The E6 is Nokia’s latest addition to its E-series of Smartphones. Taking the touch and type concept further, the Nokia E6 has a physical QWERTY keypad along with a touchscreen. The E6 just like its predecessors E5/E71/E72 builds the arora of the Business class around you. Targeted towards business users, this action packed Qwerty+Touch combination phone (Don’t forget the Symbian Anna OS) is really here to stay!
Lets get into some details now!
What’s in the Box?
- Standard Nokia Charger
- Standard data cable
- User Manual and Warranty card
Design and Looks
Nokia E6 comes in two variants i.e. Black and White. When you hold the phone you relatively feel a solid, fine quality of the design. A metal frame runs around the sides which gives a chromium type of feel to it.
The back cover and the camera deck are again made of metal; the camera deck is raised up a bit which ads a muscular feel to it. On the sides of the phone there is a volume rocker and a dedicated speak now key placed in between them, there is also a dedicated lock/unlock switch.
The Micro USB adapter jack and the 3.5mm jack along with the ON/OFF button are placed on the upper side of the phone. The Charging pin is placed on the lower side.
- 2.5″ Capacitive touchscreen-640 x 480 pixels, scratch-resistant Gorilla glass screen.
- Dimensions: 118 x 56 x 10.9 mm.
- 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery
- Single core ARM 11, 680 MHz processor, 256 MB RAM
- 8 MP camera without AutoFocus (back) and 0.3 MP VGA front camera, Dual LED flash, 720p at 25 fps video recording
- Accelerometer, Compass, Bluetooth 3.0, 3G support with video-calling
- 3.5 mm Headphones connector
- 8GB inbuilt Memory and 32GB microSD support
- Latest Symbian Anna OS
The UI of new Symbian Anna is quite familiar to older versions except for the fact that it has new icons and more room for homescreens and widgets. You can set up to 5 homescreens with different widgets and wallpapers to cater your needs. There is a unremovalble area reserved for time, profile change and notifications. The notification widget is really the thing which nokia needed the most, you can now see messages, missed call alerts, etc straight with one touch!
Another big improvement is in the Copy & Paste functionality; its improved! Example: Dragging your finger across can select the text you want and then by holding your finger you can now copy and paste the content. Though this feature doesn’t work in selecting text from a webpage or a message, etc.
Nokia has also added a screen option in the bottom bar, which works as a Clock and doubles up as a notification screen too. You can check the Battery Status, Notifications, Available WiFi networks and other connectivity options.
Multitasking on Symbian Anna OS is pretty similar to palm type, it has multitasking cards and close button with which you can quit application. Just like Android Apps, here the open applications are backgrounded and not suppressed.
The E6 comes with a 8MP primary camera. The camera which is the most hyped feature (in most phones) is actually not that good! The camera lacks Auto-focus which makes photos really look’s bad. The camera feature face-detection, self timer, exposure and other features which doesn’t make much of point since the camera isn’t that awesome. The camera records video at 720p HD quality at 25 fps.
The secondary camera too does not make the phone stand out, due to its poor pixelated quality.
Cool Included Applications
The browser is pretty good, it’s up to you whether to use the touchscreen to browse the Web or use the side-way buttons to browse. The browser cannot render Flash content which is a drawback!
The browser also has tabbed browsing which is restricted only to 3 tabs. The restriction on the number of tabs is a drawback. But, it features background loading which is really helpful at times. Overall the broswer is okay and not as polished as it could be, small screen size makes it a little weak considering its competition.
The Music player is one of the finest player I have ever seen, having a UI quite similar to the cover-flow on iOS. Its really good that Nokia finally took break from its list view and entered the world of 3D music flow, Though you can even play music in the list view. There are Settings like playlist and equalizer which makes music more pleasureable. The speakers are really good and loud. The sound quality on the provided headsets is also not that loud enough for you to forget what’s happening in the world. Nokia has also added a widget on homescreen for easy access to change tracks and music!
Surprisingly Nokia included a premium 3rd party app called Joikuspot (for those not aware of Joikuspot, it is a app which makes your phone into a personal WIFI hotspot so that you can share your data connection with friends or colleagues). iOS, Android, and many other OSs already have included personal hotspot feature in their OSs. Even though this is a quite of a utility app, the phone heats up and the battery drains quite fast.
The phone has WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS, which really works well. The call quality is really good; I didn’t experience any type of receptions and quality issues whatsoever. Nokia being itself has really optimised its connectivity in order to stay favorites in the minds of its vast and trusted customer base. The JoikuSpot App is a great addition!
- Backlight keyboard
- Notification LED
- Long battery life (2 days Max with 6-8 hours of Talk-time and 1-1.5 hours of Data usage)
- 8 GB built-in memory
- Low Resolution display
- Custom Domain’s Email is very confusing to setup
- Camera lacks Auto focus
- No flash support in Browser
Once you are addicted to its QWERTY keyboard, then it’s very difficult for you to move to any other phone. The Symbian Anna’s UI really catches up with International standards, but the small screen fails to impress us. The battery life and connectivity options are just brilliant.
On the whole, the Nokia E6 seems a bit overpriced considering its features. If you get this phone for around Rs. 15,000 then its definately worth the price, but the price tag of Rs. 18,500 seems a bit high.
We give 3.5/5 rating to the Nokia E6!