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Nokia E6 Review… And All That Could Have Been (Video)

I can already tell I’m going to be criticized for the video review below… lots of functions didn’t work, the phone had lag and at some point it simply got stuck. But how is that my fault and not Nokia’s? You must know that what you see below is take 3 of the review and that I tried to give it a good experience but to no avail…

The thing here is that Nokia E6 is not a poor phone, but a phone you must learn how to work with. For one, I started playing with it as if it had a dual core 1GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM and everything I’m used to on smartphones. Then I remember that I only have a mere 256MB of RAM available and a 680 MHz CPU. That means that filling the screen with live widgets will eventually get the phone completely blocked, which is exactly what happened to me during the review.

However, if you completely get rid of the widgets and learn to close some apps in multitasking view from time to time, you might actually get a good experience out of this touch & QWERTY handset. Nokia E6 weighs 133 grams, measures 10.5mm in thickness, the exact same numbers of the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9930, but the price here is half and the whole experience is not that shabby either, if you know how to deal with it. Of course, the security features of the BlackBerry world are non-existent and so are the problems with connectivity that have been plaguing the BlackBerries recently.

Back to the E6, it comes with 8GB of storage, 1GB of ROM, a  microSD card slot (almost impossible to access, can’t even stick a fingernail in that slot), plus an 8 megapixel camera. The camera is actually pretty good and I was impressed by the quality of the video it captures at 720p and 25 fps. The pictures are also pretty decent and the camera uses well its dual LED flash, geotagging and face detection, but sadly the focus is fixed. You’ll also find a front VGA camera if you want videocalling, but considering the lag of Symbian Anna, I can already imagine a fragmented experience…

Other than that you get Stereo FM radio, that 680 MHz CPU I was telling you about, A-GPs, QuickOffice and a Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery that was hugely dissappointing. During an entire session of review filming take 1, 2 and 3 the battery went from about 80% to almost nada and all it had to is browse, film and enter apps for about two hours, in both 3G and WiFi mode. Is that normal? Nokia was at some point famous for its long lasting batteries and now this happens…

I’m sorry to criticize this device that’s supposed to be a business model, but it doesn’t impress me at all. Maybe Symbian Belle will solve its problems but till then it gets a 6 out of 10 in my book.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe you got a lemon, I don’t know. My experience with my girlfriend’s E6 for 2 weeks was nothing but good. I’ve never suffered from lag, even with 3 or 4 apps open, and the battery is really, really great. I charged it every night out of habit, but the one night I forgot, I still had 5 bars all through the following day, and still 3 bars late into the second evening. Very impressive. But I will say that the notifications on the E6 are abysmal. The led light around the d-pad is so feint it just annoys me knowing that it’s there, because I never see it flash! And the standby screen gives you no indication of any missed texts etc. Even the main screen can only tell you that you have a text, not who it’s from, which to me is something I’m now used to from my E7 with Nokia Sleeping Screen. Overall, I like the E6 a lot, very nice to use and type on. None of the problems you mention I’m happy to say.