i just bought this phone last week.. i purchase d 4 E51. 2 for me and 2 for my wife.. you wonder why i bought 4 E51? because here n the philippines most of the people here has 2 cellphones, one for the smart or globe line and one for the unlimited call sun line. and it is an AMAZING phone.. fast and reliable. E series rules!!! N series SUCKS...
@SMART BOY im happy that mine review is clear... buy this units is all in one u wont regret it as for me it ok ....
at my office, telco line i subscribe to has very poor or no signal. all my colleagues using this telco with other phone have to move from their seat to near building window to able to receive or make phone call. however, my e51 can easily obtain 1-2bar signal and clear reception even inside a meeting room.
guys, do you experience some noise when the keys light and screen is active. it similar to small power generator noise. is this phone feature or bug in case of my device?
:)) sorry for my gramatical mistakes...I use MY instead of ME..in few places!..but U get the ideea!
To Smartboy :
Sorry for my delay reviews, but for you and for others who wanna know how is E51 before buying it, these are my opinions:
1.Kamera- 2Mp/no flash/no autofocus/no 2nd kamera for 3G, but for Normal use outside doors is good, pictures quality Normal, video recording is much better (.mpeg)at 15 to 30 fps, video capture is nice.
2.Screen- 16mil colours-is fantastik, nice quality display,no freeze,no bugs,is true that is a little small than other S60's, but is OK, for my the quality of display counts much more than size, in my opinion Internet surfing on mobile is a necessity when u are outdoor, when u are at the office, I preffer laptop or pc.But here comes the delicious part who erase all negative and bad things about display or about sufing Net on a small screen..the web browser,the CPU(369mhz,with ~84Mb Ram,and Wifi antenna makes u forgot that u use a small screen, is so fast and so stable and u can enjoy chating, browsing without errors, disconnecting, or others specific problems.When I buy E51 in december I cannot believe that the wifi antenna is much faster than my home Surf Modem :)) so in this chapter..E51 rulzz 10/10 points.
3.Sounds/Music/Ring - I like phones who have loud, clear sound, this has crystal sound with 3D tones and caller notifyer, rings loud and u can hear easily when u are in bus,subway,train.Music is Normal, for normal people, has a EQ with 5 presets and sounds nice and clear, I am a music lover and I love to listen music when I go at work,travel,etc, and sincerously for my is satisfying quality, I think that with extra headphones from Nokia (not standard one from the box) music will sounds much much better.
4.Emailing- for me is the 1st phone who has mail attachement, this is important, because u can attach docs,pictures and !!! archives(.zip),but u need a operators settings,and for unknown reasons the operator charge u(in Romania, charges me:)), u can install YahooGo 3(latest version wich has all Y!services),also MSN Live!, and Gmail directly to your phone..enjoy Messenger is simple,no delays,works Good! and is free of charge when u use Wifi).
4.About Symbian -is the single phone who since December NEVER had freeze,restarts,bugs!this is super,because S60 OS especially v.8.1,8.2 restarts every day.
5.Memory Card- Nokia said that maximum memory card for E51 is 4gb,but some guys from this forum are using 8gb on E51..I don't know if is a good recomandation, me for example right now I use 4gb MC and works so so great!
6.Battery life-for what this phone knows to do it the battery is small and poor/for example yesterday morning I was charging full,after I was listen some music, about 4h cumulate, max.20mb download using Wifi,4 voice calls,and 1 app.install and today my battery level is 4/7 lines..and i forgot to say that is GSM mode(no 3G mode activated).
In the future Nokia will develop a Extra Battery for E51(1500mAh).
These are some few! important reviews of E51, in this moment the single phone from Nokia who is better than E51 is E90 who has double price, but every comparations with 6120,6233,N-series..are ZERO,because none of these,especially N series(included here N95) isn't so good like E51.this is my personal opinion because I have friends with N95,N70 and other Nokia S60phones, and I'm the BEST with my SeXY, POWERFUL toy E51!!!!
Best regards from ROMANIA for Smartboy & Winura, All of YOU GUYS and for GSMARENA!!!!
i love it! especially the wi-fi capability! it's faster compared to other wi-fi capable phones in the market today. Buy it, use it, love it! it's as good as your laptop, only smaller! Two thumbs way UP!!
To Richard(SG)& Smartboy:
its nice to hear that it was helpful to you guys. you're most welcomed. :)
1st of all i'll answer Richard(SG)'s question.
this phone does have video call. even though it doesn't have a secondary camera you can make video calls. and yes this phone has the feature to set the font size according to your requirement for text messaging and browsing. because of the screen it is easy to view anything on this phone than in the 6233.
oh you remember the nokia 6630? even it had the video call facility it also had the problem as we have with the E51. but to overcome that nokia made a stand with a camera facing towards you to make easier to make video calls than turning around the phone. i'm not sure whether that instrument is still available but you may check with your local nokia dealer.
as for smartboy,
to be honest with you i still haven't got those unusual formats which i couldn't open with my E51. i think it should be compatible with all popular formats.
well in my phone i can create and edit word,excel and power point documents but you cannot edit .pdf files. even though this phone can create and edit word, excel and power point documents, this gives the basic tools you need like underline, font color, font size etc. it don't have features like word art and all.
and yes you can use full screen when browsing and when using some applications. and i think the largest font size compared with the 6233 is a little bit bigger.
well Smartboy & Richard(SG), once you get your hands on one of these, you'll simply fall in love with it! :)
kindly comment on one more point as mentioned by Richard(SG), the largest FONT SIZE in E51. By font size I mean font of all shorts of applications, files and folders like notes, calender, messages, contacts, nails etc.
