Nokia E50 Review
Review: October 2006. Updated March 2007.
The Nokia E50 is not a phone apparently. According to Nokia's website
it's a "business device". It's been designed as a kind of mobile office,
but it's not a huge clunky device like the 9500
Communicator - it looks like a mobile phone! In fact, for a SmartPhone
it's pretty light and slim.
The E50 is intended as a lightweight SmartPhone for the business user
who's not interested in having a camera, MP3 player, etc on their phone.
There is a camera, but it's not up to much, and is in fact optional.
On the other hand, the E50 has a good set of business functions: a good
speakerphone, voice dialling and commands, email support, web browsing
and an attachment viewer for Microsoft documents. It supports Bluetooth
2.0 wireless connectivity in addition to USB and infrared. Memory is
ample, with 70 Mbytes built-in and support for hot-swappable memory
cards. The E50 is quadband, but not 3G. However, fast downloads via
EDGE are possible, so this isn't too much of a hindrance. On top of
this, the Symbian Series 60 functionality makes this a powerful business
device. The E50 also has superb battery life.
There are, however, numerous problems with the E50. First of all, like
many Symbian SmartPhones, its user interface is slow and the software
is prone to crashing. Also, like many of our users have commented, the
font size is tiny, so it's hard to make use of the advanced features.
Given that the target user is likely to be older than average, this
is an inexcusable design fault. The Nokia E60
is a much better option.
If you're feeling very brave you can try increasing
the font size. Please note that this is an external link and we
do not have control over what is published on that website, nor do we
accept any responsibility for damage to your phone that may result.
Features of the Nokia E50 include:
- Series 60 3rd Edition Symbian SmartPhone
- 1.3 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom
- Video camera (176 x 144 pixels, 15 frames per second)
- Display: TFT, 262,144 colors, 240 x 320 pixels
- Music Player (MP3/AAC)
- Voice commands (name dialling & application launching)
- Speed dialing
- Voice memo recording
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email (POP3, IMAP4 and
- Attachment viewer for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel (Microsoft
Office 2000, XP and 2003)
- Symbian and Java™ applications
- Caller ID with image
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0, USB & infrared
- Memory: 70 Mbytes plus support for microSD card
- XHTML web browser
- WAP, GPRS, EDGE
- Vibration alert
- Size: 113 x 44 x 15.5 mm
- Weight: 104g
- Talktime: 7 hours
- Battery standby: 215 hours
Nokia E50 User Reviews
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Average rating from 102 reviews:
Reviewed by Odinaka from Nigeria on 20th Apr 2012
Well, to me the phone is awesome compare to other symbian smart phone
i like all the features in the phone. The only problem am encountering
with it is memmory full close some application thats al
Reviewed by Ata rajput from Pakistan on 22nd Mar
Simply the king of nokia . . I been using it for 3 years n stil loves
Reviewed by kevin from uk on 19th Mar 2007
what a pile of rubish, hold the top of the phone and the signal drops
down to nothing, its going back if i can if not i am going to run over
the thing with a garden roller.
Reviewed by Bob from UK on 18th Mar 2007
Great phone. Does what it says on the tin. Solid metal body, decent
screen, good keyboard, smallish size. Also has flexible and powerful
software. If you want a phone to make calls, send texts, check emails
and use as a diary you can't go far wrong.
Reviewed by RobP from UK on 18th Mar 2007
This is strange. I was so looking forward to getting this phone, but
as soon as I ordered it from Nokia I read all the negative reviews on
this site (Most coming from the UK). But im pleased to say that I have
had no issues at all and its the best nokia I have used in years. Great
battery life, awesome screen quality (including the fonts!).. its really
speedy and mine has never once crashed! (Although it did reset the theme
once which was a tad wierd). But I really recommend this phone to anyone
that just wants a good reliable handset without all the walkman/cybershot
Reviewed by Suraj from India on 18th Mar 2007
I am using a nokia E50 Metal-Black for 2 weeks. I had bought this phone
after a research of more than a month about mobile phones its features,
getting information from net...and the best phone that i can choose
from all brands and models is "The Ultimate-Nokia E50-Black"...Let it
be applications...features or look. It deserve 100 out of 100 for its
quoted price...and even it is the slimmest smartphone in the market.
And it is all for business.....but also good for multimedia...I use
more for entertainment rather than as a business phone..its works perfect
for me...and the only disapointment is my mobile gets warm while conversation....Important
thing if you see its higher version models....its very high in price........and
i dont feel nokia E50 is no way less than Its higher versions....rem...i
have did 1 months RnD in all mobile phones...........and at last..........I
Reviewed by Umar from united kingdom on 17th Mar
i bought this phone abou a week ago and it is a rubbish fone so i returned
it and then got a sony ericsson walkman phine the w850i which is an
Reviewed by Dinesh from India on 16th Mar 2007
Everything fine about this fone except very poor network reception.
i checked with other fones side by side and cud see the network meter
Reviewed by Gordon from united kingdom on 15th
I'm very disappointed. I can't get caller names to display, no decent
alarm functionality like repetition days, no stop watch and, of course,
the small font sizes.
Reviewed by Chris from UK on 12th Mar 2007
Callers to my E50 keep getting echos on the line, a reset of the phone
fixes the problem for a day or two but then it's back again. It's also
very slow, crashes at least once a week and the font size may be great
for an 18 year old but useless for anyone over 40. As a hands free option
its poor, the buttons are so samll that at night it's impossible to
Reviewed by Shui from UK on 9th Mar 2007
Upside: This is a very sleek looking phone and to some extent is packed
full of some good features providing that you can apply them to some
use or other. Its got a good size and slim enough to fit into shirt
pocket. Screen size is adequate and weight is OK but would be even lighter
if it didnt have the metale casing for a back. Downside: THIS IS MY
SECOND E50 - During a conversation I get told by many people that there
is an echo on the line and usually its the person that I am talking
to telling me that they can here themselves again. When using it with
my Parrot Handfree kit in my car there is a very loud buzzing noise
that I can get rid of and it seems intermittant. Occasionally its fine
and you can hear a slight humming sound and then other times its so
loud that you have to disconnect it from the parrot and talk into the
handset. It gets warm when talking. The software in the phone is slow
sometimes especially when your trying to navigate the phonebook and
when trying to disconnect a call it seems to hang for a short period.
