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Nokia E6 Review

Nokia E6 5.5

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The Nokia E6 runs Symbian Anna, the latest version of the OS. With an element of visual evolution over the generations, Symbian Anna adds some curved corners to icons, improves transitions and makes the device look more 2011 than its predecessor, the E5, which ran Symbian S60 v3. You can check out a full run down of the features found in Symbian Anna in our article on the subject. For now though, we'll be brief, highlighting the key interface elements.

The adoption of a touch screen makes interacting with the handset much more intuitive than with the E5, offering easy adding and changing of widgets as well as swiping between homescreens in the same way as found in Symbian^3. The traditional Symbian^3 interface has been given an overhaul in Anna, incorporating a brand new set of icons and improved browser. Under the hood, the Nokia E6 runs on a 680 MHz processor, enough to keep it ticking along, though with occasional stutters, you can definitely notice that lag affects the overall performance.

The Nokia E6 runs Symbian Anna - Nokia E6 Review
The Nokia E6 runs Symbian Anna - Nokia E6 Review
The Nokia E6 runs Symbian Anna - Nokia E6 Review
The Nokia E6 runs Symbian Anna - Nokia E6 Review
The Nokia E6 runs Symbian Anna - Nokia E6 Review
The Nokia E6 runs Symbian Anna - Nokia E6 Review
The Nokia E6 runs Symbian Anna - Nokia E6 Review

The Nokia E6 runs Symbian Anna


The contacts and messaging applications remain similar to those in previous editions of Symbian.

Contacts - Nokia E6 Review
Email - Nokia E6 Review

Contacts

Email


Despite cosmetic tweaks and a few noticeable performance improvements though, Symbian Anna is still a multi-tiered, process laden mission. The menus and notifications are convoluted, the widgets and homescreen shortcuts lack customizability and even the aesthetic feels tired despite the visual revamp. With suggestions circulating round the blogoshpere that the next iteration of Symbian will be bringing something markedly different to the table, unfortunately, until then, the OS remains a somewhat uncompetitive contender in a marketplace of rich operating systems.


Camera and Multimedia:

The Nokia E6 comes with an 8-megapixel fixed-focus camera with dual-LED flash. You can access it through the applications folder or through a shortcut on your homescreen. As with the X7, it is extremely fast, however the reason for this speed lies in the camera's biggest drawback, the lack of auto-focus. This therefore means no macro shots, with anything closer than 20 inches appearing blurry.

Camera interface - Nokia E6 Review
Camera interface - Nokia E6 Review
Camera interface - Nokia E6 Review

Camera interface


Overall, we find the quality of the image stills on the Nokia E6 to be average - decently detailed and moderately sharpened, but colors seem washed out and in most (if not all) we ended up with under-contrasted images. When it comes to the camera interface, you're treated with plenty of options including scene modes, face detection, self-timer and color tones. You can even set the white balance and ISO light sensitivity, as well as the contrast and sharpness of pictures. There is a 2X digital zoom on board as well as a front facing camera.

Samples shot with the Nokia E6 - Nokia E6 Review
Samples shot with the Nokia E6 - Nokia E6 Review
Samples shot with the Nokia E6 - Nokia E6 Review
Samples shot with the Nokia E6 - Nokia E6 Review
Samples shot with the Nokia E6 - Nokia E6 Review
Samples shot with the Nokia E6 - Nokia E6 Review
Samples shot with the Nokia E6 - Nokia E6 Review
Samples shot with the Nokia E6 - Nokia E6 Review

Samples shot with the Nokia E6


The 680MHz processor allows recordings of up to 720p HD videos running at 25fps. The sample footage we recorded had the same issues with washed out colors as in the stills, but it's the skipped frames that bothered us more. Switching to the video recorder, you end up with a similar alas shorter set of options, but it's the quality of the footage that matters the most. If you don't set the bar too high, the Nokia E6 offers average video quality at best.

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Despite not being marketed as a multimedia phone as such, the Nokia E6 contains the same image and video editing tools found on the X7 and N8. For stills, you can crop, rotate, add frames, text and some basic effects, while for videos you can stack up a couple of clips and add transitions and music.

Image and video editing tools - Nokia E6 Review
Image and video editing tools - Nokia E6 Review

Image and video editing tools


The music application hasn't changed much in Symbian Anna, and along with standard file support, the handset also comes with Stereo FM radio with RDS.

The built-in movie application plays back MPEG-4 and DivX/Xvid encoded files out of the box, so despite the screen size being less than ideal for movies, with its great resolution, the quality and experience is very good indeed. We managed to run files encoded at up to 720p smoothly. Combined with its support for microSD cards of up to 32GB, for short movies and episodes, The Nokia E6 delivers a surprisingly capable offering.

