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)
Any questions, let me know below
Gotta go. For now.