Its been a long time since I made a post on wordpress, specifically a ‘review’. My last review about Dell Inspiron 1525 is still fetching me close to 50% of the traffic I get every day in my blog. So here’s something to add up, my new Nokia E63 mobile. Actually, its been 4 months since I bought it, but well, nevermind, its still new to me!
I’m really really impressed with my Nokia E63. Needless to say, its an ‘E’ – series class, which explains it all. Its actually made for business-minded people who use their mobile phone as their personal organizer, calender, emailer and lots more. But nevertheless, it has great features better than most of the ‘N’ – series mobiles, which makes it even more popular among normal users. Following the protocol, I will first point out the Pros and then the not-so-significant Cons of E63.
1) It is a smartphone with a Symbian OS v9.2 ( the latest one being 9.3). So, what exactly is a ‘smartphone’ ? As the name tells, its ‘smart’ and you have to do very little to convey your intentions to your phone. For something which will take you 10-12 button clicks in a ‘non-smart’ phone, may take you just ‘2-3 clicks’ in a smart one! For an example, consider the process of sending an SMS to a friend ‘Jereme’ . I won’t count the message writing part in button clicks.
In a non-smart Nokia 6070 (my ex-phone), here are the steps (each arrow representing a button click) : Home -> Menu -> -> -> Messaging -> Create Message -> Text Message ->Write Message ->Send -> -> To phone number -> Search -> J -> E -> R-> Jereme -> OK. ( Button Clicks = 16 )
In a smart E63, here’s what I’d do : Home -> New Message -> Text Message -> To : Jereme and Write Message -> Options -> Send. ( Button Clicks = 5 ). Surprised ? Well the 2 important user-friendly features because of which it was possible are Shortcut Key for ‘New Message’ and Auto-recognition of Recipient. For the shortcut key, the ‘New Message’ option is not fixed but infact, you can configure 4 shortcut keys in E63 for both ‘one-click’ mode and ‘press-and-hold’ mode to run ANY application you want. So total you have 8 shortcut applications on home. Even more, in the home screen of E63 you can create upto 6 application shortcuts just like you do in Windows + 5 notice options. All in all, it looks something like this :
The other feature is the Auto-recognition of Recipient Names. While you are sending an SMS, just write a few characters of the person whom you are sending it to in the “To :” part and it will auto-recognise the complete name from your contacts. Pretty cool huh ?
2) Nice range of application softwares. Now that was just one of the many smartphone features. Smart phone is more similar to your desktop OS. You can have applications install and uninstall in your smartphone just like your PC. You can pick from a vast range of Symbian apps, you can find some on www.getjar.com and on the Nokia Official OVI Mobile Store. Some of the applications I have installed include Opera Mini, eBuddy,Google Maps, VNCViewer, Putty, Smartguard, Oxford Dictionary, Advanced Call Manager, Screensnap and lots more..
Opera Mini is a cool app which is very good for fast internet browsing while eBuddy is a nice chat messenger which supports all chat services like gtalk, yahoo, msn, facebook, AOL, etc. Google Maps is the best map service you can get which even tells you your approximate location without a GPS ! Yes, using triangulation techniques, Google Maps is able to find your location based on your mobile signal strength from various antennas. Its a very innovative application actually, and this was previously available only to law enforcement government agencies. The maps are also very detailed and you can search practically anything from “food” to “mobile recharge shop” and it will tell you the nearest destinations along with routing information. Since E63 doesn’t have a GPS the location isn’t so accurate, but most of the time it has been very accurate for me. Here’s a Peek :
2) Nice Nokia E-Mail service. Using that I can setup an email box in my mobile and have all my emails from my various email Ids delivered to my mobile phone as and when they come. It is very convenient to use and very easy to send emails along with attachments which many email providers don’t offer through mobile. You can also configure a lot of settings like till when to keep your emails in the mobile and automatically delete them after expiry (not deleted from the email server, just from the mobile).
