Nokia E63 vs Nokia E72 – Price vs Performance review

Well I understand your look, you might be wondering how can I compare Nokia E63 and Nokia E72 when they are in totally two different pricing segments.But considering that both these phones cater to those looking for QWERTY based smartphone, it definitely makes sense to write this one. I have briefly owned E72 and E63, so here are my observations.

Nokia E72 though appears to be an evolved version of Nokia E71, actually is a refinement of E63 + extra features, the keypad is very different from E71 and Same as that of E63. So in more ways E72 is similar in design to E63. So lets look at the major differences

Nokia E63 Black edition
Nokia E72 Black

* 5MP Camera in E72 vs 2MP Camera in E63 (video FPS is same in both models)
* E72 has a A-GPS with free navigation license (As of Jan 2010).
* E72 has 600 MHZ processor compared to 369 MHZ of E63.
* 256 MB of internal memory in E72 vs 128 MB in E63 (This is not the RAM, RAM is same in both these phones)
* S60 3rd Edition FP2 in E72 vs S60 3rd Edition FP1 in E63.
* HSPDA support of upto 3.6 Mbps in E72 vs 384 Kbps max in E63. (both support 3G)
* 8GB memory card free (E72) vs 1GB memory card (E63)
* Metallic finish of E72 vs E63.

+ Office 2007 format support is available in both E72 and E63 (You will get a free upgrade when installing updates in E63)

Apart from Camera and GPS all other differences are minor.Though the processor upgrade appears to be grand one, without an increased RAM, you maynot see a huge difference in performance between these two devices. Afterall E63 itself is a pretty slick phone. Based on my experience with GPS enabled phones (N95 8GB and N97), I dont see them as a huge plus anyway. If you need to use a GPS for navigating then phone GPS is not powerful / fast enough to get a location, it will be better if you get a real GPS. Camera is a big improvement but again, for a business device camera is not a big factor.

Now both the models are available in Black and if you put the leather pouch over it both looks exactly the same except for the name.

But the biggest deciding factor is the price as of today Nokia E72 costs Rs 20,500/- after taxes in Chennai, whereas the Nokia E63 + A free Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH 103 (bundle) costs Rs 10,800/- almost half the price of the premium model.

So its up to you to decide on your device now..

Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Review – Power packed and expensive

Well we have got the Sony Ericsson’s most anticipated and awaited phone the Xperia X2, the original Xperia failed to deliver as with most initial versions. So we expect the Xperia X2 to perform much better in this regard. Lets have a closer look at this powerful phone.

Sony brings most of its products with advanced features and almost always leading by example, and hence there is nothing short of that here with the Xperia X2, it has a powerful 8MP camera in a full QWERTY keyboard phone all packed into rather compact phone. It is also worth to note that cameras in Sony Ericsson phones usually perform better than its competitors like Nokia and Samsung. Ohh and dont bother to compare it with Apple.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Front View dexternights
Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Front View dexternights

Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 –   110 x 54 x 16 mm
Samsung Omnia Pro B7610 -112.6 x 57.8 x 16.2 mm
Nokia X6 – 111 x 51 x 13.8 mm
Nokia N97 mini – 113 x 52.5 x 14.2 mm
Nokia N97 – 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9 (18.2 max) mm

Well the Xperia X2 already has a competition in Nokia X6 in the dimensions area, though Nokia X6 only has a 5MP camera, in terms of other features and 40% lesser price, Nokia might get one ahead on the Xperia X2.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 with qwerty keyboard
Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 with qwerty keyboard

The phone looks good but the expected pricing of around $1000 is little too much for any phone, especially considering that this Xperia X2 doesnt bring anything totally new to the table other than a 8MP Camera on QWERTY phone.The phone has a Qualcomm MSM 7200 528 MHz processor and runs a Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional Edition. It has a RAM of 256 MB and ROM of 512 MB. The performance should be slightly better than the competition, but it ultimately depends on the OS + hardware combination, so its justified to compare Nokias running symbian OS and Xperia X2 running WinMo 6.5.

But a big letdown is the internal memory of only 110 MB and supports upto 16GB in memory cards. Unlike say N97 which comes with a 32GB inbuilt memory, this might leave many wondering why was the mass memory ignored.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 back view
Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 back view

Apart from the above differences it has typical features of high end phones like A-GPS,3.5mm audio jack, v2.1 Bluetooth with A2DP support,mini USB and a 1500 mAH battery with a 10 hour talk time on GSM.

The Xperia X2 still has a Resistive touch screen unlike the Apple Iphone and Nokia X6 model’s Capacitive touch screen which allows multi touch. So even in this respect the powerful X2 lags behind.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 back expanded_dexternights
Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 back expanded_dexternights

We dont expect the phone to be the best seller by any means, but will definitely come as a much improved phone overall compared to the first Xperia.

