While the current trend and talk of the mobile phone industry is the touchscreen, here is one unit that does not feature one and that I am generally very very excited for. It is Nokia's first ever half QWERTY phone. Instead of a standard 12 numerical keypad, the Nokia E55 has a Blackberry Pearl-esque 20-key keypad. RIM calls theirs the SureType, Nokia calls it the half-QWERTY. Whatever the keypad is called, I have had my eyes on this device since it was announced early this year.
You don't get much with the E55's sales package. Just a microUSB AC charger, a stereo headset for hands-free calling, a microUSB data cable and some usual bits and bops of papers with legalese stuff and the odd manual. Well those and the phone, with a large 1500mAh BP-4L battery and 2GB microSD card already sitting inside the device's sole microSDHC slot.
One of the reasons why I am genuinely excited of the E55 - it has battery slot that is capable of accepting a standard BP-4L in a body that is smaller and lighter than the majority of none-smartphones. It is an engineering marvel. I can't see how Nokia has managed to get a 600Mhz ARM11 processor, 3.2 Megapixel camera, quad band GSM, dual band 3G with HSDPA, GPS receiver, digital compass, acceleromer, WiFi, Bluetooth and microSDHC slot into a device that is smaller and lighter than my trusty old E51, but they did.
Look out for a review sometime next week as I put it through my usual pace.