The mini joystick is a bit annoying sometimes as it ends up picking
the wrong option when navigating the menu. The built in voice command
option only works when you are in the voice command option. All in all
I give it a 1. I think Nokia might want to rethink this one, Shame really.
Reviewed by Phil from UK on 6th Mar 2007
Excellent build quality, amazing battery life, sleek and stylish business
Reviewed by mad from morcambe on 6th Mar 2007
rubish only hadit 4 2 days and woldnt work!
Reviewed by noel from ireland on 5th Mar 2007
have had the phone one month. delighted at first , however very dissapointed
in the battery life 24hours at times without any phone usage, unable
to turn on or off without removing the battery. text is too small. i
will be returning it to nokia today as it is un reliable
Reviewed by kris from est on 3rd Mar 2007
Good Phone ,talktime 7 hours
Reviewed by Al from UK on 3rd Mar 2007
Poor. Waiting to receive my 3rd replacement. Unfortunately Vodafone
refuse to replace this with a different model, so I keep asking for
replacements until one day they will finally agree to send me a better
phone. Drops calls,gets very hot while talking, doesn't receive text
messages for days, poor font size, fails to display caller ID. When
I take the sim out and pop it back in my trusty old 6230i, everything
works perfectly. The signal is rubbish - it can lose range even if you
are in a perfect signal area sat at a desk. I am waiting for a brand
new replacement only so i can keep it in the box and sell it as new,
because my contract has 14 months to run!!! Avoid like the plague. And
stay away from Vodafone too - pathetic customer service.
Reviewed by Saurabh from India on 2nd Mar 2007
Baah.. wat r u all cursing?? This is a Snazzy smartphone.. it is very
slim Symbian yet sturdy and is loaded with everything. Nobody asked
people to complaint about small fonts. Its meant for young executives.
FONTs are absolutely readable. the functions are very gud.. sound quality
is extremely gud nd build quality is business class. as for drawbacks
u dont expect to get WiFi nd stuff at this cost. u can get all softwares
that some complaint abt like Keylock nd all... camera is fair and for
music none of the music phones compares to MP3 Players. better buy an
ipod for music nd keep phone a phone.. nd even a Digicam nd keep it
separate cos even 3MP phones r pathetic.. on the downers i found it
a bit slow than i xpected MUST BUY. Value for MONEY..
Reviewed by subhendu from india on 28th Feb 2007
After reading about the e50 on this site i just can't trust this site
anymore. E50 has 229MHz processor 35 mb RAM it was not metioned. It
is has web browser with a tyne mouse pointer. And also a wap browser.
Definetly not slow at all . Sites info is wrong. It supports blackberry.
Still it is a avarage?? 'coz of camera and not 3g and no wifi . Most
of the co phone doesnt have the fetures it has. In less money the best
u can have. BUY IT.
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
28th Feb 2007
Hi, subhendu, we value your opinion, even if it differs from ours! The
main reason we have marked the phone down is not because of its features,
but because of the various problems listed in our review above. Many
of our user reviews make exactly the same points. However, we're pleased
that your E50 works well for you.
Reviewed by Greg from Northern ireland on 28th
I got this phone sent to me by my airtime provider as part of a new
deal, but I had to send it back to them. The battery life is good to
be fair, but amongst the useless active standby mode and the doubly
useless icons you never use, the phone is more annoying than useful.
Slim, light and looks nice but if you work in a noisy environment you
better keep it tight to your body as you porbably won't hear it ringing
even at full volume. To be avoided in my opinion. Am now waiting on
delivery of a SE WA810i - hopefully better luck!!
Reviewed by saad from pakistan on 27th Feb 2007
font size is so small that my dad was forced to give it to me.. not
recommended for people over 35
Reviewed by Tom from England on 26th Feb 2007
Very poor, bad design, resebles my house phone, have confused it once
before. The text is to small, the software leaves a bit to be desired,
There is great trouble turning it off and on, on many occasions, and
the phone freezes. All in all, if you are looking for a good phone the
mda vario(which is my phone now) is fantstic, that i would recomend,
but the e50 avoid
Reviewed by David Bell from UK on 26th Feb 2007
The fontsize is so small that I find most of the phone's features unusable
and will be forced to change to something that has a readable display.
A very strange user interface with a lot of useless features. Overall
an uninspiring design with awkward keypad. Would not recommend it.
Reviewed by Dan from England on 25th Feb 2007
Generally poor - the writing is impossible to read as it is do small,
I confuse it with my house phone, stalls alot, programs aren't great
Reviewed by hünkar from turkey on 25th Feb 2007
ıts a very good phone..ı am using 6310i and change to the
e 50 -..very slim and fashion..the phone is brilliant..
Reviewed by fehmi from Kosovo on 24th Feb 2007
It's too big but it's a very good phone so buy this
Reviewed by Dimitris from UK on 23rd Feb 2007
I had been waiting for a small/slim symbian (sorry... S60) phone for
years (had to stick to my old 6600 for quite a while) and then Nokia
produced the E50 finally. By far the best cell phone I ever had. I bought
it for personal use. My criteria were: Nokia, symbian, small, good battery
life, didn't care for a hi-res camera (as it tends to add bulk, reduce
battery life) as long as there's one for the occasional snapshot/emergency.
