JanSt

Nokia E6 - Impression So Far

Well, well, well,
Nokia E6. How are you?

Okay, I'm currently dealing with major internet problems.
So, no big well-structured review.

But I've had a Nokia E6 for 2 1/2 days now, and before any of my co-mobotniks come up with more, I wanted to shoot off my big first impressions.

First: if flashing notification lights and a well illuminated keypad are a total must for you, avoid the Nokia E6 for NOW. Many Nokia E6 users report problems with their device - keypad hardly visible in the dark and a notification light that is only visible near the pitch black bottom of the barrel.

It seems to be affecting a significant number of E6's, but it can be fixed via future software updates (it seems related to battery-savings settings etc... not beyond repair).

That out of the way, the camera.
I was hesitant, and I believe a couple of times here on mobot I said I wasn't going to get another EDoF camera equipped phone. Well, biteme. The QWERTY on the E6 and the excellent screen made me compromise. Again.
If your EDoF concerns are regarding barcode-scanning (a lot of ppl fear that isn't possible without macro), FEAR not. Barcode apps work okay, And the 8MP shooter in the E6 is quite good. Good enough to take a pic of, say, a business card, zoom in and read. Steve Litchfield over on AAS demonstrated it a few weeks ago, and although my Nokia C7 struggled with the task of replicating Steve's approach, the Nokia E6's camera is better.

Now ANNA. The Nokia E6 comes with the long-overdue Anna. Obviously, it is a modified version TO COPE WITH THE COMBINATION OF hardware Qwerty keypad and multi-touch TS-input. Result: For my liking the symbiosis is excellent. The new UI works really well, and the use of a touch/qwerty combo is very intuitive.

A few more quickies (for now):

- battery life: it's not the E71. You will not get a week out of the Nokia E6. Come on, it has one of the most gorgeous touchscreens out there.
But with 4 email-boxes and Gravity for Twitter on push, and looong Opera Mini sessions and various Spype IM sessions I get two full days out of it. And remember, it is only 3 days old. The battery will slightly improve after a few cycles.

- call quality: excellent. Noise reduction works well this time around (hello E75)

- email client: excellent. Setting up IMAP Opera Mail has never been easier. Sync is excellent. 4 boxes on gprs on push, and zero struggle.

- the Retina-esque display? Wow, yes. A lot has been written about the Nokia E6 and it's iPhone-ish pixel density. And the screen is utterly stunning. 2.4'' and in Opera Mini in full-page view you can actually read the tiny tiny text. You can use a magnifying glass and not see gigantic blocks floating around. It is gorgeoius.

- Apps: joikuspot, the wifi hotspot app, comes preinstalled on the Nokia E6 (unless a network decides to, cough, remove it.) Adobe PDF is onboard, as is a full office suite - view and edit.
Nokia's own Twitter/Facebook app received some polish, but I'm sticking to Gravity. Obviously ;)
World Traveller is back, etc etc... Right out of the box, the Nokia E6 will cover most thing's anyone could want (incl photo- and video-editor)

The OviStore already has many apps that have been adapted for the E6's unique combo of hardware/software, incl Skype etc etc... (no Angry Birds, YET)

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Any questions, let me know below ;)

Gotta go. For now.

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shuwaz  Aug. 12, 2011 at 19:21

I may ditch the E5 and get the E6... if its that good?

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 12, 2011 at 20:19

It is great. But I am annoyed that Nokia still haven't fixed the backlight issue for the keyboard. It seems only in the pitch black of night the keypad light comes on. In low light seeing the symbols on the keys is near impossible.
You do get used to the keys after a while, of course, but it should work properly imho. It's even more irksome since Nokia update the pointless socialmessenger about once a week.... Hey, fix first, dudes.

But shuwaz, one warning (since I used a SGs2 inbetween): after the huge samsung screen and the mighty processor, it's a bit hard to appreciate the E6 as much as I initially did...

