Quad Band, GPRS, EDGE 10, WAP 2.0, Symbian 9.1, Bluetooth, InfraRed, 3G/UMTS, Java 2.0, Port USB
Dimensi nokia e61 = 11,70x7x1,39 cm
Screen nokia e61 = TFT 16,7 million color, 320x240 pixel
Fiture nokia e61 = Poliphonic/Monofonik/True tone, S60 v3.0, Qwerty Keyboard, Camera 2 MP, Video (CIF), Memory 60 MB, MicroSD, HSCSD, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, SMS, EMS, MMS, xHTML, HTML, Email, Instant Messaging, Player MP3/AAC/MPEG4, PTT, Voice Dial, Voice Command, Voice Recognitions, Organiser, Alarm Clock, Calculator, Unit Converter, Stopwatch, Countdown Timer, World Clock, Speakerphone, Game
Battery nokia e61 = Lithium-Polimer 1500 mAh, standby 400 hours, talk time 9 hours
Realese nokia e61 = February 2007
Picking up the E61, the first thing that strikes you is that much of the case is made from real metal, not that metal-coloured plastic found on most other phones. Despite the slender dimensions, this metal casing means the phone feels really solid. It’s thin enough to fit into a shirt pocket, but rugged enough not to worry too much should you bend over and the phone clatters to the floor.
Our only real concern was the plastic covering over the LCD screen, because it’s too easy to scratch. We realise a scratch-proof mineral version would have pushed up the price, but a plastic screen is always going to be particularly susceptible: a screen protector is therefore going to be an essential purchase for E61 owners.
The front of the device is split almost 50:50 between an excellent 16-million colour 320 x 240 pixel display, and the keyboard and navigation buttons. Just under the screen, there’s a joystick surrounded by dedicated email and menu buttons, two soft menu keys, and the usual red and green call buttons. The main keyboard is a QWERTY design, which we found easy and intuitive to use.
As with all mobile devices, there’s a fair degree of shift-keying required, but the three most essential keys (forward slash, @ and the full stop) are available unshifted. Typing is helped by a small tactile click – enough to feel that the key is pressed, but not so loud to annoy anyone sat next to you.
In a world of smartphones dominated by Windows Mobile and BlackBerry, it’s refreshing to see that Nokia (like Sony Ericsson) is sticking with the Symbian operating system. The E61 runs version 9.1, with Nokia’s own Series 60 third edition software sitting on top as a front end. It’s an intuitive interface – this release of S60 has already proved itself with Nokia’s recent N-series phones, but the E61 really gives it room to breathe.
Out of the box, it comes with a full set of PIM functions, a Web browser, an email client, and applications to create, edit and view Microsoft Office documents. The Web browser in particular is excellent. It coped well with public-facing websites and wasn’t fazed by complications such as corporate applications, or the configuration screens of routers and print servers.
But the main requirement for any phone wanting to be a BlackBerry killer is a good email client, and this is where Nokia has played its trump card. Not content with offering a simple POP3/IMAP mail application, it’s also making clients available for BlackBerry Connect, Exchange, Good Mobile Messaging, Visto and Seven. We tried the BlackBerry and Good clients, and both worked extremely well.
Elsewhere, there’s GPRS, 3G, Wi-Fi and infrared onboard. The inclusion of a VoIP client is intriguing, and it will be interesting to see whether network-supplied versions of this phone have this function disabled. It isn’t as useful as it could be though, because we found it impossible to use when behind a NAT router, as typically found in most Wi-Fi setups. The other omission that might disappoint some users is the lack of a built-in camera.
A few years back, Nokia was almost to mobile phones what Band-Aid is to vacuum plasters. But then Nokia seemed to take umbrage at being told that its phones were boring and so started targeting the fashion market. It made games phones, music phones, camera phones, even phones without buttons – devices that were great for kids playing mobile-one-upmanship in the playground, but little short of embarrassing to pull from a pocket during a business meeting.
Thankfully, and perhaps in the nick of time, the company appears to have seen the error of its ways and once again is offering a selection of solid enterprise-class phones. The E61 we looked at was a SIM-free version. Shopbot.com.au suggests that it can be had for $530, but even at Nokia’s price of $749 we think it’s a bargain. The phone is also available on contract from the likes of 3 and Optus.
The E61 is the pinnacle of the range and is a worthy contender for anyone seeking a push-email device. With its rock-solid build quality and fabulous styling, it’s a smartphone you’ll never be ashamed to be seen with during business meetings. All this, along with the impressive choice of email clients, makes the E61 not just equal to the other contenders in the market but, in many ways, superior.