Warning to people who don't like symbian or are into useless gadgetry:
don't buy it, you'll find something to complain about. This phone is
for no-nonsense cell phone users who know what they need. It can fit
into your suit pocket or swimtrunks, you can leave it into your jeans
back pocket and never worry about it as you slide in/out of cabs. The
casing is solid, the keys (that matter for texting/emailing) are large
enough. You don't need to pack a charger when you go away for a long
weekend. As far as the small fonts go: the res is high so it's just
a matter of getting used to it. People who complain about customizability
don't know how to use symbian. This is the smallest symbian phone on
the market right now. You can customize the look+feel/shortcuts and
download any theme you like from the web. Everything is hyperlinked,
so you seldom have to key in a number or a URL you receive via text/email,
just click on it. You can install many apps you may want (or even write
your own - thank you Nokia for the open architecture). Yes, probably
it is not the perfect fit for a business user who's used to treos/berries/etc,
but it's perfect for people who want a highly reliable compact phone
for personal use (mine has never crashed since Oct06 when I bought it)
with excellent email functionality (and being able to read all the basic
attachments) and the occasional browsing capability (the browser - one
of the 2 actually - rocks). Forgot to mention the blinking blue light
around the joystick for missed calls/msgs: very handy when in meeting/work/quiet
mode. I really appreciated the capabilities and ease-of-use on a recent
trip to austria: I landed without prior transfer arrangement (due to
the BA strike) and the internet kiosks were not working; I dag up an
email I had received (with a couple of airport transfer links) from
my yahoo, clicked on the web site, called, driver picked me up from
airport in 15mins, found the address/phone of my hotel en route by googling
the hotel web site, cut-and-pasted the phone, pressed the dial key and
handed my E50 to the driver for detailed directions (as I don't speak
german/austrian). Easy!... and no recharge in 3 days.
Reviewed by Raja from India on 22nd Feb 2007
The worst experience with a mobile. Software crashes for unkonwn reasons.
Stupid design. I hate Nokia after buying this model.
Reviewed by CltOff from Italy on 21st Feb 2007
Before the E50 I had a 6310 (magnificent). The E50 is a worthy heir.
Adverse aspects: 1. With the original sw version I had 2-3 crashes a
week. After sw updating (V 06.41.3.0) no more. 2. The characters of
phone numbers, in address book, are indeed too small. 3. I have been
having the phone since december... some dust grains have entered into
the display... 4. The keys aren't really ergonomic and, during a phone
call, they often pinch the hair... Positive aspects: 1. Good receipt
(even if 6310 was slightly better) 2. Connection with all the type peripherals
always optimal (less than the pc cable that has often problems) 3. Address
book, pdf, doc, xls, note, calculator, converter, camera (it is not
a reflex... but you will well understand the reason...) they are all
really efficient. 4. Operating system very good (tom, key-lock, games,
dictionary etc etc...) 5. Vocal assistant very good. 6. SMS Reader indeed
cool 7. Management of more e-mail boxes via web really functional (IMAP)
8. Web navigation good 9. 70Mb of inside memory (u can do a lot of things
without any MicroSD) 10. The battery life is not comparable to 6310
(unbeatable) but similar to the other smart-phone. 11. Houses very winning
and strong, particularly the ceramic profiles that avoid undesirable
cracks of the varnish 12. Good resolution and brightness of the display
Reviewed by Jon from UK on 19th Feb 2007
I find the buttons a bit fiddly and if the keys not locked seems to
dial out on its own very easily. Also has a very poor to no reception
on the O2 network in the office even though other manuifacturers phones
on the O2 network have full signal and we have a booster in the office.
Reviewed by Ben from Isle of man on 19th Feb 2007
I am 15 and ive got this fone it is not jus for business people, u can
use it for music n all stuff like that so i think is it good
Reviewed by jsc from philippines on 17th Feb 2007
the very first time i saw the e50, it took me by surprise, it is a solid
aluminum casing, looks very biz like.
Reviewed by Pedro from Portugal on 16th Feb 2007
The E50 is a great phone. No software or connectivity problems. Battery
lasts for ever! Small fonts not an issue for me. I was worried with
all the bad reviews posted here but I didn't find same problems. I have
noticed that most of this bad reviews are from UK users. Could it be
that software problems have something to do with local mobile operators?!
Try updating new soft versions from nokia site. Only bad thing really
is camera bad quality. For all the rest it is highly recomendable.
Reviewed by River from Saudi Arabia on 14th Feb
I have waited long enough to get this type of cellphone from Nokia.
I have been using my Nokia 6210 and never i had changed it for 6 years.
I'm so quite cautious about getting a good asthetically pleasing and
heavy duty cellphone and this one is the one i've waited for so long.
True that it has some deficiencies but never the less it is a cellphone
that Rocks!!! I got the silver one & can't wait to get the black model...Nokia
e50..The best there is!
Reviewed by Trecia Mayers from Barbados on 12th
I Love It. Very Efficient
Reviewed by Nanjee Jethwa from Pakistan on 12th
Reviewed by icbm2k from India on 12th Feb 2007
I've been using this phone for over 2 months now and very impressed
with it. I've used almost all the features and upgraded couple of pre
installed softwares. Its a great utility phone. Camara resolution and
picture quality is major disappointment, as 1.3MP camers of Nokia 6230i
produces fantastic image quality. Overall, very satisfying instrument.
Following my recommendation, I've 7 colleagues on my bought this handset.
Reviewed by Paul from USA on 11th Feb 2007
I have had this phone a week. The negative reviews are WAY off base.
This phone does it all. I did purchase RoadSync from DataViz and my
corporate Outlook Web Access email, contacts and Calendar are now with
me everywhere I go!! I get my email instantly. If I add an appointment
on the road it is also on my desktop in the office. If you want a PHONE
that works great and then need access to your calendar & email just
in case, the e50 cannot be beat. Great sound and to me, an intuitive
menu. This phone is EXACTLY what I needed, now everyone else in the
office wants one!
Reviewed by Hoffer from Denmark on 10th Feb 2007
The phone it self it very good - but you need very good glasses to use
facilities like SMS-messages as the font is very very small. Also in
the contact book this is a major problem. It is sold as a business device
- but most business people are more than 4 years of age - and therefore
unable to read the text, names etc. Is there a software-magnifier to
download easily?? Battery is not as efficient as they promise.
