Nokia E72 review: The business of messaging
Top-notch PIM and Office 2007 support
As they say time is money, so time-management is another business phone virtue. There's no wonder then that the Nokia E72 has one of the most elaborate organizer packages we've seen. There are a lot of nice applications, all very user-friendly and functional.
The calendar has four different types of view - to-do, weekly, daily and agenda as well as five types of events available for setting up - Meeting, Meeting request, Memo, Anniversary and To-do. The only change from previous handsets is that things were rearranged slightly to work better with the landscape orientation of the screen.
The agenda view mode is really nice - it allows the dates of the month and the events for the selected day to appear simultaneously on the screen.
Mobile office is also duly covered, with seamless handling of Word, Excel and Powerpoint files. Furthermore, unlike most other Nokia handsets out there, editing documents is supported right out of the box.
With the Nokia E72 you won't need to pay extra for editing your office documents. And there's another thing you get for free - support for Office 2007 documents (.docx, etc.)
A PDF reader is also part of the Nokia E72 preinstalled content and a ZIP manager allows extracting archived files straight on your phone.
The other pre-bundled organizing and time-management applications are: a great unit converter, calculator and voice recorder, as well as the Notes application. We are not going to get into detail with them, as their functionality and performance are familiar enough.
The ActiveNotes application is also on board allowing multimedia content to be added to your notes.
The Nokia E72 alarm clock application allows a huge number of alarms to be set, each with its own name and start time. You can also customize the snooze time from the settings menu.
The useful "Search" application is also at hand on the Nokia E72. Its reserved space in the active standby menu no longer comes as a surprise. After all, an application this useful really deserves to be conveniently placed.
The application itself finds almost every item in your Nokia based on a given keyword. From messages to settings, every bit of data is checked and results are then listed.
Finally, the Nokia E72 features a dictionary. English comes preinstalled but you can also download dozens of other languages for free from the Nokia website.
The World Traveler app helps you when visiting a new city - it'll offer weather forecast, a world clock, info on foreign currency, flights and even a 3D globe that marks your home and current location.
Thanks to the wireless presenter you can handle presentations straight from your phone.
The Multiscanner is a helpful looking app, which allows you to scan either business cards or text. It can't scan much text in one go though and the accuracy of the OCR is disappointing.
But wait, there’s more – all the free stuff you can get from the Ovi Store. One of the more interesting apps is the Facebook app made specifically for Nokia E71 and E72. It’s great overall though it has a few kinks – it doesn’t show any newly shared photos or videos in the News Feed or in fact posts with shared photos or videos.
Still, you can view all the shared media from your friends’ profile pages and aside from that hitch the application works very well indeed. It’s a clever move from Nokia not to underestimate the importance of social networking in the business world – Nokia, Microsoft, even the US president all have a Facebook page.