Nokia E6 review

The new phone benefits from touchscreen and Symbian Anna, but is it the business?

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Nokia e6

When it comes to messaging, the Nokia E6 excels, benefiting from the Messaging, Mail, Social, Chat and Communicator apps provided on Symbian^3 and accessed through the Contacts screen.

With the physical QWERTY keyboard, the Nokia E6 is a dream when it comes to text entry. No touchscreen interface provides the feedback quality you get with a physical keyboard. Although the keys are small, the rounded feel and raised centre tell the fingertips that the correct key has been pressed.

To aid in text entry, the standard Nokia T9 word completion and corrective word prediction is provided. You can disable this and install the recently released Adaptxt software if you prefer the predictive text functionality provided on Sony Ericsson smartphones.

The Messaging app is a standard text message app, with inbox and conversation views with MMS support.

Useful cross-functionality between the Messaging app and the calendar means that meeting requests can be received by SMS, prompting meeting creation if accepted. Also, map locations can be received via SMS from other Nokia phones, opening OVI Maps to show the location.

The Mail app supports Ovi Mail, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, Mail for Exchange, BT Internet and Virgin Media. Our main disappointment is the lack of a universal inbox as provided on the iPhone 4 and even on the Vodafone 360, released back in 2009.

This just seems to be a logical progression that should have happened a long time ago on Nokia phones.

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Instead of integrating social media with other messages, as seen on rival phones, Facebook and Twitter are accessed through the Social app, which shows separate and combined timeline views.

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Instant messaging is available through the Chat app, which supports Ovi Chat, Yahoo Chat, Google Talk, MSN and ICQ. This doesn't come pre-installed, which is disappointing, but can be downloaded from the Ovi Store.

Communicator is a corporate IM app that links to a Microsoft Office communication server through an enterprise firewall.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodQWERTY, Touchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value1.14 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyE
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time14.80 Hour
Product ModelE6
Screen Size6.2 cm (2.5")
Screen Resolution640 x 480
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)133 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, REACH, China RoHS
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionSymbian Anna
Messaging TypeEmail, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height115.5 mm
Width59 mm
Depth10.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesE
Battery Standby Time744 Hour
Product NameE6 Smartphone
Processor Speed680 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, G-sensor, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Magnetometer
Manufacturer Part Numbernoke6-00
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

An ultra compact smartphone

Everything looks incredibly sharp on the full touch screen - plus you get a real QWERTY and a battery offering unbeatable power.

Millions of places to discover

Instantly find the best of everything in your city and start exploring with free lifetime walk and drive navigation worldwide.

Integrated email & social networks

Emails straight from your personal and work accounts and live Facebook and Twitter feeds 24/7.

Package Contents
  • E6 Smartphone
  • Nokia Battery
  • Nokia High Efficiency Charger
  • Nokia Stereo Headset
  • Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty2 Year