Nokia E6 Review
Nokia has released the latest in its range of E-Series handsets and the Nokia E6 is certainly has a wide range of features that could possibly make it the best in the series so far.
The E6 boasts a fantastic camera, Nokia’s Symbian Anna and touch screen navigation that brings it up to date and elevates Nokia to be a serious contender in the mobile phone market once again. Before you rush out to recycle your mobile phone and snap up a E6 read on.
This handset has many pro’s and con’s and you need to be aware of these factors before deciding on its suitability as a perfect handset for you! Nokia a keen to sell mobile phones and so it’s priced significantly cheaper than the Nokia E7, but still comes in at around double the price of the E5. More features do mean more money in the world of the smartphone.
The Nokia E6 is slimmer than the E5 but slightly heavier. It weighs in at 133g, a comparable weight when you think that the E5 weighed 126g and the Blackberry Bold 9900 weighs 130g. The slightly heavier feel means that the E6 is robust and certainly does feel like a quality handset without the cheap plastic finish that Nokia sometimes goes for.
The processor is the same as in the E7, a 680MHz ARM11 with 2D and 3D graphics to give it the power to run smoothly and effectively. It is preloaded with the latest Symbian Anna OS upgrade which is noticeably better than the previous version, particularly in the faster web browser, Ovi Maps and a split screen view and a portrait QWERTY during touch screen typing. There’s loads of memory available with 8GB of internal memory and a slot available for up to 32GB to be added in.
The E6 supports both the TrueType key board and a touchscreen, so you will be a happy camper in the typing departs if you prefer a physical keyboard or a virtual one. The Symbian update allows the user to have four different home screens, which allows you to separate home and work, or college and social- great if you use one handset for everything.
The screens are partially customisable, but irritatingly some folders still have dedicated icons that cannot be changed. You can add a maximum of three widgets of your choice to each homepage, in addition to the preloaded Clock, message icon, email icon and notification centre. Once you get used to the mixed interface it really is very easy to navigate and find your way about. The screen is disappointingly small at only 2.46 inches but the high pixel count means that it is crystal clear and the colours ring true.
AS with the previous models in the Nokia Symbian 3 series the calls have High Definition call quality which works well and provides a very clear sound as long as the signal at both ends is strong. Messaging can be accessed directly through the Contacts page and the Symbian interface links contacts, calendar, email and messages successfully to make use very straightforward and easy. Facebook and Twitter are viewed through the Social app and timelines can be either separate or combined.
The 8MP camera is a great addition to the E6 and it’s supported by a front facing camera and video calling features. It has a 2x digital zoom and a high 3264 x 2448 res, which gives excellent quality snaps. The focus is automatic and the night mode allows you to take photos in limited light with a reasonable amount of success.
The camera can be operated using the Dictaphone/Voice Command button and a preinstalled picture editing app to get rid of any red-eye and allows you to crop and rotate your pictures to get them how you want them. The videos are of a similar high quality and you can video well in low lighted situations by turning on the LED flash.
Nokia claims that the E6 has a 28 days standby time with 14.8 hours of talk time which proves to be a lot more impressive than on comparable models- such as only 22 days of standby and 6 hours of talk time on the Blackberry Bold 9780. These figures may be little optimistic, but it certainly shows that Nokia have chosen a quality battery that won’t let you down.