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Nokia E70

 Nokia E70 Available now
12th October 2005
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Appearances can be deceptive, and that's certainly tue with the Nokia E70. At first glance, this looks like an enhanced version of the Nokia 6822, but in fact the E70 is much more closely related to handsets such as the Nokia N90 and N91. This is perhaps the long rumoured "Nokia 6830".

The Nokie E70 is a 3G device, running the Symbian Series 60 OS, and it also features WiFi connectivity. Although the E70 is part of Nokia's business-orientated "E series" of devices, it breaks with the camera-less E60 and E61 by including a 2 megapixel digital camera. As with the N90, there's a high density 352x416 pixel display and expandable memory. The Nokia E70 also comes with a miniSD memory expansion slot and Blueooth. The E70's WiFi connection supports 802.11g, 802.11i and 802.11e protocols and it can also be used to make VOIP calls (voice over IP). In addition, the E70 has tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900) and GPRS.

 Nokia E70 front Of course, that QWERTY keyboard is designed for messaging, and the Nokia E70 supports standard internet email protocols (POP3/IMAP/SMTP), plus additonal third party software such as Blackberry and Visto clients. Users of the E70 can view most types of Microsoft Office document, and even make alterations, plus there's a PDF reader. The inbuilt web browser switches between landscape and portrait modes, but although the 355x416 pixel display has a lot of pixels, it's actually a very high density display and physically a lot smaller than (say) the Nokia E61. There's a multimedia player too, and the E70's 3G features mean that you can also download streaming multimedia directly to the handset.

There's no video calling on the Nokia E70 as it lacks a secondary camera. If you want to make video calls, you'll need to choose a different handset. In fact Nokia don't have a 3G handset with a QWERTY keyboard that can make video calls, although we assume that they will do at some point in the future.

The E70 is a funny sort of hybrid, but users of the 6800 series of handsets will vouch that the QWERTY keyboard is very usable, and the E70 has a massively improved display and feature set over the old 6800 series too. Unlike the other E-series phones, the E70 has a camera, but unlike most 3G phones, no video calling. WiFi is unusual in a phone of this type too.

At 127 grams in weight, the E70 is about average for a 3G phone, but not many 3G handsets squeeze in this many features. Talktime is 3.6-7.3 hours on GSM, with up to 9 days standby. Expected to be available from Q1 2006.

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Nokia E70 at a glance


Q1 2006


UMTS (3G) + Tri-band GSM




352x416 pixels, 256k colours


2 megapixels


Large candy bar
117x53x22mm / 127 grams









Battery life:

3-7 hours talk / 9 days standby


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