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Nokia E66 Review

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All models of the E-series use the Symbian OS and the E66 is not an exception. Here you’ll find the 3rd Edition of the S60 interface with Feature Pack 1. The standby screen can look completely simple, or show the Home screen application. We definitely prefer the second mode because it gives you the option to personalize it. Moreover, you gain quick access to the most used features and important information (unread SMS messages, e-mails, upcoming events, etc.) which saves time, and everyone knows in business time is money!

The news here is that you can not only change the shown apps and info, but also switch between two modes. This is possible from the Home screen app, as well as from the settings. By default, their names are Business and Personal, but they can be changed and totally personalized in order to suit your taste. Both of them can use a different ringtone, different on-screen apps, theme and wallpaper. In our view, this improvement is really handy; imagine that you have just left your workplace (Business), you switch to Personal, and your device transforms from a business phone to a beautiful slider, suitable for listening to music via the FM radio.

Business - Home screen application - Nokia E66 Review
Personal - Home screen application - Nokia E66 Review

Business

Personal

Home screen application




There are many other fresh improvements in the interface. Let’s begin with the phonebook, which has gone through some cosmetic changes.  When you select a contact from the list, pressing the D-pad to the right will bring up the possible ways for communication (email, SMS, etc.), which is quite a nice solution. Also, the caller groups aren’t shown in the upper part of the screen anymore but rather act as separate contacts, which allows you to send an SMS to chunks of your contact list with just a few clicks. Again, these little changes make a big difference in usability.

Phonebook - Nokia E66 Review
Phonebook - Nokia E66 Review
Phonebook - Nokia E66 Review
Phonebook - Nokia E66 Review

Phonebook


The “improvement wave” has passed through the organizer as well, but has affected only the calendar. It no longer takes up the whole screen, when showing all the days of the month. Below the dates you’ll see the upcoming events. In fact, you see only three of them in the beginning, but if you have assigned more, after 2 seconds the list begins to scroll down automatically. The rest of the view types also look a bit different. When you’re in “Day” view, the events are listed in a vertical sequence, divided into hours. There’s also the well-known To-Do view, but now a brand new type is available – Agenda. If you choose this mode, you’ll see all the events for a certain day, sequenced vertically in hours.

Month - Calendar - Nokia E66 Review
Day - Calendar - Nokia E66 Review
Agenda - Calendar - Nokia E66 Review

Month

Day

Agenda

Calendar


OK, the calendar has gone through plastic surgery and the end result is really nice. All the improvements will surely help the business customers quickly and easily organize their time, but let’s put that aside and take a look at the rest of the organizer functions. As we mentioned a few moments ago, they have not been changed and are all well-known from the previous models, running the same OS. The calculator, units converter, file manager, dictionary… it’s all as it used to be and even the novice users will be able to use them without problems.

Calculator - Nokia E66 Review
File manager - Nokia E66 Review
Dictionary - Nokia E66 Review

Calculator

File manager

Dictionary



Software:

And how do you open Office documents, PDF files and presentations? For the Word, Excel and PowerPoint files you use Quickoffice, which opens and edits Office 2003 files flawlessly, but when it comes to Office 2007, the situation is not that simple. If you need to open and edit such files, you’ll have to buy an additional license that costs €54.64 (about $75 USD). In order to view PDFs, the phone is equipped with Adobe Lite 1.5, which handles small and large files as well.

Nokia E66 Review
Quickoffice - Nokia E66 Review
Nokia E66 Review
Adobe Reader Lite - Nokia E66 Review
 

Quickoffice

 

Adobe Reader Lite


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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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