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Nokia E6 review

The new phone benefits from touchscreen and Symbian Anna, but is it the business?

Our Verdict

A well built very capable business phone built for text heavy users with a powerful camera for good light photography

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 14.80 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 640 x 480

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For

  • Touchscreen and physical QWERTY keyboard
  • Free Maps and sat nav with info
  • Good 8MP camera
  • Much faster web browser than previous Symbian^3 phones
  • High build quality

Against

  • Small screen
  • No FM transmitter
  • Disjointed messaging methods
  • No dedicated Camera button
  • Dictaphone/Voice Command button only works on long press

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The Nokia E6 is enhanced by the contacts and calling functionality provided by the Symbian^3 operating system. The Contacts app saves a friend's name, address (which gets linked to, and shows up on, Ovi Maps), phone numbers, Facebook and Twitter profiles (via a Social app add-in), Ovi Chat, Google Talk, Yahoo Chat, MSN and ICQ usernames (which get linked to Chat, if you install and set it up).

Within the Contacts app, two additional tabs provide contact grouping and integration with Microsoft Communicator mobile. The Communicator tab automatically sets up a contact's details once the connection has been made between the phone and the relevant Microsoft Office communications server, which can be located behind a corporate firewall.

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One disappointment on the Nokia E6 is that IM usernames entered in the Contacts app don't pull through to Ovi Chat, and vice versa. The Chat app also doesn't remember user details when setting up or changing services, requiring you to enter username and password details for all IM services separately. It seems disjointed that this information isn't added to the global Nokia/Ovi username system.

Contacts can be accessed through the Contacts app or on the home screen by typing a phone number, contact's name or company name, which will show an updating list of contacts with that number/letter combination in their details.

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A third way of bringing up contact details is via the Search home screen widget, although this doesn't give results until after you've entered your search query and selected My Content. The speed on this was also surprisingly slow.

You can also use the integrated voice dialling and voice command system to speak to contacts, which works out of the box thanks to Nokia's voice recognition algorithms.

Once you have decided which method of making the call you prefer, we finally get to the call itself.

All Nokia Symbian^3 devices come with High Definition call quality, providing a clear sound quality at both ends as long as the network signal strength supports.

During testing no issues were experienced with call quality, with reduced signal strength limited to known poor signal strength locations.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodQWERTY, Touchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value1.14 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyE
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time14.80 Hour
Product ModelE6
Screen Size6.2 cm (2.5")
Screen Resolution640 x 480
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)133 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, REACH, China RoHS
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerARM
Operating System VersionSymbian Anna
Messaging TypeEmail, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesConference Call, Call Log
Height115.5 mm
Width59 mm
Depth10.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesE
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameE6 Smartphone
Processor Speed680 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, G-sensor, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Magnetometer
Manufacturer Part Numbernoke6-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Marketing Information

An ultra compact smartphone

Everything looks incredibly sharp on the full touch screen - plus you get a real QWERTY and a battery offering unbeatable power.

Millions of places to discover

Instantly find the best of everything in your city and start exploring with free lifetime walk and drive navigation worldwide.

Integrated email & social networks

Emails straight from your personal and work accounts and live Facebook and Twitter feeds 24/7.

Package Contents
  • E6 Smartphone
  • Nokia Battery
  • Nokia High Efficiency Charger
  • Nokia Stereo Headset
  • Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty2 Year