Music player - Nokia E6 Review
The built-in movie app - Nokia E6 Review

Music player

The built-in movie app



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posted on 27 Jun 2011, 06:31 7

1. rain86 (unregistered)


only 5.5/10... is this a joke?

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 06:35

3. Ro (unregistered)


Woow!! I didn't know that the phone was this bad... Even the review did not suggest the points registered.

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 06:43 2

6. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)


As expected. Honestly, I'm about to crack up "What the hell?" statement right there, but maybe PA is right. Maybe this kind of phone is too outdated for today's standards. Anyway, I just wish that N9 comes sooner. I know it's a dead end, but I like taking risks with my phones. Just like with my Samsung Wave. ;)

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 08:10 2

7. Lawrence (unregistered)


phone arena has given 8/10 for an s40 c3 touch and type and given 5/10 for an x7 and 5.5/10 for e6

lol.....crazy.....

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 05:29 1

26. guest89 (unregistered)


no consistency in there reviews if that is what they are lol...i just read hear for fun because pa have just become jokes...no effin professionalism at all.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 09:47 2

30. Antonio (unregistered)


You’re talking sh*t. GSM Arena is one of the BEST websites for reviews, and it is definitely NOT biased towards any operating systems or anything else for that matter.

If they gave it a 5.5 it is because their view for this phone in its own category, according to price, benefits and defects lead it to this, and thus it is well deserved. Build quality is awesome but software also matters a lot, and even though for people who know how to use Symbian this device will be a true beauty running awesomely great, the average Joe and Jane (who are the majority) will probably not get used to it so fast and be able to take advantage of everything, and will probably not even try to change the out of the box experience, which is good enough for people willing to customize everything, but not good enough to let everyone else comfortable to use the settings.

Do you realize you are bashing basically the only website that actually gives Symbian a fair shot in the competition (as in not being biased)? I'm not talking about Symbian websites that only talk about Symbian devices, but about all round, websites that talk about all OS and companies such as this one.

Yes, it IS very consistent to give a S40 device a higher grade because it simply is in a different class, being evaluated for a different intended public, at a different price point, and absolutely everything is different. What did you think? You thought there was the "good" devices with higher grades, that can ONLY be full expensive smartphones, and the lower end devices could not get any higher ratings just because they are on the lower end? This is ridiculous.

By the way, the S40 touch and type are indeed terrific. I loved them.

I hope the GSM Arena reviewers just ignore these ridiculous and baseless comments just because these people thought the device should get a higher grade. Come on, your opinion is different and you love the device, so go on and purchase it! What are you doing here? I loved it too and I would give it a different grade if this device's intended public was Symbian fans, but I prefer my Nokia N8 so I'm not getting it for myself (maybe for my father, he will definitely love it).

Anyway. Stop the complaints, say something actually useful, and LET IT BE!

I hope this makes all of you who are complaining see how stupid you sound by bashing random reviews on the internet without even trying to prove any points whatsoever.

And don't come here and tell me something stupid such as "go away fanboy". All (100%) my phones have had Symbian in them and as of now, all of them have been Nokia's.

Antonio,
a Symbian fan and Nokia supporter, but not "fanboy", "diehard" or whatever else

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 10:17 2

31. jimjam (Posts: 297; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


You are missing the point that this phone is in a different class... a business class qwerty messenger. Symbian has long proved itself to be a fantastic OS on this style of device... with the E63, E71,E72, E73 each scoring above 8. This E6 actually builds on those phones and makes them better. So why the sudden drop in score ... well because big touchscreen phones are all the rage. That isn't really a good reason to drop the score because it is in a different class with plenty of people who like the format... exactly the same as what you are saying about your s40.

How can you give 5.5 to a phone with top of the range 5 band 3g connectivity, excellent qwerty keyboard, top of the range battery life, great email connectivity, some of the best call quality around, high resolution screen, pretty decent camera for a business phone. Show me a much better qwerty messenger... the htc chacha? Samsung Pro? blackberry OS? I don't think so.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 11:36 1

32. Velociround (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


Uh, I don't think you really got the point of my comment. I hope you have read the full comment but by the first phrase you have written it doesn't seem like so.

So, you said I "missed the point" because this phone is "in a different class".

