Nokia E51 Review
In a nutshell: The Nokia E51 is a powerful communications device
equipped with email, a wealth of organiser applications, web browser,
camera and media player. With 3G HSDPA and WLAN it can connect to a
wide range of networks and devices. It's also a slimline and lightweight
phone that looks good and is very easy to use.
Review: February 2008. Updated June 2009.
The Nokia E51 is a business smartphone that is packed with useful features.
It's a slim phone with classic looks, although with a rugged edge to
its appearance too. Although it lacks the QWERTY keypad of a BlackBerry,
it's still a competent email device, and unlike the very
disappointing E50, the E51 really does deliver on its potential.
The E51 is available in a choice of three colours - black, silver and
pink - although the front face of the phone remains black, with just
the edge and back changing colour. Design-wise, this is a no-nonsense
easy-to-use phone, with a classic shape, a nice conventional keypad
and a 5-way navigation key for easy scrolling and selection. There are
also some handy shortcut buttons for email, calendar, contacts and the
active standby screen. On the right side is a mute key next to the volume
keys. On the left side you'll find a Push to Talk key and a voice recorder
key. An LED indicator is used to notify you of new email and messages,
as well as missed calls. It's a nice-sized phone too, and very slim,
at just 12mm. First impressions are excellent - the E51 looks and feels
like a quality device.
The LCD display is a reasonably large 2-inch TFT screen with high
resolution (240 x 320 pixels) and 16 million colours. An ambient light
sensor is used to automatically adjust the brightness of the display.
This is a great screen, and is ideally suited to the functionality of
the phone. When not in use, the display reverts to active standby mode,
where it shows a summary of the day's activities and provides quick
access to common applications.
The primary functions of the E51 are to communicate and to organise,
and it does both of these jobs well. Email support is comprehensive
with support for POP3, IMAP4, and SMTP protocols and attachment viewers
for all common file formats. Web browsing is also competent, with a
fully functional web browser doing the best it can with the available
screen size. The E51 is a 3G HSDPA phone, so download speeds are fast
(up to 3.6 Mbps), and it also supports quadband GSM, so you should be
able to use it anywhere in the world. You can connect to a PC using
a WLAN connection. The WLAN connection also enables VoIP calls.
The applications supplied with the phone include:
- File Manager & search function
- Organiser tools: Contacts, calendar, to-do list, weather, world
clocks and a currency converter
- Windows Live provides mobile access to Windows Live Messenger and
Windows Live Hotmail
- Nokia Team Suite for organising and facilitating group conference
calls, email messages, or text messages
- Viewers for Excel, Word, PowerPoint & PDF documents
- Active Notes for creating notes with rich text and multimedia
- Yahoo! Go: get your email, news, maps, and more all from the same
customised web page
- ZIP file extractor
- Support for Nokia Intellisync Mobile Suite with email, file synchronisation,
voice, and device management
- Support for Symantec, F-Secure, McAfee, and Trend Micro antivirus
You can also download and install third-party Symbian and Java applications
In addition, the E51 packs in plenty of multimedia functions. These
include a 2 megapixel camera with video recording and video calling
capabilities. The phone includes both a music player and an FM radio
too. A standard Nokia headset is supplied, which connects to the 2.5
mm headset socket, and the phone is also compatible with Bluetooth
The E51 has a generous onboard memory of 130 Mbytes to support all
of the functionality, and usefully it can support microSD
cards up to the new 4 Gbyte size.
Battery life isn't bad, although with slim phones there's always a
compromise here. Unless you're a really heavy user you won't have a
problem with the E51.
All things considered, the Nokia E51 is one of the nicest business
phones that we've seen for a while. It lacks the full keypad of a BlackBerry,
but apart from that limitation, this is an almost perfect implementation
of a compact business phone. It's very easy to use, very powerful and
it looks great too! There are just two issues that stop the E51 from
being perfect: a tendency to freeze from time to time (all Symbian phones
are the same) and a higher than average SAR rating.
Features of the Nokia E51 include:
- Series 60 3rd Edition Symbian SmartPhone
- 2 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom
- Video camera
- Display: TFT, 16 million colours, 240 x 320 pixels (2 inches)
- Music Player (AAC, eAAC+, WMA formats)
- FM radio with Visual Radio support
- MP3 ringtones
- Voice memo recording
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email (POP3, IMAP4 and
SMTP protocols), Instant Messaging (supports Yahoo, AOL, OMA 1.2,
- Attachment viewer for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
- Symbian and Java™ MIDP 2.0 applications
- Contacts, calendar and to-do list: supports PC synchronisation with
Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes via Nokia PC Suite
- Internet: xHTML web browser, WAP, GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0, InfraRed & WLAN (IEEE
- Memory: 130 Mbytes plus support for microSD cards (up to 4 Gbytes)
- WAP, GPRS, EDGE
- Vibration alert
- Quadband (850/900/1800/1900) plus 3G (WCDMA 850/2100)
- Size: 115 x 46 x 12 mm
- Weight: 100g
- Talktime: 4.4 hours
- Battery standby: 312 hours
Nokia E51 User Reviews
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Average rating from 104 reviews:
Reviewed by Saneet from India on 18th Apr 2012
I'm having this phone since last year and just 20 days ago its microphone
stopped working. other features are excellent like UMTS support, WLAN,
hi-res screen, etc. not just me but i have heard other people's complaints
about the non-functioning microphone. otherwise i love it. the built
quality is also outstanding and even after falling down almost a million
times no damage has occurred to it. the rubberized volume rockers on
the side are subject to wear and i had to change them often. maybe if
Nokia had payed more attention to it, it would have sold in great numbers.
i am proud to own it as it is a VERY rare phone here in India.