CatP  Sep. 26, 2011 at 15:57

Hi
I have this nokia since last Wednesday and for some reason (I can not figure out) it occasionally locks the entire phone, and even just removing the battery and reconnect and the phone will be fine. problem of this phone will be (because I'm going to exchange it for another time)? or am I doing something wrong without realizing it?
Thanks

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 27, 2011 at 00:14

Can't say that bug sounds familiar.
Have you checked for a software update or done a factory reset?
And by "locked up" you mean?
Can you describe in more detail what happens?Can't say that bug sounds familiar.
Have you checked for a software update or done a factory reset?
And by "locked up" you mean?
Can you describe in more detail what happens?

CatP  Sep. 27, 2011 at 11:32

hello

First of all, thank you for answering quickly! =)

Sorry for not being explicit! usually the phone turns black (or better, dead!!) in two situations: when I go too long without touching the phone, or when I have the keys locked and get a call, when I hang up the phone is dead! xD

Recognize the situation? I must have some definition poorly made, but did not find out what!


Can you help me?

Thanks

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 27, 2011 at 11:54

That does sound like a firmware issue.

Have you tried a factory reset? (Don't worry about your files and data - they will be restored afterwards).

If that doesn't help, I'm afraid all you can do is wait for it to happen again, and then take the dark E6 to the shop. (Saves you time, because they will want to see the error 'in action')

I should probably have updated this thread sooner. I'm currently not using my E6 much. After the initial joy that made me overlook some glitchy behaviour, the bugs began getting to me.
The keypad illumination is still utterly random, and my E6 is therefore, at times, useless in low light. There is also a browser issue where many pages won't allow me to zoom in. On a 2.4in screen that is a problem.

Also, I noticed that when it runs dry - when the battery is totally emptied - it takes over 30 mins on the charger to bring it back to life. 30+ minutes is a lot of waiting. Sure, it's great how it's fully charged in just an hour and a half, and overall batterylife is great, but being without a phone for 30mins although you're plugged in???

Most annoying: since launch Nokia have been aware of the keypad light issue and then some. Only software updates so far? 2 for the useless social app!!! Big fail if you ask me.

me, because they will want to see the error 'in action')

I should probably have updated this thread sooner. I'm currently not using my E6 much. After the initial joy that made me overlook some glitchy behaviour, the bugs began getting to me.
The keypad illumination is still utterly random, and my E6 is therefore, at times, useless in low light. There is also a browser issue where many pages won't allow me to zoom in. On a 2.4in screen that is a problem.

Also, I noticed that when it runs dry - when the battery is totally emptied - it takes over 30 mins on the charger to bring it back to life. 30+ minutes is a lot of waiting. Sure, it's great how it's fully charged in just an hour and a half, and overall batterylife is great, but being without a phone for 30mins although you're plugged in???

Most annoying: since launch Nokia have been aware of the keypad light issue and then some. Only software updates so far? 2 for the useless social app!!! Big fail if you ask me.

Treab  Sep. 27, 2011 at 14:13

Janny have you seen the price tag nokia has put on the N9 before tax??

480 euros for the 16gb 560 euros for the 64gb... before taxes so nearly 550 for the 16gb ;)

nokia N9

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 27, 2011 at 17:53

Plenty of banks to rob :p

And, ahem... Janny? It's been 35 yrs since someone called me that. Cheers :D

Treab  Sep. 27, 2011 at 17:58

who are you talking to jan the banker... i cant see anyone calling you 'janny' ;)

AkwasiY  Nov. 16, 2011 at 17:42

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!

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 17, 2011 at 09:52

That seems a bit odd.
Battery performance was NOT what eventually put me off the E6.
I easily got through a day and a half with a LOT of online activity using the E6 - mod-duties here, Twitter and 3 email accounts on push.
Give it a few battery recharge cycles, and see if it improves. Maybe try a factory restor?

Also: in a faux pas yesterday, Nokia Singapore confirmed yesterday that Belle is coming to the Nokia E6 "very soon" - Belle, reportedly, does improve battery performance - its lighter than Anna and memory mapping etc have all been "improved"...
So, with that update looming, I'd be patient for a week or two, and see what happens ;)

naamah15  Dec. 22, 2011 at 06:53

Dear Sir,
I have purchased nokia E6 2 days ago. I am facing problem with the connectivity of internet.
1. When i switchoff and then switch on my cell, nokia ovi store starts. This app, do not authenticate the internet, and there is always connection fail.
2. Once my net gets connected, i m not able to disconnect. Tried disconnecting through connection manager, but it again gets connected. I want to use internet, only when i need, not everytime.

