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Nokia E51 review

 Review: February 2008  
 

Last updated June 2009

Rating: 3 stars

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. It's also a slimline and lightweight phone that looks good and is very easy to use.

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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 software

You can also download and install third-party Symbian and Java applications of course.

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 stereo headsets.

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. Otherwise, recommended.


Nokia E51 features 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
  • Speakerphone
  • Voice memo recording
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS, email (POP3, IMAP4 and SMTP protocols), Instant Messaging (supports Yahoo, AOL, OMA 1.2, MSN)
  • 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 802.11g)
  • 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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Reviewed by Lauren from South Africa on 27th May 2014
When I try to take an image it says
General: file not supported

How do I fix this problem?
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Reviewed by afzal from pakistan on 23rd Dec 2013
nokia e51 best mobil
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Reviewed by Ruvie from South Africa on 16th Dec 2013
Good solid phone,own one for 7 months or so,only problem is that there is no camera flash and the volume buttons and other rubber buttons on the side wears out but further than that,its a way smaller version than the E63
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Reviewed by ajay barik from india on 28th Oct 2013
nokia e-51 mobile phones better than n-series mobile phones please tell me
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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.
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Reviewed by Oteng Dennis from Ghana on 6th Mar 2012
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 it.
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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!!!
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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
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Reviewed by jimi benson from UK on 4th Nov 2011
i don't care about any blackberry phones, nokia E51 is the BEST. I LOVE THIS PHONE
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Reviewed by hassino from UK on 16th Oct 2011
i love using nokia E51
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Reviewed by Falade from UK on 23rd Jul 2011
I love nokia E51 so much because it's has been helpping me through in all my bussineses.
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Reviewed by Sarcozie from UK on 5th Feb 2010
Great phone best phone around. Just got it last week! Love it. Get it! It's amazing. Oh my god it's great. Please buy it. It's better than the nokia n6. It is. I promise you. Would I lie to you? Of course not. Grab your chance now. It's quaking in jug's
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Reviewed by E51user from UK on 26th Jan 2010
E51 keypad locked one morning and can't be reset, tried various ways and none worked.
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Reviewed by Muhammad ARY from UK on 2nd Jan 2010
i use this device it is better then its before models it is a smart slim phone. But its problem in one function during the using net conversation or downloading its restart again and again.Is any body of its busniss trader have its this problem solution.? My E mail adress is ay790@hotmail.com tell me its solution thanks.
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Reviewed by Bilal, London from UK on 29th Dec 2009
On the up side, the phone feels great in your hand and it's loaded with functions. On the downside, well, here goes: - very difficult to navigate around and find stuff; - the system is not very intuitive at all; - the predictive text is pretty shoddy and "forgets" words stored in it; - the email function is very inconvenient and the poor predictive text makes writing emails/sms a pain; - weak on multitasking; On the whole I was disappointed. I bought it with great hopes but now have been put completely off the Symbiam OS and the Nokia Smartphone line up (E71 etc)
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Reviewed by Vee from UK on 30th Nov 2009
I'm a 1year++ user. I'll call it 'simply the best' phone. For business user, it very usable, compact, good design, and a solid case. Going to move to Nokia e55, but after seeing Nokia e52 case, I'll think about it.
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Reviewed by roderick blank from UK on 24th Nov 2009
when you go on the web, very,very slow to load up. Extremely dissatified with the e51's browser capability.
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Reviewed by Balasna from UK on 12th Nov 2009
i bought E51 on 1.1.2009 and im using it. all the applications in the set is good . but the parts and the casing..is too bad . the Side volume keys (i would have used it only for 10 times )it went inside there was hole . now i have to try hard to use the volume keys. all my friends using E 51 facing the same problem..(all the side keys are weak )and it was said that there was no remedy for that.now i regret for buying E51.My phone looks very bad .
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Reviewed by rakesh v pande from UK on 3rd Nov 2009
Never before the life was so fantastic after having E51mobile series brings a personality to believe the easy in hin on one and only NOKIA handset
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Reviewed by Matt (Australia) from UK on 30th Oct 2009
The Nokia E51 is an alright phone but I have a few issues with this phone.It has been dropping out of service alot lately and it has been getting hot on the back of the phone when used for a period of time.This is not best phone I have had my next phone will not be the E series at all.
