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Nokia E6 review

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

Nokia e6

Music

The Nokia E6 includes all of the media functionality available on other Symbian^3 devices other than the removal of the FM transmitter available on the Nokia N8.

The means that the user is presented with an FM radio and a Music player supporting AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, MP3, MIDI, MIDI Tones (poly 64), SP-MIDI, WMA EFR, FR, Mobile XMF, True tones and WAV audio formats.

In comparison, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 and BlackBerry Bold 9900 only support AMR-NB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, MP3, MIDI and WMA audio formats, although this is enough for most people - so isn't going to make a difference to Nokia's target business audience.

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The sound quality of music playback on the Nokia E6 is on a par with the Apple iPhone 4, although the functionality provided by the Music app falls extremely short. This is a long-standing issue with Nokia phones, with no compilation album identifier, no support for gapless playback and tracks played in alphabetical rather than album order, if artists are selected rather than albums.

An FM radio is pre-installed on the Nokia E6 and, if other members of the Symbian^3 family are anything to go by, a DAB radio download will become available via the Software Update app.

The FM radio is simplistic in its form, with an auto-search facility and the ability to save the stations found.

Although this is all you really need, it would be nice to listen to the radio without needing headphones to work as the aerial. Along with this app comes an associated home screen radio widget, enabling the user to turn the radio on and off and navigate between the channels found by the auto-search.

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Video

A Nokia YouTube app acts as a web shortcut to the site. This has disappointed us, as there's an official YouTube app available that provides a much improved interface than the mobile website.

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The Video Player supports 3GPP formats (H.263), Flash, H.264/AVC, WMV 9, MPEG-4, RealVideo 10, Sorenson Spark, VC-1 and VP6 video formats at a frame rate of 30fps.

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The high resolution screen means that image quality is excellent, with the only drawback being the limited size of the screen.

This is where larger touchscreen devices such as the Nokia E7, HTC Sensation, iPhone 4 and many others win out, as the Nokia E6 screen is far too small to watch videos for any substantial period of time.

Another important factor when it comes to media is the amount of memory in the Nokia E6. It has 350MB of internal memory and 8GB of internal mass memory, with an external card slot enabling you to add a further 32GB of memory.

With a spec like this, the Nokia C6 beats both the BlackBerry Bold 9780 – which has 512 MB internal memory and up to 32GB via an external card – and the BlackBerry Bold 9900 – which has 8GB internal and up to 32GB via an external card - which means it's better for downloading more applications to the phone, although still not excellent.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodQWERTY, Touchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ColourBlack
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
ManufacturerNokia
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 Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
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