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Nokia E65 Review

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Performance:

Apart from using the older version of its operating system, Е65 has been ‘punished’ also by a slow processor (just 220 MHz), that you become aware of when you browse in its menus: it is far slower than N76 and 6120, using Symbian v9.2 and 369МHz processors and reacting almost instantaneously. Е65’s speed is rather comparable with the older models like N73, N80, etc.

During the test E65 froze only once and it re-started itself almost immediately.

Naturally, the most important feature for a phone is how it performs as such: whether you can use it when the signal is weak, how it sounds during conversation and how long its battery can last. Untypically for a Nokia business phone, Е65 has a comparatively weak Signal Reception and we have awarded it 4.75 out of 10 (average) after we have tested it in our test zone. This is strange, keeping in mind Nokia’s good name when it comes to reception.

Nokia claims that the battery can last for 6 hours of conversation, but our test has showed different results: 4 hours 15 minutes, which makes 70% of the duration, promised by the producer. However, this is not a bad performance, compared to other smartphones - 4 hours is above the average, but for someone who spends a lot of time on the phone this would mean that they would have to charge the phone daily.

While the latter two factors determine to what extent you’d be able to use your phone under different conditions, the sound quality is critical to make sure you’re heard well on the other end, which is of great importance for a business phone. Nokia Е65 does perfectly well here, its mic has a strong, clear, undisturbed and realistic sound and we have no complaints whatsoever here. You can hear just the same way, but only a little bit less loudly.


Conclusion:

Nokia E65 manages in preserving its functionality of an upmarket phone, including some applications, typical for the E-series, e.g. conference calls, files searching, files printing, etc., making it a small mobile computer, intended for work. Moreover, this functionality is combined with an elegant and contemporary slider design, made of materials that are nice to feel and to see. The comparatively good battery and the extremely good quality of the sound is a huge advantage and the only criticisms concern the weak signal reception, the old version of the operating system and the small keys. It is all a matter of compromise and the compromise made by Е65 is related to its size and design, but we nevertheless like the product as a whole.

Pros

  • Elegant and small Business phone
  • 3G and WiFi
  • Excellent sound quality during a call

Cons

  • Symbian 9.1 instead of 9.2 and slow processor
  • Lots of but small navigation keys
  • Mediocre signal reception
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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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