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I have had the Nec e606 for about three months now. I previously had the Motorola a835, which decided to break so I needed to replace it. The problem is that I have a contract with 3 Mobile; I think you will all sigh at that, and that means that I can only put my sim card in a 3 Mobile telephone. As if thats not bad enough, it has to be a contract and not a pre pay phone. This is probably about the most bearable phone available on the 3 network, so I decided to purchase one on the cheap from eBay.
The phone itself was released when 3 mobile first came into being. It was, I suppose their flagship phone and also the phone by which all of its predecessors have been judged and marked against. It is still very up-to-date and technologically capable of remaining on an even footing with the new phones that companies are continuing to be produced and released to the open market.
The company was founded by Kunihiko Iwadareas Nippon Electricity Company in 1899, in Japan. They changed their name to NEC in 1983. They started off in sales and maintenance of telephones and switching systems. Today, they are on of the leading providers of computer networks, mobile phones and business solutions in the world. The company employs over 140,000 people and has net annual sales upward of $40 billion.
Thats enough about Nec and also of me waffling. I will now get into the actual phone itself and talk about the different aspects and parts of it. I will give my opinion on each area and then come to a conclusion at the end. I hope to give a balanced account of the phone, as its only fair to look at the good and bad points.
The Nec e606 has both still and video camera facilities available on it. There are also two cameras, on the front and one on the back. The one of the back is for when you are filming or taking a picture of somebody or something else. The front one is for pictures of you and for use when you are video calling somebody. The picture quality is pretty good, but this was one of the first phones to have a camera and the technology has moved on a bit since then. The video shots do tend to be a bit patchy, especially when you move to the phone during filming. The still shots are a lot better and were probably by far and a way the best quality when the phone was in its heyday. If you want a phone for a camera and to make video calls, then this isnt a bad choice, especially as it is pretty cheap now. The other parts of the phone however, may prove to be a bit of a let down.
It is very easy to make and receive voice and video calls on this phone. You can search through you contact list or simply key in the telephone number and then hit the green call button. The clarity of the speech on voice calls is very good at your end but I have been talking to people and they have said that my voice was echoing. This is apparently very annoying and may put people off from talking to you. Overall, Im pretty happy with the voice calling and I never have any problems. Making a video call is as simple and also as good. The picture of the person at the other end is very clear and you can easily hear what they are saying to you. As far as making a call goes, this phone is more than adequate although some people may laugh at the brick that you are holding up to your ear.
This is a really awkward phone for typing text messages on. The buttons and what they do are really confusing and it soon becomes very frustrating and arduous to write even the shortest of messages. I did a test on this phone and my Nokia 7250i to see which phone I could type: Hi, I will b there in 15 mins, c u soon. It took me about 10-15 seconds on the Nokia and about 90 seconds on the Nec phone. Just from that, you can see how frustrating it is and why I get really annoyed with it. This isnt the sort of thing that I can see improving over time and with practice. I think this is true with most Nec mobile phones, the text messaging part of their phone software is just not up to scratch.
The battery on this phone, is absolutely horrendous. The battery has about a 24 standby time, that means you keep the phone closed and not doing anything with it. It will last for about a 45 minute call if the battery is fully charged. The company also recommend that you buy a new back-up battery when you purchase the phone, because it is so poor. The battery is about the same size as Nokia battery, but about five times less efficient. This really bugs me and if I have a long day ahead of me, I tend to turn my phone off or not use it for fear of running out of power.
The phone doesnt actually look too bad. It is by no means the nicest looking mobile that you are likely to see, but far from being the worst. It is definitely much nicer than any other model that is available on the 3 network, with the possible exception of the new LG phone that has just come out. It is a flip phone, which means the top and the bottom section fold inwards, or outwards when it is closed. The bottom and lower section, is a matt black and the top section is a shiny silver colour. The camera and a shiny 3 logo are on the top section of the phone. When the phone is opened out, it reveals a large colour screen, with the Nec logo underneath it. There a total of 29 buttons, of which 12 are the numbers and hash and star keys. There are call and end call buttons, signified by green and red telephone symbols respectively. There is a menu and internet button along with another two buttons for selecting the word or function that appears above them on the screen. There is also a four way directional button that surrounds another select button. As I have said, this isnt a bad looking phone, but we now move onto a downside of the phone which is its size.
This phone is something of a brick, not dissimilar to other 3 mobile phones. It is 10 centimetres in length and 5cm across. The phone is around an inch thick which makes it rather sizeable. I often put my phone in a bag, if I am carrying one or ask somebody who I am with, because it is really uncomfortable to put it in a pocket. This is one of the major flaws with this phone and a reason why so many people are put off it. It is a real nuisance for me and I have now resorted to using my Nokia 7250i when I go out and using this phone to make calls when I am at home.