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Reviewed by jim from UK on 11th Oct 2009
I have had this phone for year now, and it is abosulutely brilliant! Except for now, that is. All of a sudden it wouldn't turn on, and after charging it it still wouldn't. I did a master reset and then it said it couldn't charge. i think the battery therefore has run out of energy all together- be prepared to by new batteries! Ahh!!
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Reviewed by mostafa from UK on 10th Sep 2009
i cant change my theme Ėts a big problem in my e51
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Reviewed by Andy from UK on 20th Aug 2009
This is the best Nokia I've ever owned, and makes the phone I replaced the Nokia N73 look like the worst phone ever. I needed a business phone, and this is sleek, attractive, fast, and easy to use. The battery did drain quickly at first, so I switched off WLAN and it was sorted. The comments from some morons saying it doesn't pair with modern car systems, it the car system at fault. Not the phone. I have a 2008 Alpine unit, and it works flawlessly. I imagine I'll have this phone for some time, while not perfect (dodgy power button), it does the job for me. Excellent business phone.
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Reviewed by Akhilesh Misra from UK on 8th Aug 2009
NOKIA E51 is a DUD. Be careful of buying this phone. There is a huge problem of the earpiece volume. Just Google and try to understand the problem yourself. To top it all NOKIA CARE somehow does not care or feigns to not understand the problem.
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Reviewed by Carlos Fandango from UK on 7th Aug 2009
I have had my E51 for about 2 months and being a Nokia fan this is the best one yet, I am using Nokia Messaging for push email and with predictive text it is quicker than a Blackberry. The WiFi is an excellent feature as you can use Skype if the signal is bad. This is lovely high quality device which if you are old school like myself, it feels like a proper mobile phone. My only criticisms are a short battery life and that it is not fully compatible with my BMW bluetooth system when the E71 is.
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Reviewed by Dave from UK on 31st Jul 2009
Wow, didn't expect a smartphone like this one. I didn't expirience any problems mentioned here. This is what I always wanted, never knew it existed. Multitasking and processor power all in one, additional storage space, office apps and WLAN. Best one of its kind.
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Reviewed by MUJEEB from UK on 27th Jul 2009
I NEED MORE FUNCTIONS.NO FRONT CAMERA
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Reviewed by Dave Maddocks from UK on 26th Jul 2009
E51 Worst Nokia Ever! The blue options and confirmation buttons that control most functions are too small, badly shaped and hard to press. The text in the user menu's imposibily small for even 20-20 vision. Its packed with features and connectivity that's as maybe, but if you can't get easily through all the basics then massive user frustration and not likely to be used therefore for more complicated functions. Battery is hopeless, and in now for 2nd repair on speaker. Nokia some reason now insist on 3 repairs. This phone could be going to the local landfill shortly. Don't touch with 10ft pole!
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Reviewed by DB from UK on 20th Jul 2009
Surprised by all the good reviews of this phone. I have had this phone for over a year on T-mobile and frankly it is now just a flimsy shadow of its former self. The build quality compared to other Nokias I have had is very suspect. First the keys started to stick. Then the battery dropped off big time. Now it is dropping calls like a bad case of hiccups. If I knew what phone you should get I would tell you. Just don't get this potato.
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Reviewed by Neil from UK on 12th Jul 2009
I've had my E51 for over a year now and its been briliant. It's sleek, stylish and not an annoyance to have in your pocket, as well as having everything i need day to day. the only problem i've had is the rubber buttons. (on the top for on/off and changing profiles, and on either side) They've cracked a bit under general wear and tear but the top on/off button has ripped apart completely. However, i have a feeling that it might be just me, i change profiles a lot so i use that button more than most. still a great phone though.
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Reviewed by Peter From UK from UK on 8th Jul 2009
I managed to sync the phonebook to my Vauxhall bluetooth kit. Use Latest Nokia Pc Suite Backup the phone data..all contents. Update the firmware of the phone using the same suite. It is now on Ver 3. Restore the phone contents. The update now loads the phonebook and dialing features in the car.
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Reviewed by Ta from UK on 5th Jul 2009
This phone is Superb, I hav'nt had any problems with it as many other users have, then again you do get some bad eggs in a batch.
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Reviewed by Vids from UK on 30th Jun 2009
Great Phone, I've Debranded & Updated the firmware & now its even Faster & more Reliable than ever, Built quality is good with all that Stainless Steel. The only Drawback is the Small Screen. but Its still a Fab Phone.