Reviewed by d from sas on 9th Feb 2007
really good phone to use
Reviewed by Aman from England on 9th Feb 2007
Don't do it - this phone is poor. It takes ages to boot up, the writing
is tiny, the buttons are tough to use, there are random useless icons
on the screen that you never use. It does have some plus points - it
is relatively slim and the battery lasts. But they are way outweighed
by the problems. Avoid
Reviewed by Paul from USA on 7th Feb 2007
This phone is great! Speaker quality is the best I have ever used. I
have had no software issues at all. Bluetooth is extremely stable as
well. The key pad is just right, I haven't miss entered a number yet.
The EDGE connection is pretty quick, it is not T1 but acceptable. I
really don't get the negative comments I have seen in some reviews.
If there were problems, they have been fixed. Btw, my software is version
06.27.1.0 initialized 10-7-06. If you want a PHONE with great tools
this is a good choice.
Reviewed by kaveh from iran on 6th Feb 2007
The Nokia E50 is a nice business phone and it is a great phone.Just
love the design. Love at first sight. So sexy with the joystick.
Reviewed by ip_m from Indonesia on 5th Feb 2007
So far, it's a good phone and I don't disappointed with this phone.
It's very slim, supporting Symbian OS. etc..
Reviewed by Til from Slovenija on 4th Feb 2007
The Nokia E50 is a business phone - I am working in publishing and I'm
using its functions daily; sometimes just for transfering or having
a quick view at .pdf files, checking for mistakes in text in a last
minute etc.. It also has great - Nokia like - phonebook with numerus
options to personalize your contatcs and make it really practical to
use. In fact, I have an advice for dissapointes users. You all should
probably check Nokia official site and download the newest software
for your phone as well the newest edition of PC Suite. In my case became
PC nokia's "alter ego" after installing new software. Not a smallest
problem with connectivity whatsoever.. You are able to transfer all
"generaly used" computer files (txt, pdf, jpeg, mp3, mp4, divx, even
wma) Of course, you are ought to download and install several (free)
applications. Must say - E50 is making my life less complicated and
i'm loving it because of that. And you shouldn't ignore outstanding
design. Nokia, thank you!
Reviewed by George from UK on 27th Jan 2007
The Nokia E50 is not a business phone. In fact it isn't even a very
good phone and Nokia should be ashamed that launching such a product
aimed at a market it cannot compete in. The phone is supplied with a
Data cable to connect to the computer but the connection is so poor
that it results in unstable connection. Then the software which is supplied
with it crashes!!!! Really pathetic!!!! The fonts ARE TOO small!!!!
There are 6 pre-fixed icons on the home screen for some reason. There
are a lot of features but they are just gimmicks of no value when the
overall useability is poor. Total rubbish. Avoid. The only good points
about it is the build quality (4*) and the battery life (4*). Other
than that nothing to recommend it. The software with the computer is
good if it worked instead of crashing.
Reviewed by Dina from Kuwait on 26th Jan 2007
my dad got me this mobile first i thought it's not cool but i think
Reviewed by scotty from uk on 26th Jan 2007
not the best phone but no way as bad as others. there are a few things
different but its okay you get used to it and like it
Reviewed by RAGHU from INDIA on 26th Jan 2007
Reviewed by Jack Bridge from West London on 24th
dis fone is a usless fone, the menu cant be changed to ur liking, and
the features are no good. The font size is so small wat were they thinking
wen they decided on that, did they thing that everyone uses a magnifying
glass to read their message? the 6210i is da best fone around. Save
ur self the struggle of scratching ur head trying to understand how
da fone works. The only gd point bout dis fone is that u can use it
without a sim card. the camera well its a 1.3 which is No gd, might
as well stick wid da D500. da stupid software on da fone is really bad
it crashes about 4-5 times. Seriously dis fone should put a box and
burned. i hope dat some1 will cum and jak da fone. Dere hasn't been
a word created to tell u how ************** da fone iz.
Reviewed by Jimi from UK on 23rd Jan 2007
Hey, This phone aint that bad. Had it for a week. I'm used to series
60, and the speed (or otherwise) is not really different from others.
But so far no problems with crashing, maybe the software has been updated.
And i have no eye trouble, so ... It does the job, guys ...
Reviewed by goodboy from Poland on 23rd Jan 2007
I don't really understand why people complaining about this phone? I
got the metal black version E50-2 (cameraless) and I'm extremely satisfied.
The phone is perfectly built - there's no creacks or anything like that,
the casing is very solid (it's half plastic half metal). The OS (symbian)
is stable and yes it could've been faster in terms of responce, but
for the average user it's acceptable, and still as for the symbian phone
it's one of the fastest one on the market. The user interface is very
easy to operate. Some may complain on a thinny fonts - yest they are
small, but don't listen to them they're not "that thiny" as some of
the haters suggests - everything is easily readible. The battery life
is good, but I don't care since I charge it every night before I go
to sleep and the next day I have a fully charged phone. Anyways, the
battery life is above average and it's one of the longest lasting one
from the symbian phones. So far I have no complains about this phone.
The symbian phones rock! I can do anything I want on this phone, I can
read pdf/word/excel/powerpoint/zip documents, I can browse web with
the gorgeous browser, I can watch divx movies, I can listen to music
(the quality of sound is very good as for the phone), I can play great
symbian games, and java too! This is my device for the next 2-3 years.
Oh, and I forgot to mention - it's got very classy looks, it is really
the very good looking phone, and it looks like a phone, not like a cheap
toy packed with useless stuff that 90% of them we won't even use. I
really recommned this phone! cheers
Reviewed by David from England on 23rd Jan 2007
2 words, 1 number. Worth £5! Please do not get this phone. Anyone who
does is a loser.
Reviewed by M Smith from Scotland on 21st Jan
Bought E50 to replace my trusty but ageing 6310i. Nice weight and battery
life fine but overall disappointing. keys are far too small and the
OS seems slow. I stuck with Nokia for a long time but if this is the
best they can do for "business" I won't be with them much longer, sadly.