Please guide me with the settings to be done on the handset.

Thank You,
Naamah Retiwala

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 22, 2011 at 10:03

Sorry, I no longer have my E6, so I'll have to check ALL possible explanations later.
In the meantime: if you press and hold the red call-end button, you will be offered to kill ALL connections.
Also: is your problem related to wifi or gsm/gprs?
In Settings under Connections and Destinations you can set default internet access points (APN). You can also set whether you want the APN to work Always or When Needed etc...

Lastly: explain HOW does Ovi start when you turn on the E6? The actual Ovi Store starts??? Shouldn't happen. Unless maybe it wants you to update (the Ovi Store is NOW Nokia Store).

Connect your E6 to the Nokia Suite and check for software updates. I think...no, I am certain your E6 misses a number of Updates. Good Luck.
Let us know what happens :)

naamah15  Dec. 23, 2011 at 06:37

Thank u so much for the instant reply.

Tried that also, but still its connected.
I am facing problem in gsm/gprs.
When i switch on my handset, Nokia Ovi Store (not nokia store), starts loading. It ask to create account, though i have already created my account.
Will check for updates.

Thank u so much.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 24, 2011 at 07:22

Yeah, check updates! Never seen Ovi do that, even when it was out of date. Also, if no updates are available, you might uninstall Ovi Store, and redownload it.

Is your E6 bought from a network or sim-free/unbranded? Mine was straight from Nokia with generic firmware.

gmmarques  Feb. 21, 2012 at 16:23

Hi,
I just bought nokia E6 and there's something bothering me. The"lock switch button" sometimes doesn't do what he is suposed to do. I press it, but it won't lock. It appears to only work when he wants to,lol
what happens is that when I press the "lock switch" the screem turns black (and it apears to be locked), but a secont after that, he unlock again.
Is this normal?

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 21, 2012 at 16:59

Hi,
I just bought nokia E6 and there's something bothering me. The"lock switch button" sometimes doesn't do what he is suposed to do. I press it, but it won't lock. It appears to only work when he wants to,lol
what happens is that when I press the "lock switch" the screem turns black (and it apears to be locked), but a secont after that, he unlock again.
Is this normal?

I had issues with that slider as well; was arguing quite a bit with Nokia on Twitter. Very ugly LOL Then, one day, the slider just worked properly, as though it just needed to get into the groove. Then my E6 got stolen.
By the way: there is a lock widget/app in the Nokia store. It lets you lock the screen with just a tap on the icon. Much handier than the slider.

gmmarques  Feb. 21, 2012 at 18:42

Thanks for replying so fast :)
I hope it's not my E6 that it is broken or something xD
Could u tell me the name of that app?

gmmarques  Feb. 21, 2012 at 19:50

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 21, 2012 at 23:00

Thanks for replying so fast :)
I hope it's not my E6 that it is broken or something xD
Could u tell me the name of that app?

One is called Just Lock and the other Lock Screen - I think. I think they are 70p or thereabouts. Not sure if there's a freebie ;) But it gives the slider a rest, so I'm sure over time it's worth the investment.

prosh  May. 26, 2012 at 14:47

My e6 side lock has broken. I don't know when that happened but the nokia care is denying to repair it. Can someone suggest me what to do.

JanSt / MOD  May. 26, 2012 at 16:35

My e6 side lock has broken. I don't know when that happened but the nokia care is denying to repair it. Can someone suggest me what to do.

Are you sure it's 'broken'? Mine caused probs after a couple of weeks. And just as I was about to send it back it started to work okay again. Those sliders hate dirt - convenient as they are, they are not Nokia's cleverest feature... Just go to a 'local' phone repair shop - cleaning the mechanism might do the trick ;)

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