Reviewed by Oteng Dennis from Ghana on 6th Mar
Nokia E51 is a type of phone people should use. It has a very high storage
for us, it has clear sound, so easy to handle and use i trust and love
Reviewed by rnr from philippines on 2nd Mar 2012
n elegant, fast and reliable work and leisure phone...fast wifi installed
facebook and you tube, good audio sound although mediocre camera and
video recording...overall this is simply a great handy phone!!!
Reviewed by Jo from Australia on 12th Dec 2011
Love the phone - can pair it with 2006 BMW and get full functionality
of BMW's bluetooth now that had a software upgrade on the Nokia
Reviewed by Vic from UK on 12th Oct 2008
I bought an E51 directly from Nokia three weeks ago and assumed it would
be one of the more reliable models. Sadly this has not been the case
as it features the same menu button malfunction as experienced by a
number of other owners. Every so often the main menu can not be accessed
and the phone has to be switched off and on again. I have the latest
software (200.34.36)and no additional applications or memory card. This
bug spoils what is otherwise a very good phone. Lets hope Nokia address
Reviewed by bebo from UAE on 12th Oct 2008
Simply i bought this mobile phone since amost 20days back and till now
i cpuld not able to use coz it's always under repairs by the agency
, coz the battery is drains very fast , even if i'm switching off WANLAN
BLUTOOTH ,ECT. I have drop the phone two times at Nokia care agent and
i think i'll give back to them one more time. Frankly it's realy vary
Reviewed by shreyash from india on 11th Oct 2008
this is the one of the best phones made by nokia till now i own it and
to say it rocks
Reviewed by Paul from Belgium on 8th Oct 2008
This is a freaking nice phone but still it stinks like the inside of
a baseball glove. Simply impossible to sync the phonebook to a modern
bluetooth carkit like mercedes, BMW, Audi, Opel, Vauxhall etc. How Nokia
even dares to call this an executive phone, simply ridiculous, and what's
more, they don't even give support. F. F. F. Nokia, just trown away
money once more. Oh, I so much long for my 6130 that died on me.
Reviewed by Chris from UK on 7th Oct 2008
Excellent phone, can't say that I have had the same issues with it being
too warm either which seems to be the biggest gripe. I agree that some
of the menus particularly with regards accessing contacts and sending
text messages could be more intuative so if Nokia are reading please
sort this out. Otherwise it connects with everything, automatically
sorts out settings with the network and work very reliably. It is a
business phone and you can access spreadsheets, word etc, email is also
very easy to set up just tell it your email address and it configures
pretty much straight away. The music side of things is adequate along
with the menu issues I would have like a few more megapixels but you
cannot have everything.
Reviewed by DaveyGravy from UK on 26th Sep 2008
I've realy struggled to choose a phone for upgrade as all the phones
on offer seem to have a really poor plasticy build quality or so thin
they have a poor battery life. I want a phone which has good keypad,
is light, easy to use and really important is voice call quality. This
phone is really rock solid, good in all respects except it is a bit
too heavy for my liking as I am used to ultra lightweight phones. It
also exudes respectability and sensibleness. But if you want a well
built, reliable phone which does what it says on the tin its a real
start. Its good for playing music incidentally. Camera is absolutely
fine for what I need it for - snaps of friends and photoing things to
put on ebay! Recommended!
Reviewed by Shashank S. Sherkar from India on
24th Sep 2008
I love this phone. I am not too intelligent to tell technically which
feature satisfies me the most, but remember it is a business phone.
Searching quickly, messaging quickly, team management via phone call
or SMS, Calender which SYNCS easily with Outlook, a non-tiring keypad
- all these make it a good phone if not the best. What more does a business
phone need? Absence of QWERTY keypad makes it a pseudo business phone
- as I heard. But I don't need it since e-mail is not my priority.(I
will switch to E71 for that purpose alone.) I typed some messages and
notes for almost 40 minutes without a single pain in any finger while
travelling. I was almost lured by a friend to buy N73. But the boxy
feel of the phone lured me away. I rarely get carried away by technical
features on Multimedia front. I read some stupid reviews in this blog
about sitting on the phone etc. Mr. Editor, let such people sit on their
phones and break them. Why bother when one buys a phone to sit on it.
Indians are intelligent people with sensitive mind, as the world knows,
but not stupid and insipid! Thanks.
Reviewed by Kevin Puventhiranathan from England on
14th Sep 2008
Hi! This phone is absolutely amazing. The features are great and you
can use it easily. The phone takes a bit too long to turn on, but ifyou
think about it, you might as well for couple of seconds and explore
great features. The phone is absolutely amazing.
Reviewed by VIVEK from INDIA on 14th Sep 2008
HII GUYS I HAVE THIS PHONE...GUYS ITS AMAZING PHN ..MORE POWER .MORE
WORK EFICINTY.& A GOOD CAMERA PHN......... I LOVE THIS PHONE... THNX
Reviewed by Supriya from Saudi Arabia on 13th
I do not have an option other wise I will minus 5 rating for this worst
phone ever made by NO....KIA. I will tell you what the problem is: Start
HSDPA browsing and the phone will be very useful as a heater, yes very
useful in winter. And the phone will start disconnecting every 5 minutes.
