Nokia E61i Review: Lens-wear For The Messenger: Keyboard, Display, Telephony, User Interface, Phonebook

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Typing a… message perhaps

Well, we must admit that the E61i keyboard left us full of nothing but nice experience. It’s well designed and spacey, keys have a positive feedback and all in all – it is a remarkable instrument to assist you do all your emails. As we already said, a number of changes have been introduced over E61 - the navigation joystick is replaced with a D-pad, there are two recent shortslit keys – the Phonebook and My Own key, and the keys have gotten just a notch smaller, but the space between them has increased. The backlighting is strong and even.



E61i keyboard in the dark: nice and even

The Nokia E61i has an extremely large 16M color TFT display with a QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) (320x240 pixels) resolution – it measures a fine 2.8 inches in diagonal which is close to PocketPersonal Computer (PC) displays. Just as those, it looks pretty vulnerable in the beginning due to the large exposed surface. When it comes to performance under colorful sunlight… Let’s just say that in this respect Nokia have been doing some really remarkable work lately – their displays are among the best ones we’ve seen – both on feature phones and on smartphones.




E61i in the black• focusing on the display

Making calls…

Nokia E61i signal reception is just what you would expect from a high-discontinue smartphone - flawless. The loudspeaker of the phone is also good, and as we already mentioned – due to its position it is hard to muffle it in your pocket or when you put it on a table. Ringtone volume is sufficient enough and is audible even in crowded places. The vibration of the phone is also strong enough. The phone has brilliant speaker quality and the sound during calls is very clear and without any interferences.




Dialing Dexter’s number

Taking it further...

Nokia E61i runs on the third edition of the Series 60 UI. The Symbian operating system works very well on the phone and is quite fast. We are quite pleased with the response of the operating system and would recommdiscontinue it sincerely when it comes to smartphones. As regards the response of E61i over previous E-series devices (with the latest firmware installed) we found it to be exactly the same in terms of its speed.

The display contains information about the network coverage, the battery status, date, time, operator name. There is also the Active stand-by classy screen which shows a bar with 7 shortcuts plus several plug-ins and the inbox.






Nokia E61i: with and without the Active Standby • Active standby plug-ins

The recent My Own key that seems to appear on Nokia’s recent smartphones is a customizable shortslit key that you can utilize for starting an application of your choice. It really comes in handy.



My Own key settings

The phone has an Offline mode which works as an Airplane mode, switching off the phone functionality of Nokia E61i but allowing the user to utilize the other capabilities of the device. The Offline mode can also be used if you don’t insert a SIM card in the phone. While in offline mode the phone can still provide WLocal Area Network (LAN) and Bluetooth connectivity.

As with any smartphone, there is a Task Manager, of course. It gets opened by a longer press on the Menu key on the keyboard. This pop-up allows you to switch between applications or you can discontinue them. Generally, the red receiver key closes applications for real, so if you need to leave one running, you can always return to Standby using this Task manager.



Task manager pop-up

The phone’s main menu can be viewed either as a matrix grid of 4 x 3 icons or in list view. Most of the submenus also allow changing the type of view.




Main Menu: grid view and list view

Nokia E61i has 60 Mega Bytes (MB) internal memory and a microSD memory card slot. Unfortunately, as it seems the retail package of the E61i won’t be including a memory card. You will have to buy one of your own.

The Nokia E61i has an extremely large 16M color TFT display with a QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) (320x240 pixels) resolution – it measures a fine 2.8 inches in diagonal which is close to PocketPersonal Computer (PC) displays. Just as those, it looks pretty vulnerable in the beginning due to the large exposed surface.

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