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Reviewed by ansil from UK on 21st Jun 2009
nokia E51. its a nice busniess phone
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Reviewed by mark jackson from UK on 13th Jun 2009
great phone. Easy to use, good sound quality Only problem it seems to get quite hot when using for long periods
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Reviewed by Adrian from UK on 12th Jun 2009
I like the E51 for its menu and high performance comunications functions. The batery and camera are very poor but as usualwith some nokias. the big issue is a malfunction that was not resolved, the card slot is causing superfast discharge of batery or even bad charging. Also some devices have problems with the hearing that need service. Otherwise excelent business tool and sleek design
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Reviewed by Bilal from UK on 10th Jun 2009
POSITIVES: Very good and solid feel. Voice quality on and off speakerphone is excellent. Keyboard well-laid out and easy to use. NEGATIVES: Predictive text is hopeless. Accessing texts and sending attachments (e.g.) contacts are not intuitive and flexible as in the previous Nokias. Cannot open attachments with internet emails. Browsing is ridiculously tiny. Volume buttons are shabby and unusable. Also software glitches and freezes. I really wanted this phone to be the ONE. Unfortunately, it isn't.
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Reviewed by M.SHANKAR from UK on 21st May 2009
I bought this phone a year back and i am very much satisfied with my phone. Usage is very user friendly and lot of times it fell down but it not even got hanged. I am really happy with E51. My friend only sugested this moblie and i thank him for this
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Reviewed by mike morrissey from UK on 5th May 2009
now on third E51. Phone itself is fine.This model is incapable of connection to more than one vehicle. I drive a pick-up, tractor, combine harvester and forage harvester all equipped with BT radio,s. Although previous models were capable of auto-connect on ignition switch, this is not !!! Hence the third and most definetly the last
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Reviewed by Julian Hicks from UK on 29th Apr 2009
This is amazing. Period. Versatile. Excellent connectivity. Menus a little over complicated but that also suggests huge feature set. A few things don't work on some providers so be wary e.g. IM client - msn, PTT - t-mobile. Basic camera and average battery life but so what, this is a phone.
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Reviewed by nc from UK on 27th Apr 2009
be warned had my e51 since november 2008 worst nokia i have ever had.software crashes earpeice has stopped working and now the mouthpeice has stopped working.it has been repaired now 3 times for the above faults it works again fine for 2 weeks then packs up again. like the rest of us we need a reliable phone and this is not!! trying now to get a refund on it as i dont want to end up with a recon unit off my service provider!
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Reviewed by Rachi from UK on 21st Apr 2009
now THIS is a phone. i work in a mobile phone retailer and i would recommend this to anyone who isn't too bothered about media and suchlike on their mobile (but even the fact that it has expandable memory means that it caters for most needs). camera could be better but its function is as a good sturdy business phone and that is most definately what it does. plenty of organisers and what not. not the worst battery in the world either as new nokias go.
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Reviewed by Paul from UK on 14th Apr 2009
Just rubbish. Apart from any functionality after 6 months it has literally fallen apart. Dreadful phone.
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Reviewed by yuri from UK on 31st Mar 2009
got the phone on orange 9th of march.it was freezing and reseting itself. got replacement on 23rd- same problems.i am returning it now.otherwise very nice phone.such a shame.battery life is very poor too-average calling-2 days max.my n73 is muuuuuuuuuch better.avoid !
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Reviewed by Sockpuppet from UK on 10th Mar 2009
I have had this phone for about 10 days so far, Its not the kind of phone I would normally own as I normally tend to get the more geeky or gadgety phones. The phone is a very good all round mobile, good size screen, reasonable size keys, pretty good battery life compared to most of the modern phones. I use smtp to pickup Email, a nice feature is that it asks you how you want to connect so you have the option of picking between wireless or gprs connections. Picking up and reading emails is fine but if you're planning to reply to more than the occasional Email then you need to get a phone with a qwerty keyboard. I was pleasantly suprised about how good the nokia software is as most of the supplied software I have used in the past on previous phones has been so poor and unstable that I have uninstalled it almost immediately. Both my Bluetooth devices connected immediately and easily (Headset and GPS receiver) The phone comes with googlemaps and nokia maps which I haven't really used as I prefer tomtom. The phone has no games but there are loads available, tiger woods 2009 is excellent. The 2Mp camera takes reasonable pictures and the video mode is Ok. Overall I was going to give this phone 4 stars, but the more I think about how easy and hassle free everything has been on this phone, Im going to give it 5 stars. The only small niggle I have is the charger connector which is tiny and looks like it would be easy to break.
