Symbian OS is still one of the most discussed platforms, and we shouldn’t be surprised at this, because the company has designed a number of high-end smartphones with this software on board. So it’d be unreasonable to think Nokia will leave them. As expected Nokia is serious about the Fab Four — the Nokia N8, E7, E6 and X7. Recently we got convinced the company would roll out Symbian Belle update for these phones. It even made us hope Belle will come this year. Unfortunately, now we have to say the update is delayed until 2012.
The information is not official, but this is what it says — a Nokia user asked Nokia’s UK branch when the update would be available for his Nokia N8, and the company responded “Symbian Belle will be out early next year.”
We think the corresponding update will be available for them all at the same time. So we have to sit quiet because this information seems quite reasonable taking into account the huge job Nokia is currently doing.
We’ve already talked that some of the Symbian Anna devices of Nokia will get a Symbian Belle update. Unfortunately we won’t have this awesome version of Symbian on such devices as the Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia C6-01, Nokia X7 and Nokia E6. But still they will get a minor update for the current Symbian Anna, receiving a long list of enhancements.
We expected the Symbian Belle update to be available by the end of this month, but I guess it’s unlikely to happen. Though some analysts believe the current update is designed to make the devices prepared for the Symbian Belle update.
The current software update brings the devices to 025.007 version. The update comes in a 1MB file making it easier to get the update on your devices. The update allows to get better browser performance and brings stability to the overall performance of the handset. Some customers mention that the update also allows to get rid of various bugs, connected with freezed apps or camera performance.
The update is an OTA, so you’ll get a notification as soon as your device gets the code. The bad news is that the update will be first rolled to the unlocked device and it’ll be actually up to your carrier to get the update to your device or not.
The Nokia E6 is a high-class business smartphone, which is packed with many awesome features and offers many interesting capabilities. Usually, by saying “business smartphone” we mean “blackberrish” handsets, i.e. devices in monoblock form-factor. Usually they look like to each other, but under the hood they are quite different. Canadian RIM is the absolute leader in this area, but when the Nokia E6 was launched, many geeks started to think this handset а worthy opponent for the powerful army of BlackBerry.
Now we want to introduce you a special post, which shows how you can add your favorite contacts to your Nokia E6’s homescreen for faster access.
Before we start, I have to say you can locate 20 contacts there, but only 4 of them can be seen.
Generally, Symbian Anna comes with the contacts widget on board which can be confused easily because it doesn’t have a special name and is located left to the Add label with the text “Add your most important contacts here.” Tap the contact you want to add and press OK. But you do not have to do it every time you need to add more than one contact — you can pick multiple contacts, and then simply tap OK at the end to add them all in one go.
Once you add at least one contact, you can see the Remove button next to Add. As you see, it is quite easy to manage your contacts and add or remove them on/from the homescreen. And though only 4 contacts can be seen at a time, you can swipe and choose whichever you want. Then you can do whatever you want — send text, pictures, messages, call and so on.
When reviewing a phone, we always speak about the screen in details, trying to compare it with other similar screens and find out which one is better. The Nokia 701 hasn’t been reviewed by us yet, but I guess it will be interesting to try to understand why its display is called the brightest one and what makes it so special. Actually, Nokia’s new Belle-based smartphone really sports the brightest screen, and the proof is below.
There are two measurements of a screen’s brightness — nit and lux. I think there is no need to write what is what now (if you are interested you can read about nit and lux in WikiPedia).
We must separate the Nokia E6 which has been the brightest phone in the market before the 701 appeared. As you see even the iPhone 4 has a less bright display than the Nokia 701.
If we transfer nits to numbers, 1000 Nits is equivalent to 3145 lux. For example, moonlight is 1 lux, TV studios are lit at 1000 lux. Count yourself how much lux the Nokia 701’s screen has and you’ll understand it is 3 times brighter than the iPad.
Not so long ago we informed you about Symbian Anna that is already available for four Nokia flagships, the Nokia N8, E7, C7 and C6-01. But as I understand it is not enough, because users want more, they want the new update, Belle. Probably, when Symbian Belle running on the Nokia N8 leaked, they “smelled the scent of blood,” and now no one can stop them. Nokia doesn’t even try to stop anyone, moreover, yesterday the company announced the new version of Symbian OS will be available for the Nokia N8, C7, E7, C6-01, E6 and X7 from the fourth quarter onwards.