~Ease of Use~
This mobile phone isnt really that easy to use when you first get it. The Nec mobile software lacks the simplicity and clarity of a Nokia phone. The menus are poorly arranged and there are too many buttons that do too many things. I am quite good with mobile phones, so I was soon able to pick it up but it really took me a while to be completely comfortable with it. I dread to think what would happen if any of my older relatives were to be faced with this. It would drive them crazy and they would probably give up after about five minutes. My mum can just about use a Nokia, so with this she would be absolutely overwhelmed and as for my dad, well dont even go there. The software on the phone is also quite slow and takes a while to respond to what you ask it to do. I often end up pressing a button twice in my frustration of how slow the phone is and then up in a random menu that I didnt know existed. This is something that really bugs me and proves to be another serious let down to this mobile phone.
I must admit, that this phone does look incredibly durable and hard wearing. It looks incredibly well made and seems as though it could stand up against pretty much anything you throw at it. It doesnt feel quite so good in your hand though, the plastic casing does feel a little bit flimsy. This will protect the phone if you were to drop it, because there is a bit of give when it hits the surface. In terms of the software and the general working of the phone, I havent experienced any problems in the time that I have had it. It has responded to all that I have requested of it in the correct manor, albeit very slowly. This phone could last me for another few years should I choose to keep it, but in March I will be launching this phone into the sea somewhere off the coast of Dorset.
To call it an instruction book is quite a fair reflection of the manual that you get with this phone. It is very thick and it has an awful lot of content. It is incredibly well laid out and therefore extremely easy to use and navigate. It is a shame that the phone itself isnt as well planned. The contents page shows in good detail everything that is contained within the book and that helps speed up finding a solution to any problem that you may be having. The actual text, language used and lay out of the information is very clear, making it easy to read and understand. This is one of the good points of the phone package and something that makes such a confusing phone, that much easier to use.
I would urge any of you that are considering this mobile phone, or anything similar, to look elsewhere. There are far better phones available, in terms of their styling size and some of the capabilities they have. I managed to buy this phone for £40 which is pretty good and I only need for a short time until my contract expires in February next year. The video and still camera capability and also the 3G services that the phone provides are certainly very good and worth taking note of. The let downs do far outweigh the plus points so I would steer clear of this one.
First of all - This is a review of the NEC E808 and NOT the E606 – I had to do this because DooYoo has no review page for the E808. When I first got this handset, the first thing that hit me was the size. For a mobile phone, it’s massive, and more the size of a PDA than a phone. Luckily, this is well justified. The phone sports a large colour screen, and a full QWERTY keyboard which is great for messaging, but strangely doesn’t come with a back light which means that if you’re using the phone at night, you have to tilt the screen down towards the keyboard – a major oversight. The keys are quite small, but are quite easy to press and is far easier for messaging than a standard phone keypad. The screen is very bright and is of a high quality which makes it great for watching video clips, reading messages, and doing video calls. This phone is a flip design, and whilst it’s large when unfolded, it’s not too bad when in your pocket. Due to the phones size you do however have to be prepared for comments such as it being a ‘brick’ or a ‘laptop’! I brush those comments aside however… The Three network is currently the only 3G network and supports video calls which means you can view the person on the other end (providing your in a 3G area that is, and you are calling someone who is also on the Three network.) Video calls are of high-ish quality but do tend to break up slightly. When you’re a Three customer, you also have access to Three’s unique services which allow you to download Premiership football, ITN news, comedy clips, maps and much more. Unfortunately you can’t actually access the internet which does mean it can be rather restrictive, but in my opinion is much better than WAP. The battery life is poor however. Perhaps not suprising because of the phones features, but I usually only get about 12 hours out of it. The menu is quite e
asy to use, but does takes some getting used to. My phone also suffers from the know USIM ERROR. Every 12 hours or so the phone will display this message and is basically like the phone crashing. I am however getting a replacement handset so hopefully the new one won’t have this problem… Overall, this is a nice phone. Big, bulky, but has a large screen and a great keyboard. Three's services are also quite impressive.
I have been with 3 now for about 4 months and have the NEC 606. I am more than satisfied with the service that I have got from 3 and, even though there are a couple of blackspots, for a new network it is excellent. The customer service is very good and, unlike previous postings here, the time to getting an answer is very short. Especially when I compare it to my cable company. The phone itself has been ok. The sefices have increased over the last few months and the 750 minutes I get for £35 is excellent value. OK, I don't know anyone with a videophone yet but hey, I enjoy the good old fashioned voice calls. If you want good value voice calls, go for it.
