I bought the Nokia E5 as a replacement phone for a Nokia E71 that I tried for about a week. I really like the E5. I first bought the E71, which I did not like. I bought it due to the glowing, positive reviews that stated the high tech positives to the phone (true). However, I'm not a tech. person and didn't need the phone for business purposes. For me, the E71 was not user friendly, not to mention small font/text and a lot of problems when I tried to update the phone. Also, I carry the phone in a shirt pocket, and the E71 is VERY heavy.
Ok, the E5 is similar to a Blackberry. Not the same, but similar. The E5 was much easier to set-up, and to update through Nokia.com. As far as the keypad locking, the keypad comes unlocked and the setting has to be changed to make it lock after a call. The user sets the lock/unlock, and the length of time that the keyspad stays unlocked. It designed to stop "pocket or purse calls," it's very easy and quick to unlock. The E5 has a great camera, push email, and many other uasable features. Very pleased with the E5.
Additionally, I ported my existing phone number to the E5, very simple and quick. It took Straight Talk about 30 minutes to complete the swap. Also, I've had no dropped calls or weak signal(s).
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