The Nokia E50 is long and sleek with a businesslike steely finish - it feels dependable. It's nicely weighted and quite robust and feels like it will go the distance.
PIM functions, EDGE technology for faster download speeds, PC synchronization and support for push email are some of the business attributes. For pleasure, there is a 1.3-megapixel camera and a music player.
The Nokia user interface is always easy, and the Symbian OS equally so. The joystick is sturdy and keys a nicely set out and sized. The email support is pretty simple, as are ; we set up ActiveSync Mail For Exchange and our emails were ready for 'pushing' almost instantly.
The Symbian OS is fast and responsive, and the high-resolution screen is vivid and great for web browsing. Nokia's MiniMap technology makes reading web pages easy, and EDGE technology makes downloading faster than a GPRS connection. Photos are respectable, but the music player sounds flat through the supplied headphones.
The Nokia E50 has a bumper 408 minutes of talk time. Standby time is a less impressive 216 hours.
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:49:08 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
This slender handset has impressive extended battery life and push-email capabilities.
The lack of 3G and Wi-Fi might cause some of you to have second thoughts.
Despite being five years old, the Nokia 6310i is still the weapon of choice of a hardcore of business users - it commands a loyalty that we haven't seen for any other phone. Its longevity stems from two factors: its ease-of-use and a battery that hasn't run dry since the fall of Troy. But mobile technology and business needs have moved on and while Nokia has tried to replace the 6310i with varying degrees of success, no phone has yet usurped the 6310i.
Well that could be about to change because Nokia may just have fashioned a worthy successor. The E50 is the budget-level option from its feature-laden Eseries business range - a more straightforward and mid-level proposition than higher-end Eseries models like the E60, but still with core business attributes.The Nokia E50 is reminiscent of the 6310i. Despite an abnormally elongated body, it's very sleek, and the stainless armour also makes it feel nicely weighted and quite robust. The E50's sober look gives it a dependable quality that will win over the suits.
As you would expect from Nokia, the E50 is incredibly easy to use. The Symbian Series 60 OS is fast and responsive. Delve into the main menu and navigation and layout is pretty straightforward. A sturdy but lucid joystick directs operations surrounded by the menu key and soft and call keys that are nicely sized with angled ridges for better purchase. The high-resolution, QVGA-quality display is great for reading web pages, images and documents.The Nokia E50 has the PIM functions to keep your life in order. Nokia PC Suite software to sync with your PC can be downloaded for free, and it supports a good range of push-email providers. A business software icon in the Office menu section is linked to Nokia's business site and a selection of software can be downloaded from there. We set up the ActiveSync Mail For Exchange and it was pretty simple procedure, with our emails ready for 'pushing' almost instantly.
Disappointingly, the Nokia E50 isn't 3G-enabled like the rest of the Eseries. Instead it supports EDGE (2.75) for its fastish connectivity and download speeds. Full internet surfing is made easy on a small-screen footprint with Nokia's mini-map browser, a semi-transparent, zoomed-out view of the page area you are reading, shadowed by a complete view of the whole page as it was originally designed. Of course, the absence of Wi-Fi and 3G means full web page loading relies on the slower GPRS/EDGE combination but it's still relatively brisk.The E50 caters for the worldwide business traveller with quad-band. Globetrotters will also welcome its impressive battery life of 6.8 hours' talktime and a marathon 216 hours' standby juice.
The Nokia E50's 1.3-megapixel camera offers pretty decent picture quality, shooting in a 1280x960-pixel resolution with 4x digital zoom. The built-in music player follows the same lines as other Nokia handsets with equalizer options to adapt the sounds, and expandable memory options via microSD mean you can store a fair few music tracks. However, the E50 only comes with a mono headset so if you want to use the phone as your primary music player you will have to buy a pair of stereo Nokia HS-23 headphone.The Nokia E50 presents a compelling reason for 6310i owners to retire the handset once and for all and upgrade to a more capable and contemporary phone. There are no airs or graces with the E50 but it proves to be an effective mid-level smartphone with decent business acumen