I have heard this smartphone is called a “BlackBerry” killer, and taking into account all the facts I can say it really is. Of course, you can guess I am speaking about the Nokia E6 — the worthy successor of the Nokia E5 with improved features. Moreover, it sports the best camera among the Nokia’s E-series handsets.
The Nokia E6 introduces a perfect pairing of a QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen that is smaller but brighter than we used to see. It’s clear such handsets are designed for business persons, since it is very comfortable to use on-the-go. Moreover, the Nokia E6 costs cheaper than BlackBerry phones — it is priced about £320 with monthly contracts expected to start at £15. This is an affordable price, as BlackBerry’s similar handsets come at a higher price tag, say, the non-touch BlackBerry Bold 9780 is available for £340.
The developers have made a great work creating a perfect phone that looks rather attractive. The Nokia E6’s design is one of the key features of the phone. If we compare it with other similar handsets, we’ll see the E6 differs with its compact form-factor.
The phone’s dimensions talk for themselves and I guess everyone will agree 115.5x59x10.5mm is surprising, because there are many smartphones with this form-factor in the market, but most of them are bulky.
Generally, the Nokia E6 is the best smartphone from the E-series handsets, and if we compare it with other smartphones like the Nokia C3, we can surely say the difference is obvious in favor of the E6.
The device is armed well, it has all the needed features for us to feel confidence when we hold it in our hands. The volume buttons are located on the right side of the phone with the lock slider. On the left side we can find the micsroUSB port. The charging port is on the bottom, while the top of the handset has a number of ports and buttons — the power button, the 3.5mm headphone jack and the microSD card slot are located there.
The Nokia E6’s back is even more attractive as the 8MP camera with dual-LED flash and the loadspeaker are located there.
This smartphone is classified as a mid-range handset, but it sports many features other devices don’t have. Just imagine — 1GB of ROM, 256MB of RAM, 8GB internal memory that can be expanded up to 32GB, a 680MHz processor with 2D/3D Graphics HW. If you think 680MHz is not enough for a handset that wants to conquer the world, I’ll recommend you to have a look at other handset with such a processor (like the Nokia N8), and you’ll understand the number of “MHzs” doesn’t mean anything. Moreover, the phone uses OpenVG1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0 technologies, so you’ll have no trouble with it, I assure you.
The phone is equipped with a powerful battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh (BP-4L), which means it provides up to 14 hours and 48 minutes (2G) and up to 7 hours and 30 minutes (3G) of talk time, up to 681 hours (2G) and up to 744 hours (3G) of stand-by mode.
The Nokia E6 has an additional microphone to suppress noise, which is a plus, undoubtedly. And this handset is a hard nut to crack.
The phone boasts only a 2.46-inch VGA touchscreen with resolution of 640×480 pixels, which means we are dealing with a rather sharp screen. If you are interested in such things you must know it is almost the same screen as the iPhone 4 Retina Display. Though Nokia has other handsets with more impressive screens (like the Nokia X7’s TFT LCD 16.7m color panel with a Clear Black technology), this one is quite attractive, too. So we can say its screen is almost perfect, and it “cooperates” well with its QWERTY keyboard.
Though we can’t say the developers have made something new here as it features almost the same keyboard we have seen in the Nokia E5, it is perfect and easy for use. But let’s talk about everything in order. Below the screen we can find Call and End buttons. The keyboard has a five-way d-pad and four shortcuts to home, calendar, messaging and contacts.
When we type a text on this smartphone it becomes clear how a phone designed especially for messaging must work. The only worrying thing is related with the narrow keyboard, which can become a problem for a user with larger hands.
As I have already mentioned, this smartphone sports the best camera in its line — 8MP is not a joke. It takes pics with a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels, has fixed focus, dual-LED flash, and if the last one is an advantage, the lack of auto-focus is a real issue for those who prefer to do everything (well, almost everything) with their phones, even capturing HQ photos and recording HD videos. Anyway, you have nothing to worry about, since the Nokia E6′s camera is capable of shooting videos at 720p and 25fps.
The Nokia E6 is packed with a secondary camera, too, as it was expected, since the phone is dedicated to social networking where video calling is necessary.
Here is a Nokia E6 camera video sample:
This is the area where the Nokia E6 feels free, because it supports GSM 850/900/1800/1900 bands and the 3G network. But this is not all, as I have said earlier, it has everything the users need, so it comes with a GPS receiver, Bluetooth 3.0 ith A2DP and Wi-Fi b/g/n.
This handset is one from those smartphones that come with Symbian Anna, and as you are aware it is welcomed by users, because unlike Symbian^3 it has many improvements and provides better performance. While other devices are waiting for their turn to get Anna on their board, the E6 owners are already enjoying it. To understand what I am talking about let’s see what provides Symbian Anna.
At first it adds some curved corners to icons. But this is not the main improvement, as it became easier to add and change widgets and swipe between the homescreens. Generally, the whole view of Symbian^3 was overhauled with Anna, and now all the handsets that have this update look different. The browser is changed in a god way, too.
But I don’t want to spend much time on introducing Symbian Anna, as we have talked about it for many times, and it’ll be more productive if you check out our older posts. I’ll only add that the Symbian Anna update is not perfect, and there are many shortcomings that will probably be fixed with Bell.
- Stylish design
- Sharp display
- Physical QWERTY keyboard
- Cheap price tag
- Symbian Anna
- Lack of auto-focus
- Small RAM
So what can we say about this handset… It is almost lonely in its type because other handsets are either expensive or sport weaker features. Not in vain geeks called it “BlackBerry killer,” and taking into account the fact it is launched in the U.S., too, I think RIM has lost a huge number of consumers regardless the fact Nokia is refused by the U.S. smartphone users.
As I mentioned at the beginning, Symbian Anna defeated the attitude the U.S. smartphone users had. The design of this device is really cool and if you don’t look at the brand when buying a phone but look at its features, I guess the Nokia E6 will attract you with its specs. Personally, I wish the Nokia E6 to succeed.