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Nokia E6 review
You've got to admire Nokia's designers and engineers - as the company collapses around them, they just keep on turning out new products. Even the doomed Symbian^3 operating system has been given an update - the optimistically named Anna, suggesting the first in a series of alphabetic girls names. And the hardware in the E6 is top notch - really solid, with a metallic bezel around the edge and a fantastic QWERTY keyboard. You have to admire the E6 for its innovative combination of physical keyboard and touchscreen user interface. And yet ... we suspect that almost nobody will read this review and nobody will buy the Nokia E6, for a company that has fallen so far and an operating system that's already writhing in agony with a stake through its heart won't have big appeal for the corporate executive that this product is aimed at.
If only Nokia had turned out products like this instead of the junk that they so often produced, it could all have been so different. For the E6 is a great phone. You can compare it with the BlackBerry Bold 9780 and the Nokia comes out top in nearly every respect. A better screen, more memory, faster processor, superior battery life - even an FM radio and HD video recording. But how we can we choose the Nokia when we know that Symbian is a zombie operating system - already killed off by its owner, but refusing to lie down?
But for Nokia fans, the E6 is perhaps one of the best.
Nokia E6 features include:
- Symbian Anna
- 8 megapixel camera with full focus, LED flash and 2x digital zoom
- HD 720p video recording plus secondary camera for video calls (VGA, 640 x 480 pixels)
- Display: TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16.7 million colours, 640 x 480 pixels (2.46 inches)
- Music Player (mp3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA formats)
- FM radio with RDS support
- MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA ringtones / video ringtones
- Voice memo recording
- Integrated A-GPS with Nokia Maps
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email (POP3, IMAP4 and SMTP protocols), Instant messaging
- Attachment viewer for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
- Symbian and Java™ MIDP 2.0 applications
- Internet: Web browser, WAP, GPRS, EDGE, HSPA up to 10.2 Mbps download
- Connectivity: WLAN 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 3.0, micro-USB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
- Memory: 8GB plus microSD card slot (up to 32 GB supported)
- Vibration alert
- Quadband (850/900/1800/1900) plus 3G HSPA (850/900/1700/1900/2100)
- Size: 116 x 59 x 10.5 mm
- Weight: 133g
- Battery: 1500 mAh Li-Ion
- Talktime: 7 hours (3G) - 14 hours (2G)
- Battery standby: 681 hours - 744 hours
Nokia E6 user reviews
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Average rating from 29 reviews:
Reviewed by Okorotie Goodluck
on 26th Feb 2015
So scintillating, i always love my e-6 , it's so fast, durable, flat,
has a nice camera. I'm never tired of using Nokia phones, i'ts one of
my best producer and e-6 is one of my best priduct.
Reviewed by Paul g
on 26th Feb 2015
Have Latest I phone and for a bit of retro acquired Nokia E6 and love
it. Certainly not as fast as I phone or as comprehensive but I love
tactile feel of qwerty keyboard. Build quality is superb with gorilla
glass to screen and metal surrounds. Rather like comparing Lps to
downloads or CDs. It's a nice size and fantastic for texting. It is
being used as my second phone (v long battery) and increasingly I am
using it more frequently as my I phone is charging. One of the best
phones Nokia has made and I have owned most of them.
Reviewed by Geoffrey Chimombo
on 20th Sep 2014
E6 nokia makes me 2 feel so much happy than any other handset i ever
had. Surely, itx gr8
Reviewed by Mr. Edmas
on 1st Feb 2014
the device is so awesome! Bt my nokia e6 flash has collapsed and i
don't how to make it active again! Otherwise thank u nokia my number
one company in the world.
Reviewed by Tommies
on 27th Jan 2014
Nokia E6-00 is the best synbian Anna phone i ve use so far i like it
because fast internet browser.
Reviewed by John from UK on 30th Nov 2012
Nokia E6-00 running Belle:-
This is my favourite phone of all time todate and I have had iphones
4 and 4s but much prefer the E6.
It is small, light, very,very easy to use and looks great.
The combination of qwerty key board and touch screen works perfectly.
Shame I cannot give it 6 stars
Reviewed by Thusitha from Sri Lanka on 8th Jun
I was using a Nokia E51 for almost four years, and about 3 weeks ago
I switched to a Nokia E6. Just like the E51, the E6 too is solidly built
and packed with useful features (even though it doesn't look all that
Reviewed by Vano from USA on 12th Feb 2012
I love it.. I missed my E71, and then E72, but this one is good to me
so far... I have only two cons I'm missing from my previous phones...
1st: No Auto focus on camera
2nd: NO notification light, unlike previous models had... it does have
NOTIFICATION, but its not as bright nor noticeable ...