Reviewed by Abdul from Wales on 18th Jan 2007
Oh dear. What has happened here???? The Nokia E50 is not a business
phone!!!! In fact I do not know what part of the market it is aimed
at???? Do Nokia think business men don't want all the features that
come with other phones???? The software for the computer is good and
usable but the cable connection for the phone is a weak connection and
therefore a solid, permanent connection is never achieved!!!! The usability
of the phone is rubbish!!!! I don't want to write about it any more.
AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE. I will see if I am able to make claim against
Reviewed by Vhusani Bhasera from Zimbabwe on 18th
The E50 is a marvellous fone with a bright screen, good camera resolution
during the day, the joy stick. The weeknesses for this fone is the very
short battery life, the keypad, especially the keys around the dial
and cancel area.
Reviewed by Ale from Italy on 15th Jan 2007
It's a smart phone. It's Symbian. It's small, lightweight, good looking.
You want more????
Reviewed by b wogger from uk on 12th Jan 2007
not a bad phone actually, got tomtom running on it! the only fault i
can find is that when you dial a number from your dialled list, that
menu stays open when you go to see which applications are running. apart
from that i dont know why folk are screaming
Reviewed by Tarek from UK on 11th Jan 2007
Dont know what the fuss is about, I have had the phone 1 week and am
very happy with it. The font size is V small but is visible enough.
Would be nice if you had option to enlarge it though. Some of the menu
options are difficult to find and not very intuitive. Previous phone
was Sony P900 which was much slower. I like the joystick feature but
not too happy about the size of the call answer and hang-up keys which
pretty tiny so you can accidentally cancel a call.
Reviewed by Wg Cdr CK Sharma from India on 10th
Whatever be the designing plus points, so far as I am concerned, if
the mobile is going to crash about four times a day -- and the ONLY
solution then is to open the back and remove the battery!! -- then,
in my books, this phone is JUNK! Do NOT make the mistake of buying it!!
Reviewed by Jacek from Poland on 5th Jan 2007
I just switched to E50 from the (unbeatable) 6310i after using it for
4 yrs. Now I feel like an idiot, who swallowed the Nokia's marketing
Bait. On the other hand, I don't think anyone would expect from such
well positioned company as NOKIA, to issue a product like this E50.
In general its functionality I would call exactly opposite to the one
of 6310i, which was just great and user friendly. I give two stars,
because this phone is pretty good looking, light, and has an acceptable
battery life, but what is the use of it if you cannot read the micro-,
or rather nano- fonts. And the funny part is that the screen is pretty
huge. As many here say, that the font is OK, and the ones who complain
about the fons size should see the doctor, is not really right. Try
to read the micro numbers when you are in a hurry, or when driving a
car - it should be a snap shot, not an analizys what really is written.
I understand, that changeable fonts might be a too difficult task for
the E50 programm designer, but there is already implemented pretty acceptable
setup - when you do editing a contact. This is how it should look like
when you view contacts - larger and bolder number and name, and smaller
the word "name". Why it is inverted when viewing contacts??? Large word
"name", and almost illegible the real name and number. The other thing
is paging through the menus. It is not really right, and definitelly
not intuitional. WHAT A SHAME!!! NOKIA DECISION MAKERS, PLEASE PROVIDE
A SOFTWARE PATCH ASAP, TO MAKE THIS E50, AT LEAST IN SOME DEGREE, AS
GOOD AS 6310i.
Reviewed by Abbas from Kuwait on 5th Jan 2007
Totally not worth, camera is not too clear and the features are not
worth trying for. don't buy this phone.
Reviewed by aj from uk on 3rd Jan 2007
I got the Nokia E50 phone, and it is a great phone. My previous phone
was the Nokia 6310i and it was natural for me to want a newer version
of that "buiness" phone so to say. The phone is great, does the job
and looks good. Two problems i like to mention with this phone is the
font size, especially when it comes to view phone numbers. And secondly
around mid call on a long call- 30-45mins the phone has crashed at least
once. So i will be taking it back to the store and ask them for some
Reviewed by Bruce from UK1 on 2nd Jan 2007
Where do I start ? This is just a poor and largely unusable phone IMO.
My previous phone was the excellent 6310i The keys are not well sized
or spaced, I find myself hitting more than one on a number of occasions.
Especially the menu key of "c" when I don't want to. I can no longer
text 1 handed as my fingers are too big ! I wonder if this was designed
for a 13 year old ? The joy stick is too sensitive when trying to negotiate
The font is too small and unreadable when installed in a car kit, which
means you start to lean towards it when it rings. The solution to this
is to turn on "Speak Name". The font is unadjustable, the colour scheme
cannot be switched to black and white and the "ding" intro tune also
cannot be switched off. It takes an age to "boot", and transition between
menus is too slow. This phone fails the "Would I buy it myself?" test.
Reviewed by John from UK on 2nd Jan 2007
OK. This is the first Nokia phone which I feel would get close to the
6310 business phone. It is slim and feels like a good phone to have.
The screen size is acceptable and as for the font size, well come on
guys it is a small screen after all with looks of info on it. I do agree
however an option to change the font size for messages would be helpful.
the mail issue I have with the unit is on the M4E software. You can
download the software from Nokia so that you can sync with exchange.
However nokia provide poor support if you have a problem with it. We
have issues wit hthe software which we are trying to fix. Things like
it works then stops working making the device crash or hang. Nokia dont
provide any example of configuration or what you should have in place
to make it work. We thought the E50 was a good option, however I dont
think Nokia is ready yet.
Reviewed by Fersan from Lebanon on 1st Jan 2007
This phone is not bad.The same architecture as N73 except for the camera,
and has more built-in memory 70MB instead of 40MB. As for slow performance,
are you checking the menu key, long press to see how many applications
are running in the background?? the only draw back is lack of WLAN which
E60 has but no cam for E60...E70 just too expensive better to switch
to imate for that price!! Overall I like it just for WLAN and better
sound it would have been perfect...but then what they will do with the
rest of the family :)
Reviewed by Bryan from - on 29th Dec 2006
Lets get one thing straight. The Nokia E50 is a terrible phone and I
for one cannot wait to get shot of it. I would drop it from a 10 storey
building if I thought they would replace it with something else. The
only good point is the build quality which deserves 4 stars, it would
be 5 but for the useless cable connection which never knows if it is
connected or not!!!! Inexcusable. The computer software is quite good
though. The operating system in the phone is something of a joke!!!!
