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Nokia E66 Review

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Nokia E66 Review
Nokia E66 Review
Nokia E66 Review
Introduction:

When it comes to business phones, gizmos are nice but functionality is what matters above all. That’s why products aimed the suitspack a lot of features that are often unnecessary for the general customer, and place a premium on battery life.    These consumers are on and off the phone all day long and expect their device to keep up.


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Nowadays, however, users are starting to assume  connectivity and battery endurance, and are starting to pay close attention to appearance. They are interested in what impression their phone gives, or whether it matches their clothes, their car; or what it “says” to the people around them. Nokia has taken note of this with their E-series phones, which break the boring mold and offer both performance and beauty.

Today we’re going to look at the E66,  a slider that builds on the E65. The quality is again top notch and the design has been refreshed to give a more modern appearance.  As you hold it in your hand, the combination of cold stainless steel and high-quality plastic gives the impression of something firm and classy. It’s almost the same about the slider – it has a little clearance and is very stable. However, we encountered an issue when opening and closing it, and it’s related to a strange rattling sound from within the phone, as if something has been broken or come out of place. We have to note that we were given a review unit that isn’t brand new, so the problem may be isolated to our unit.

Nokia E66 Review
Nokia E66 Review
Nokia E66 Review
Nokia E66 Review
Nokia E66 Review
Nokia E66 Review

Nokia E66 Review

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Nokia E66 Review
Nokia E66 Review
The 2.4” TFT display with QVGA resolution supports 16 million colors. When indoors the colors are realistic looking and nice, and when exposed to direct sunlight  the display is still plenty readable although everything becomes pale, almost as if it’s black and white.

The navigation keys are designed in a new way and together they form a flat surface, but when touched, they are easily distinguished one from another. These keys, as well as the 5-way D-pad are easy to press. As you open the slider you gain access to the numeric keypad. We didn’t like the lowest row of keys, since our fingers were somehow pressing against the edge and the feeling wasn’t pleasant. The volume rocker, the voice command button and the camera shutter are on the right side and we don’t have any remarks towards their handling. We are just a bit confused, because when we tried to hold the camera shutter, nothing happened… Isn’t it supposed to bring the camera interface up?

Nokia E66 Review
Nokia E66 Review

Actually, there are three more buttons on the body. Two of them are situated respectively on the left and right side and their purpose is for locking/unlocking the back metal lid; and if you take a look at the top side, you’ll most probably see the power button on the instant, since it’s in red color, differing from the other elements of the device.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. goranilic (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Nov 2008)


I still don't understand why is this phone more expensive than E71? It is $10-$15 more money everywhere I look. I saw it, and hold it in my hands, and it's very nice, thou.

posted on 15 Mar 2010, 14:56

2. splashtrack (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Mar 2010)


i wonder why if I press the camera shutter in the side it don't open the camera app?

posted on 15 Jan 2011, 07:15

3. deno (unregistered)


ever thought of class these phone is on top it a gadget when you have you earn your respect.

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Nokia E66

Nokia E66

OS: Symbian 9.2
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Display2.4 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 369 MHz, ARM11 processor
128 MB RAM
Size4.23 x 1.95 x 0.54 inches
(107.5 x 49.5 x 13.6 mm)
4.27 oz  (121 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 7.5 hours talk time

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