Today we’ve already seen three Nokia smartphones running Symbian Belle, but they are all mid-range smartphones and probably won’t appear in the U.S. Now the Nokia N8 owners are eager to know whether their favorite cameraphone, the N8, will get Belle.
As it is an official announcement, we have no reason not to believe it won’t happen, but what does “onwards” mean? Maybe the company meant fourth quarter and beyond? Who knows? However, we’ll hope for the best.
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.
Physical QWERTY keyboard
Cheap price tag
Lack of auto-focus
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.
A little firmware update for the Nokia E6 is released. The update will bring the OS to version 22.014, add some new features and fix some bugs that were discovered in Symbian Anna.
The update is expected to make the Nokia E6 more stable and to reduce the problems with the Application Manager. They say it will also update the USB connectivity, Web (the browser is updated to version 184.108.40.206, and it’s faster now) and Social apps.
The update isn’t available OTA (yet?), so if you want it, you can get it from the Ovi Suite. And if you’ve already received it, please let us know what other new things it contains!
The Nokia E6 isn’t a new smartphone, but it’s very popular now. It has a 2.46-inch touchscreen, a physical QWERTY keyboard, an 8MP camera (can record 720p videos, too) and 8GB of internal memory. It also has Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. Together with Symbian Anna it’s a great choice for those who love social networking and messaging.
Let’s have a look at a new video of the Nokia X7, which is running the Symbian Anna operating system. This short video was shot by T3 portal and it’s surprisingly not accessible from their website.
The Nokia X7 and its fellow Nokia E6 come with Symbian Anna operating system. This is the updated version of Symbian^3, which is also known as PR2.0. At the moment, the owners of the Nokia X7 and the E6 are probably the first ones to officially assess the new version of the operating system. In the nearest future Nokia is planning to roll out the update to a list of smartphones based on Symbian^3.
The main emphasize of the Nokia X7 is the entertainment. It supports high-quality videos and games, offers excellent music playback capabilities and a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen, which is ideal for watching movies, Internet surfing and working with text messaging. It also has an 8MP camera that allows you to shoot HD 720p videos.
Nokia has released new firmware for two of its smartphones. We are talking about the update to Symbian Anna OS for the Nokia X7 and the Nokia E6. The new version of firmware is going to be 022,014.
No OTA update is available for now, but you can get the update from Nokia Software Updater or Ovi Suite. Both phones have a UDP (User Data Preservation), but make a backup of your data from your phone anyway as firmware upgrades sometimes can cause problems. Therefore it is better just in case to copy the data than to carry your device to service centers afterwards. The new 022,014 version is expected to improve the performance of Symbian Anna, however, the official list of changes and innovations is not published yet.
Let me remind you that the Nokia X7 and the E6 are the first smartphones running the Symbian operating system, preloaded with the updated version known as Anna. If the X7 has a large 4-inch touchscreen, its sibling has a physical QWERTY keyboard, but its screen is also touch-sensitive. The first model is focused on entertainment, Internet, and the second is created for business users, providing ease of use with text messaging.
Nokia is one of those manufacturers that think about each consumer. Just have a look at the Nokia E6 and the Nokia C3. Both handsets are designed for those who love messaging, and the QWERTY keyboards of these smartphones are very comfortable. Though these two are almost the same smartphones at the first sight, the truth is that the E6 and the C3 are quite different. Read on to learn more about the main differences between these devices.
The Nokia C3 is made of plastic while the elegant E6 has a hood made of metal and glass. The differences between these two smartphones become more eye-catching when things come to their platforms — the Nokia E6 runs Symbian Anna with all the goodies pre-installed in it while the C3 is powered by the Series 40 OS.
Anyway, both smartphones sport QWERTY keyboards, which is the main common feature they have. The layout of their keyboards is quite the same as both devices offer a 37-key array with three rows of 10 keys each and a fourth row with seven function keys, plus Spacebar. The designers decided to shorten the keys on the Nokia E6, as a result the keyboard on the C3 became a little bit longer. I won’t say which one is more comfortable as it depends on users’ tastes. Moreover, designers gave more roundness to the Nokia E6’s keys and we just can’t ignore it.
So the Nokia E6 and the C3 are similar in design, but they are quite different inside. So it is logical their prices are also different. The Nokia E6 comes at a price tag of £300 ($483) while the C3 costs only £85 ($137). So we can say the Nokia C3 is a cheaper and weaker version of the Nokia E6.