Eseries represent one of Nokia's greatest features and we're sure that everyone who ever experienced an E handset can declare themselves satisfied. It has a small but solid lineup, which never seized to progress which each new model. These phones are not meant to create hysteria and obsess fans but are oriented into doing what they know best: serving customers. It's time to take a look at their newest attempt to do so - the Nokia E52 is now here to carry on the flagship and prove that once an Eseries, always an Eseries. Since most of you already know what to expect from the Eseries, it's only fair to say that the Nokia E52 is the most predictable of them business smartphones, but it’s predictable in the sense that you know it will deliver all of your expectations.
Measuring in at 116 x 49 x 9.9 mm and with a volume of 54 cc, the handset is extremely pocketable and a pleasure to handle. It proved better than the Nokia E71 and alongside the Toshiba TG01 claims the top spot as slimmest smartphone on the market. Despite its slim body, the E52 is only missing 2 grams in order to reach 100 giving it a really pleasant solid feel and as well as confidence when handling it. This is mostly due to the extensive use of metal and we think it was a great decision from Nokia to continue this trend with another Eseries model, since it definitely boosts both looks and durability. Even better, on this model, even the keys below the display are metal, giving you an extra nice feel while navigating the handset. The rear cover, thanks to its grooved surface, gives you a raw and industrial feel while the front intends to reply with a silvery frame that manages to enclose the dark graphite navigation as well as the numpad.
Depending on your taste, the E52 can be purchased in three different colors: Graphite Grey, Metal Grey Aluminium and Golden Aluminium. We agree, the Golden Aluminium sounds strange, but it will surely have its fans, while the Graphite unit will probably raise the most votes, starting with ours. Now let us start with a few benchmarks. At the top of the front panel, we find the earpiece of the Nokia E52 as well as the ambient light sensor and video-call camera. Underneath them, we encounter the 2.4 inch 16M-color QVGA display which has a more than decent quality, with great contrast and brightness, offering a really vibrant image. If you already have a Eseries you'll know that the screen offers uncompromised sunlight legibility and since it is a company trademark, the E52 obviously allows you to read its display in a comfortable manner, no matter how bright the sun outside. Moving down the front of the handset, we'll encounter the metallic D-pad, large and fairly comfortable to use as well as the 8 keys that surround it. Another great feature comes next, meaning the alphanumeric keypad, undoubtedly one of the best standard numpads we talked about. With its large keys, distinct borders and great touch orientation it's almost as good as the one on the E66, which beats it by a small margin. Thanks to its strong white backlighting, using it in the dark is a pleasure. At the top of the E52 you will find the power button and the 3.5mm standard audio jack. Don't worry, the unfortunate red knob that was used as a power button on the E71 and E66 is gone, leaving place for a normal button, which although is a bit small has a distinct press that makes up for it. The two volume keys are placed on the right side as well as the voice command key and the dedicated shutter key. It's a little crowded on that side, but the keys are rather small so they fit rather well. The steel back of the Nokia E52 is perfectly immune to fingerprints and is definitely another strong feature of the handset. Also on the back, there is the 3MP fixed-focus camera lens along with a LED flash. A both useful and nice looking piece of design is the little latch at the base of the battery cover, which offers a quick and easy release. Once we lift the cover we stumble upon the microSD card slot and the monstrous 1500 mAh Li-Po BP-4L battery. To sum it up, we'll just point the obvious: the Nokia E52 is flawlessly built and we don't see how anyone could differ.