Last week we told you that updates were coming to older S60 v3 and v5 devices, and the rollout has started. The Nokia E72 and E52 have received the new browser, emoticons, updates maps and performance improvements in the form of the v71.004 firmware, while the N97 Mini gets the same benefits with the v30.0.004 firmware.
The Nokia 5230, 5235, 5238 have also been updated to v50.6.001, v50.8.001 & v50.9.002 respectively. To check for updates, you can hit *#0000# in the dial pad and then goto options and check for updates. If you see the update, you can immediately download and install over the air. Alternately, you can connect to the computer and use the Ovi Suite or the separate Nokia Software Updater app to install the new firmware.
The devices feature user data preservation, so your data should be safe, but its always best to take a backup before proceeding, the OTA update is a little over 16 MB in size. For the full list of devices getting the update, look here.
The E72 press release itself stated that it was designed to build on the success of the E71. It in many ways in very similar to the E71 – dimensions, weight, form factor and so on, infact show the E71 and E72 to a layman on the street and chances are he’ll be at a loss to identify separately.
But there is quite a bit to the E72 that is new. The faster 600 mhz processor, feature pack 2 with all the fancy UI and under the hood improvements, a 3.5mm jack, a very good 5 Megapixel Camera and a few more things. But how good is it? Is it really worth the upgrade?
Consider the Nokia E72 virtually confirmed. At the Nokia Connections event in Singapore, Nokia has officially announced the Nokia E72, which is basically the E71 with a 5 Megapixel Camera, Feature Pack 2, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a redesigned keyboard.
The E72’s Key Improvements Over The E71:
The addition for Feature Pack 2.
New Messaging suite, like the one of the E75. Nokia Messaging and Mail For Exchange now integrated. Support for Lotus Notes.
Ovi Chat, Nokia’s instant messaging software, is pre-installed. Sccessible via the Contacts application, it includes basic location features and support for Ovi accounts, Google Chat and Yahoo Messenger.
Redesigned keyboard. Smaller space bar with the bottom row now consisting of – function, shift, symbol, @, space bar, ?, !, ‘, Ctrl instead of the function, shift, @ space bar, ‘, ? and Chr on the E71.
A 3.5mm headphone jack.
Inclusion of a magnetometer (compass), along with a lifetime explore license (pedestrian) and a 10 day driving license.
Faster up and down connection speeds with support for 10.2 Mbps HSDPA and HSUPA.
Noise cancellation for better call quality.
Expected availability is Q3 2009 at a cost of €350 (before taxes and subsidies)
Considering the E72 is a Eseries device, one can hope for all the Eseries goodies, the Nokia Messaging layout like on the E75 amongst other things. If recent indications (E63, E75) are anything to go by, we wouldn’t be wrong in expecting a 3.5mm jack as well. I loved the E71, still do and the E72 looks just as tempting.