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Reviewed by Paul - Adelaide from UK on 8th Mar 2009
I bought mine outright about a yr ago. Have dropped it inadvertantly several times and barely a scratch on it. The LCD screen gets dust under it and scratches pretty quick but every phone i've had has experienced that problem. The camera is ok for bright areas when you are close to the target, but if you want a camera buy a digital one Ability to play pretty much all media types as both media and ringtones is very handy and trumps the Seamens and Sony Ericsons i had previoudly, the sound quiality is poor but it only has a very small speaker so thats to be expected. comparable in ability to a wizz bang new Iphone other than screen size. Supports most internet protocals/flash/wifi/free intenet through providers Has it''s own inbuilt Radio/Media Player given you are using headphones for the radio. Also accepts expandable SD memory cards upto i bieleve 8GB. i have 2GB in mine and it's far more than i need on a phone used primaliry for its basic function Bads * Screen is hard to read in bright locations * Power/Audio butttons require a great deal of pressure to use. * Battery seems to drain 75% everyday with very little use * Screensaver/auto phone lock/display dim cannot be turned off only increased to a 30sec window so if you are using it regularly you constantly having to press 3 buttons to unlock it * periodic/random crashes and auto reboots. Overall for the time when i bought it, it was clearly the best choice in overall price $720 and what it could do. and one yr later the new Iphones aren't much better other than in maybe media functionality and screen size and static memory size
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Reviewed by shajila subair from Dubai (U.A.E) from UK on 5th Mar 2009
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.
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Reviewed by Georges Deffense from UK on 4th Mar 2009
Very disappointed! Lost my Nokia 6320i and I need a good contact and calender/memo/meeting/etc. system. The E51 seemed to be the solution but it is not. The screen does not go larger. Nothing goes larger except a phone no. one dials but then who dials a no.? One almost always uses speed dial or the contact or previous dialled no. PC suite was not compatible between the 6320i and the E51 and this was frustrating. Finally managed with Outlook express. In contacts forget about view! I had to "pretend" to edit in other to view a number that the screen would not provide. In memo I had one that came up every week and when the task was complete I deleated it - what a mistake! All memos etc. were deleated. This is a lousy phone. This phone is very user unfriendly. The only good point I would give is the daily memos that come up on the screen and for this i give it one star. I have gone back to a borrowed 6320i and happy again. The E51... put it in the bin.
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Reviewed by Hilda Frogo from UK on 1st Mar 2009
i really don't like this phone. it is the worst phone i have ever bought. it is too basic and i hate it!!!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by Michael from UK on 17th Feb 2009
Hi guys. I bought this phone aprox. 3 months ago. At first look the design looked a little bit too sober for me, but after that I found it ok too. People are talking about that the phone would freeze and restart etc. until now I have not experienced anything like that.Wireless works great and I enjoy free mobile internet acces. REAL GOOD BUSINESSPHONE DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME BY READING STUPID REVIEWS, BUY IT.
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Reviewed by Erick from UK on 13th Feb 2009
This is one of the most effective connectivity devices on the world market and one of the most efficient smartphones. The fact that it retails for less than some plastic junk mobiles available on the market is amazing representing stunning value for money. If you don't require satellite navigation or a sophisticated camera module this is all the smartphone you will ever need. Ideal for someone who wants a competent device and refuses to put up with having a miniscule qwerty style keypad to pretend to type lengthy documents. The T9 on here will suffice for mobile emailing. Strongly recommended and built to last.
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Reviewed by James from UK on 10th Feb 2009
Bought this phone sim free several months ago and could not be happier with it. It is excellent for all business type uses including push email and acrobat docs etc. Obviously don't buy it if you are chasing the latest camera phone,but if you require a complete communication centre the it is for you. Only downside is lack of GPS but not sure how useful this really is in a phone at the moment with all the various gps units out there.
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Reviewed by E from UK on 4th Feb 2009
This phone looks nice, but handles poorly. I had a Samsung previously and it felt like I was taking a step backwards in quality. The audio is poor, the system is slow and the camera is pathetic. And like other Nokia owners, I often am unable to access the main menu and am forced to switch off and on the phone to remedy it. If you are in the market for a new phone, may I suggest you consider something another brand (Samsung) or expect to be disappointed.
