The slide out keyboard on the device is a lot nicer than the soft keyboard on the touch screen Nokia 5800. There is something reassuring in “real” keys. The Nokia Messaging Service (NMS) launched alongside the device is, however, a bit funny.
|E75 vs E71|
E-mail: E75.Even though E71 is just as capable, setting up e-mail in E75 is easier
Typing: E75.The slide out keyboard is easy to use; you can even get up to a decent speed on it
Screen: E71.E75 screen looks very narrow, with the slide out keyboard
Price: E71.Both devices are great value, though the E71 is cheaper
Mail synchronisation on devices, that was a problem with some earlier devices, is also taken care of by NMS. So, as an e-mail device it works great. All you need is an un-metered data connection from your service provider. I used Airtel’s Mobile Office, for which I pay an additional Rs 499 per month—far cheaper than the Rs 999 for BlackBerry services. Does this mean the new E75 has no problems at all? On the face of it, it doesn’t, actually.
The E75 has a MRP of Rs 26,300 and it is a great device. As far as the price comparison is concerned, it beats the BlackBerry Curve 8900 hollow, though the latter might, all things considered, be a better device.
The tiny Pod
Length: 4.5 cm
Width: 1.7 cm
Thickness: 0.8 cm
So, how easy is it to use? Well, you operate most controls from a three-button controller next to the right earpiece. One click on the central button to play or pause, two to forward, three to rewind, a short hold for the voice playback to read back the song name and a long hold to go through play lists.
The slider on the device switches it off and toggles between linear and shuffle play modes. Who said a user interface needs buttons? The voice playback, however, can be a handful when it reads out Hindi songs. Otherwise, with the tiny size, it is a lot more useful than a super small LCD screen.
This 4 GB gadget costs Rs 4,900 plus local levies, which is a bit pricey compared to most small digital audio players. But that is the price you pay to have a product touched by the Apple design gods.