Hell! Nokia, common! If you do not have technology don't make such bad
phones. In order to use Nokia E51, you need to do the following: Turn
off WLAN Turn off HSDPA/3.5G/3G Turn off Bluetooth Turn off every other
useful feature. It is better if you can turn off the phone itself. Worst
E51. I wish this shameless furniture company should get windup at the
Reviewed by Raul from Poland on 12th Sep 2008
I own it. It just rocks. It's fast , has great internet capabilities.
If it had 3" led screen and qwerty keyboard I would call it best phone
Reviewed by nellie from England on 11th Sep 2008
had this phone 9 months now. the battery cover has come loose and moves
around when texting. very annoying! time for a replacement me thinks.
Samsung Omnia looks like the way forward or is the Nokia N96 worth waiting
Reviewed by Erick from United Kingdom on 7th Sep
This is one of the most sophisticated mobile devices on the world market
at the present time. One of the very best when taking into account its
comprehensive range of features. A truly brilliant communications device
with a superb browser thanks to the excellent Symbian S60 OS. This device
is strongly recommended. Phenomenal value. Unless you require an advanced
camera module or on-board sat-nav this smartphone may be all you need.
Reviewed by Rob from Ireland on 4th Sep 2008
Superb phone, love the free themes that transform the phone!!
Reviewed by KARIM from TUNISIA on 2nd Sep 2008
i have this phone and i like it :)
Reviewed by Ros from Ireland on 27th Aug 2008
I've had the Nokia E51 for 6 weeks now and already on my 3rd one. I
really love the phone and have no complaints on the functionability
of it even though I know I'm not using it to it's full capacity. The
problem I have experienced is that the menu function button would freeze
locking you out of the log, media, tools function etc. On the first
time of it happening I returned it to O2 and they changed it no prob
with a new phone. A week later it happened again and I worked out that
if it was switched off, all functions would then return. However, I
decided to return it to O2 in case it was a sign of software problems.
The assistant said it was uncommon for that to happen to 2 phones so
must be a corrupt SIM card affecting the phone's software. So, new SIM,
new phone and 4 days later and the same problem again!! Has anyone else
experienced this? Is it something I'm doing wrong? Do I need to return
it once again to O2? Please help as otherwise really love the phone.
Reviewed by SALIM from INDIA on 27th Aug 2008
JUST UNBELIVABLE....TOO GOOD....THIS IS SMART BUY.
Reviewed by Claudio from Spain on 31st Jul 2008
Hi all, frstly i;d like to say something about all uk phone owners which
have difficults using their phones, like freezing, no calls , power
off by itself, these problems are because of tha companies(O2, 3, etc)
that are changing the menu of the phones to personalize them and it
seems on some models they are doing it wrong. i reccomend to buy free
or carriers phones that came with the original menu versions, woithout
any logos. I personally wned many phones and never had that kind of
problems. Bought my NOKIA E51 free of carriers wothout any logo and
never got freezed and worked wonderfully. This NOKIA E51 is a good phone,
never got freezed in 3 months of use, using tom tom navigator is very
easy and never got freezed, but now after 3 months its microphone got
faulty. i would had to pay postage to seller to fix it and would cost
me around 40 pounds the postage cost, so i decided to investigate on
inernet forums the problem. it seems it have a very unusual mic that
have the amplifier built-in and it is very very difficult to brake it
when you try to put a new one(well this is te tecnician's problem, not
customers problem) the fact is that this problematic mic is found in
many othe models like the popular e90 , 5300 5610, 6500 8600 and it
seems that many many owners of the phones with this model of microphone
have the same problem. EVEN many of them says that it came mic-faulty
from NEW! so if you are lookin for tis phone, keep in safe the ticket
of warranty because you will need it soon. I hope nokia realised the
problem and will not release new models with same problem. really dont
believe there is any manufacturer that will release a solid phone without
issues, like was for eg 6680..really solid and good phone currently
looking for a samsung g810 symbian , GPS phone which is more solid and
has amazing camera features
Reviewed by Bob from England on 29th Jul 2008
This Phone is worth Every penny, Even though it has a 2mp camera its
sharpness produces a nice image. But the Video camera is rubbish. other
than that the phone is amazing, fast Wifi internet, 3G. But the phone
doesn't include 2 cameras, but can still make video calls. The phone
is so smart and has a good battery life. i would recommend this phone
as it is worth it!!!!
Reviewed by Joe from CH on 22nd Jul 2008
Bought the E51 in Asia after having owned the Nokia E90 for about 1
year (switched from BLACKBERRY). I prefer the E51 for daily use due
to its convenient size, quality construction & excellent design. Has
all bells & whistles of a solid business phone except the QWERTY. Considering
I use it mostly to read e-mails and only send short SMS's, no QWERTY
is a small compromise. With WLAN + SKYPE + FRING it also has become
the phone around the home. Though I still take the E90 for long haul
travels, the E51 remains my phone of first choice.
Reviewed by Andrew from Jamaica on 22nd Jul 2008
First of all the E51 is a lovely phone. I'm coming from a Nokia 6300
and the only thing the 6300 have over it is a higher contrasted screen
resulting in higher clarity. Nevertheless, some people complained about
not being able to adjust the 6300's brightness/contrast so I guess the
E51 screen will be more comfortable on the eyes for everyone in general.
