Nokia E52 is a Pricier E51 Refresh

August 24, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

Take the E51 (a great candybar phone with a comprehensive feature set) add a better battery, a higher-resolution camera, a standard 3.5mm audio jack, faster over-the-air connectivity, and microUSB support. What do you get? The Nokia E52 of course!

Courtesy Nokia

Courtesy Nokia

The successor refresh comes at a cost though. While the older E51 hovered around the $200-range, the E52 pushes the price point to around $350 (both prices for unlocked, contract-free phones). The E52 is available in “Metal Grey Aluminum” or “Golden Aluminum”, versus the E51’s metal black.

Nokia E52 Nokia E51
Services Full Ovi services suite
Dimensions 116 x 49 x 9.9mm 115 x 47 x 9mm
Standby time Up to 28 days Up to 13 days
Talk time Up to 8 hours Up to 4.4 hours
Networks HSDPA/HSUPA WCDMA
A-GPS Yes No
USB charging Yes No
Display 320×240 240×320
Camera 3.2 Mpix 2.0 Mpix
Headset jack Standard 3.5 mm Proprietary

Unless E51 users want faster cellular connectivity, it seems doubtful if upgrading E52 is worth the additional $150. The newer phone might attract new buyers, but current E51 users will probably remain content with what they have. In any case, buyers should also consider the Nokia E63. It features practically the same functionality as the E51, while boasting an easier-to-use QWERTY keyboard. The E51 should also see a price drop as Nokia retailers seek to clear old stocks.

Buy the Nokia E63 (Red, $189.99)

Buy Nokia E51 (Black, $229.99)

Buy Nokia E52 (Lowest price found: $335)

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