As usual, before buying a phone I like to read this forum. Most times it works like this: from all messages you read here you extract these aspect you consider most relevant and balance it with your considerations. Next move is to actually go in the shop and see test the handset for yourself (there you will find someone simply interested in giving you something, no matter what, and surely no matter if it's what you need).
Nokia, as an exceptional taste for design and delivers outstanding looks and feel. It also refines its handset devices with any sorts of gadgets (these are mostly useful to nokia in order to fullfill market segments).
The main market segment for the E61 is messaging (and mainling, primarily), thus the aimed competitor is Blackberry.
So, here is the story. I happen to be a blackberry user for long long time. I loved and still use also other phones (one of the last i loved is a samsung P-300 -good companion of the bulky backberry for beeing small and clean-) but for messaging, so far, i couldn't see rivals.
Reading this forum I thought ... what the heck, i need to renew my subscription and handset anyway, so let's move from BB to the newer E61. Battery life was said to be good and everybody seemed just happy about it.
You see, if you're like me and use blackberry. If you are often on the the go and need a reliable always on device. But especialy if you hate slow mobile phones, and your goal is to read and send mail whenever possible, I am very sorry to let you know that this phone will not do for you as it didn't do for me. I tried the phone, despite resetting (?!) a couple of times in my hand, despite the fact that the claimed VoIP function is simply unusable (this was actually the main reason why i though the E61 was worth), despite the fact that is even more bulky and heavier than a Blackberry (put it in your back pocket).
It's simply slow.
Yes I admit, there is an improvement with the previous symbian based phones, but sorry, let's Nokia understand that filling devices with unwanted and unecessary stuff doesn't do any good to their attempt of recovering lost market.
The day I will have a decent model from Nokia, dedicated to messaging, I will be very happy and probably I'll buy it, so far I renewed my subscription and got a new BlackBerry 8707v. It does the thing just fine and sets my mind at easy, so I am glad of the choice so far.
You draw your conclusions yourself now, but with the E61 don't expect an easy switch from balckberry so far.
The Nokia E61 is so so so so awesome...
Big display, QWERTY, WIFI, Faster Processor...
Overall - Amazing Features..
Does it has office applications (excel, worl, ppt)? If so, has anyone tried using this application and how do you rate its performance as compared to other PDAs?
Purchased mine last week in HK while on business. My first Nokia in 4 years. Been a SE and Motorola fan since. Well all I can say is NICE NICE NICE! I have finaly found a total solution for my travel needs. UMTS/GPRS and WiFi all bundled in a great package which has been easy to configure and never fails. I have so reservation in recommending this solution for the heavy traveller who need to be connected at all times but wants more than what the Blackberry can offer (umts/wifi). This is the way to go for email/messaging while roaming all over.
Can anyone help with Blackberry software installation on the E61 or do i need to visit the Nokia Service center????
Bob, i too have mail being deleted from the handset when my POP3 ages mail, I was completely baffled until your query. Anyone out there now how to stop it without leaving mail on the POP3 server indefinatly?
You can make a one way video call only. Two way video call is not possible with the E61. And there is nothing wrong with your eyes
I have just picked up the E61 - Great phone perfect size way above the O2 Atom i just released where keyboard and battery life were found wanting. The E61 is as all Nokia's a classic. I have one query - on mail through POP3 server - when the mail is knocked from the server by aging setting, it gets deleted from the handset on the next connection hence i cannot retain old mails on my handset?? Any suggestions. How is the blackberry on this set ??
I work for Business 2.0 magazine and I'm interested in talking to people about how the Nokia E61 is a great business tool for professionals. Please e-mail for additional details. My story deadline is very soon.
Hi, I have been using Nokia E elegant 61 more than a month. Above all I post my comment here with my E61. It is really great! It has no Camera and FM. Anyway but complete business class requirements.
This phone is really pefect combination of business and entertainment, When I saw this phone for the first time I really liked and loved it, it has everything that I require, I want a perfect phone without camira.
I wish to see companies build more programs on this phone to enhance and use full capabilities of this phone.
3G is a faster & strong then edge gprs frequencie supported by sertain network that guive Third genearation GSM phones with wcdma umts or for canada 3g umts & hsdpa network the best phones to have 3g on are symbian and pocket pc ho and pc card s for a laptop ! so a nokia gsm smarthone that has symbian and a memory card it suppors sertain mp4 3gps or avi smartmovies videos music lips pictures pdf so with a faster data stransmition speed ,faster than edge or gprs you can send or receave files in real time on a call to the other 3g phone receave a video call on youre e61 or receave a computer application redy to be installed 'a fter saving the file and send to pc via email bluetooth wi-fi , cable to youre computer and ....
I purchased the E61 yesterday at the Wanchai Computer Center. Clearly at this stage it's a grey market model brought over from Europe. But the language choices on the phone are English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese. I don't know how the input for Chinese characters would work on the phone. The problem is that with English loaded, the keyboard layout doesn't match! It's fine for alphanumeric characters, but for example, when you press the key combination that should give a ?, you get a = instead!
My other comment/question is that I wish there was a way to change the 7 application icons on the main screen. Having two of them devoted to messaging and one for Bluetooth set-up is not the way I'd prefer to go.
Last comment - just want to emphasize there are not a lot of Symbian Series 60 Ver 3 apps out there yet. No versions of my particular favorites yet - Worldmate and hanDbase.
I'm pretty sure it just allows you to set a stationary pic from your end during a video call...I have the 903 and you can set it to either show your pic via cam or set a stationary pic...
to nokia: i was about to buy this phone, but i've noticed that no camera in front for video call (3g). the salesman insists that this phone is 3g capable, as stated in the specifications. i just had my eye check-up recently, but i see no camera in the front or back of this phone.
I also have Agile Messener Beta that work pretty well and downloaded some themes from a couple sites, only two have worked well so far with the E 61 though I think most were made for the N80 cause they stretch out on my screen...but 3rd edition software is developing still so I will give it a while.
Nokia is opening a store in my city in two weeks so I will bug the hell out of them.
I finally got my E61 and I am using it with T Mo US...
Excellent Phone I love how the people with blackberries and the few with the Q (which is basically a skinny SDA) all give me envious looks when that all ask..."well what does it do that my phone doesn't"
As I connect to Wifi then get on my full internet browser (not WAP) the initial jaws drop, with Rick Ross playing in the background, and I show them I also have blackberry connect and the activesync loaded...
This phone should get better ratings than in does on this site.
Really though, I love how you can multitask with Symbian and the phone only froze on me once when I was surfing the net on the Apple Store's wifi and downloading LupeFiasco and bluetoothing a Dave Chappelle clip while I had music playing and then....phone call comes...the fact that I was doing everything else before the call with no problem was nice it froze for about 25 seconds and kicked me off the net/paused the music and downloads while I took the call and upon hanging up, the downloads resumed and the music cut back on. That's the ONLY problem! I can deal with that.
My other phone is the Sharp903sh which I ue as a camera in offline mode right now but not a bad backup phone.