It's very comfortable to hold and hard to believe Nokia could cram so
much feature in such a compact phone. Sorts of reminds me of the 6230
which was advance for it's time. The E51 works flawlessly and it's exorbitant
list of features is a pleasure to use from making calls to websurfing,
using VOIP and instant messaging services. You name it, the E51 can
do it and does it all effortlessly. Originally the E51 doesn't come
with a memory card in the sales package but don't worry, there's still
sufficient storage room to install whatever you want to install on it.
HUYGENS from SWEDEN...you can get the quick SMS feature by disabling
active standby. Once you disable active standby the phone becomes somewhat
like the s40 phones where the left navi-key brings up the SMS editor,
right key goes into the Calendar, down key shows your contacts and up
keys activate the camera. Other than disabling active standby, don't
forget there's a create new sms message plugin which is first on the
rows of plugins on the very active standby screen. It's also said that
you can reconfigure the e-mail button to create a new sms message and
go into your sms mailbox based on whether you use long or short presses.
As you can see, it's very customisable and no need for complaints. It's
a feature phone and can do everything except making breakfast. The only
shortcoming is the milder screen in comparison to the 6300's but other
than that it's miles ahead of the 6300 and the majority of phones out
Reviewed by Lara from U.K on 22nd Jul 2008
Very interesting phone . Great for people looking for a business phone
, not so great in other aspects . Altogther I rate this phone 5 , Excellent
choice and a great buy .
Reviewed by Steve from UK on 19th Jul 2008
Fabulous phone. SIM ACCESS profile built in and it connects with Mercedes
Benz cars with telephone pre-wired extremely well. This is one reason
why I changed from Sony Ericsson. You can then use the car phone with
your SIM authority without wasting battery power in the phone. Brilliant!
Reviewed by Huygens from Sweden on 15th Jul 2008
A very good phone, with some minor issues. The video camera is acceptable
and has a nigt mode switch, which helps a little in not too dark rooms.
When to little light is available images become corny and somewhat green.
The sound is good, FM-radio is superb. The voice command feature is
superb and learns fast your voice. The user manual has several flaws
(for example missing that the voice command button is the right middle
button), lacking details on some complicated features, which I had to
look up on the net. Nokias web page also lacks info about tachnical
data, but the Nokia forum helped me on one issue. Battery becomes quite
warm while speaking. Quick SMS/call menu choices are missing, but that's
a small issue. Has a lot of Web/PC/Windows programs and features. Helpful
PC-program. But lacks ability to show mobile image directories from
the Gallery on the PC file explorer (flat file structure...). A very
good robust general purpose phone for business people and others.
Reviewed by Tim from Ireland on 13th Jul 2008
Great smart wifi phone
Reviewed by Charlie from UK on 7th Jul 2008
I've had the E51 for a while now, and this was my first smartphone.
I find it to be so easy to use which is always handy. the call clarity
and reception which are ultimatly the most important factor is great,
and the keypad complete with the shortcuts work well. the camera is
not the best, but as a business phone it cant really be faulted. Preloaded
with acrobat and with wifi and a zip function its got most applications
you will need with a huge memory plus memory card. a great compact smartphone
Reviewed by philip price from australia on 30th
unable to send sms shows error i can call and answer but phone will
not send Text,only 2 weeks old.
Reviewed by Ace from jamaica on 29th Jun 2008
The is phone is ok in fact i am a nokia lover.Only one problem there
is,it get hot after a minute of talking on it.
Reviewed by Eggs from USA on 27th Jun 2008
Very nice phone with at least a couple of shortcomings. 1. Meeting notices
- there is no way to see who is on the invite list. That is such a nuisance,
and a remarkable oversight for a "Business Phone". Just keeps you guessing
if the right people are invited to the meeting or not. 2. Responses
to meeting notices are sent out as regular emails rather than the "meeting
notice response" common in Outlook. 3. List of frequently texted/emailed
people is missing. My ex-phone (Sony Ericsson M600i) had this feature
and I found it extremely useful. Surprised that it didn't get ported
over to the S60 platform. Overall - good phone. Setting up is a piece
of cake, battery life is good and WiFi is super.
Reviewed by Gareth from Wales on 24th Jun 2008
I have had an E51 for a month and can honestly say its the best phone
i have ever used for work and associated tasks. The PC linkage is superb
and reception, always a problem in the most rural parts of Wales, is
better than previous Nokia models. Easy to use, portable, light and
nice looking.Bluetooth linkage is really crisp and i would recommend
this to anyone looking for a functional, reliant work tool.
Reviewed by nick anto from united kingdom on 21st
A beautiful looking handset with a real solid feel to it. I love the
very paractical shortcuts. Does get a bit hot after prolonged calls,
but then thats good when the weather`s cold!!
Reviewed by Chandan Kumar from Myanmar on 19th
This is a very outstanding phone.Very Best for Business!Just what i
was searching for.
