End of Week 1 with the Nokia E72 and Lotus Traveler

I’ve been using the E72 with Traveler ( 8.5.0.1 ) in anger for about a week now and I thought it would be useful to look back at the experience. I will try and update this further in another few weeks. My first impressions were previously recorded here.

The background to this is that I have come from a Blackberry Curve 8310, sent the Nokia N97 back after 2 days and am now trying the E72. I considered the Pre ( too new but played with one today and was impressed ) and Android ( too early but something to watch ).  

I should say that I have found the review difficult to write. I had hoped to gush positively about Nokia’s new Business Class Flagship phone but I have found it quite hard to use compared to my old  Blackberry. It has some key advantages ( VOIP, Wifi ) over what I have had before but if I were supporting business users where ease of use and productivity were the key drivers ( rather than fancy features ) then I would worry about how those business users would find the Nokia E72 ( although it is streets ahead f the N97 in this regard )

Overall :

I think that the biggest thing I have noticed is that I probably took my old Blackberry too much for granted. It was an old model and didn’t have WiFi but it worked well, the keyboard was great and it did the job with little fuss.

The Nokia has more potential in some areas, for example it has WiFi which is great for podcasts and faster web browsing. It also has VOIP which is a big plus except that I have an issue with the WiFi connectivity. The OVI Store should be an advantage but my experience is that it is pretty pathetic. The running costs of the Nokia with Traveler are substantially less than the blackberry with BES ( even ignoring the BES cost )

Would I recommend the E72 / Traveler to a corporate client over my trusty Blackberry ?

“Probably not” would be my current view, or at least not until someone in the in-house team has lived with that system for a few weeks and can take the Level 1 / 2 support calls.

“E72 withTraveler” Pro’s

The third party running costs are substantially less than for the Blackberry. I have a free device, unlimited land line calls, 500 minutes of mobile calls and 500Mb of data per month for

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