Reviewed by Julian from UK on 12th Dec 2011
As a die hard anti apple phone user with over 6 months usage of my Nokia
E6 I feel I am in a position to write a a well informed review. What
I like: Does the basics well, phoning and text messaging, the minimum
we'd expect. Love the conversations feature of the texting so you can
keep track of related messages. Web browsing.. pretty good considering
the tiny screen, my only gripe is that *some* websites won't load, however
I have Opera loaded and that hasn't faired any better. Strangely my
old E71 was able to load 'em. Torch facility: very handy in certain
situations Radio: very nice fm receiver that can also be used in offline
mode. GPS: It's free, it works and has a nice lady voice telling you
when to turn whilst driving. Dedicated satnavs may be better, but this
baby has got me out of quite a few scrapes. Battery life: not the greatest
perhaps but I usually manage two to three days between charges. What
I don't like: Overly sensitive touch sensitive screen: sometimes I take
my phone out of my pocket or wherever and it's trying to run the sat
nav or open nokia store, noooo! Too many bogus dialogue boxes, I really
don't need to be told that the phone is about to go online when I take
it out of offline mode. Lame message alert light ... so feeble not worth
bothering with. Email: won't connect to my unconventional email provider,
not such a big issue though as I can use the web portal. Overall ..
sticks to Nokia's idiosyncratic high quality build and design philosphy.
Not the perfect phone by any means, but it has character and that says
Reviewed by sahil from india on 8th Dec 2011
e6 is far more better than galaxy ace
Reviewed by Mr Shah from PAKISTAN on 6th Dec 2011
AWESOME SET....!!! HAVE IT FOR A WHILE NOW & SO FAR HAVEN'T REGRETTED
A BIT ON MY CHOICE TO SELECT THIS PHONE EVEN ONCE IT DOES JUST ABOUT
EVERYTHING U NEED FROM A BUSINESS PHONE FROM MAKING CALLS, MESSAGING
TO EVEN MAKING PRESENTATIONS & THE ICING ON THE CAKE BEING A FANTASTIC
8MP CAMERA (FIXED FOCUSED THOUGH) & AN EVEN BRILLIANT VIDEO RECORDING
COUPLED WITH AN AMAZING AUDIO & VIDEO PLAYER & SUPERB BROWSING EXPERIENCE
MAKING IT A COMPLETE PACKAGE BUT AN UNDER-RATED PACKAGE THOUGH I PERSONALLY
RATE IS THE SECOND BEST BUSINESS+MEDIA ORIENTED PHONE AFTER THE PRODUCT
OF THE YEAR 2011 SAMSUNG GALAXY S2
Reviewed by Andrew Fisher from Jamaica on 23rd
Mobile Phones UK I agree with Andrew from United Kingdom...your review
is very biased. Saying stuff like "we suspect that almost nobody will
read this review and nobody will buy the Nokia E6." is not a nice thing
to say in a review whether you feel that way or not. Another statement
you made "If only Nokia had turned out products like this instead of
the junk that they so often produced". You make it seem like previous
Nokia phones are junk. Are you saying the Nokia 3310, the phone that
put Nokia on top is junk? Are you saying that the legendary Nokia 6230
is junk? Are you saying probably the best Qwerty selling phone of all
time, the Nokia E71 is junk??? A next statement you made "won't have
big appeal for the corporate executive that this product is aimed at."
is certainly not encouraging for potential buyers. Lastly "But how we
can we choose the Nokia when we know that Symbian is a zombie operating
system " is basically telling everybody NOT to buy it. I use to like
reading your reviews but this is probably the worst for one of the best
smartphones on the market. Whether or not you said positive things about
the Nokia E6 doesn't matter because you said enough negative things
to overshadow the positive ones.
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
23rd Nov 2011
Andrew, thanks for taking the time to express your views. But, our aim
is not to "encourage potential buyers". Our aim is to give
a frank and fair assessment of each product. We rated the E6 4/5, which
is a high score, but it would be very misleading to potential buyers
NOT to point out the fact that Nokia is discontinuing manufacturing
Symbian phones. We hope that by pointing out problems we gain our readers'
trust. Read our other reviews and you'll see that we are always pointing
out problems. But we've stated that the E6 is better than the BlackBerry
Bold 9780 and one of Nokia's best phones, so if you aren't worried by
the future of Symbian, then you should buy this phone :)
Reviewed by Akwasi from Ghana on 16th Nov 2011
I moved from the E-72 to the E-6 just a week ago, and though I can feel
the upgrade, I sorely disappointed in the battery life. It doesn't even
last up to 12 hours. I've applied all the energy saving tips, yet the
phone barely takes me through half a day!
Reviewed by ali raza from pakistan on 24th Oct
Great phone i have ever used
Reviewed by steve mac from england on 14th Oct
i have to say this is a superb device that ticks all the boxes. I have
had everything from wp7 to blackberry bold to nokia n8, galaxy s and
loads of other androids. The point of difference is you get superb ovi
on board maps. Brilliant camera and video. You also only use gprs as
needed unlike android which constantly cains it in the background. It
will be updated to Bella soon which will add further great things such
as slide down notification bar. However, there is a slight concern on
battery life as i know how to correctly condition a battery from new
and have done this over several cycles and also used my e71 to make
sure and unfortuately the battery life is not as good as it should be.