Reviewed by Daniel Roth from UK on 4th Jun 2008
Been looking into this phone for a few weeks now, after reading vareous
reviews I finally picked it up today. I am so far very pleased. Over
the past couple of years, I've been swapping between big smartphones
for the funtionality and getting smaller ones the following year after
I got annoyed with the bulk. Then returning to the larger phones the
following year after I got annoyed with the lack of funtionality. I
never seemed to find a good compromise between the two until now. I
was going to get the E90 until I read about the E51. It has most of
the power of a E90 without the bulk. It's a light, attractive, highly
funtional and very powerful little phone. I'm stuck with it for a year
due to my contract, but I think i'll be happy :)
Reviewed by ikhsan from Indonesia on 4th Jun 2008
I sold my 5610 and bought the E51. It was this one or the 6120 classic.
It was wi-fi or video call. Since I rarely (2 in 3 months?) use video
call when I own the 5610, I opt for wi-fi instead as I have a wi-fi
router installed at my house. Now I can check my mail and IMing with
one hand, on the bed :D Unlike other Nokia Symbian Phone, the response
time is very good. I almost experience no delay between action, save
for opening the phonebook. The bad part? the two function keys are very
small for my hand. That's it. Oh and the sound of the music player and
the built in speaker are pretty mediocre. I still miss the ergonomic
feel of the 5610 from time to time, but the E51 is indeed very very
Reviewed by tad emilson from usa on 4th Jun 2008
Reviewed by Roy from India on 3rd Jun 2008
I have had this for a couple of months and find it really good. Usability
is very good and features are nice and functional. Highly recommended.
Reviewed by gabriele from italy on 2nd Jun 2008
the best business mobile after 6310i!
Reviewed by Vinay from Canada on 27th May 2008
I've been using this phone for about a month now and the only fault
I can find with it is the issue of the handset getting really hot after
about 10 minutes of talk time. Apart from that, I love this phone. Great
functionality, great price (especially for what you get!) and solid
feel. By the way, you don't have to be a business user to enjoy this
Reviewed by Rahul Verma from India on 24th May
I bought one yesterday and the problem i am facing with the same is
in less than 10 minutes talk time the phone gets heated up
Reply by dont know from dont know on
27th Jul 2012
if you talk too much the phone will be heated
Reviewed by Tdot from U.A.E on 23rd May 2008
Amazing phone. when i first brought it the looks were hot and the features
were great. I've been using the E51 for 2 weeks and i got no problems.
Reviewed by Ian from Australia on 22nd May 2008
The company I work for purchased a large number of these phones at the
end of 2007 and have experienced a number of phones where some or all
the keys can seize up. We seem to have fixed it by removing the battery
and powering the unit up again. Has anyone else experienced this problem?
Reviewed by Damilola from Nigeria on 20th May
Thisphone is really a classic, with topof the rangefunctionality mixed
with innovative programs and applications all in a compact slim handheld...a
Reviewed by Radek from Poland on 19th May 2008
Inner side of camera glass quickly catch dust :(
Reviewed by Ian from UK on 13th May 2008
Piece of junk - do not buy
Reviewed by k k hota from india on 7th May 2008
i like this phone,good battery life
Reviewed by Safiyah from South Africa on 30th
I'm a nokia person. This phone is amazng. When my dad wanted to change
my 6230i to this E51 I was hesitant thought it had too many features
and would be too difficult to work with ! Guess what ? This phone is
so slim that it fits in my purse that my sister is so amused about!
Reviewed by Igor from UK on 29th Apr 2008
The phone is great ! the best one ! Before i had nokia N73 but E51 is
much more better ! It easy to use, ist a lot of features on it !
Reviewed by jimmy from malaysia on 29th Apr 2008
this is my second review for the E51. i am not too happy with the internet/browser
function. often when going from pages on the web it would freeze and
then power-cycle on its own.again and again. maybe its the add on softwares-dont
know yet.its back in the shop undergoing test.as for now i am back to
my nokia 9500 and by far this is the BEST mobile phone ever made!
Reviewed by Anandan Natesan from India on 28th
I bought this phone 3 months back. its very good business phone with
lot of features and that also in good price. Especillay accessing net
using gprs,edge and wireless LAN are very good. email accessing and
the builtin webbrowser facilities are great.i didnot check voip calls.sometimes
the mobile restarts if u run two many applications, like recording the
calls. sometimes the netconncetion will get lost if two many applications
accessing net. ofcourse its a smart phone, dont expert everything like
in PC. i hope software update may solve these problems. anyway its a
great phone. i love this phone for its features and performance.
Reviewed by P Cross from U K on 27th Apr 2008
Thankyou Nokia after the disaster known as the 6300 at least this phone
proves you can still make a good handset. Good sound quality works well
on handsfree good battery life and signal ideal phone for business use.
Reviewed by Joe from UK on 24th Apr 2008
Too many annoyances. OK, had an E51 for about a month, here is some
basic 'stuff' that doesn't work or could be much better. Much of it
is fixable by adding on applications, but why pay another $100 for 5
or 6 applications when you can get phones which do all this already?
