Nokia E72 available in stores now

Although it's not easy to find online yet, the Nokia E72 is officially in stores now. Featuring a full QWERTY keyboard, the Nokia really wants you to to get on board with instant messaging via mobile phone.

Although it's not easy to find online yet, the Nokia E72 is officially in stores now. Who's getting one?

Featuring a full QWERTY keyboard, the Nokia really wants you to to get on board with instant messaging via mobile phone. Not only does the E72 include Nokia's signature messaging service, but it also lets users set up Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk and Ovi Chat, all from the home screen for the first time ever. I'm not a big fan of using IM programs on a smartphone, as I find it time consuming and a bit exhausting to keep up an IM conversation via phone as long as I would over a computer, but the options are nice.

Other fancy features include a 5-megapixel autofocus camera, A-GPS navigation and compass, 3.5-mm headphone jack, a microSD slot and an optical navigation pad.
The Finnish phone manufacturer also decided to take this chance to publish a little inside research, mostly prominently their finding that more people rely on email rather than phone calls or texting when sending and responding to "critical information." I wonder how they define "critical. If this were in regards to regular, everyday business, I wouldn't be surprised, but if its an emergency, I would assume one would make a phone call. It's easier to get through, especially if someone else's smartphone isn't working (or doesn't have email capability).

The estimated price tag is €350, or $524, before taxes and shipping. Hate that exchange rate.