Let me quote myself where I talk about this phone being in a different class and thus being scored in its class:
"If they gave it a 5.5 it is because their view for this phone in its own category, according to price, benefits and defects lead it to this, and thus it is well deserved. Build quality is awesome but software also matters a lot, and even though for people who know how to use Symbian this device will be a true beauty running awesomely great, the average Joe and Jane (who are the majority) will probably not get used to it so fast and be able to take advantage of everything, and will probably not even try to change the out of the box experience, which is good enough for people willing to customize everything, but not good enough to let everyone else comfortable to use the settings."

Now I guess I'd better put a disclaimer on top of this new comment:
- I love my Nokia N8 and I would absolutely love to have an E6, and even though it is not my type of phone and N8 fits me a lot better, I hope I can purchase one for my father so he will have a great phone (and so I can get my hands in it too!). I still wish Symbian gets plenty of updates and new features until 2016, preferably asap.

Now let's move on:
Yeah, the E6 it has all these things you have just mentioned, but at this point in time, things have changed a lot. It has not gotten a lower rating because "big touchscreen phones are all the rage". It has gotten a lower score because it does not do its job as beautifully out of the box as you would expect it to do nowadays. The browser is still very bad even if you compare it to other Nokia browsers (look at the N9!). Thankfully we have Opera Mobile, because I truly believe Nokia has actually given up on their software. It's easy to think that when you look at the N9's apps and think "omg that's perfect and gorgeous and amazing and I WANT ONE!", then you look at another Nokia product (Symbian) and think "how dare they release something in this state? The user has to change so many things to make it a pleasant experience".

The only way I could think of the Symbian browser as a good thing (either the old or the new one) was if I had coded it myself as college homework to create a browser. I would be so much happy to have programmed something like that all by myself! But not if you tell me "here's your product as coded by professional teams in a huge company"

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 12:12

34. jimjam (Posts: 297; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


If you were treating it as a device in a different class you wouldn't be comparing it to n8 and n9s but to other qwerty messengers. This device is certainly up there with the best qwerty messengers. Show me a qwerty that is 3.5 points better than this since the best qwerty should be around 9/10 and then feel free to write such comments. So yes you totally missed the point.

You are implying symbian is one and the same on a 4" device and on a 2.5" qwerty. Well it isn't. The bad things about symbian on a 4" just do not matter on a 2.5" qwerty device. Things like call quality, keyboard, ease of emailing, battery life etc do. The browser works pretty well for 2.5". What are you expecting on a 2.5" screen?

Oh and yes if you can add software to make it better then that isn't a negative but a positive. Who uses safari over a tabbed browser like atomic or the stock android over something like dolphin browser.

If it was all about out of the box experience well then android phones would score 2! So your line of argument is just irrelevant.

If Joe and Jane can't use a symbian device out of the box then they can't use a cell phone and should just stick to a landline.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 14:03

38. Velociround (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


Reiterating what I had already said before, there is no other "qwerty messenger" as you like to say that is better than the E6, and I can't mention any specially because myself I don't think there is one. But, again, that still doesn't mean the E6 is perfect or could not have been greatly improved.

In fact, I did NOT even compare it to the N8 as you said! I have no idea where you read that. I am not comparing the E6 to the N9 either. When I mentioned the N9, I was not talking about the phone or form factor: I was comparing the browser only, and you I believe you actually can compare the performance of browsers across any types of phones regardless of form factor. Besides, the E6 has a touch screen too so it makes even more sense to compare its browser performance to another touchscreen phone if you go by your standards, regardless of size of the screen. I am not really into any trendy things people usually go (such as "4 inches screen ftw", or "I want moar apps").

No, the browser does not work "pretty well for 2,5"" and the screen size is not the problem here. The problem is the actual browser performance, not the screen size which is just perfect. Moving on to browser performance: pinch to zoom has been implemented with workaround programming, and if you don't wait until the pages are fully loaded you will get angry at the phone while trying to view anything. Also take note that the browser will randomly go back to the top of the page if the website requires it to load anything more than previously expected, so you could be reading something down the page and all of a sudden you are on the top of the page. None of these are related to the screen size or form factor at all. It is down to the software.

But browser performance is the worst thing someone could compare on Symbian, and I usually just dismiss this provided we have Opera Mobile which is just a wonderful experience on all Symbian phones. So, here is my point in a very good example: the browser. The built-in is very tricky to use and still a bad experience, but if you know how to replace it with Opera Mobile you will have a so much better browsing experience on Symbian.

The same can be said about other things too. The S60v3 version of QuickOffice was really, really great, and I loved it. I could create from scratch all of my presentations and documents on the phone, and all of the documents I edited on my PC would open just fine on the phone. And this very same version also worked on Symbian^3! I thought it was just terrific.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 14:06

39. Velociround (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


But now, with some "updates" to QuickOffice which include some workaround to pinch to zoom (which I found to be worse than the browser), I found myself unable to open most of the documents I could earlier, editing options became scarcer, and I was forced to stop using it because I didn't find a way to downgrade.

