U Mobile had kicked off the new year with their latest slogan “Simply Different”. Now they are doing a special promo where you can get a Nokia E5 or Nokia 7230 absolutely free only at selected U Mobile Service Centres at Berjaya Times Square, 1 Utama, AEON AU2, Sunway Pyramid and BBT One Bukit Tinggi.
Having to see U Mobile giving free phones now is something different, but there are some similarities in the way the phones are being bundled. Firstly the offer is primarily tied to a UB68 Data Rate Plan which gives you unlimited data access (5GB FUP) with bolt-on U Mobile Pay as you use Voice Plan. Now doesn’t that remind you of DiGi’s Smart Plan? Let’s take a closer look at U Mobile’s UB68 + PAYU rate offer.
Earlier on, we’ve had the unboxing of the Nokia E5 with a brief look on the device itself. Just to recap, the E5 is targeted to a segment of the market that Nokia calls “life-builders”, people who are in their mid 20s who have a young family and are looking for a functional device that can cope with today’s demands but at the fraction of the cost of full-fledged smartphones. So after an extended duration of usage, we share with you our experience with the Nokia E5 and how it performs on a day-to-day use.
Does this diminutive device does what is says on the box? Read on to find out.
We managed to get our hands on a Nokia E5, Nokia’s latest in its line of E business phones. But unlike high-end E71 and E72 devices before it, the E5 is targeted at a different segment of buyers altogether. Nokia calls them life-builders, the 20 to 30 somethings who’ve just started on their careers and are building a life for themselves. They might not want to splurge on an expensive phone but are demanding mobile users and what a phone that can get the job done but doesn’t cost much. Basically what we have with the E5 is Nokia’s concept of a do-it-all phone at a grab-it-now price.
How does the E5 performs in the hands of life-builder? We’ll explore that in our in-depth review but for now let’s look at what you get for RM830 — the asking price for the E5 outright.
Read on for the unboxing of the Nokia E5.
Retailing for a very attractive RM830 the candy-bar with full physical QWERTY keypad E5 looks like a smart choice for the value conscious out and about-er.
Considered as an entry-level “business smartphone” in Nokia’s line-up the E5 runs on a competent albeit very dated Symbian S60 third edition platform. Sporting a 2.4in QVGA screen with 320×240 screen, the E5 boast HSPA connectivity with up to 10.2Mbps download and 2Mbps download. There’s A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP and WiFi b/g.
Processor wise the E5 is powered by a ARM 11 600MHz processor with 250MB on board memory. The E5 takes MicroSD memory expansion up to 32GB and there’s a 2GB MicroSD card included in the box. There’s also a 5MP camera with LED flash. The camera doesn’t have autofocus and records VGA video.
And finally for the stylistas out there, you’d be happy to note that the E5 comes in two colours, carbon black and chalk white. But there are other colours available elsewhere including Sky Blue, Copper Brown, Silver Grey which we won’t be getting at the moment unfortunately.
At launch, no telco are saying that they will offer the E5 on contract basis. Considering the price of the phone, we’re not expecting a a contract plan as well.
For the price, you can’t expect much and we’d love to get our hands on one a pit it against the HTC Wildfire which is roughly in the same class as the E5. Nokia says that the E5 is “one of the most affordable smartphones in the market, the best value for the serious networker, whether you are in the midst of living life to the fullest, or taking a break to enjoy the moment.” It’s going to be interesting to see how both phones perform.
Which one to you think will take the cake? The Nokia E5 or the HTC Wildfire? Comment us!