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Reviewed by Kaz from UK on 30th Jan 2009
I have my E51 about a month and it has broken already :( The keypad locked and the buttons have frozen , don't work at all, I tried taking the battery out to turn it off because couldn't use the on/off button with the keypad locked but when the fone turned back on it switched on with the keypad still locked. I tried removing the SIM as well but this just turned the fone offline and when put the sim back in the keypad is still locked and the screen just says "continue using fone in offline mode?" but i can't access it because the keypad is still frozen. It unfroze for about 30 mins but then the same happened to it :( and it hasn't changed since. Very disappointed
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Reviewed by YY from UK on 23rd Jan 2009
I've owned this phone for about 6 months now. It's a great phone as I was searching for a simple business phone. The Mail for Exchange feature which can be installed directly from the phone's wizard was great until I found out that sending e-mails took about 3 hours to really have them sent (not to mention one time where it took half a day), but receiving e-mails is very fast, even faster than the pc, so it keeps me updated. Yet if u're almost always mobile and constantly need to send e-mails, this isn't the phone for you. Btw the Mail for Exchange suddenly didn't want to connect anymore these past weeks so I think it's time for a change myself.
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Reviewed by martini from UK on 17th Jan 2009
not bad phone... had phone for nearly a year... i have the US version and bounce btw UK and USA often...the updates bugger it up...so i am selective with what i add...basic features work well...camera is not great but i don't use anyways...internet is slow even in 3G...symbian is nice once you get a hold of it...much better than other software on the market apart from the iphone software (beautiful)...battery life is adequate but when connected to wlan it drains fast...call quality good...keys starting to mess up now...the center down button is getting sticky...overall pleased with phone... but if you want it for email,vids, pics, or anything visual i would recommend a larger screen... this phone is ideal for travel, connects almost anywhere and quality built... but for business purposes you need more screen
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Reviewed by Esteban from UK on 7th Jan 2009
I bought this mobile phone (unlocked/no carrier) 3 weeks ago, and I have to note a couple of things: the wlan is great, its use combined with Fringe is fantastic... but it freezes with Youtube, and stochastically the "menu" button provokes a complete freeze (switch off+on is required). Many good features as bad ones. The SAR is really high but if you're not a heavy user, don't pay attention. Otherwise you can use it as a heater during the winter. In general lines, is a good phone with problems to solve.
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Reviewed by Cameron from UK on 6th Jan 2009
I'm on my second E51 now, my first one lasted about a year of really heavy use. I was/am very happy with the phone. I often use it bluetoothed to my laptop running a 3.5G internet connection whilst at the same time talking on it for an extended period of time...it's about as heavy as you can get. One major issue I have is that the phone gets so hot after about 10-15 minutes of talking that I find it uncomfortable to talk on. In fact, I got my new E51 today and my first call was 20 minutes and it heated up to the point I finished the call. I might check with Nokia tomorrow if this is normal. A front facing camera would have made sense for video calls. SMS's for some reason - when you turn the phone on and get an SMS it timestamps it at the time you turned the phone on and not the time the msg was sent. Being a heavy user, I would really like to see an extended life battery option but they don't have one. I don't like or use the Nokia voice recognition software...it's simply messy. But E stands for Enterprise and this is a genuine Enterprise phone that I am rolling out to most other senior people in our company. It runs Blackberry Connect very well, the wireless is good and it runs all bands + 3G and 3.5G. I'm an office worker but after hours I am also in an Emergency Service. My phone gets wet, shaken, vibrated, thrown, dropped and forgotten about and I'm yet to have a breakdown. Oh once when it got very wet but I simply let it dry out :-) I do like how slender it is. It fits in my shirt pocket very nicely and it's a good size to actually hold on to. Need to work out the overheating however. Hope this helps.
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Reviewed by Amos from UK on 4th Jan 2009
Have been using it for 1 year now and this phone is just great. 100 Marks!!!
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Reviewed by Steve from UK on 2nd Jan 2009
Excellent phone. Good battery life. Excellent signal levels. Actually works really well with Mercedes Benz car, but you need to get the more expensive Sim Access profile (SAP) adaptor to get the most out of its abilities. Wish it could still be this small but have a bigger screen size (impossible I know but then it would be PERFECT).