My impression is that Nokia take the attitude 'its on Symbian so we
cant be bothered to put basic stuff on the phone as someone can sell
you that functionality for $29.95 a pop' Some of these functions you
may find trivial but it was pretty much all built in to my previous
basic Sony E K700i SMS - send a message and then select the person and
then select the phone number - on SE you are presented with a list of
the last 10 people you texted - very useful as thats who you are texting
90% of the time. Send a message to someone with several phone numbers
in contacts but just one of those a mobile number and it asks if you
want to send it to a landline number. Plain dumb. Start entering text
and there is no function once you have the first few letters to offer
longer words starting with those - so you don't need to know exactly
how you spell accomo ... acomm ... accomad ...accommodation. Read a
text message and want to reply? Why not have one of the two options
as 'reply'. Incoming call and if you have a picture stored in contacts
it presents a stupid tiny thumbnail picture thats useless. Whats the
point of storing pictures in contacts? Incoming call and entry in contacts
twice? Well, it wont pick the first entry or the last one (which probably
have the same name) it gets confused and doenst display either ! Contacts
app - cant download or upload from spreadsheet - basic functionality
that shouldn't be offloaded to an application (Outlook) that not everyone
has or wants to use. It also doesn't seem possible to sync a restricted
set of contacts with Outlook. If it is its not easily apparent from
the manual. Web access is good and the browser is good but go back a
page and instead of loading the page from cache it reloads the page
again which might take 30 seconds. Why? Email access works well, voice
quality on calls is good, but overall, as you can read, I'm not impressed
Reviewed by ibraheem from libya on 24th Apr 2008
it is very good .exelend
Reviewed by G from UK on 21st Apr 2008
I chose this phone as a replacement for my Nokia 6310i. The 'E' series
is supposed to be aimed at business users but until now most of them
are disappointing bar this one. Although it has a camera which could
be better thats not what I'm after. It's battery life comes close to
the 6310i so I'm happy with it. There is a raft of connectivity features
which has been an added bonus. If only Nokia would make some kind of
extended battery like they used to for the 6310i. All in all a decent
effort by Nokia. If you're thinking of a business phone then think E51
and don't bother with the others in the E series. It does me!
Reviewed by imtiaz from india on 18th Apr 2008
an outstanding phone with the best keypad i have ever used.camera is
not bad, but best of all,the phone doesnt drop calls and even the battery
life is good.
Reviewed by jimmy from malaysia on 17th Apr 2008
the overall quality is not as good as on my 6300. the live internet
streaming often freezes or would just cut off abruptly. the WLAN is
fantastic. battery life is slightly better compared to the 6300. the
2 mega pixel cam is a carry over from the 6300. with HSDPA download
speeds are really fast. if only the built quality could be as good as
the 6300- it would be perfect. but still, its good enough.
Reviewed by elle from uk on 13th Apr 2008
i've had my e51almost a week now and am mostly impressed. I upgraded
from a 6300 that i totally loved and was loathe to give up. Symbian
is better than expected - none of the instability i was expecting although
youtube always freezes and can't get opera for symbian working properly
. It has taken a bit of getting used to. I'm writing this using my handset
on wireless which is fantastic and easy to set up. Biggest gripe is
Orange as they block a lot of the phones functions (or never set them
up correctly) and i have spent several hours on to customer services
getting sim updates. Still can't access IM but am working on it. Handset
is ok but not as nice build quality as the 6300 esp the keys which are
plasticy and don't always register. Volume buttons on the side are way
fiddly and almost impossible during a call. Loads of features though
and great battery life considering all it does - i'm getting 2-3 days
per charge and am online several hours a day. Wish the handset was as
nice as the 6300 then i would give it 5 stars.
Reviewed by Damian from uk on 11th Apr 2008
Its is indeed a fantastic phone.....only 1 really problem, mine seems
to get really hot when making calls, anyone else found that theirs warms
Reviewed by bill from uk on 9th Apr 2008
outstaning cool phone nokia
Reviewed by Ben from UK on 6th Apr 2008
In a nutshell... a brilliant no-nonsense piece of kit.
Reviewed by ROBERT from POLAND on 6th Apr 2008
E51 IST THE BEST
Reviewed by Jarrod from South Africa on 29th Mar
I have always liked Nokia but it seems as though the new phones are
always problematic. I have had the E51 for about 3 weeks now. I downloaded
the blackberry software which works very well with the phone. Problems
I am having are: Phone hangs often, I have looked to see if there is
a software upgrade but I have the latest version. The battery life is
not great at all. I am lucky to get a day out of it. I probably make
around 1-2 hours calls maximum and don't browse, use wi-fi etc. Maybe
I have a dud battery. The rest of the phone features are fine. Everything
is simple enough and you're getting Nokia's great build quality. I still
have my doubts about their software though. If anyone else has come
across these problems and has anu ideas please let me know
Reviewed by Ijaz Ahmed from United Kingdom on
28th Mar 2008
After looking for a phone for a while and reading many reviews went
for the Nokia E51. Its a great phone, very happy with it. It is highly
recommended. The best phone on the market currently.
Reviewed by Mish from London on 25th Mar 2008
BEST NOKIA EVER Business Phone NO GAMES. This is a no nonsense phone,
does exactly what it says, i have this synced with calendar, outlook
and contacts it updates every 30 mins had it 2 months has never frozen
which was a problem with the E50 (keep away). Battery is wow lasts 2
days even with the way i use it.
Reviewed by Bhiska from India on 24th Mar 2008
To the editor..Thanks for reading the reply.Yes I have E51.Naturally
phones don't break every day,but consider the facts like screen being
too near surface.Many people have reported peeling of paint.(I have
not.)This and the RIDICILOUSLY unusable volume buttons are a testimony
to the quality.(Wud not nokia have used better button if it was serious
about the device.)I have seen Sevice manuals of E51 and thus know lacing
of PCB keymat etc. Its not really bad ,its fine ,I just want people
and even reviewer to realize that 2 strips of thin metal does not make
a phone unbreakable."Plasticy" N72 can have better strength.I only want
people should not get fooled.I am not anti-nokia or anti E51,I love
my E51 for its high features for low price. My phone keeps restarting
every 2-3 hours on GPRS-EDGE(even on PC).Further this happens only at
home,not at other places(very creepy).This is the only real complaint
and I am hoping Firmware update will fix it.
