Nokia E6 Review
The Nokia E6 runs Symbian Anna, the latest version of the OS. With an element of visual evolution over the generations, Symbian Anna adds some curved corners to icons, improves transitions and makes the device look more 2011 than its predecessor, the E5, which ran Symbian S60 v3. You can check out a full run down of the features found in Symbian Anna in our article on the subject. For now though, we'll be brief, highlighting the key interface elements.
The adoption of a touch screen makes interacting with the handset much more intuitive than with the E5, offering easy adding and changing of widgets as well as swiping between homescreens in the same way as found in Symbian^3. The traditional Symbian^3 interface has been given an overhaul in Anna, incorporating a brand new set of icons and improved browser. Under the hood, the Nokia E6 runs on a 680 MHz processor, enough to keep it ticking along, though with occasional stutters, you can definitely notice that lag affects the overall performance.
The contacts and messaging applications remain similar to those in previous editions of Symbian.
Camera and Multimedia:
The Nokia E6 comes with an 8-megapixel fixed-focus camera with dual-LED flash. You can access it through the applications folder or through a shortcut on your homescreen. As with the X7, it is extremely fast, however the reason for this speed lies in the camera's biggest drawback, the lack of auto-focus. This therefore means no macro shots, with anything closer than 20 inches appearing blurry.
Overall, we find the quality of the image stills on the Nokia E6 to be average - decently detailed and moderately sharpened, but colors seem washed out and in most (if not all) we ended up with under-contrasted images. When it comes to the camera interface, you're treated with plenty of options including scene modes, face detection, self-timer and color tones. You can even set the white balance and ISO light sensitivity, as well as the contrast and sharpness of pictures. There is a 2X digital zoom on board as well as a front facing camera.
The 680MHz processor allows recordings of up to 720p HD videos running at 25fps. The sample footage we recorded had the same issues with washed out colors as in the stills, but it's the skipped frames that bothered us more. Switching to the video recorder, you end up with a similar alas shorter set of options, but it's the quality of the footage that matters the most. If you don't set the bar too high, the Nokia E6 offers average video quality at best.
Nokia E6 Sample Video:
Despite not being marketed as a multimedia phone as such, the Nokia E6 contains the same image and video editing tools found on the X7 and N8. For stills, you can crop, rotate, add frames, text and some basic effects, while for videos you can stack up a couple of clips and add transitions and music.
The music application hasn't changed much in Symbian Anna, and along with standard file support, the handset also comes with Stereo FM radio with RDS.
The built-in movie application plays back MPEG-4 and DivX/Xvid encoded files out of the box, so despite the screen size being less than ideal for movies, with its great resolution, the quality and experience is very good indeed. We managed to run files encoded at up to 720p smoothly. Combined with its support for microSD cards of up to 32GB, for short movies and episodes, The Nokia E6 delivers a surprisingly capable offering.