The phone gives no indication that you have voice mail unread!!!! There
are lots of features but these are at the expensive of useablilty!!!!
Total rubbish. The fonts are TOO small. Only 1/3 of the screen is used
as home screen!!!! The main menu on the screen is unchangable and lacks
a short cut to messaging. Web browsing is good as full screen shown
but the Web ability with options is terrible!!!! Email is okay though.
All in all this is a pathetic attempt at a business phone. All Nokia
had to do is launch it with Windows Mobile and it would of been 5 stars
but as it stands alone now totally inadequate and I will never buy Nokia
again. I will give 5 stars to Nokia's marketing campaign for it duped
me..... I have put my sim back in my old phone for main use and carry
the Nokia in case someone tries to mug me!!!!
Reviewed by getjins from India on 27th Dec 2006
Good phone... but generates too much heat on the earpiece after talking
for 10 minutes
Reviewed by RIYAS from KUWAIT on 23rd Dec 2006
I bought a Nokia e50 mobile two weeks ago and by today i have experienced
so many problems. 1st one as every mentioned here the font is very tiny
and cannot increase the font size. 2nd the operation is very slow. most
of the time when you play media files it gets stuck. There is auto keypad
lock each time you have to manually do it. you have option of creating
password for the phone. finding a contact and calling them is little
time consuming. camera is very slow. you also cannot use daily alarm
as it should be set up everyday. in my experince i see the only benefit
is to veiw office documents when you attached it to the phone. i will
not recomend anyone to buy E50. thanks
Reviewed by James from UK on 21st Dec 2006
Whatever you do do not get a Nokia E50. As a business phone it is absolutely
useless. It just cannot match the capabilities of other phones that
are marketed as business phones. It is very well made with excellent
battery life. As for the removal of the back once you have installed
the sim and memory card you should not have to remove it. The font size
is too small and only 1/3 of the screen is used!!! There are 6 icons
on the screen, none of are changable. I am amazed at Nokia launching
something like this. Whoever commissioned it and indeed programmed it
needs to look for another job. It is not exactly user friendly!!! There
are applications galore but of no value. The email capability is passable.
The infrared port is on the side but had trouble connecting. All in
all do not buy. Cannot compete with better phones and hard to find anything
to recommend it. And another thing, it will not connect to my computer.
It keeps asking for the connection.
Reviewed by Reza from Malaysia on 20th Dec 2006
Just love the design. Love at first sight. So sexy with the joystick.
Battery life is quite long which is good (4 days) coz I hate charging
phone every 1 or 2 days. Camera should be better in the future. Sound
is average although cannot be compared to SE walkman series. What I
don't like is that sometimes it restarts itself automatically although
it only happens seldomly. The response is quite slow. Hurmmm maybe Intel
or AMD could help Nokia build a better processor? I also don't like
to open the backcase (metal) in order to swap my MicroSD card. Font
size and keypad size is ok to me (male with large fingers). Any developers
out there who can built us a tiny Java application which gives us the
ability to resize the font? Other than these minor petty issues (I forgive
you, my E50), I'm happy with my lovely E50. Hurmmm I guesss this what
people called love.
Reviewed by Neil Hoskins from UK on 19th Dec 2006
Well, it's quite scary how many people with bad eyesight there are out
there who apparently don't wear spectacles. There's nothing wrong with
the font size: visit the optician, people! I've had no problems at all
and I think it's a stunning device. I've also found the UI to be extremely
fast compared to my old Sendo X, and have had no crashes at all. Maybe
previous reviewers have old firmware or maybe I'm just lucky. The only
criticism in previous reviews that I agree with is the difficulty in
removing the back.
Reviewed by Graham from UK on 12th Dec 2006
Had this phone on the O2 contract for 2 weeks now. I have found no problems
at all with this phone, and am surprised at some of the negative comments.
The font size is absolutely fine for me, really can't understand why
everyone is saying it is so small !! Phone doesn't crash at all, it
is light to carry, runs the latest TomTom software well. Overall? It
does what it says on the tin. Just remember, this is a business phone,
so the camera isn't great, and it doesn't have lots of gimmicks, but
why should it? Get an N73 if you want a more consumer orientated device!
Reviewed by ARAVIND from INDIA on 30th Nov 2006
Too sleek,stylish only disapointment small fonts..!! Best phone to own
Reviewed by Adil Shah from UK on 30th Nov 2006
I have been using this phone for a couple of weeks now. This is my first
smart phone and maybe thats the reason i find it ok. the fonts like
all say is quite a pain. if someone knows how to increase the font size
please share it with us. One of the main problems i noticed in this
phone is - it makes a weird noise while in use. it is not contineous.
i like the design but its heavy. like the user interface. its a lil
slow tough. like everyone has been saying that it crashes, i have not
come across this problem. camera is really bad. i would not recommend
this phone to anyone.
Reviewed by Archaic from Malaysia on 27th Nov
Just upgrading from Nokia 3310. The E50 reminds me of Nokia 3210, sexy
yet subtle/discreet. The design is nothing fancy like the Nokia 5300.
The body is made of metal (aluminium?). The camera is just the average
but mostly the pic's quality depends heavily on the light's setting.
On average, the pics contains too many noise. The sound is average yet
loud enough to be heard in the train. The keypad and joystick is ok
to me. Mind that I'm a man with average/large fingers. I hate phones
with tiny keypad. Fonts size is ok to me yet some people nagged about
it being too small. Battery life is around 5 days (on daily basis I
just sms and talk only and a couple of fun pics). Just love the 3rd
generation S60 (OS). Using Carbide.UI, I can create my own theme :-).
Only once my phone got restarted. So far, the E50 gives me no trouble.
I just wish the camera could be better in the future do provide a mirror
and flash for better pics.
