Nokia E51 Review

Introduction and Design

Many of the mobile unit manufacturers dedicate a lot of effort to developing phones, targeted at business users. So is the E-series of Nokia, which has been created for and is intended to encompass the above circles. After the brief introduction it is now time to present the phone that will be reviewed in the following text, namely – the Nokia E51. Being a “successor” to the E50 and, as you may be already aware, meant to serve the needs of business customers, it comes with a very pleasurable and stylish design, compact size, and quite a good set of functions.

The kit consists of:
  • Nokia E51
  • Nokia Battery BP-6MT
  • Nokia Travel Charger AC-5
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable DKE-2
  • Nokia Headset HS-47
  • Nokia E51 CD ROM
  • Quickstart guide
  • User guide
  • Cleaning cloth

Undoubtedly, the box contains numerous accessories necessary for the adequate usage of the phone. Yet, quite a few of us would like to find a carrying case as well, which, regrettably, is not to be found there.


On hearing the words “a business phone”, many of the mobile technology admirers will think of an exceptionally big-sized device featuring an unsightly design. Though true for other models, in our case it is vice versa: the Nokia E51 is both extremely compact and light-weight; in fact, it can be ranked as the smallest of all E-series phones.

ModelDimension (Inches)Dimension (mm)Weight (oz)Weight (Gramms)
Nokia E514.51" x 1.81" x 0.47"115 x 46 x 123.52100
Nokia E504.44" x1.71" x 0.61"113 x 43.5 x 15.53.67140
Nokia E65
4.13" x 1.92" x 0.61"105 x 49 x 15.54.05115
BlackBerry Pearl
4.20" x 1.95" x 0.55"107 x 50 x 143.4096.50

You can compare the Nokia E51 with many other phones, using PhoneArena's Visual Size Compare tool.

Still, surprise is not over yet – the front panel is classic black and is framed on the edges by steel lining, contributing to the feel of luxury and perfect quality.

Along with its positive features, a negative one should be noted as well: we consider the small, merely 2 inch display, to be unthinkable of for a business-oriented phone. The type of the display is TFT, with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels visualizing up to 16.7 million colors. The coloration of the images is well-saturated and highly contrasted; the brightness is automatically controlled by a light sensor depending on the environment. At bright daylight the display performed exceptionally well, remaining clearly visible, with easily distinguishable details.

Similarly to E65, the E51 adds keys for fast access to the calendar, the phonebook, the mailbox, and the menu. It is an intriguing fact that despite having precisely the same functions as that of the standard “menu” button of any Nokia S60, it bears a different logo on its surface. The D-Pad has raised edges for better distinction; however, being too small, it will frequently be confused with the one just below resulting in pressing the latter instead. The size of the other buttons also takes its toll; moreover, they are situated too close to each other. This drawback is compensated by their easy-to-feel relief, soft touch, and good tactile feedback. Generally, the positive features prevail over the negative, so handling the phone is trouble-free indeed.

In contrast to the navigation keys, the numeric ones feature a sufficiently large size. In addition to the same good tactile feedback, it provides for their pleasurable and easy usage.

We would be glad if we could say the same about the side buttons, but this is impossible; despite their good surface relief they are so hard to press that using them turns into a difficult and particularly unpleasant job. If you ask us, we will refrain from using them.

Describing what one will find on the upper part of the unit will not take long, since the sole key here is the on/off button. On the opposite side things are entirely different: all the connector sockets of E51 are to be found on its bottom.

Similarly to most of the telephones, the camera here is also positioned on the back. The resolution is only 2 megapixels and, regrettably, it also lacks both auto-focus and flashlight; still, this is normal with regard to the target customers of Nokia E51. You will not find a special button for taking shots, either – this is done through pressing the central part of the D-Pad.

Stainless steel - the material that is used for the frame of the front panel – is what the manufacturers made the entire back lid of. This designer solution forms the overall impression of an elegant, yet reliable and solid device. Besides the battery, one will also find an extension memory slot beneath the lid – a positioning that makes the unit’s simplified design even more conspicuous.

One thing we must note is the discomfort when inserting the SIM card. When pushing it, it is possible to hit the battery connectors, which definitely isn’t pleasant.

We should note here the inconvenient insertion of the SIM card in its place. When pushing it, one’s finger will inevitably press hard directly onto the battery connectors – a feeling that is definitely unpleasant.

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