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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

Nokia e6:

Like all recent Nokia mobile phones, the Nokia E6 supports internet connectivity via GPRS or Wi-Fi, although, with the introduction of Symbian Anna, the Nokia E6 has the fastest, most powerful web browser yet seen on a Nokia Symbian handset.

With a 1.5MB Wi-Fi connection, the TechRadar website loads in 20 seconds with initial display in five seconds, compared to 30 seconds and 10 seconds on the Nokia N8.

The way in which the website is loaded means that the website is useable after the initial display, with the remainder of the time spent completing the load of all page data.

One difference between the default browser and other available ones is that it loads in partial readable view rather than displaying the complete, unreadable page. Preference between these two display types is down to personal choice, but we prefer the E6's partial yet readable loading view.

When it comes to page navigation, all Symbian^3 devices support multi-touch pinch to zoom in a number of apps, including the internet browser. In our experience this was very responsive in all cases.

Nokia e6:

The main alternative to the default Symbian Anna Web app is Opera, available in the forms of Opera Mini (a fast and compact remote server-compressed browser) and Opera Mobile (an on-device rendered phone browser).

Opera Mini provides faster, reduced data web browsing, with websites being routed through Opera servers to render and compress the information before it's rendered on the phone.

Opera Mobile provides a browsing quality akin to Symbian Anna Web, taking a similar time to the default browser to download and render sites, since rendering is achieved on-device. The TechRadar website full load time for Opera Mini was 13 seconds and for Mobile it was 30 seconds, with both taking roughly six seconds for initial load.

Nokia e6

The Nokia E6's main menu appears the same as that provided on the previous Symbian^3 web browser, providing access to your homepage, bookmarks, windows switching, web feeds, history, settings and downloads. But all access to menus is now via a semi-transparent soft icon in the bottom-right corner, releasing screen space for the web page.

One disappointment in terms of internet on the Nokia E6 is that, unlike with previous Symbian web browsers, you're no longer able to choose to start on bookmarks, because this enables the browser to be opened without having to use data until the desired web page is being loaded.

One saving grace for the more tech-able is that the browser supports the creation of a local home page, and setting this as your home page. If you wish to do this, save the page to your E: drive and set your home page address as file://e/[filename.html].

Nokia e6

A new introduction on the Nokia E6 is an Intranet app for protected access to corporate websites completely separate to the normal web browser, further aligning the Nokia E6 for business use.

The new browser automatically cleans up after itself too – not requiring the user to manually select to clear privacy history, like on previous phones – which is another welcome improvement.

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