Reviewed by Thede Loder from USA on 24th Nov 2006
I'm quite pleased with Nokia, in general, but this E50 phone has been
a disappointment. My previous phone was a 6200, before that a 3360,
and before that a 6160. The UI is slow (which on a business phone seems
inexcusable), and I've had crashes and email related bugs. It could
just be a firmware issue, so I've been tracking the firmware updates,
but no update has been made for the E50 since August or before. Seems
from other posts that others are experiencing crashes as well. The font
size is indeed small, so if your eyes aren't great you'll be disappointed.
I do not know if font size is adjustable. 1) About every 20 minutes
or so of call time, the phone sponteously reboots itself. Sometimes
it reboots without warning, other times there is a medium pitch buzzing
for a few seconds first. The rebooting is 'equal probability' over time
- it does not seem to matter whether I've been on a call for 2 minutes
or 40, or if it rebooted only a minute before. 2) The phone is unable
to initiate SMTP outbound connections using SSL/SASL to port 587, the
standard submission port for authenticated and encrypted email summissions.
As a result, I cannot send email from my phone, but only read it. That
said, I WAS able to add my company's SSL certificate to the phone so
that it would recognize our IMAP server over SSL when picking up email
to read. Pretty cool. 3) The user interface is extremely sluggish, to
the point where it's annoying. This is not a 'bug' like the other two
problems, but more of an observation. Where I really notice it is when
bringing up the list of contacts, or firing up the calendar to make
an entry. These are common tasks for me and probably many others who
use the phone. My 6200, which did have a slow screen redraw (passive
matrix), was still much faster and more usable. If the UI libraries
have had some performance tuning, I'd be happy to try the latest when
there's a fireware upgrade or I'll install newer versions of the applications
that have had some optimization. That said, the rebooting is the bigger
problem - it's quite embarassing on conference calls, and the minute
it takes to reboot and reestablish a connection wastes everyone's time.
Reviewed by Robert from UK on 15th Nov 2006
Was used for a week as replacement for 6310i. Back was almost impossible
to remove (I swap Sims a lot) but the worst problem was the font size
which made any function uncomfortable. Why not adjustable fonts? Serch
on contacts was confusing with results on both names returned. Camera
was poor. Not a nice phone at all and I have now replaced it.
Reviewed by Dougal from UK on 9th Nov 2006
I originally expected great things of the E50, but some of the reviews
here had lowered my expectations. So when I first received my E50, sure
enough for the first few days of use I was disappointed. Yes, the fonts
used are painfully small - 1mm high for the telephone numbers in the
contact details. Yes, some of the buttons are too small and awkward
to use. Yes, the screen could be sharper. The phone feels top-heavy
and unbalanced - the keys are located low down in the body of the phone
making it uncomfortable to use one-handed. Also, it uses the new Nokia
charger, so all those business users who have acquired spare Nokia chargers
at home and in the office over the years will have to buy some new ones.
However, after several weeks of use, I have to conclude that maybe it's
not that bad after all. The battery life is great, lasting 4-5 days.
It's still a smartphone that gives me access to all my emails, attachments
and the internet, with a proper browser. I've the non-camera version
and it has not suffered from software crashes or slow responses. But
in the end I still miss my E60 and would not hesitate to choose one
of those before an E50. I can't understand why the E60 is overlooked
so much in the UK and why the E50 is promoted by the UK business support
providers - you got that wrong guys! In summary, not a bad phone, but
definitely not the best.
Reviewed by chanbri from philippines on 29th Oct
Why is everryone complaining about FONT size? if you are a symbian user,
You Should have known that you can change the FONT. Im sure there are
BIG Fonts out there. I myself prefer small fonts that's why i changed
my 6680 font to that of the N90.
Reviewed by AAA from India on 27th Oct 2006
It is nice phone, not able to understand why people are cursing it.
Good Points: 1.Very Slick design 2.Good Screen Resolution( Good screen
resolution fitted into small case made the fonts too small, But if your
eyes are good then no problem) 3. Very user friendly operating system
4. Good battery Life 5. It properly fitts into pocket. 6.Value for money(Low
Cost) 7. steel casing looks Business Class Best Points: Search in the
Device command Voice commands Bad Points: 1.Sometimes you fill that
screen fonts is small, and there should be some menu command to increase
or decrease it as per requirements. 2.Other Points yet to discover While
comparing i compared only Nokia models and only the Price range upto
Rs.15000, I purchased this at Rs.12,600. High cost models may be more
Reviewed by Mario from Croatia on 12th Oct 2006
Unapealling business-like looks, sleek design. Small. I like it. Not
that heavy for a metal case. Software a little slow. If you like Symbian,
you'll like the GUI. Sound excellent, speaker loud as hell. Battery
life good. Small fonts aren't such a problem for me... Keyboard a liitle
fiddly, I prefer fully separated keys (loved SE t610 for it). Menu keys
small and stuck between other control keys - have to use nails to make
sure yo get them right. Features: very good, but with additional software
(office editing, chat, remote access, GPS). Would prefer WI-Fi instead
of mediocre camera (1,3m, lot of noise and bleeding in dim conditions).
Reviewed by mcmassive from england on 9th Oct
the best rubbish fone in da world i sold it 4 a tenner it was dat bad
Reviewed by H from England on 5th Oct 2006
Great features, nice looking phone, but ruined for me with it's inability
to turn off. Constantly crashes and needs resetting, which doesn't seem
to work properly. My second E50 in 2 weeks is going back today and I'll
be asking for the E70 instead. Not impressed.
Reviewed by hesus from Poland on 29th Sep 2006
Very poor smartphone, like Nokia N70 that I have had before. Last one
I bought. Too slow, too tiny font, crashes etc. Weak battery.
Reviewed by - from flatland on 27th Sep 2006
Software too slow. Letters too small. Matal housing makes phone heavy
and this is ok if you work in field. Bussines phone if you are trainee
on the job.
Reviewed by tahmoor from u.k on 22nd Sep 2006
superb. this foune is brilliant. i used to own motorola v3 which was
a junk with 5mb. this is worth buying. it is stylish
Reviewed by Ronnie from Singapore on 19th Sep
Touted as a business phone, the Nokia E50 leaves much to be desired.
