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Nokia E65 Review

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Nokia Е65 is an offspring of the E-series phones, in love with a slider. Unlike most other phones in this form-factor, it is not targeted either to the multimedia, or to the designer vision; it is designed to work and this looks rather serious, compared to other slider models. It does not mean that it is unseemly – quite on the contrary, it is elegant, but in a more conservative way.

Nokia E65 Review
Nokia E65 Review
Nokia E65 Review
Nokia E65 Review

Its appearance is characterized by a shiny frame and keys on the front panel; the rest of it is covered in plastic, which feels like rubber. The phone’s back has a texture that allows you to hold it conveniently even with wet hands. It opens pleasurably, thanks to the strong spring mechanism, but the inconvenience is that there is nowhere you can put your finger, since the upper slider is full with keys and you can either press some of them or you can push the lowed edge. Anyway, unlike the clamshell phones, you can open and close this one single-handedly. The sliding mechanism, just like the phone itself, is solidly made and gives you no reason for concerns: it all feels like a business phone. The only strange thing is the snapping sound that is clearly audible if you push the slider more abruptly when opening/closing the phone.

Е65 is offered in two color patterns: brown and red, intended for the gentlemen and for the ladies, respectively.

Model

Dimension (Inches)

Dimension (MM)

Weight (OZ)

Weight (Gramms)

Nokia E65

4.1" x 1.9" x 0.6"

105 x 49 x 15.5

4,0

115

Nokia E60

4.5" x 1.9" x 0.67"

115 x 49 x 17

4,1

117

Nokia E50

4.4" x 1.7" x 0.6"

113 x 43.5 x 15.5

3,7

104

HTC S710 VOX

4.0" x 2.0" x 0.7"

101 x 50 x 17.7

4,2

120


Nokia E65 compared to Nokia N76 - Nokia E65 Review
Nokia E65 compared to Nokia N76 - Nokia E65 Review
Nokia E65 compared to Nokia N76 - Nokia E65 Review
Nokia E65 compared to Nokia N76 - Nokia E65 Review

Nokia E65 compared to Nokia N76


Upper panel - Nokia E65 Review
Nokia E65 Review

Upper panel

 
The phone’s upper panel is beveled at about 60 degrees and, typically for a Nokia, the power button, which is also a shortcut for changing the profiles, is located in the curved part of the upper slider. Under it are the speaker and the sensor, correcting the lighting of the display (at different levels) and the keyboard (on/off). Nokia’s logo and the model „E65” are almost invisible.

Naturally, the display is also located here, with the resolution, typical for the QVGA class and 16 million colors, which is a standard, imposed by the other Nokia phones. Its size of 2.24 is smaller than that of the multimedia phones, but it’s nevertheless useful for reading documents and emails. At bright sunlight its glass becomes reflecting and the images are more difficult to make out, but still stay comparatively visible.

Nokia E65 Review



Under it are the 10 buttons and the D-pad. The availability of 4 shortcuts is at the expense of the small button sizes and therefore important buttons like answer/reject, menu and the soft buttons are small, which is simply illogical. We could live with the two receivers, since their functions are dubbed by opening/closing the slider, but we would still rather they shared the place, occupied by the shortcuts. The D-pad is typically located in the middle. It is easy to press and you are unlikely to get any direction wrong.



Nokia E65 Review
Nokia E65 Review


The numbers keys on the lower slider are small and narrow because of the slider’s rails on the left and on the right, but they are nevertheless convenient for use. They are bulging in the middle and feel soft to press, with a real tactile response. The keyboard on the front panel is backlit in white which small exceptions which are colored differently thus making it perfectly visible in the dark. Some people might have problems pressing the upper row of keys due to the small distance between them and the upper slider, which can easily be hit with the fingers.


Side keys - Nokia E65 Review
Camera module - Nokia E65 Review

Side keys

Camera module




It is somehow illogical that all side keys are on the right, because thus they are too close one next to the other. The Voice Record button, the edit (pencil) and the volume rocker are all one and only the sound control rocker can be felt, because it is bulging, but it is hard to press.

Alone on the back panel are the lens of the 2-megapixel camera. There is neither a flash, not a small mirror to keep them company there.


Further down on the back is the battery lid that has to be removed in order for the microSD cards slot to be reached. At least those can be changed without switching the phone off. However, this would not be possible for the sim card, which is under the BL-5F battery with a 1000 mAh capacity.

Nokia E65 Review
microSD slot - Nokia E65 Review
sim card slot - Nokia E65 Review
lower panel - Nokia E65 Review
 

microSD slot

sim card slot

lower panel


Looked from below, E65 reminds us of the producer’s older models, because it uses a PopUp Connector and a separate charger. This requires the use of a particular type of cable for computer connection and headphones, rather than the standard miniUSB and 2.5/3.5mm stereo jacks.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. sandeep (unregistered)


Great work by you all! I really appreciate the test on signal/reception strength that you people do. I live in an area that has below average reception. I have now resolved that unless you people give a 'go ahead' on the phone by recommending it for weak signal strength area, I wont buy a new phone. Many people go blindly with Nokia when it comes to signal strength. I own a Nokia 3230 and I have experienced missed calls and dropped calls with it. Keep up the good work. Thanks again.

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Nokia E65

Nokia E65

OS: Symbian 9.1
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Display240 x 320 pixels TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 220 MHz, ARM9 processor
64 MB RAM
Size4.13 x 1.92 x 0.61 inches
(105 x 49 x 15.5 mm)
4.05 oz  (115 g)
Battery1100 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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