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Reviewed by Umaima Bint Zia from UK on 23rd Dec 2008
This phone's the best in the affordable, feature-rich business class phoneS! The camera gives rather grainy and black-turning-into-green photographs, but no one's buying an E51 for the camera anyway =) and while on negatives, the E65's keys are compartively way better than E51's! 'have been using it for quite a while (4 months) and I haven't come across a single problem. As I'm not tech literate, so, cannot really comment on the technical positives/negatives, but, the fact that I haven't come across any problem proves it's totally worth the money!
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Reviewed by Elvin from UK on 21st Dec 2008
I bought this phone a week ago and have to tell you that although some ppl leave bad comments about this phone I would highly recommend it to every single business user simply because it does every single job you need!!!
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Reviewed by Rod from UK on 9th Dec 2008
What a gem of a phone. It's big plus point is its size - it's perfect to slip into any pocket, it look great and is a very powerful mobile tool that out-guns many much more expensive and bigger phones. The camera is very basic - yet functional. All in all, the best phone from Nokia since the 6310i and I recommend it 100%.
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Reviewed by no1 from UK on 9th Dec 2008
basically yh if ur into old fones and simple fones den get this, its sumfin dat grannys can use lol in a gd way coz its simple and easy to do fingz, i prefer complicated fones
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Reviewed by Rich from UK on 5th Dec 2008
We got four E51 for the company - we are mobile engineers - they keep locking up our hands free kits, they are being changed tomorrow!!!!
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Reviewed by Adnan from UAE from UK on 26th Nov 2008
Once a sudden, my E51 is not working. I send it for repair and they told me that the PCB is bent due to mishandling and therefore; it is not covered by warranty and can not be repaired even outside warranty. The phone was never opened before and was never been subject to heavy impact. Is that possible? Or just they want an excuse for not repairing under warranty.
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Reviewed by A K NANDA from UK on 25th Nov 2008
I am the proud and satisfied owner of NOKIA E 51 model phone for last one year .Thank u NOKIA.
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Reviewed by JB from UK on 17th Nov 2008
I've owned this phone for 10 months and it has been quite reliable over this period. I bought it while living in Asia and now use after moving back to Europe. Use it daily for e-mail, SMS, VOIP, WiFi. It has been seemless in connecting to my car, GPS receiver and home desktop PC via BLuetooth. Excellent with either Nokia Maps or Google maps. I prefer the Google app here. As well, works great with VOIP and I have had no issue with installing/using the Fring software. I am a frequent business traveller and find the overall quality/performance of this phone exceptional. The Nokia E90 is collecting dust simply because this phone has most of the features (except Qwerty keyboard, better camera...) but is packaged in an ergonomically friendly, stylish & professional manner. Nokia hit the ball out of the park on this one (E51).
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Reviewed by zaphod from UK on 17th Nov 2008
I was tempted by this phone in the Nokia Shop Terminal 5 Heathrow. I have the version without the camera which suits me just fine. Being unlocked is handy too as I can swap between contract and PAYG sims as I need. So far I have found this to be a well designed full featured phone that has a better battery life than my contract Nokia 6500 classic (selected in a moment of madness when my old and fabulous 6230i packed up). I keep forgetting that the dedicated 'Clear' button is just under the five way switch and is not the top right button but that is just habit from a 'mobile life time' of using Nokias. I also cannot seem to make the strip of icons along the top of the screen longer than 5 functions as you can with the 6500 but that is a minor gripe. At least can can customise them to suit. I really like the flashing white led that reminds you of a missed call, text or email. Saves you forever picking up the phone and checking I also do not get this warming effect, also a criticism of the 6500 Classic. One explanation is how far you are from your nearest base station. As I am sure everyone knows the mobile phone is instructed to vary its transmit power to produce reliable communication without unnecessarily thrashing the battery. If you are in area of poor coverage or deep inside a building it is possible that the phone is turned up to maximum transmit power and as a consequence possibly getting warm. This should be accompanied by a shorter talk time than might be expected otherwise. One final thing that I have noticed and may be well known but then I had been happy with my old 6230i until very recently. Predictive text spelling choices.. the phone seems to learn which choice of words is the most used and presents that first.. nice
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Reviewed by Manoj from UK on 16th Nov 2008
I am using this phone for 2 months now. No issues so far. I use WLAN very often and it works like a song. Battery life is also quite good
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Reviewed by Tanner Seals from UK on 15th Nov 2008
this phone is awsome i bought one off my friend its GREAT,,its got gps bluetooth mp3 player its sweet,,,its a tough little phone to the stainless steel covers and the screen is strong to!!! this is the best phone i have ever had!!!
