Nokia E62

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Nokia E62 is a quad band GSM world phone with EDGE for data. It's a smartphone running Symbian OS 9.1 with Nokia's S60 3rd Edition software. You can sync it to Outlook, browse the web in full HTML glory, add 3rd party software, listen to music using the included stereo headset and watch videos. It has a brilliant 320 x 240 pixel color display, QWERTY thumb keyboard and Bluetooth. It competes with the Treo, Motorola Q, Cingular 8125 and BlackBerry devices. It's much slimmer than the 8125 (though wider), slimmer than the Treo and more fun and sexy than the BlackBerry 8700c and g. It's metal body and quality construction put the BlackBerry 8700c to shame. Since the Nokia E62 targets corporate users who are often forbidden to have camera phones, the E62 has no camera.

In the Box

With the E62 you'll find a 1500 mAh battery, world charger with US prongs, USB sync cable, software CD with PC Suite, getting started guide, 2.5mm stereo headset and NO miniSD card.

Design and Ergonomics

Though very slim, the E62 is wide to accommodate the thumb keyboard and tall to fit the large display above that keyboard. It dwarfs the Cingular 3125, but fits in nicely with the Palm Treo 700p / 700w, T-Mobile MDA (Cingular 8125), BlackBerry 8700g and other keyboarded smartphones and PDA phones. The phone is finished in silver and the casing is made of metal which makes for a sturdy device. Score one for the E62: none of its direct competitors feature a metal casing. It's thinnest at the keyboard end and gets a bit wider in the display area, with a gentle slope marking the transition.

Though the E61 had strong video playback capabilities, we found the E62 to support fewer formats and to playback video less smoothly. The phone uses RealPlayer for video which plays Real files, some 3GP and Divx (MPEG4) formats. Oddly, it couldn't play a video taken with the Nokia N73 in 3GP format (sound played but video was stuck on the first frame) . The E62's "My Stuff"application is Nokia's Gallery application renamed and it's a one-stop app for viewing photos, opening videos, playing music and listening to recordings taken with the phone's voice recorder. You'll find Nokia's Music Player and Flash Player for Flash Lite games and applications in the Office folder (not where you'd expect!). It does not have the FM radio found on more multimedia-targeted Nokia phones. Music is superb through the stereo headset and even sounds quite good through the loudspeaker.

Horsepower and Performance

The Nokia E62 has a Texas Instruments OMAP 235 MHz CPU. We felt that the E62 is a bit slower than the E61, and there is a delay when opening folders and launching applications that's similar to Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC phones like the Cingular 8125, MDA and iPAQ hw6915. It's not as snappy as the Palm OS Treo PDA phones or the BlackBerry 8700 series models but it's not unbearably slow by any means. BlackBerry users are accustomed to instant response, and they're the ones who will likely notice. The phone has 80 megs of flash memory available for storage and typically 15.8 megs of free RAM to run programs just after booting compared to the E61's 22.5 megs of free RAM. That said, the E62 runs out of memory less often than older Series 60 devices and does better than the N80 on web browser stability.


Display: 16 million color 320 x 240 (QVGA) display. Screen size diagonally: 2.8 ", landscape orientation.

Battery: Nokia BP-5L Lithium Ion rechargeable. Battery is user replaceable. 1500 mA. Claimed talk time up to 5 hours. Claimed standby: 14 days.

Performance: Texas Instruments OMAP 235 MHz CPU. 80 megs of flash memory for storage and typically 15.6 megs RAM available for running programs after boot.

Size: 4.6 x 2.74 x .55 inches. Weight: 5.08 ounces.

Phone: GSM quad band world phone supporting the 850/900/1800/1900MHz bands with GPRS and EDGE.

Camera: None.

Audio: Built in speaker, mic and 2.5mm stereo headset jack (stereo headset included). Voice Recorder, Music Player (MP3) and RealPlayer included.

Networking: Bluetooth 2.0. Hands free, headset, OBEX, ftp, serial port, HID, printing and DUN profiles.

Software: Contacts, calendar, tasks, notes, Office suite (read and write Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents), IM client, Navigator GPS application (requires optional Bluetooth GPS), Pro Golf Contest 2, memory card manager, Java VM, Messaging client (SMS, MMS, POP3 and IMAP email), web and WAP browsers, voice recorder, My Stuff (Gallery), Converter, Calculator, File Manager, RealPlayer, Flash Lite, Zip Manager, theme manager, application manager, Transfer (transfer contacts, calendar and some phone settings to or from another S40 or S60 phone), music player, clock.

Expansion: 1 miniSD slot.

Syncing: Syncs contacts, calendar, tasks and notes to Outlook under Windows using the included PC Suite software. Mac iSync plugin not yet available, workarounds (free and commercial) are available to sync contacts and calendar.


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