We always liked the E71 and E71x, despite their being saddled with a less-than-gorgeous S60 OS. Well, the E72 is out there somewhere, being previewed by some very thorough Russians, and it looks like, in my opinion, that they’ve fixed all the wrong problems.
That’s not to say it’ll be a bad phone — it’ll almost certainly be a better one than the E71. The increased processor speed and internal memory, the (perhaps) improved keyboard, sweet camera, and the new optical pointer may make it a much more competitive handset. Still, it’s hard for S60 to compete against the more accessible smartphones out there. Fortunately, it doesn’t really have to, as dedicated S60 users often have no desire to switch out, like many WinMo users. It’s an establishment.
At any rate, it looks like a nice phone, and the improvements over the E71 are welcome, even if they don’t fix my primary issue with the phone (the interface).