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
24th Mar 2008
Thank you Bhiska. I didn't want to imply that you didn't know your facts,
it was just that the way you wrote your review, it wasn't clear that
you actually owned one. All opinions are welcome on this site!
Reviewed by Nick from England on 23rd Mar 2008
I'm glad the editor has spoken out there against Bhiska, because to
me the build quality seems to be excellent, a bit squeaky, but overall
a quality finish. To my main review. This maybe useful to new symbian
users. I upgraded to this from the brilliant 6300. A phone has to be
special to match that. A year of sheer joy. it had a lot to live up
to. I've never owned a symbian operating system. And from using friends,
N73, E65's etc. i was really unsure if i cud ever get to grips with
a seemingly more complicated way of using a mobile phone. If this is
you, do not fear. The E51 is a brilliant introduction into the world
of symbian. Its similar to series 40 for starters, and will take a day
or so to get fully used to it. But overall it will not take anytime
at all. I've always been put off a symbian due to their responsivness
and reliability, but so far nothing. So far a faultless OS (as expected)
As its installed with the feature pack 1 reliability is greatly increased.
The keypad is a joy and easy to text, but a tad slow to aknowledge some
presses. The shortcut keys are fully customisable with the ability to
have the buttons set to two settings. Either one press or long press.
As a result the non-number buttons can be edited a whopping 15 times!!!!
the camera is a bit poor actually, showing a slight green tint. But
this isnt major for me. The business applictions are great with Quick
Office, Flash and Real player all supported. But the real plus to this
mobile is its connectivity. Bluetooth, Infrared, USB, WLAN, PTT as well
as being 3.5G its fully catered for. Also the call quality seems to
be a huge improvement over the 6300, i noticed a difference instantly.
On the negatives, no games come with it, but can be downloaded easily
being symbian. Front video camera calling doesnt seem to be supported,
which will be a turn off for some. But i dont use that, so its not really
relevant. Also featured is a light senser that will adjust the brightness
of not only the screen but also the keypad lights as well which is a
nice touch. It also doubles up as a notification light. Overall the
E51 is a great introduction into symbian, so easy to use, and if anyones
put off because its symbian, trust me dont be, you wont be disappointed.
Reviewed by New Owner from Ireland on 23rd Mar
Very bad build quality? I received mine a few days ago. Build quality
excellent, feature set excellent, battery life very good, no problems
even though I've still to configure all the settings. This is a serious
business phone, and I cannot imagine having made a better choice.
Reviewed by Bhiska from India on 23rd Mar 2008
Its Very Bad build Quality.Just because there is a thin METAL backplate
and a METAL rim on front and it is a bit HEAVY people think it is strong.
Heavy is a big negative as it will increase the impact on fall.The screen
is too near the surface. The main ckt board is directly behind Keypad
and there is not much reinforcement. Contrast this to N72.Peple think
it is plastic and thus weak.Actually it is VERY sturdy.The display has
few milimeters distance from outer transparent panel which itself is
Very thick(Unlike E51). My friend sat on a n72 and a big metal part
on his belt came directly on the screen.The screen only suffered a small
crack.Had it been E51 or even 6300,screen wud have shattered and PCB
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
23rd Mar 2008
Do you actually have an E51? Sounds like speculation rather than fact.
None of our reviewers have reported a problem with an E51 breaking.
Reviewed by Geoff from South Africa on 22nd Mar
I've just moved on from a SonyEricsson W910i - a good phone, but too
heavy to carry around. Really love this E51 which does everything I
need it to +more. Battery life just keeps going and email connectivity
is fast too.
Reviewed by Shona from Australia on 20th Mar 2008
What a phone!! Its got the best battery life ever!! Love it!!
Reviewed by FyldeWhite from UK on 12th Mar 2008
Upgraded to from the 5300 Music Phone to the Nokia N73 having been sucked
in by the 3mp camera but hated the plastic feel and decided to swap
for this. I'm sooooo glad I did and am really impressed with this phone.
It's just so good at nearly everything. Switch on bluetooth with one
touch or voice for example. The wireless LAN is useful as I can get
on internet at home or hotspots without cost. It looks superb, is really
comfortable to hold and the cameral and music player are good too. Top
class business phone.
Reviewed by Angie Babe from UK on 4th Mar 2008
Oh my God - I'm in phone heaven. Having returned the AWFUL 'Samsung
Armani' and thus ending the Samsung reign which I've upheld for the
last 4 years, I decided to go back to Nokia. And thank God I did. The
Nokia E51 is the classiest, most user friendly, feature rich and best
phone I've had in years. If your like me and have been victim to another
brand of phone for so long that you stick with than brand rather than
try something new, then wade out and try the Nokia E51 - I promise you
will be utterly delighted with it. Its quite simply, heaven on a stick
with a whole load of 'wow' thrown in.
