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Good: Touchscreen and physical QWERTY keyboard Free Maps and sat nav with info Good 8MP camera Much faster web browser than previous Symbian^3 phones High build quality
Bad: Small screen No FM transmitter Disjointed messaging methods No dedicated Camera button Dictaphone/Voice Command button only works on long press
Comment: The Nokia E6 follows on from its E-Series QWERTY predecessors such as 2010's Nokia E5, providing the best E-Series camera yet, touch screen navigation and the home screen capabilities of the Symbian^3 platform.
The Nokia E6 is priced at £320, twice the price of its simpler sibling, the Nokia E5, but £80.00 cheaper than its weightier big brother, the Nokia E7.
When we compare the Nokia E6 with BlackBerry's offerings it is slightly cheaper than the non-touch BlackBerry Bold 9780, at £340.
When we compare sizes, the Nokia E6 (115mm x 59mm x 10.5mm) is slightly slimmer than the E5, while both are longer, but narrower and thinner than the BlackBerry Bold 9780 and narrower than the chunky BlackBerry Bold 9900.
If we then compare the weight, the Nokia E6 has a comforting weight of 133g, making it the heaviest of the bunch, with the Nokia E5, BlackBerry Bold 9780 and BlackBerry Bold 9900 weighing 126g, 122g and 130g respectively.
This increased weight contributes to the Nokia E6's feel of robustness and high build quality, rather than making it feel unwieldy.
Another area which is often compared is the processing power of these powerful phones, with the Nokia E6 sharing its 680MHz ARM11 processor and 2D/3D graphics hardware acceleration with the Nokia E7, beating the BlackBerry Bold 9780's 624MHz processor.
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 with its 1.2GHz processor beats the Nokia E5 though. But, until the Bold 9900 becomes available for testing, we can't say whether this difference is worth the likely higher price.
The E6 is the first Nokia handset to come preloaded with Symbian Anna OS upgrade, providing numerous improvements over the initial Symbian^3 firmware installed on the Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia E7 and Nokia C6.
These include a faster web browser, improved text input, a split screen view during touchscreen typing, a portrait QWERTY for touchscreen typing, new icons and Ovi Maps 3.06 pre-installed.
The text improvements aren't visible on the Nokia E6, however, as all text input is achieved via the physical True-Type-esque keyboard. All of the other enhancements are present though.
Scrutiny of the OS improvements provided by Symbian Anna finds that the only real improvement on the Nokia E6 is the improved browser, as Ovi Maps can be downloaded separately for free and the new icons are available in Symbian next+ mentioned in the Interface section of this review.
Good: Processor is fine, good and snappy. Screen is very good. Speech recognition and message reader are great.
Bad: Music Player, Notification Light, WiFi performance not that good.
Comment: I've had Symbian phones right back to the N95 8GB; and I have to say with heavy heart that this new E6 is never near as good as the N95, E71 and E72 I've used :( There are so many features of this phone terribly thought out or barely tested.
The music player doesn't support M3U playlists (like every other one I've ever used, even my 5$ Chinese made 'singlong' player does that). The phone locks while playing music, which makes in car use a scary prospect, to add insult to injury. Music Player only sorts albums by an obscured MP3 embedded tag that no one uses; can't play by playlist or by folder.
The notification light is totally invisible and utterly useless. The 'social' application is terrible and while mail for exchange is decent, you'll be seeing "YOU CANNOT VIEW THIS EMAIL, USE YOUR WEB BROWSER" a lot with Yahoo! and Google. If I wanted to use a web browser, I would NOT have spent £300 on an email enabled smartphone!
So, as I say, some great points completely overshadowed by lots of half baked, half ar$ed 'features' which don't work. Hope Nokia pull the finger out and sort it in the next revision, because until then buying this phone you are really just an unpaid beta-tester.
Good: great keyboard, light, excellent mapping, batteey lasts and lasts
Bad: browser is poor in Anna. Belle is better
Comment: i also have an HTC desire Z. Its keyboard is unreliable and crude compared to the E6 and the battery is a joke. Armed with Belle the E6 should be fantastic.
Good: Awesome call quality, Good audio quality, Good build quality, qwerty keyboard is real comfortable, display is really crisp and bright(good outdoor visibility), symbian anna is perfectly usable, good battery life, gps is fast, video recording has lots of details and is smooth, camera has nice colors and contrast
Bad: The screen could have been bigger. Notification light is almost useless. Camera lacks autofocus, Anna is still no android, let alone iOS.
Comment: I dont think the CPU(combined with GPU) is so much of an issue. It will probably be on par with android mobiles with 800mhz or 1 ghz cpu. If the cpu is good enuf to record and play 720p videos effortlessly, what else do you need? The occasional lags can be because of not so perfect os. Belle will solve this to some extent. Also CPU is 680mhz as opposed to 600 mhz as said in the review.
Good: Excellent looks, solid in the hand, easy to use, screen quality is superb and the photos & videos are brilliant
Bad: Help guide/instruction can be a little confusing.
Comment: Looks cool, internet is fast and the wifi selection priority is excellent. key pad is the right size, and the touch screen is quick and easy. the apps choice is good for me, but is limited to Nokia Avi store. the front camera is excellent for video talking, i'm not fust about the lack of auto focus, but it does take excellent photos & Videos. the screen resolution and depth of colour is first rate. the phone is solid and feels right in the hand. all in all, this is an excellent phone if you don't want an iphone
Good: i love its qwerty keypad
Bad: the camera and the processor !!.. camera is not what i wanted and the processor is a i'l sluggish
Comment: it is a worth buy bcoz at such price point ... i bet u can't get better than this
Good: The fact that it is a nokia , I had a nikia N73 , in the past , now I have a old Blackberry , that is totally useless
Bad: not having auto focus on the camera side of it , very important these days , especiially with digital photographery
Comment: Having never owned a touch screen before , this looks easy to use .
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