But if you are a power user and know you can get other Office suites (such as SmartOffice) you will really enjoy the office experience on Symbian.

Did you see what my point was? The built-in experience is not the greatest, but if you know how to use it, you can make a world of difference. The Average Joe will usually not even think about that, though. Either it works when you turn on, or it doesn't.

And I know plenty of people (most people!) like that. I had to explain to a friend of mine how to add shortcuts to his home screen on his Nokia N8. My cousin had no idea his Nokia N95 even had GPS, a integrated GPU with very good games or even the ability to install apps. He asked me for a device that did all of these things because he wanted to change his phone, and I had to tell him his current (N95) phone already did everything he wanted to, and explain how to use it.

I did not say the ability to add software to make it better was a negative either. I have no idea where you took that from.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 11:36 1

33. Velociround (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


By the way, I think you got me wrong: I have never had any S40 phones, but I have used one of these for quite a long time when I had the opportunity (at operator store) and they're brilliant for the "Average Joe and Jane".
But in fact I loved my N95-3 and I love my Nokia N8, and I use both of them as my primary computers, not just as smartphones.

Sorry I had to put this paragraph on a new comment, but there is a 3000 characters limit for posting.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 12:17

35. jimjam (Posts: 297; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


PS Have you even used a qwerty nokia device??

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 13:44 1

37. Velociround (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


Sure! I absolutely loved the Nokia E71. It is really great and the E6 has improved on it really a lot! The E63 is very common in my country too because a lot of people like it, and it was a good experience trying it out.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 12:57

57. khurram87 (Posts: 24; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


sorry i actually wanted to LIKE your comment but mistakenly clicked on the opposite button. I agree with you - but at the same time, i wanted to see a 1Ghz processor on this one - E71, E72 released in 2008/2009 has the same processor speed. In this aspect Nokia hasnt made any change (even with the Nokia E7). All in all, its a fantastic piece of hardware. All that is worrying me at the moment is, will it get the Symbian Belle update (like the other Symbian^3 phones). Hope Nokia doesnt ditch us and say "Sorry E6 has a relatively smaller screen and the Belle experience might go unnoticed on this device, so we plan not to go ahead with the update".....Cheers!

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 08:50

8. nuadar (unregistered)


Calm down and be rational...specs of this phone are horrible, OS is horrible too...its well deserved 5,5 and I would even go with BB than with this...and i really hate BB

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 21:12 3

20. JB82 (unregistered)


why are the specs horrible? You don't need a dual core 1.5mhz to run what this phone is designed to do.

What is horrible about a great qwerty keyboard, great battery life, excellent connectivity (how many android handsets can boast being able to be used on every 3g frequency including t-mobile AND AT&T?), works great as a phone (take that iphone 4) etc etc ....

Plus it actually looks good unlike the samsung pro, droid pro, htc chacha etc.

Just because you like big touchscreen phones doesn't mean this is rubbish ... just means you are meant for a different phone.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 08:28

55. abcz (unregistered)


The Blackberry Bold costs 50% to 100% more, depending on which version. The older version only has 5MP camera. The latest BB Bold 9900 is double the price of E6 in my country.
E6 has great resolution,640X480 , great for watching videos.
Excellent built quality, with a physical keypad, the phone needs to be. The touchscreen makes for easier scrolling, instead of pressing the keypad all the time.
Of course, not to mention better battery life than Android(for those Nokia critics)

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 12:24 2

11. seylan (unregistered)


ANOTHER bias review of a Nokia. Seriously, the E6 deserves a solid 8/10.
If this got 5.5 then why the hell did you give the N8 and E7 ,8.5, when those 2 both have basically the same hardware but more outdated software?
PA, I am VERY dissapointed. But I dont need your silly Android/Iphone fan-boyishness opinions to make me reconsider the E6. This Nokia is excellent. I don't care about this site anymore. GO "AllaboutSymbian" MyNokiaBlog, Slashgear and some others!

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 13:17 1

13. nuadar (unregistered)


Oh yeah and those sites are totally objective right? Even their names speaks that they arent....this phone is horrible, just get over it...another fail from nokia...but this time I like its name...Anna

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 12:53 2

12. orielwindow (Posts: 107; Member since: 23 Sep 2010)


Maybe the low reviews of new Nokia products that can be found on most tech sites are due to the outdated products themselves. I used Nokia for YEARS before I finally gave up and switched to Android phones. The newer phones from HTC were just so amazingly faster. I do miss Nokia however. But I think that there are too many consistent low scores from too many review sources to always blame low reviews on bias. Best of luck though Nokia!

