First impressions of the Nokia E6; my T-Mobile SIM is staying in it most of the time

I have liked the Nokia Nseries devices over the years for their media creation experiences, but it was always the Eseries that earned a spot in my pocket and long term use of my SIM card due to their workhorse functionality. The Nokia E61 was the first front facing QWERTY keyboard Nokia Eseries I bought and I enjoyed using it. However, when the E71 came out in that ultra-sleek form factor and design I jumped all over it and picked up one of them.

I wasn’t as impressed with the E72, but the E73 Mode won me back and up until now I consider that my ultimate Nokia front facing QWERTY device. After spending a couple of weeks with my new Nokia E6 I have to say that I find little reason to pull out my T-Mobile SIM card and think this device may just have all that I need in a beautiful form factor and it trumps all other front facing QWERTY Nokia devices.

I also think it easily beats the BlackBerry QWERTY devices as I have said many times because it has dedicated keys for commonly used things such as @, ?, period, and comma that alone make it more functional for me.

The hardware of the Nokia E6 is just about what I wanted with a 640×480 pixel resolution display that rivals the iPhone 4 retina display with a density of 326 pixels per inch (the iPhone 4 is the same). It is only a 2.46 inch display though, which causes some issues with apps (Slacker Radio is offset and doesn’t fill the display). I like the solid metal back plate, huge 1500 mAh battery that matches my other Eseries devices, 8 megapixel camera, touchscreen display, slider/lock switch, and microSD card expandability. There is a lot more to the hardware I will cover in a full review.

Overall, I am pleased with the software, primarily that the E6 comes with Anna loaded out of the box. I still have issues with Nokia’s email solution and Gmail wasn’t working right at first and is still lazy about updating properly. Mail for Exchange works well though and I can now respond to meeting invites. I like the new home screen layout with 3 customizable widgets on the right and three common ones always on the left for time/date and quick alarm access, quick profile switcher, and notifications area. Including JoikuSpot out of the box has been helpful for keeping me connected during my vacation.

I am find a LOT to like with the E6, but also some things that need work. I still thik it is a fabulous Eseries QWERTY and a testament to that is the fact that my SIM has been in it most of these past two weeks. Stay tuned for more thoughts in a week or so.

While I am on vacation this week I still wanted to give you a few of my first thoughts on the device and show you some photos of it. For more in-depth analysis on the Nokia E6 take a look at these great articles:

 

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33 Comments to First impressions of the Nokia E6; my T-Mobile SIM is staying in it most of the time

Robert Najafabadi
July 7, 2011

I would like to see a list of apps that don’t work quite right with this phone or at all, and how many tweets fit on the display at once and how html email looks and the experience of playing a quick racing game because those were some of my main issues with my Nokia E71x.

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engige
July 7, 2011

Hi Matthew,

Could you share trusted sellers on ebay or amazon you use?

I live in Nairobi, Kenya and have bought a few small items online on ebay UK and amazon UK from sellers who ship worldwide but haven’t bought anything expensive like a phone.

Well, I might want to make some Nokia phone purchase and would appreciate your recommended sellers.

I am a Nokia fan and love your post although you have been too quiet of late.

Cheerz.

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jason
July 12, 2011

yup, would like to see what apps u recommend for the e6. i’m still looking for a good facebook and twitter app that isn’t to cluttered or small on the screen.

droiddoes
July 13, 2011

Looks a lot like a blackberry, nokia must be running out of ideas because I can’t imagine them stealing a phone design from a company in a similar situation. just give it up folks nokia hasn’t been cool since the 90s when they had those phones with black and white screens that came with snake on it, because everything nokia comes out with now in terms of software my g2 already has.

Jeff Kohut
July 18, 2011

Matthew, Can you give a comparison of E6 with E7 (i.e. now that you have used both for a while, would you say that E6 screen is large enough or would it be better to have the extra space of E7/N8 ?). I am 43 and sarting to experience a bit of eye strain with E71 which I have long been a big fan of (I am guessing E6 experience is very similar to E71 in terms of screen size). Thanks for any thoughts you might be able to provide.

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Jeff Kohut
July 18, 2011

E6 is Blackberry Bold Wannabe? How can that be since 9800 has not been released ?

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Tintumon
July 20, 2011

symbian is first of all is not a small phone technology. all the nokia phones have the same software and features, be it 5k phone, 10k phone or 20k phone. they only change the physical design and cheat the customers by selling it at high costs.

nemo
July 22, 2011

I’d settle for a decent To Do list and a RPN calculator with financial functions! Is that to ask for a business-centric device?

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Sanjeeb
August 31, 2011

Love to read the article, it’s very informative as i will be purchasing E6 I am searching for the right information about the phone and in this website all the details are been described in breif. Thanks , thanks a lot :)

dikachi
October 10, 2011

I have a nokia E6 running the symbian anna, just got it hacked cos am someone who can’t stay without apps alot. I’ve been searching the whole forum for a particular forum dedicated to symbian anna like other OS like symbian^3, symbianv5, s60, etc or one with a particular reference to nokia E6 but to no avail. so am asking, does it mean that people aren’t buying the E6 or what? Though i do install the symbian^3 and sv5 apps and some of them do work fine but i encounter problems mostly with the screen orientation and size even wen i use apps wid 320*240 which should have at least a considerable fitting cos ie the size of e72. Imagine i had to buy real football 2010 from gameloft cos i stay in Nigeria, how come they know e6 has a keypad but still made most of the controls to be touch controlled and the game lags as in very slow in my device. The TTpod 4.40 i downloaded was also messed up screenwise even though it was made for anna cos i hate the default music player for nokia. i stay in Nigeria and have seen that most good apps are commercial how do I pay with naira? Just need to clear all this out cos I need to enjoy apps like my other dudes.

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