Reviewed by Bolly Mad from Chennai, India on 4th
Jab we Met is the best film of 2007 and nokia e51 is amazing too!! hehe
Reviewed by Nicos from greece on 4th Mar 2008
Great phone if u are a pro. God battery unlimited phone directory, theres
nothing you cant do. Go for it
Reviewed by Francesco Mastellone from Italy on
3rd Mar 2008
My father has one, and despite Symbian being quite complicated, he loves
it. I used it a bunch of times, too, and I completely share the opinion!
It's the best smartphone you can get for the price!
Reviewed by Pathan from Oman on 3rd Mar 2008
Its a great Im loving it... Does anyone know how to mute the camera
Reviewed by looney from droony, UK on 2nd Mar
Reviewed by Junaid Ali from Karachi, Pakistan on
28th Feb 2008
maashalah!! wikid phone!! mwah!
Reviewed by Geekboy from UK on 25th Feb 2008
I love this phone. I've been using it for 4 weeks now as my BlackBerry.
There's a couple of good videos at www.youtube.com/bizemail showing
you the top 10 features and how to set up email. It's everything you
could want as a business phone.
Reviewed by Suzi Mann from UK on 22nd Feb 2008
Best smart phone yet!! More affordable than the n95. Really reliable...great
Reviewed by Ilfan Babayev from Azerbaijan on 21st
the quality of hearing is not good. I used to use Nokia 6630, you can
not compare them. E51 is poor quality. SAR level is high and also the
camera quality is not good. I do not recommend to buy this phone.
Reviewed by Luka from Croatia on 18th Feb 2008
My friend bought it yesterday, mainly because of fast internet connection...
Today he is a nicely surprised and very content young man. I'd say that
alone gives it the highest rating, as far as I'm concerned. All the
other specifics I leave to your critical mind.
Reviewed by Roberto from Rome, Italy on 18th Feb
This is the perfect smart phone. I love the WLAN which gives the user
super fast internet access perfect for emails. The battery lasts agesss
and i love the feel of the phone. Its great!
Reviewed by Dan from Rutland, England on 17th
I bought this phone off contract, because I was having so many problems
with my E65. I was concerned about the high SAR value, but in all honesty
it's still lower than a blackberry. Also it runs brilliantly just on
GSM. Everything works. It's neat, durable and unfussy. Underneath the
casing it's a brilliant smartphone. The email application is so good,
I have given up carrying a second device, and the battery lasts for
Reviewed by Jane from Plymouth, Devon on 17th
This phone is one of the best nokia phones i have ever owned. Superb
Reviewed by David from England on 14th Feb 2008
LOVE THIS PHONE!!! AMAZING!!!
Reviewed by nellie from England on 14th Feb 2008
HK, my favourite feature is WLAN without doubt. unbelievably fast internet.
Anyone know if there is a text message counter like on other Nokias
other than the 'Log' which doesn't tell you how many texts you've sent?
Reviewed by Loria from France on 12th Feb 2008
MIGHTY PHONE!! Filled with features and super reliable. I have been
using myn since Jan 08 2008! Love it to bits. Perfect for heavy users
and looks stunning for a smart phone. Love the steel mechanism .. makes
the phone have solid feel. 5 STARS ... without a doubt!
Reviewed by Rana from Nigeria on 12th Feb 2008
This phone lives up to the expectations of a smart phone.. and it does
it in style. Simply the best smart phone i have seen in a candybar standard
Reviewed by Michael Raj from UAE on 12th Feb 2008
Awesome!!! Simply Superb!!!
Reviewed by HK from England on 10th Feb 2008
Nellie, i don't think the music player is poor. I totally agree that
phone's music player does not live up to the w810i's however, this phone
is an all-rounder so you need to take that into account. Okay, its not
amazing but its not poor. I would say its okay. Btw what is your favourite
feature of the phone?
Reviewed by Joanna from UK on 10th Feb 2008
WHAT A PHONE. JAM PACKED WITH FEATURES!!! This is possibly one of the
greatest Nokia's i have ever owned and i highly recommend it due to
its robust feel and mainly because of its sleek look. I love it to bits.
Simply awesome. Furthermore its user friendly like nokia's previous
models and finally it has a decent camera and an a superb MP3 player
which is the cherry on the top. Mindblowing... can't praise it enough.
Also improved battery life compared to other nokias. WELL DONE NOKIA!!
Reviewed by [ N3Dimensional ] from BooBoo on 9th
Many Features Bad Design Would you take it out on the bus when it rings?
I wouldnt, it looks 2 years old ... Yuk, Go For a walkman phone :) I
am =] Ned x
Reviewed by Grant from UK on 9th Feb 2008
I've had this phone now for three weeks and I love it. The WI-FI works
a treat as does everything else. I would strongly recommend this phone
to anyone that is looking for an all singing, all dancing phone. My
only gripe is a couple of bugs in the software which I'm sure will be
sorted in a forthcoming firmware upgrade.
Reviewed by nellie from England on 8th Feb 2008
HK this phone has not got an amazing music player. Infact its got a
very poor one & rubbish headphones to boot. Get yourself a SE 810i then
you'll see what a music player should be like! still liking this phone
5 weeks on by the way.
Reviewed by Steve from UK on 7th Feb 2008
What a great phone! Superb looks and build quality. Great functionality.
It does what it says on the tin.....
Reviewed by Siddhartha from India on 2nd Feb 2008
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I'm extensively using this tiny baby for last few days. Only one word...
EXCELLENT. Believe me it's a small wonder as of now. I would have loved
to have auto-focus camera and a little more of a battery life though...