Firstly I would like to start by saying I thought this would be a great device - memory, 3G, Wifi, SIP, Keyboard!!!
Unfortunately, it's turned into a nightmare of bad software.
I have been a WindowsMobile user for 4.5 years - having held onto my O2 xdaIImini for 18 months. It's been great.
1st impressions with the E61 were great - nice keyboard, Wifi worked immediately.
However, all great impressions died when I was unable to use my contacts.
Let's face it, we buy a brick like this (according to my kids it's a brick!) with no camera because we want to use it for real business work, contacts, calendar, email[s], web.
I have 3776 contacts in my Outlook contacts database.
They all loaded fine in all that memory!
However, there is a HUGE bug in the Symbian contacts application that means that if you have more than a certain number of contacts with the same initial letter (let's say "a" - 122 lastnames beginning with “a” and 295 last names beginning with “a” - Total: 417 names beginning with “a” for Symbian Contacts to search thru & display.
Well, you guessed it, it can't handle it - Contacts crashes with a "not enough memory" - even though there is over 60M onboard RAM free!
Now, Contacts crashes for "a", "c", "l", "m", "p", "s" and "t". It's a showstopper.
Understand this - you cannot make calls from the contacts application to any of these people - the only way to dial them is to know the phone number for them. It's like their not in your contacts database - because contacts crashes as soon as you type any of those letters as the first entry.
Worse, your caller ID for those names does not work - so no longer does XXX XXX XXX translate to Fred Flintstone - nope, you just get the number - so you cannot tell if friend or foe is calling.
But worse, you cannot email these people either!!! Fantastic.
It's clear to me that the Symbian engineers must have a small circle of friends!
Now I would not have emailed this site if someone from Nokia support had been helpful.
my network provider pushed me directly to Nokia support (fair enough) and after discussing, clarifying, re-clarifying and [hopefully] getting them to understand the issue - no mean feat with their call center let me tell you - they promised to come back to me within 2 working days to let me know what they had found out "is it a bug, will there be a resolution date within 4 weeks".
I told them that if they could tell me that the problem was real and could be fixed within 4 weeks, then I would keep the phone, else, this is a pure showstopper and I would have to ask for a refund.
THings then got interesting. Nokia policy is not to refund, it is to replace. Hmmm I asked, then what will you replace it with...another E61 with the same problem? [you guessed it, the Call Center did not getit!]
Anyhow, no response from Nokia support. Not a dickybird.
I am asked by everyone I meet why I have a brand new Nokia E61 and an O2xdaIImini and I say "because one works and the other receives calls".
Yes, the WindowsMobile phone can handle that number of contacts and has done since day one 4.5 years ago when I switched from Treo to WindowsMobile.
Further, the Symbian Contacts application does not accept all of the notes information aassociated with a specific contact. So, if you have a lot of notes in a contact, WindowsMobile copes with it fine - but Symbian (version on the E61 anyway) does not have a large enough text field to accept the data.
The hardware and packaging are beautiful in this phone.
It is light, great keyboard, slim and rugged enough - but let down by an operating system that clearly was not designed for business - which is a real shame because that's originally where the Psion team were headed.
I'd love to have Nokia sort this phone out - but have received no assistance so far - it's like they don't care...and I want to shake them and say "guys, this device could set you apart and bring the blackberry and windowsmobile folks over" - but the devil is in the details - and Nokia - a great design company are let down by the software.
That's my 2 cents. If they come back to me tomorrow with acknowledgement of the bug and a time to resolve, I will (a) stick with the device and (b) post to let you all know.
if not, and you are a business user/road warrior who really uses your contacts and your mobile phone as your primary business tool - you decide.
I'm writing this from my e61. This pda is really amazing! First of all having WLAN and being able to access the internet anywhere without using my cellphone network connection is incredible. This phone is perfect for the small business owner. It's exploding with features. My life is so much more organized now. Top rating.
just knew www.nokme.com from E61 wikipedia website yesterday. and today the owner Pasha posted here :)
i'm not sure if E61 beats P990. but i'm very pleased with E61 features and price. i bought E61 on 1 aug and never regret.
E61 is the best smartphone I was using, even SonyEricsson P990 is not so useful for me as E61, I've even created blog dedicated to E61 You may even use Skype and SIP on this phone.
Pasha - NokMe.com
i have a problem like the one of wYGs, but in different direction: i do not want to see the attachments of HTML-emails with the wap browser but with the full html-browser. is there any option in SyOS, like in windows, to assign a document type to an application?
many thanks in advance
I just wanna ask on how i can configure my Nokia E61 cellphone that whenever i log or browse the internet i can view it as if in a WAP style. The screen is too small compared to desktop that's why im having a hard time browsing the internet or connecting to my account in Yahoo and Google. Hoping you may help me concerning this matter. Thank you
is it possible to use the E61 without a SIM card? like just use wifi to surf?
I got my e61 last week and love it. It was a decent price $465 Canadian from puremobile.ca. To all you guys with questions about this, that and the other, do yourself a favor and book mark these sites:
I got a number of questions answered by looking at those two sites, including nice tips like how to install themes, Google Maps, use gmail, etc.
Wi-Fi is pretty good and the browser is the coolest among all handheld devices. It does hang, however on heavy web usage - but then you rather use your desktop for heavy web browingsing, don't you?
I have recently purchased the E61 however am unable to send SMS and am just recieving an error message. Any ideas?? Does the software to to be re-flashed??
to Oz, can be more spesific, what email account are you using? what type of 'internet'? GPRS? WiFi?
I just got my nokia e61. can some one willing to help me set it up. I am from Canada and not so good with this. I need to make my email and internet working.
Can some one help me pls.i´want to save pictures on the web page and it not workin.i need help
I just bought an E61 on eBay but it came with a bilingual english/arabic keyboard. I want to simply swap out the keyboard with an english one however the layout is not the same as the standard one so it will need a firmware update. Anyone have any idea where I can source the keyboard and firmware? I'm in Canada where the phone is not yet available, so I'd need to source parts internationally, perhaps UK. Thanks for any advice!
Can anyone help me to find out the following:
1. What is the processor speed of the E61 ?
2. How many contacts can be stored on the E61
3. What is the current software version of the E61 ?
Thank you :)
does any1 now where i can download cool games from? i have 5£downloads but cant download nothing can any 1help
hi! can somebody tell me that what's the big different between n60 and n61?
to Alaba, my prev post was for Raheel Baloch regarding how to input the number.
E61 user guide page 24, under the section "Write text"