4) It has got pre-installed Office tools like Adobe PDF Reader, QuickOffice using which you can view and edit MS Word documents, Powerpoint presentation and Excel spreadsheets. Other mobiles also have QuickOffice reading but only E-Series provides QuickOffice with editing option as well.
5) Very fast mobile internet modem. I have tried using the same Airtel SIM for GPRS internet on my laptop using 3 different handsets as mobile modem: Nokia 6070, Nokia N72 and E63. For the same SIM, E63 was the fastest !
6) 3G and WiFi access. Using Wifi service, you can browse the internet at “hot spots” seamlessly with your E63 and even set up a local Wireless broadband connection in your home if you have a laptop. Suppose if you have a laptop with WiFi and a wired broadband connection for that laptop, then you can create a secure Wireless Network and allow internet sharing on that network. Then using your E63 you connect to that network and browse the internet at Wired Broadband Speeds from your mobile while roaming in your home or within the coverage area of your laptop’s WiFi. And very soon, 3G is going to strike India with a Big Bang and E63 is just ready for Video Chatting, MMS, Mobile TV and Broadband speed Web Browsing.
7) Strong battery life. This is something to really boast about. All E-Series phones are optimized for low power consumption and maximum lifetime. I’ve kept my phone unrecharged for 5 days while using it for my normal usage, and still the power was more than 20%.
8) Real Player to play many popular video formats. It plays .mp4, .3gp, .mp3, .avi, .ogg, .flv and many more. While for some extensions like .wmv and .mpg, using the Nokia E63 Video Converted software that comes with the Nokia PC Suite along with E63 mobile, you can convert literally ANY video and audio format to the one suitable and optimized for your phone. It also compresses the Video, while keeping the same quality for the E63 Screen e.g. a 200 MB HD video song was converted to just 15 MB while the quality was the same. Not just that, you can also watch Youtube videos in your E63 !
9) Nice Screen Aspect Ratio. The screen size of the E63 has the same aspect ratio as that of your laptop. So for watching Movies, Songs and Videos, you don’t experience unnecessary enlargement, stretching or compressing of your video. The video dimensions you get is similar to that you get on your laptop.
11) The list is never-ending, but there are other features worth mentioning about : It has got 120 MB of Internal RAM which is pretty decent. Also the Phone never slows down while opening message or images, which is the worst problem with N-Series mobiles. The reason for this is the 600 MHz ARM 11 Processor in the E63. Also it has the ear-phone jack which supports the normal Laptop ear phone also, so you don’t have to keep separate earphones for your mobile and your laptop. Finally, it has everything you could find on any N-Series mobile. The Music Player is also decent with good Playlist options.
So now lets tell you about what I don’t like/ expected more from this phone :
1) The model is a little heavy but it isn’t much of a problem. Its very handy and being a little heavy actually makes it strong and rigid. I’ve dropped it twice accidentally 🙂 and it hadn’t even got a scratch. Definitely, its very rigid from the inside as well as outside. Should this point be in the Pros section ?
2) Camera isn’t so good with noise coming at dark regions of the image. Although the Video quality is superb but the images quality is good only when you have enough light. But still, since it has a nice Flash, so most of its noise gets compensated with the light from the flash. Only the corners of the image are actually hurt. But still, I’d say N series have better image quality than E series. Probably, its because E Series are meant for business and its not really a multimedia-centric phone. Still the images quality is decent for normal purposes, and unless you are a professional mobile photographer, you won’t find much problems.
3) Speakers aren’t so loud. I’ve heard speakers of many Nokia models, even some non N-Series and they’ve got a very loud sound. E63 lacks this as it only has moderate level.
4) No GPS. Ofcouse this is a problem but only for those who actually need it. Others can do well with Google Maps which is able to track down your approximate location using GPRS service which is available globally.
So that’s all folks 🙂 and did I mention that I brought my E63 only for 11,000 INR ? Its probably the cheapest E-series phone with WiFi, 3G, Office Full Version, etc. My recommendation : Go For It !