Nokia E6: Interface
The best way to show off the E6 to a person is to just give them the phone and allow them to use it for a few minutes, only to inform them later that it’s also a touch screen phone. While most will dismiss this example as the touchscreen is redundant, honestly it just shows you how versatile the interface it. with most Nokia touch and type phones, I meant the one with a touch screen and a physical keyboard, like the E7 and dare I mention the N97. The touch is the main method of interface while the keyboard is just there to complicate matters. it’s almost as if the keyboard was just an afterthought to make the phone “cool”. but with the E7 and N97 the interface was frustrating. there was never a seamless way to navigate menus just by using the keypad, and you’d end up pawing at the screen in a hapless attempt to get something to work. The N97 was worse which made me want to gnaw it to bits with its horrible horrible interface. Before I get bogged by the slew of miserable touchscreen devices Nokia has palmed off onto us, let me get back to the E6.
It is brilliant. I could just end the review here. But honestly it is, the interface is slick, the screen is beautiful. If only Nokia coined the term “Retina Display”, that’d make people sit up and realise how good this screen is. This is honestly the best Nokia touch device I have used.
Over all Interface:
If you’ve used any of Nokia’s Symbian^3 devices you’ll be at home with the home screen of the E6, slick and easy to use. The multiple homes screen are really useful. Especially since this is a business phone, you don’t want to waste time traversing menus searching for your most used applications. The beauty of the layout is that you aren’t forced to use the touchscreen at any point. Well apart from the base line keys which are now touch based. either way, if you’re shifting from a 3rd Edition Symbian device to the E6 you’ll adjust immediately. It’s exactly the same case with adjusting from a 5th Edition Symbian device.
Nokia has done a brilliant job integrating touch into an OS which holds its background in a non-touch environment.
Apart from the touch functionality the E6 functions as well as any Symbian 3rd edition device.
The biggest improvement on the application front is the Native Browser. No longer will i need to try divert links to Opera and rue the utter uselessness of the standard Symbian browser. The new one has tabbed browsing, and actually looks like a proper web browser. Its been long over due, and this one really makes a case for using the standard browser on Nokia phones. I really hope this browser is soon ported to earlier versions of the Symbian OS. This definitely gets 10/10 for improvement over the previous native browser.
This is what the Ovi Store looks like on the E6, and pretty every Nokia I have. Just one constant loading screen. Invariably whenever I use the Ovi store, I’m prompted to download the latest update. In the hope that there will be an improvement, I foolishly sit on my miserable GPRS connection downloading the latest version. Only to be faced with this constant error. Sure it works once in a while, but really? Once in a while?! i used the Ovi store to browse through the applications i wanted and when the Ovi Store refused to download them, i was forced to access the individual websites and download them from there. Honestly even with my current E72 I have given up on using the Ovi Store, it’s far too buggy and unreliable.
I don’t want to be petty, but if a Mobile communications company the size of Nokia cannot get its own store to work properly, it really is a shame.
The email interface on the E6 has really improved, this is also due to the touch interface which honestly does make things easier. The slick interface is really easy to use and isn’t very different from previous versions of the mail client. The ability to have a physical keyboard as well as touch on a business phone makes it so much easier to send out a quick email or two. The overall functionality of the email app has improved greatly over the versions present on the non-touch variants.
O:n the whole the E6’s interface is a great step forward as compared to their current slew of mobile phones. This is primarily because of the combination of touch and qwerty. If you’re looking for a Nokia phone primarily for your Business needs, look no further than the Nokia E6.
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