I have tried many high-end business mobile phones and this particular
model fails. For one thing, the phone crashes often. Another thing is
the size of fonts. There is no way to adjust the smallish fonts. Even
if I have good eyesight, I share the sentiments of other reviewers here
who find the fonts too small for comfort. Lastly, the keypad is poorly
lit. If you use this phone in total darkness, the main keys don't glow,
if at all.
Reviewed by Subramonian Murugan from India on
18th Sep 2006
You will just feel like you are carrying a mini computer in your hand.
Battery life is really good and the font size is more attractive. Compare
to other business mobile category in Nokia, this is very slim and worth
for the money.
Reviewed by Derek Pearce from UK on 14th Sep 2006
If you have the eyesight of a 5 year old this is a pretty good phone
as the font size is tiny. Some of the expected Nokia 'user friendly'
interface has gone. The camera is really poor.
Reviewed by Anna from UK on 14th Sep 2006
When I was choosing my next phone I was pondering between the N73 and
E50. After deciding what I actually wanted in a phone, I thought that
I would try the E50. From my first impression, its not the curvest phone.
After 2 weeks of using it, let's just say I am not diappointed with
my decision. The phone has many functions which I could not thought
possible. What's more, I have it now connected to my email account at
work! It's easy to operate and the quality is excellent. Battery life
is very good and for what you want in a phone for business, it's got
Reviewed by John from UK on 10th Sep 2006
A total disappointment! I have used this phone for 2 weeks. This phone
fails to live up to its intended purspose as a business phone. As a
businessman who uses messaging, this phone is useless. THE FONTS ARE
SO TINY. My customers send me SMS all the time and I find it difficult
to read the messages in my inbox. Is Nokia thinking E50 users should
use a magnifying glass to read the inbox entries? That's what will happen
to you if you buy this phone. Also, the phone sometimes have intermittent
problems having garbled voice signal (much like chipmunks) and you might
think your callers are making fun of you. No, it is the phone behaving
weirdly. I had to reset the phones several times to have normal voice
signal back again. I RETURN THIS PHONE AND BUY A RELIABLE BRAND, BUT
Reviewed by Erik from Norway on 8th Sep 2006
Great phone. Looks better in real life than on pictures. Very light
and thin for a smartphone (S60) with "limitless" functions. Great business
phone. My first Nokia after Motorola, Panasonic, SonyEricsson. Not for
people who want lightning responses, especially when writing text messages.
EDGE, webbrowser (and WAP), compatible with GPS receivers via Bluetooth.
No problems with my unit.
Reviewed by diappointed from UK on 7th Sep 2006
I have been a Nokia user for over 15 years and have always been a fan
of the brand. This model is completely useless - the font size is so
tiny it is virtually impossible to read or compose text messages. Also
intermittently the earpiece buzzes...... the end of Nokia
Reviewed by Doug from UK on 4th Sep 2006
I wonder if some people who write reviews know anything about the phone
they are reviewing. Someone has complained that the E50 has few features,
and recommends the Nokia 3222. But the E50 not only has more memory,
a better screen and camera (if you get the camera), it also has features
the 3222 doesn't have -- Bluetooth, infrared, USB, a music player and
a realmedia player, etc. You can use a GPS device with it, you can't
with the 3222. Plus it is quadband, the 3222 is triband, it has the
usual Series 60 Organiser features, can read documents, spreadsheets,
etc, none of which the 3222 can do. Of course, the 3222 has flashing
lights and cutout covers, maybe that's what the review meant when he
said the E50 doesn't have many features? No flashing lights? :-)
Reviewed by Marvin from Philippines on 31st Aug
SAVE YOUR MONEY. STAY AWAY FROM THIS PHONE. I have been using a number
of mobile phones for over 5 years now, buying mobile phones in search
of the best one from major brand names. For one week now, I tried to
use two (2) units of this model: Nokia E50-1 (with camera) and Nokia
E50 (without camera) and I was HUGELY DISAPPOINTED with both phones.
This phone is a BIG JOKE. Consider this: The font size on the screen
is almost virtually unreadable/unusable as they are too small!!! Was
that font size 4 or 5? One is forced to squint at the smallness of the
letters! As a result, the inbox is a struggle to scroll through. Worse,
this phone has problems accessing WAP sites and always displays 'UNSUPPORTED
CONTENT TYPE.' This is the only phone I have ever used which generates
too much heat on the earpiece after talking for 10 minutes. It was like
frying my ears...literally! I have not experienced this heating-up thing
with my Sony Ericsson (W810i) or Motorola phones (all the V series).
The volume of ring is also a big joke. My cheap but durable Nokia 1100
beats this phone in terms of loudness ten times over. I cannot hear
Nokia E50 while walking outside in public places or in the streets.
Finally, the phone crashes whenever multiple SMS are received. I was
forced to pull out the battery everytime it crashed to restart the darn
phone. I have been a loyal Nokia user since the 3210 days, but Nokia
E50 finally crumbled my respect for the people at Nokia Corporation
who designed this fiasco.
Reviewed by Freddo from Lank on 28th Aug 2006
Been sony ericsson all my life but liked the look of this nokia. Easy
to use with a big screen. A bargain and I would advise anybody to buy
one. All you need on a fone.
Reviewed by Arunsenthil from India on 25th Aug
If u really dont care about 3G & good camera u can go 4 this phone.
This is a good businees phone. to conclude, its simple and best.
Reviewed by Jack Bardin from England on 24th Aug
There is hardly any features there are way better phones pon the market
i bought this phone and 4 weeks later the screen started to flicker
cheap phone you whould try the brill nokia 3220
Reviewed by Shahzad Afzal Khan from Pakistan on
22nd Aug 2006
This phone is outstanding, vey beautiful, good looking, very clear sound,
voice. I love it very much
Reviewed by Tom from UK on 18th Aug 2006
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This is one of the fantastic fone from Nokia. Very cheap & having the
same feature on Nokia N70. Good job Nokia.