Nokia E6 :First Impressions – The Build

Monday 11th, July 2011 / 16:29 Written by
Nokia E6 :First Impressions – The Build

The first thing i noticed when i held the new Nokia E6 in my hand was the absolutely solid feel it has. The robust design harks back to the days of  the first N-Series phones. But don’t get me wrong this is an E-Series phone and you’ll never mistake it for anything else. It looks exactly like the current slew of E-Series phones.

The Nokia E6

The Nokia E6

The E72, E71, E63 and the E6 clearly share the same bloodline. But what really sets this phone apart from the others is the Operating system and the touch screen. The Screen is excellent and has a resolution comparable to the iPhone’s famed “Retina Display”. The screen clarity is astounding and allows for an enhanced browsing experience, some may complain the font sizes end up being too small, but that can be easily remedied by adjusting the settings or your glasses.

Side Buttons

Side Buttons

The slide to lock/unlock spring loaded button is an excellent option, if i could i’d retrofit it onto my E72, an excellent feature not seen on Non-touch Nokia phones. But once you get used to it, you’ll really miss it. The Volume Rockers have an excellent feel to them and provide excellent feedback. The Voice function button has a nice raised feel to it, but i wish it could be reprogrammed to be used as a camera function. If any of you have a solution to that one, please let me know.

Micro-USB Port

Micro-USB Port

The micro-USB port is easy to open and is rugged enough to sustain extensive use, at no point during normal operation would the connector be stretched, an improvement over previous designs.

8 Mega-Pixel Camera, Xenon Flash and Speaker on the back

8 Mega-Pixel Camera, LED Flash and Speaker on the back

8 mega pixel camera, awesome news, fixed focus?! Boo, more on that in a later post.. Led Flash is great, really blinds everyone around, but can’t use it as a flashlight? I’d trade the super bright flash for a useful LED torchlight feature any and everyday of the week.

The main speaker is placed on the back of the phone. This honestly works well in a table setting , but if the phone is lying flat on a bed or in a trouser pocket there are times you’d be hard-pressed to hear the phone ring at all.. Very inconvenient when you’ve set a bunch of alarms.

Power Button, 3.5mm port, SD-card Slot.

Power Button, 3.5mm port, SD-card Slot.

Good luck trying to open the SD-card slot, i struggled because the opening isn’t enough to fit a human nail in. But eventually the slot seems to open..  Honestly i’d have preferred if the 3.5mm jack and the Power Button traded places.

On the whole the build is excellent, and the features are well rounded. The E6 is really shaping up to be a great phone from Nokia, and possibly one  worth saving up for.

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Perennial Student, Twitterphobe, Closet Biker, Timewaster extraordinaire. Owner of a Classic Phone.

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