Basically from 6am up until 7pm with low useage. I have also put my
emails on 4 hour retrieval instead of instant and have no active widgets,
not even facebook. Nothing is running at any time in the background
as i can get quite obsessed about this as i have had windows phones
from the SPV days. However, the battery would be a let down if you were
out for the day videoing. That said it is still a great device but maybe
the blackberry bold touch may have the edge if the battery is better.
Such a shame that this is the case and others have also stated this.
The HD video is great but be aware that 1 minute is 80mb, however, on
VGA which is really good you get 1 minute at 20mb so i keep on VGA.
Do not be put off by the battery life as this is the ONLY small issue
and is still better that 90 percent of other smartphones. Well done
Nokia I find myself retuning to your products time and time again. WP7
Nokias had better have a SD card slot or they will be really missing
something. Also I hope that the battery life on these will be good or
it could well be the end............
Reviewed by faisal from india on 29th Sep 2011
good smart phone
Reviewed by SHAH from PAKISTAN on 15th Sep 2011
it's probably the best symbian touch screen phone made by nokia far
better than higher ranking n8 & it's sibling E7 reasonably fast interface
& an exceptional camera & multimedia functions for a phone targeted
basically for the business class android sets might have taken some
gloss away from it's glory but yet I find it the best business phone
in the market better than even blackberry 9780 in just about every respect
Reviewed by Chalkie from South Africa on 8th Sep
This is poor review of a really outstanding phone. You obviously have
not used it in a business environment.
Reviewed by Lisa from UK on 3rd Sep 2011
I have this phone and I love it, rolls royce quality, good price, but
I wish it had the massive screen my old E61 had
Reviewed by sharantn from India on 2nd Sep 2011
Its very solid phone with qwerty keyboard. its touch and type phone.
Excellent battery and very good screen resolution. One of the better
phones from nokia.
Reviewed by Abhilash Thomas from United Arab Emirates
on 25th Aug 2011
This Nokia E6 Phone having a major issue with Wireless, Whenever i connect
second time my phone to Wireless, it does not connect, unless and until
reboot the modem. It is come in Nokia support discussion, so itís
called Nokia known issue. You can find this on following as you know
this phone is under smart phone category it should have facility to
connect to the internet. discussions.europe.nokia.com/t5/Eseries-and-Communicators/e6-wireless-problems/m-p/1070745/highlight/true#M92032
Reviewed by siphosethu from south africa on 23rd
must say LOVE THE E6 smartphone, it is top of the range with qwerty
keyboard and touchscreen at the same time. Nokia outdid themselves with
Reviewed by S from UK on 12th Aug 2011
this is a poor review and doesn't do this great NOKIA justice. it does
have a fantastic screen though
Reviewed by Keith from UK on 8th Aug 2011
A great phone for real world use. USB on the go, great for transferring
files, keyboard easy to use and precise, top quality camera, and good
battery life. Screen is good in daylight and E6 can be used one handed
while walking. This is Nokia at its best.
Reviewed by Andrew from United Kingdom on 29th
If you can't be arsed to do a proper, impartial, review, don't bother.
If I wanted to read about how bad Nokia is, I'd have gone to mobile-review.com.
Even Techradar, who are not known for their love of Nokia & Symbian,
gave the phone a fair chance and scored it 4 stars [Editor's comment:
We did too Andrew]. Fair enough if you don't like it, at least tell
us what its like as a phone [Editor's comment: I think we said we do
like it, and explained why.], and what it can do and give your readers
the chance to make their own mind up instead of spouting the default
'Symbian is dead so don't bother' rubbish. Haven't been on here since
2009 when I bought my last phone, and if this is standard of the reviews
on here these days, I shan't be coming back. Shame on you mobile phones
uk, I expected much, much better. [Editor's comment: Sorry you didn't
like it. We normally write longer, more detailed reviews.]
Reviewed by Hotte from Vanuatu on 26th Jul 2011
do not buy this phone, you will regret it! it has massive problems with
the notification led and worse, a very very poor battery life. please
check the Nokia support forum post. type in Google: nokia e6 notification
LED and check the first post.
Reviewed by Craig from England on 25th Jul 2011
"And yet ... we suspect that almost nobody will read this review and
nobody will buy the Nokia E6" Wrong! i've read the review and i will
be buying (well upgrading) to it, it's a great phone, Nokia will be
supporting Anna until at least 2016, panic over, go on add the other
star and make it 5 star, you know it deserves it.
Reviewed by saurabh from India on 23rd Jul 2011
Reviewed by Khurram from UAE on 20th Jul 2011
I love this phone!