phone looks much sleeker with the darker bezel...imo.

I am probably going to change out the bezel color anyways, but it looks sharp.
Does anyone know when this will be available to purchase? My "New Every Two" at Verizon is up now and I was between the Blackberry Curve and Storm. I would probably take the Tour over either at this point.

When you looked at the pic did it seem like the Verizon version's screen was more blurry and not as colorful?
I've seen this term before, and I don't know what it is...

What is a bezel?
Big Poppa

Jun 27, 2009, 10:43 AM

MMS on the Sprint Tour?

Does the Tour for Sprint have REAL MMS? or does it have the same thing they put on the Curve? (Send MMS, but recieve PictureMail link?)

Jun 27, 2009, 10:05 AM

E72 Headphone jack placement?

Is the 3.5mm jack on the top of the E72, or on the side?
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