Below is the Full technical Specifications

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Facts and Figures

  • Size: 110 x 54 x 16 mm
  • Weight: 115 grams
  • Colours: Elegant Black, Modern Silver
  • Main screen: 65,536 colour TFT
  • Resolution: 480 x 800 pixels (WVGA)
  • Size: 3.2 inches
  • Phone memory: Up to110MB
  • Memory card support: SanDisk microSD™ and microSDHC™, up to 16GB
  • Talk time GSM: Up to 10 hrs
  • Standby time GSM: Up to 500 hrs
  • Talk time UMTS: Up to 6hrs
  • Standby time UMTS: Up to 640hrs
  • Music listening time: Up to 20hrs
  • Availability and versions
  • Networks:
  • XPERIA™ X2
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • UMTS/HSPA 850/1900/2100
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • UMTS/HSPA 900/1900/2100
  • Available in selected markets from early Q4 2009.


  • 8.1 megapixel camera
  • Up to 16x digital zoom
  • Auto focus
  • Geo tagging
  • Image stabilizer
  • Send to web
  • Touch focus
  • Video light
  • Video recording


  • Album art
  • Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
  • Equalizer
  • Sony Ericsson media player
  • Music tones (MP3/AAC)
  • Equalizer
  • Sony Ericsson media player
  • Music tones (MP3/AAC)
  • PlayNow™ arena*
  • Stereo speakers
  • Windows Media® Player


  • Bookmarks
  • Google™ search
  • Internet Explorer®
  • Pan & Zoom
  • Web feeds


  • Call list
  • Conference calls
  • Polyphonic ringtones
  • Speakerphone
  • Vibrating alert
  • Messaging


  • Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®
  • Handwriting recognition
  • Instant messaging
  • Picture messaging (MMS)
  • Predictive text input
  • Text messaging (SMS)


  • Auto rotate
  • Media
  • Picture wallpaper
  • Touchscreen
  • Wallpaper animation
  • Windows Mobile® 6.5


  • 3D games
  • Java™
  • Motion gaming
  • Tracker
  • Video streaming
  • Video viewing
  • YouTube™ application

Connectivity and Softwares

  • A-GPS
  • Bluetooth™ technology
  • DNLA Certified™
  • Google Maps™
  • Modem
  • Synchronisation
  • TV out
  • USB mass storage
  • USB support
  • Wi-Fi™
  • Organizer
  • Adobe® PDF Reader
  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Flight mode
  • Microsoft® Office Mobile
  • Notes
  • Phone book
  • Stopwatch
  • Tasks
  • Timer


  • XPERIA™ X2
  • Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Stereo Portable Handsfree MH500
  • USB cable
  • TV out cable
  • 4GB SanDisk microSD™ memory card
  • User guide

Optional accessories:

Bluetooth™ Headset PV740
Car charger AN300
Video Viewing Stand IM920

Nokia E72 Review – An irresistable upgrade to Nokia E71

Not many days ago, I was googling the web for any news on upgrades to Nokia E71, its not because E71 is bad, but because it has been 2 year since the E71 has been launched and Nokia usually follows up with its successful models sooner than later.

And recently did I discover the upgrade, Nokia E72 Business Phone with QWERTY keyboard. The phone looks almost like the E71 but with a much faster processor, More Built in memory and upgraded 5MP Camera. It also benefits from all the firmware upgrades of original E71.

Nokia E72  Front view
Nokia E72 Front view

Nokia E72 Back view
Nokia E72 Back view

Nokia E72 Side view
Nokia E72 Side view

The features and look and feel of this Phone are almost similar to E71, afterall why would you go and fiddle with something which already perfect. But still Nokia has made very minor cosmetic changes the width of E72 is few mm and the keyboard has also has been fiddled with, it appears the keys are better than the E71.

Processor :
All the changes are under the hood the E72 has a faster Processor most likely a 600MHz processor as in the case E55.

RAM / Memory :
The RAM capacity is increased to 250MB which allows the device to scale upto 16GB of Memory Cards (E72 itself comes with a free 4GB card).Once the OS loads the free memory is likely to be 80MB and excess so more memory for Memory hungry apps.

Nokia E72 - Irresistable upgrade to Nokia E71
Nokia E72 - Irresistable upgrade to Nokia E71

OS :
Includes S60 V3 Feature Pack 2, a highly refined UI and is very efficient and bug free. This is also a major upgrade. It improves multitasking, memory usage, power management and also changes in Menus.

Battery :
Battery remains the same , with BP-4L 1500mAH but the power management has improved Nokia promises a 12.30 Hours of Talktime against 10.30 Hours on E71 (Both on GSM Network).

Keypad :
A new optical navikey replaces the original D-Pad (ie center key with 4 way scroll). Two new keys are added in the bottom row by reducing size of space key . The new keys are Symbol and ! .

Audio/Sound Quality :
3.5mm audio jack replaces the 2.5mm jack of E71. And an active Noise cancelling filter has been added to improve voice clarity.

Camera :
The camera is upgraded to 5MP camera with LED Flash.

E72 gets a magnetometer to sense the direction and assist the GPS on the phone. Also comes with lifetime Explore license (pedestrian) and a trial (10 day) Drive by license.

Apart from the above E72 supports charging through USB ie charging from your Laptop/Computer.

All in all E72 is an irresistable upgrade to E71 , being a fan of Nokia’s E61i and E71, I will surely be waiting in line to get the Nokia E72 expected to be launched in September 2009 in Europe and India.