OMG - Nokia know what businesses want - no camera: mega sales to corporates
The 6310i had no camera when it was released in the 90s. And business users were still asking for that up until a few months ago.
People have now 7megapixel with nice autofocus and more and more... Camera in phone is a simple gadget that increase unnecessarily the phones' price. E60 is a very good product.
research shows there are 3 types of user. The way the market is going now there are a lot of phones that hover between being atractive to all 3 of these customer types. The nokia E-Series makes a bee-line for a very specific type.
1. The poser. Their primary need is for them to be contactable. Next inline is a phone to make them look more sophisticated. Shiny, expensive, gimmicky. All words associated with this type of user. These people typically buy things like the Nokia 8800, it's a status symbol of them. Lets face it, why else do you want an 8800 other than to pose =P
2. The technical person. They need their phones to keep in touch with the office, manage their files, maintain systems and use the internet and wifi connections for research and email. All 3 of the E-Series phones are perfect for this user.
3. The mock-businessman. People that actually dont need any of the functionality of their phone other than for text messages calling, showing funny mpegs to collegues and having comical ringtones. They choose phones that are gadgety and have oodles of functionality but use them more for personal use. Sort of a combination of 1 and 2. Phones suited to these people include the N91, the P990, the 9500 and the 7710 (though please god dont go for the 7710, it's just an example! lol) Basically these phones are more gadgety and complicated.
These are obviously just guides because not everyone fits exactly into their stereotype. I myself am more of a number 3. i like my gadgetry and i always think along the lines of "yeah it'd be cool if i could do that with my phone" but never actually get round to it lol.
The E Series for me are very much a functional business phone. They're not flashy, they dont need gimmicks like cameras and video calling.
And the E-series is likely to be a whole lot cheaper than most because they're simpler. The P990 altho comprehensive is likely to be an astronimically priced handset. Whereas i'd wager every e-series phone wont be far off half the price. Businesses dont buy single handsets, they buy several, even 10s of hundreds of phones. The cheaper, the better, because it makes them more profitable.
Thats the beauty of the e-series, simple, functionally exceptional and affordable. It's no use regular consumers complaining these phones aren't up to scratch, they weren't designed with you in mind. This is almost too sensible a move for Nokia, a manufacturer that usually shapes it's handsets by the common 'IT' factor. good job nokia imo.
This phone with camera+video could be the perfect phone, Im starting to think that nokia isn't interested into build the "perfect" phone . Anyway this its going to be a topsales,IMO.
Classic yet very stylish. I think Nokia will repeat the success like N6230 or N6230i. Business mostly don't need camera. Just transfer it via bluetooth & with its 16 million colours screen, i think it will be superb!
Excellent phone, especially for work, its great 4 those places u can't use cameras but it keeps u busy with th mp3 functions.....
All these new Nokia E series phones have faster WLAN than SE P990. SE has only version B of WLAN when Nokia chose many times faster version G. Good job Nokia!
haha e-series old designs.. only difference is 16MIL colour other than that wow totally sux..
Very nice looking phone, I like anything metalic! I will miss having a crappy camera on it though, I've kinda got used to having one :(
i believe nokia is making us fool with this stupid e series;no camera,no video----whats it nokia????????.i think now nokia cannot make good phones--is it right??????.if you also think so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
UMTS offers faster data speeds than GSM, not just the option of videocalling.
i fully agree with Steve, business phones need more functionality and faster processors/internet access and not necessarily the camera. good work Nokia, three cheers.
Looks like a SE T630. Very nice screen resolution but no camera. Its a big,big,big draw back.Poor thing... P990 is the greatest!!!
Believe it or not, the fact that they have no camer'as makes them more a business phone than ever.
Countless business work in sensitive environments that forbid the use of any photographic equipement. Places like power stations, design labs, accountancy even schools believe it or not.
If someone asks you for a decent phone that doesn't have a camera...which phones are you going to recommend? at the moment, none. the E60 and E61 however are perfect for these users.
Finally someone that realises that cameras are just a waste of space. I believe I qualify as a heavy business user, doing well above 1000 minutes per month in calls and a considerable amount of data, and I have used the camera on my phone twice the last year. I have yet to find a client that is interested in engaging in a video call. Still, I would have thought the camera would make a greater impact on the weight than the 9g that differs between this one and the N70 (not to mention the 6280).