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Nokia E51 Review

Nokia E51 8.5

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Nokia E51 Review

Nokia E51 works with a processor of the ARM 11 type featuring a clock rate of 369 MHz. During the time when we were operating the phone it made quite a few slow-downs, especially at opening heavier applications. The phone even crashed several times and had to be restarted when attempting to close down the Nokia Maps program.

Our test have established that the sound you will be hearing when speaking on the phone is one of high quality and sufficiently strong at that. About the only negative aspect here is the presence of a faint background noise.

At the other end the sound is very similar, so collocutors there will not be disappointed. At your side of the line, though, certain types of voices will be reproduced more sharply – something undesirable if yours is among those.


The general impression E51 left with us, apart from the compact size for a business phone, is one of the inevitable user’s satisfaction by its numerous functions. Compared to E50, the E51 offers better more options for internet connection via the HSDPA technology for faster data transfer, besides the Wi-Fi, also a novel feature for the unit. Moreover, the 3G technology can now be used worldwide, despite the availability of only one accessible frequency in the USA.

Yet, the compromise Nokia have made in order to achieve so small a phone as E51, is the display size – only 2 inches, as mentioned above – too small for the convenient viewing of a site or document. We should also note the lack of a QWERTY keyboard, which would prove useful for business people with a view to the constant need to write e-mails. In case you make it a point to dispose of the above two features, we would recommend models such as Nokia E90 or Motorola Q9m; but if it is a small and good-looking phone you want, and a one that has a lot of functions at that, then the E51 is an excellent choice. It is up to you to make it.


  • Solid and reliable corpus
  • Worldwide 3G
  • Wi-Fi


  • Very inconvenient side buttons
  • Lack of a video-call camera
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. cg (unregistered)

I was initially a little disappointed with battery life when using wifi - a number of people had same issue, flagged by a hot battery. Solution is to set wifi power down from 100mw to 10 or in my case 4 (connections/wifi/options/advanced settings). Absolutely superb result - now getting 3 to 4 days standby and sensible talk time. Hot battery has gone. It now meets every need I ever had from a phone.

posted on 10 Jan 2008, 02:30

2. gbenga (unregistered)

I bought the fone based on its rating on fone review sites. I think 6120 Classic is better except for WiFi connection. The cons I discovered are: Video call: No front-camera Camera: No flash Music Player: WMA not supported. supports only MP3/AAC. Ringtones: dull Speaker: at the back QuickOffice: View only Theme: few. Games: nil.. Messaging: cant use any number/email addy (to save or call) in in-coming message. Likewise cant insert any contact detail in outgoing message except you send as business card. Download site: ea.mobile.nokia.com. doesn’t offer much Overall Rating: 3

posted on 12 Feb 2008, 07:40

3. Joe (unregistered)

> 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. The battery connectors are not exactly razor sharp, so if you have to use so much force that it hurts your finger, there must be something wrong with the card or the connector. What could be slightly inconvenient is REMOVAL of the SIM card.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 03:18

4. Soheil Chegini (unregistered)

My E51 suddenly stopped functioning; I turned it off before my flight and it did not turn on when I got to my destination. I lost all of my recently added notes, contacts and calendar events (I normally take a backup once a month) and you can imagine how bad it could be for the business. The worst part is that Nokia office in Iran refuses to repair the phone and says they are only offering services during the Warranty period! They even did not accept to repair the phone and charge me for it. Is there a way to retrieve my information?

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Nokia E51

Nokia E51

OS: Symbian 9.2
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Display240 x 320 pixels TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Single core, 369 MHz, ARM11 processor
0.1 GB RAM
Size4.51 x 1.81 x 0.47 inches
(115 x 46 x 12 mm)
3.52 oz  (100 g)
Battery1070 mAh, 4.4 hours talk time

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