And can I use full-screen while working on Notes & Message & Calender etc?
Thanks a lot in advance once again,
Thanks a lot for your excellent comparative study.It's so clarifying!
But various reviews by (so called!)experts mentioned that E51 can ONLY VIEW word/excel/powerpoint files, and CANN'T CREAT or EDIT those files. For those tasks with E51 we need to purchase separate software. Kindly comment on this.
And is it possible to view ALL types of attachments with E51 for smooth emailing?
If not, then what type of attachments we can not view with E51?
Lots of Thanks once again for your VERY Helpful analysis!Honestly, that's the Best!
Had bought the e51 two months ago.
The chrome in the D pad has begun to peel off.
One can conclude as it is a budget phone, so it is..
But once i owned the n71, it was the same.
Mind you n71 was not a budget phone.
i really love E51. it's slim and classy looks. and more, its friendly to use and durable. i would recommend to professional who just want simple and handy phone unit.
I'm glad to see your reply which considered fans of Nokia because u really look deep into it rather than just saying "good" or "bad". Anyway, does it has a video call selection like 6233 regardless of camera placing on the back....one last important point the largest font set compare to 6233(same or can be more bigger for easy viewing)
i have this pfone for 3 months now..and i'm having problems with dust underneath the screen protector(plastic)..its not a big deal but its VERY annoying..i dont know if anyone has this problem aswell?????
batery life not great even if its great reception..
to SMART BOY:
well starting off with the camera, still image quality is a bit better than the 6233 i would say. but the video resolution in the E51 is a bit lower than the 6233. because you can set the video recording size up to 640x480 but with the E51 you only get 320x240. besides that everything is fine.
secondly the display, the E51 has a extremely bright 16.7 million color display unlike the 6233. and the screen also appears to be a bit bigger in the E51.
as for the sound quality, this phone is properly loud. i never believed that a phone made for business purposes could be this loud. i used to have a 6233 music edition in 2006 and i think this has a better sound quality than the 6233 ME. and also i think i'm right in saying that the sound quality is better than a N73 music edition phone. and you can listen to its radio or the music player while you're doing something else with the phone.
as for the browsing experience i think the E51 is unbelievably good. i'm from sri lanka and we havent got that much HOT SPOTS here but i have been to a few places and tried out wi-fi and i'm staggered! so no worries about browsing and you can even download your attachments.
and finally you can leave your notebook at home and go anywhere because this came with the office package. you can read, create or edit word, excel and power point documents with no problems at all. also this has a .pdf reader so you wont have to wait till you get your hands on the notebook to view the .pdf!
i hope this will be useful to you SMART BOY. go and get your E51 now and have fun!!!!
THIS PHONE IS UNBELIEVABLY GOOD and also its GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY!!!!
i would like to say that this is a great phone and "almost" perfect considering it is 3G compatible but doesn't have a camera at the front for easy video calls.
i hope Nokia would create a better E51 with a camera on front.
NOKIA hear me out...please...
D pad chrome plating starts to chip off after 1 month of usage. sucks..
To Winura: thank U so much for ur advice.
I've made many comparisson btw this phone & E61i, and I see that the speed of E61i is just 220Mhz & this one is 369. But in the past, I've been impressed with the screen of E61i :D (I see it means less of battery usage :">)
To Rony: buy the black one, I think its the best magic, attractive among the 3 colors :)
To smartboy: a polite person, I think that is you ;). If you've had E51, why dont U try 2 take some photos and have yourself's opion.
About leave away ur notebook, I think E51 lacks of editing documents option (when the ufirmware hasnt been upgraded - tell me if I'm wrong???), so let's notice abt it.
Again, tks to all your aids :)
Extremely, extremely SORRY guys, for wrongfully posting the same request twice. Plz pardon, it was a quite unintentional technical mistake.
But I must thank Mayeven for his thoughful and informative Review. But what's wrong if we ask our beloved device to take some workable pictures, may be of some business documents? And to play some music during boring tours? I prefer to travel LIGHT :-)
So, please guys, I value and honour your First-hand user's opinion more than any review! And frankly,no review correctly covered or addressed the points I eager to know [of course, except the nice review by Mayeven in this page :-) ].
And may I dare to ask you all another silly question?(plz don't mind!)
*"If I have to leave my laptop for a full week,is it possible to manage with this tiny but Powerful device?"
(at least the basic business work, I mean)
actually I sometimes hate to carry the notebook around!
Once again, thanks a lot in advance to all,