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Reviewed by m4q from UK on 13th Nov 2008
Great phone - very configurable and easy to use at the same time!As for "Menu button problems" - simply assign 'left navi key' to other-than-menu function and everything is going to be OK (You can access menu via 'Home key').
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Reviewed by JohnneySul from UK on 11th Nov 2008
No real problems with the fone, good reception and battery life is great. The lan connection 802.11.xx is great but the feel of the fone is poor, rubber buttons on the side are horrible and you have to remove the cover to get at the memory card. I would not buy it again!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by jojojojojojojojojo from UK on 11th Nov 2008
One word rubbish Not even worth of a star
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Reviewed by Prasant from UK on 6th Nov 2008
this phone is great i like it. I thought this will be my best phone after a month i found this is crap it is worse speaker i can't hear properly that is fastest damage things i never get this kind of problems on my previous phones. it is not worth to buy from my side
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Reviewed by Umaima Bint Zia from UK on 6th Nov 2008
@Carmel.. Urmmm... I think you have to get your set changed... because no one's by far is having this problem and I personally don't have the problems mentioned in my E51 as well!!
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Reviewed by ted from UK on 5th Nov 2008
i bought this mobile a month ago, its very practic , internet very fast , navigation system very advanced and a good camera, . i think nokia has done a god job i compare this mobile with a mercedes
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Reviewed by carmel from UK on 4th Nov 2008
got an E51 in August 2008 & all i have had with it is problems. Bluetooth only works when you switch off bluetooth, take out battery + switch back on Cannot select add receipent when you want to send a text. (u must enter no) contacts lists has numbers missing( left as blank spaces, which you cannot delete. CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP ME.
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Reviewed by akis from Greece from UK on 26th Oct 2008
A smart buy for it's money. I beleive it worth every euro. I would like a little bigger screen.
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Reviewed by Andrez from UK on 21st Oct 2008
I have two complains about Nokia E51 : 1. Power button, PTT button, n Volume button (too hard to be pressed! Why didnt Nokia use non-rubber for its buttons?! Rubber is very quick to get broken!) 2. Speaker (although this phone is sold for business, but it still need entertainment too! Nokia... Why did u always make a series60 OS with single speaker? For the speaker quality, N-Series lose by Nokia 6270, 7390, etc!)
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Reviewed by Umaima Bint Zia from UK on 20th Oct 2008
DEFINITELY worth a buy and deserves nothing less than a 5 star!
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Reviewed by sikandar from UK on 20th Oct 2008
i like this phone
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Reviewed by anoko from UK on 18th Oct 2008
i have had this fone for 1 month now but i used it for only 10 days i am very dissapointed abt the phone not only is it so complicated it gets so hot once you talk above 10 mins, 7 days into the new phone the mouth piece went back i took it to nokia care they took it from me, and kept the phone for 3 weeks and returned it to me the same way, no work was done on it. i took it back to nokia care today and i have been informed to wait another 3 week i am very upset abt it.i wld not recommend this fone to my enemy
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Reviewed by Alex from UK on 17th Oct 2008
been using this for about 10 months and consider arguably the best phone I've ever had
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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 this soon.
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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 bad phone
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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
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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 2 NOKIA..
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Reviewed by Supriya from Saudi Arabia on 13th Sep 2008
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 earliest.
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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 ever.
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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 for???
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Reviewed by Rob from UK on 9th Sep 2008
Okay, Nokia, when they first came out making mobile phones in the 1980s we all thaught, great, a easy to use phone, and today, that has not changed! Is Nokia is a very smart 3G with video calling phone, especally from a company, who promised us that the Nokia would keep its extremeist looks and features, annoyingly thou, this has not happened. I know people who read my reviews think, "Oh Dear, Rob got an issue about the design". Lets be honest, it isnt the best looking phone around, but the phone itself, is great, people buy this good looking expensive phones, but 99.9% of those phones hardwere and useability are rubbish. This phone isnt, it's in a totaly different league, for the better I think. I recommend this phone, for everyone!
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Reviewed by Erick from United Kingdom on 7th Sep 2008
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.
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Reviewed by Rob from Ireland on 4th Sep 2008
Superb phone, love the free themes that transform the phone!!
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Reviewed by KARIM from TUNISIA on 2nd Sep 2008
i have this phone and i like it :)
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