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 14:57

14. John (unregistered)


Ok. Again a very biased review. The article seems moderately positive; the verdict doesn't match. Dissapointing! Verdict for this article: 5/10

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 16:00 2

15. monstermash123 (unregistered)


Build quality of this phone is second to none, however, Phonearena hit the nail on the head with the outdated software. The OS is really frustrating to use because it's not efficient and frequently lags. You notice this much more so when you go back to using Symbian after using Android or BB OS, as I have for the past year or so. I had to go back to Symbian, twice, and was let down so much. I had a lot of hope after dropping $550 on a brand new n900, but, alas, Nokia didn't give much attention to Maemo, which has now evolved into MeeGo and is looking like a kick ass OS. I'm excited about the n950. Symbian should just be relegated to cheap, pay as you go phones. Putting Symbian on a device as amazingly built as the E6 is like giving a lamborghini to some spoiled, idiotic 16 year old who is obsesses with Fast and Furious films for his birthday. It's just plain wrong. I'm not saying that Symbian doesn't have a lot of features, it does, but every modern OS can match the features Symbian has AND it does it much more efficiently and reliably. Damn it, Nokia. I really wanted to love this phone.

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 19:17 1

17. jb82 (unregistered)


this is symbian on a qwerty messenger ... it has zero to do with symbian on a full touchscreen device.

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 19:15 6

16. jb82 (unregistered)


It is sad to see the reviewer has no idea what he is talking about. He writes this as if he is comparing it to a 4" touchscreen android device. The reviewer is just following the symbian is dead bandwagon with no real thought.

Symbian is outdated in terms of a full touchscreen phone OS and needed to go. But for a qwerty phone it provides a wonderful experience. I still own my E63 and will continue to do so for many more years if I don't upgrade to this.

Recommending a samsung pro over this is ludicrous. The screen is awful and the OS is not really built to work on the screen size of a qwerty messenger. The chacha is also underpowered in every way compared to this ... lower battery life, less 3g bands, lower screen resolution, flash doesn't work properly in the browser, OS isn't great for the screen size etc etc.

Give this phone justice and redo the review. The only real issue is the price.

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 20:27 4

19. moise (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Jun 2011)


RIGHT...the inferior E72 was given a 8.5. LOL the reviewer is a HACK

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 20:25 3

18. moise (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Jun 2011)


Hold up....all you people that are justifying this terrible review because of SOFTWARE. The Nokia E72 was given an 8.5 and that was a YEAR AGO. For me it wasn't even better than the E71...the one main feature was FP2. Now you have the E6 which has outdone even the E71 in build quality and the hack reviewer states that while Anna may not be up tyo snuff with other OS's is is a vast improvement. So explain how A YEAR AGO the E72 gets a 8.5 and the SUPERIOR IN EVERY WAY E6 gets a 5.5 This website is a JOKE, the reveiwers are even a BIGGER JOKE. they have no credibility.

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 21:18 3

21. JB82 (unregistered)


Even more of a joke is saying this os is inferior and out of date when really the qwerty messenger scene has pretty much no other competitors other than blackberry. Symbian is more up to date than blackberry OS!

Android OS on a qwerty is very new and isn't up to scratch yet. So how can an OS that has been proved to work well with the E63, E71, E72 and E73 be so out of date and yet android is supposed to be up to date when it has basically released its first half decent qwerty with the HTC chacha a month or so ago?

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 13:09

58. khurram87 (Posts: 24; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


Dear this is because when E72 was released, there was no iPhone 4 or Galaxy S or Desire or Sensation or Chacha....time has changed :)

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 01:27 3

22. Antonio (unregistered)


What a dumb score, the only negative on this is the auto focus camera, but even that, the reviewer hasn't used a EDOF camera, the reason of the EDOF is that it takes pics faster just point and shoot and move on to whatever you needed to do.

Who said that 1GHz CPU was the standard? Android has done that! the stupid OS requires a higher cpu to even run a simple task.

So this phone it's not up to standards? LOL try getting a month worth of battery life on stand by with a charge using iOS or Android, while everyone is trying to charge their phone at the end of the day, this one just keeps going.

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Nokia E6

Nokia E6

OS: Symbian Belle Anna
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Display2.5 inches, 640 x 480 pixels (325 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 680 MHz, ARM11 processor
0.25 GB RAM
Size4.55 x 2.32 x 0.41 inches
(115.5 x 59 x 10.5 mm)
4.69 oz  (133 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 14.8 hours talk time

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