Nokia E5 vs. Nokia X6 – Review

by Jerry D on September 14, 2010

Pitting the Blackberry-esque Nokia E5 against the far prettier touch-sensitive X6 might seem like an unfair match-up. But the sober design of the E5 hides some decent features and, while the X6 looks like a top-end phone, it’s not as potent as you might have hoped. Let’s see how this tussle turns out…

nokia e5 vs x6 Nokia E5 vs. Nokia X6 – Review

Connectivity:

To keep you in touch on the move, the E5 features 3G/HSDPA (10.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP. Nokia has stuffed the X6 with 3G/HSDPA (3.6 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP. Bar a higher theoretical data speed over 3G, it’s difficult to pull these two handsets apart. (1-1)

Size & Weight:

Compare the two phones and the E5 measures 115.0 x 58.9 x 12.8mm, while the X6 is 111.0 x 51.0 x 13.8mm. The E5 is the lengthier of the two phones by a margin of 4.0mm – hardly surprising as it has to accomodate a full QWERTY keyboard beneath the LCD. The E5 is also heavier than its rival, tipping the scales at 126g. The X6, meanwhile, weighs 122g. (1-2)

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Camera:

The E5′s built-in camera has a resolution of 5.0 MP, plus features that include: a fixed focus lens with 3x digital zoom, plus an LED flash.

The X6 also sports a 5.0 Megapixel camera, which impresses with its advanced Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, a dual LED flash, geotagging and VGA video recording. There’s also an extra camera on the front, designed for video calling. The X6 easily has this round in the bag. (1-3)

Here’s how the raw technology of the cameras compare*.

1.0MP – 1280 x 960 pixels
2.0MP – 1600 x 1200 pixels
3.1MP – 2048 x 1536 pixels
5.0MP – 2592 x 1944 pixels (Nokia E5/Nokia X6)
8.0MP – 3264 x 2448 pixels
10.0MP – 3872 x 2592 pixels
12.0MP – 4290 x 2800 pixels
16.0MP – 4920 x 3264 pixels

* These are typical resolutions. Actual resolutions may vary.

Screen/keyboard:

The design of Nokia’s E5 features a 2.36-inch LCD screen, with a pretty backward resolution of 240 by 320 pixels. The pixels per inch (PPI) measurement here is a mere 169.492. Obviously, there’s no room for a larger display, considering the size of the QWERTY keyboard below it.

See: The ‘pixel density’ league table

In comparison, the touch-sensitive LCD screen on the Nokia X6 is far roomier, measuring 3.2 inches across. It also impresses with a higher screen resolution of 360 by 640 pixels. With 230,400 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is a far more impressive 229.375 pixels per inch, giving you greater clarity. (1-4)

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Performance:

As for performance, the E5′s engine is a 600MHz ARM 11 chip; while the X6 relies on an older ARM 11 CPU, rated at 434MHz. Both handsets use Nokia’s tried-and-trusted Symbian OS (Series 60), soon to be upgraded to a sparkling new version 3.0 with the launch of the Nokia N8 smartphone. (2-4)

Downloadable apps:

Storage:

The X6 wins the internal storage battle here with 32GB, compared to the standard 2GB on the E5. Plug a bigger memory card into the E5′s microSD expansion slot and the maximum capacity does rise up to equal its opponent’s 32GB total. Like Apple’s various iPhones, the X6 is missing an expansion slot and so the phone is restricted to its 32GB of storage. (2-4)

Battery life:

Hey! A word about battery life… the E5 weighs in with 13.0 hours of talktime; the X6 in comparison boasts 8.5 hours of talktime. In terms of standby times, the E5 can last 635 hours, while Nokia’s other model boasts 401 hours. The X6 loses out in this round. (3-4)

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Extras:

What’s left to talk about? The E5 also includes GPS/A-GPS with Ovi Maps and a stereo FM radio. The X6 also features a stereo FM radio (with RDS), GPS/A-GPS (with Ovi Maps 3.0) and a TV-out. It’s just enough to halt the E5′s fightback in its tracks. (3-4)

The Nokia X6 wins!

Nokia X6 Nokia E5 vs. Nokia X6 – ReviewThe X6 emerges as the winner of this fight (3-4), although it’s hardly convincing. The X6 has the best all-round camera features, the most memory and a better, bigger, higher resolution display.

The E5, however, is built for business rather than pleasure. It builds on Nokia’s good work with the E71 and E72 handsets. In its favour, the E5 is responsive, long-lasting and features a decent little keyboard.

Do you agree with the outcome of this fight? Leave us a comment below now…

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