Nokia E66 Review: Clean-cut Business Tool: Unboxing, 360-degree Spin, Design, Construction

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Unboxed to surprise

The retail package of Nokia E66 is much to our liking. For starters, the phone comes with Nokia's fastest and smallest charger. It's so tiny that you can comfortably to carry it around in a pocket. Not that you'll need it too often: the battery is rather good.

A 2GB microSD card also comes with the E66, so you're pretty well covered for the most common scenarios (unless you are among the few that do demand more storage space on their mobile phones).

Unboxing Nokia E66

A nice leather case and a leather lanyard are in the box too, and so is a Compact Disk (CD) with Personal Computer (PC) synchronization software. The supplied handsfree, much like the E71, won't let you utilize the hands-free remote with another headset (no standard audio jack on it). Finally there is a whole load of paperwork including manuals, quick start guides and a few leaflets - nothing essential as usual.

The leather carrying case and strap

Nokia E66 360-degree spin

Nokia E66 stands at 107.5 x 49.5 x 13.6mm and has a volume of 62.6cc, which create it really pocket-friendly. In all fairness, the weight of 121g isn't the most flattering but the remarkable finish and solid feel do hold their toll. The Nokia E66 is the slimmest smartphone slider currently on the market and this might just be enough for quite a lot of potential buyers.


Design and construction

What most people associate with business handsets is stillborn design, lots of keys and anything but nice to see at, let alone shove in everyone's face. The Nokia E65 did break that rule and we are now excited to see E66 follow suite. The metal accents up front and the back panel see awesome.

The earpiece of Nokia E66 is placed at the top of the front panel, with an ambient light sensor and video-call capturing camera on either side. Below are the 2.4" display and the main controls around the traditional D-pad. All are large enough and very solid to press, especially the two selection keys and the call and discontinue keys. The rest of the controls include the so-called one-touch keys, the back and the solid D-pad with its large and comfortable confirming center.

The earpiece flanked by the video-call capturing camera and ambient light sensor

An fascinating detail is that the keys don't have any labels on them unless they're illuminated. This gives the phone really sleek, albeit somewhat strange looks when backlighting is off. The final element on the front panel is the mouthpiece, which is placed on the chin correct where the slider rests.

The keys below the display lack any labels when backlighting is off

The 2.5mm standard audio jack, the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port and the infrared port are on the left side of Nokia E66. The Universal Serial Bus (USB) port is covered by a small plastic cap for protection. The audio jack didn't receive the same treatment but our experience shows that those are better left as they are: a lid often gets in the way when trying to plug in a headset.

The Nokia E66 left side features the 2.5mm standard audio jack, microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port and the Infrared port

The charger plug and the lanyard eyelet are at the bottom. There is nothing special to note here.

Lanyard eyelet and charger plug

On the correct side of the Nokia E66 we come upon the two volume keys, the voice command key and the dedicated shutter key. They all have sufficient size and tactility and we are more than pleased with them. The one thing we didn't like here is that the capturing camera key doesn't automatically start the capturing camera application, so you have to launch it elsewhere from the interface.

The capturing camera key is a shutter button only, it doesn't turn the capturing camera on

At the top we find an unpleasant, though not unexpected, surprise. It's the same utterly tasteless cheapo red power knob much like the one on the Nokia E71. We would've only understood that styling in a self-destruct-do-not-ever-press button. Another disappointment about the power key is it's quite hard to reach when the slider is up. Be it for powering the phone on or off or for quick switching the active profile - you have to close the phone to press the key.

Don't acquire us started on the red power key

The steel back panel of Nokia E66 is a accurate redemption though. The problem we experienced with E71 still stands but fingerprint smudges are the price to be paid we guess. Reraside we find the 3 megapixel auto-focus capturing camera lens, with Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash and self-portrait mirror. While we can say correct away that the Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash is no good, the rest of the capturing camera performance will be discussed in more detail latter on.

The 3 megapixel capturing camera lens with Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash and self-portrait mirror

The loudspeaker grill is also to be noticed on the back panel - correct in the bottom left corner.

The battery cover is removed by pressing the two release knobs on either side at the bottom. The all-metal part easily pops out, which is another point earned for the device. Under the cover we find the microSD card slot and the 1000 mAh Li-Ion BL-4U battery.

While it is not nearly as impressive as the 1500 mAh monster mounted on the E71, the Nokia E66 battery pulled off a more than decent performance. Quoted at 7.5 hours of talk time and 264 hours of stand-by, it sticks out a small over two full days of heavy usage. Good enough, considering the power-hungry applications in there (GPS, Wi-Fi, 2.4" screen, etc.).

Battery cover release knobs at the bottom • The microSD card slot

We put Nokia E66 to our usual GPS battery test to see how far you can acquire with it. We left the device in standstill position with GPS satellites locked and the display constantly on. The E66 kept going for 6 hours straight, which is quite a fine achievement, though nowhere near the unbelievable 14 hours of E71. Just as a reference, Nokia 6210 Navigator lasted about 4 hours.

In case you have somehow missed it by now, let's say it again - the build quality of Nokia E66 is tremendous. The phone looks remarkable and, if it wasn't for the eye-soring red power key, we would've been tempted to say it's perfect. Anyway, we are so in love with E66, we're willing to think of it as a beauty mark.

Nokia E66 in hand



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