Nokia E6 Review

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A redesigned OS, a high-definition screen and the introduction of touch. Does this make the Nokia E6 an exciting new offering for enterprise?

Nokia has a heritage of QWERTY enabled devices and it’s latest offering is the E6, which brings with it a heap of changes and improvements, even if you may not initially appreciate them by merely looking at the handset itself.

The design follows on from the E72, with the phone available in a choice of three finishes – all metal.

Nokia has always valued the importance of quality in the E-series range, and the E6 is no exception. It feels solid and gives confidence that it will remain reliable. History also proves this to be the case.

However, given the huge advances of BlackBerry OS and Android now offering handsets in a similar form factor, Nokia must keep ahead. In order to do this, the company has taken the very bold decision to upgrade the screen by not just a few pixels, but a jump up from QVGA to full VGA. This means four times the amount of pixels on a screen measuring just under 2.5-inches, to give seriously high definition.In fact, it has an identical pixel-per-inch (PPI) figure to the iPhone 4, although the iPhone has a larger physical screen and more pixels.

Touch accord

Another new feature is the touchscreen. It’s going to take a bit of getting used to for existing E-series owners, especially as the small display needs a fair degree of accuracy to select the right options in menus. Thankfully you won’t be needing to use an onscreen keyboard thanks to the full QWERTY offering below.

Underneath the display sit four shortcut keys and a D-Pad, with more room on account of the removal of the soft keys that now sit at the bottom of the touchscreen instead. However, like earlier models, the hardware keys aren’t individually defined and this can make it tricky to give any of them a confident press. They are well spaced though, so you shouldn’t find many situations where you accidentally hang up a call when you wanted to open the messaging app or phonebook.

There’s micro-USB connector on the left side and volume keys with a record button to activate the voice recorder on the right side. Below the volume keys is a hardware lock key, in the form of a slider that you flick down to lock and unlock. Alternatively, you can tap the power button at the top and press on the virtual unlock icon on the display. For security, you can also use a code to unlock the phone.

At the top of the phone is a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSDHC card slot, with a cover on the card slot to protect it from the elements. This means you can hot swap cards without powering down. The E6 has 8GB of internal storage space that should be ample if you’re not also using the phone for watching movies and listening to music. Still, being able to add another 32GB is always a bonus.

The original Series 60 3rd Edition user interface has made way for the latest Symbian OS, named ‘Anna’, which takes many of the features from the likes of the N8, C7 and E7. For example, you now have multiple home screen panels to switch between, as well as all-new icons. You can easily edit the position of widgets and shortcuts by simply holding down your finger on the screen and adding and removing elements in a grid pattern.

Speeding fine

The phone is seriously fast too, thanks to a 600MHz ARM 11 processor and both 2D and 3D graphics acceleration. These are both essential given four times the number of pixels are being displayed. Connectivity is well covered with a penta-band (5-band) 3G and quad-band 2G transceiver, Wi-Fi with 802.11b/g and n, as well as HSPA support for up to 10.2Mbps down and 2Mbps up and Bluetooth V3. USB On-the-Go also allows you to connect other USB devices, such as flash drives, to the device to further boost the storage.

  • rishu sharma

    nokia e6 i buy 1 weeek ago very nice beuatiful phone i love ….nokia e6 i using alredy i phone ..black berry and all phones but e6 i like to much

  • sgtchill

    From nokia c3-01 to Iphone 4s and landed to Nokia E6.
    I love this phone, this phone meets my needs. I use this phone for bussiness use. Built quality is solid. I usually receive massive txt messege and calls everyday, Great battery life!!! nice QWERTY keyboard. I do not use this phone for browsing internet and playing games i'd rather use my ipad, Bigger screen is better.

    On my iphone 4s i experience low battery, i gave it to my wife.
    Both phones are Excellent depends to your requirements =)

    for me Nokia E6 10/10

  • http://www.a1etechreviews.com/ das@Nokia E6

    I invest RS 17,000 to purchase Nokia E6, the touch screen and QWERTY keyboard is good, i am not facing any problem on typing text but problem is i am able to send file 2mp and battery showing one day back. 8-MP camera help me to shoot photo whenever i am going to visit, no need to carry my digital camera

  • http://www.smartphones-reviews.org smart phones review

    what a great review on Nokia E6. i am really impressed with its feature. now i am thinking about to buy this smartphone.

  • Angie

    I just bought the E6 a couple of days ago. After 5 hours of messaging, watching video, going online, it's down to 25%. That's good enough for me to last a day. HD videos, excellent visuals, though slightly laggy. Need to tweak with the converter software I guess.
    Touchscreen is tad tricky with the small screen like what the reviewer said. Many are going for Android phones but I like Nokia's sturdy hardware, feels like it can drop 10 times without breaking.

    • brett

      yaah E6 is a good phone beta than E71

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002141334359 Tarita Kul

    touch and types device to meet you business and entertainment needs.
    See review at http://mobilematinee.blogspot.com/2011/07/nokia-e

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  • Antonio

    Excellent hardware and nice review.

    One thing to test:
    Run Internet Radio
    Use a bluetooth headset
    Run Sportstracker

    you'll never see the battery go down for more than 50% after 2 hours.

    Some consumers don't even KNOW what this phone can do, they just see Symbian on it and puke, good reason. But remember that this handset packs a month on stand by on a single charge, that can't be achieved with Android or iOS, maybe in 10 years when they have enough R&D like Nokia.

    While some users worry on how to configure their device to save power, download power saving apps, manage their wlan , BT manually or install setCPU to underclock the CPU, I just worry free because Symbian has done that automatically for years

  • http://tkotst.wordpress.com/ Kevin

    I have a question, some owners of the E6 says the notification light is weak (the light that glows/blinks in the D-Pad when you have a new message or missed call). What's your opinion about this matter? I really want this phone but I need a good notification light like the one on my E72.

  • Manish

    All in one for professionals

  • http://twitter.com/BalaAdityan @BalaAdityan

    Nokia E6 is one of the best Nokia phones yet. Compares with a Blackberry in hardware. The OS, Symbian Anna, is miles ahead of its older version. With such fantastic OS technology available with Nokia, they really should not go for the 'Mee Go' OS that is going to be based on Microsoft Windows Mobile.

    • Praveen

      I agree that they shouldn't move to WP, but MeeGo is Linux-based. I hope they move to MeeGO instead. :)

    • Antonio

      How does it compare to Blackberry to hardware, they have used cheap materials for all their handsets, even the Nokia E71 to date has better hardware than what BB has released.

    • Mahesh

      I was planning to buy a Nokia E6, but iPhone 3G S is now available at a decent price in India. So I've now decided to go for it. But when compared with iPhone , E6 offers a better battery life. I'm now confused about this. Which is better, atleast in overall terms? Somebody please give their sensible opinion!!

      • tina

        go in for E6… coz its a good phone i bot it n i feel its really good so go for it!!! anyways iphone ha bcum old now!

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