I never thought i would be able to get a 3g phone. I have tried for loads or things on credit...all been refused thanks to a cock-up at Singlepoint where they said i never paid where i did. But i thought i might as well try for a phone on 3....the worst that could happen is they say no....BUT i GOT PASSED!!. Anyway about the phone..... One of the best i have ever had and belive me i have had LOTS (over 100 cause i deal in them buying and sellin etc..). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------- Battery: This is really the ONLY bad point of this phone. But thats why you get 2 batterys and 2 chargers (only stupid thing is u have to charge it in the phone so u can only charge 1 at a time...UNLESS u want to buy the Desktop Charger unit where u can put a battery in it and plug ur spare charger into it allowing u to charge 2 at once. Also i have sorted my battery problem out. 3 have released an Extended Battery that has nearly 4 times more life in it. Video's: 3's video service CANT be beaten. Nokia tried getting the video scene started with uts 3650 but that never took off. Only other phone to offer videos as good as the NEC 606 is the new Sharp GX20 BUT that only has 2mb memory!!!!. The stuff u can download on the NEC 606 is totally amazing!. My faves are the Footie Highlights + Angry Kid stuff. People have said the quality is not that good? what do they expect then can i ask.... its not a TV...its a mobile phone!!! and being able to watch clips on it is a great step up. Also u get a data-cable witht he phone so i can make ur own MP4 files. I have downloaded an episosde of The Simpsons and converted it to 2 MP4 files so i can watch that..how amazing is that... to be able to watch tv stuff on ur phone!!. Audio: The polyphonic tones u get with the phone are pretty crap to be honest...but u can upload ur own via the cable
for FREE. it uses 16bit MIDI tones like the Sharp GX10i does so great quality!!. Screen: Well i love the screen. 65k....what else could u want. Looks amazing. Cant say much about a screen though cause lots of phones have 65k screens now. Camrea: Not the best of cameras which is quite dissapointing. BUT then again if u want a top camera GO BUY A DIGI CAM!!. Mobile Phone Cams are supposed to be there to let other people see stuff rather than boring text, there not meant to be a camcorder or nething. The good thing on this phone is u get 2 cams. Also with this phone u can take Video Clips.... great idea even though 12 secs is the limit per clip. 3g Services: Cant be beaten...and i thought Vodafone Live was good!. this is 10x better. Video Downloads (not little clips but large stuff), Tones, Pics, Weather info, News and for the young excited male Top-Shelf stuff from Playboy (good selling point even though its £2.50 for only 2mins..not that i have tried or anything...yet....lol). Video Calling:: 3's MAIN selling point. Not only can u make normal voice calls but if u know someone else with a 3g phone (apart from Moto A830) u can actually SEE them too. NOTHING can beat this for technology...its wicked. Phone Size: Not that big really. Ok its bigger than any other normal flip phone but then just think what ur getting in 1 case....2 camreas, a camcorder, 3g service, + much more. I am used to mine now anyway. Price Plan: Depending on how much u use ur phone depends on how much u can save. I pay £35 a month and get: 750 mins to ANYWHERE in UK (Mobiles inclused) 50 SMS Free £20 downloads free) Free Insurance Thats a great deal...Especially as the phone cost me NOTHING!!
I've had my NEC e606 phone for about two months now, after getting it through a special offer from Phones4U. The phone was free, if I connected to the Videotalk 750 tariff. Like many technology whores before me, I was eager to get the new G3 phone, and positively drooled over the prospect of 750 cross network free minutes per month. This left my old T-Mobile "Everyone 150" tariff to choke on the dust left in 3's wake. You can't begin to compare T-Mobile's 150 minutes for £25 per month, and 3's 750 minutes for £35. (The £25 equivalent on 3 gives you 500 cross network minutes.) The Videotalk 750 tariff also included 50 text messages free, and £20 worth of video downloads per month, although it wasn't til later that I found out that this was only for the first three months. I have to say, the information on 3's website is not very clear on this point. Neither was the guy in Phones4U. Then there was the phone itself. The NEC e606 is a flip phone, with a generous colour LED display screen, allowing easy navigation. Once you know where you're going, setup and customisation is a piece of cake. The phone has polyphonic ringtones, and although there aren't many programmed into the phone itself, they are in midi form so adding them to the phone via your PC is easy. The phone includes a basic digital camera, and a facility which enables you to record 12 seconds of video footage. Not having used a camera-within-a-phone before, I don't have anything to compare it with. It looks basic, but does the job. G3 allows you to access the internet, and download news, movie trailers, games etc. This is actually quite cool, as they download in Mpeg format, and are saved on your phone, so you can watch them as many times as you like. Basically, once you've downloaded the clips, they're yours. The phone is Java enabled, and there are downloadable games available. From what I've s
een, the games are free to download - but - you do pay to use them. However, in the first three months, this is covered by the £20 worth of downloads. What about the drawbacks? Well, the obvious one is that to use videotalk, you need someone else at the other end of the phone with a G3 phone. Until G3 takes off, and until more of the UK is G3 enabled, this is going to be a downer. The main drawback for me is the battery life. The standby time is 41 hours - much less than most G2 phones. Talktime is 2 hours, or a measly 1 hour on videotalk. To me, this is reminiscent of the heady days of analogue, when my old 'brick' needed to be charged every night. Having said that, the phone does come with a spare battery, and there is a longer life battery available separately (however the longer life battery is larger, and adds to the bulk of the phone). A desktop charger is also available separately, and this is next on my shopping list. In summary, I like this phone and tariff. As long as I remember to put the phone on charge at night, I'll be happy. 30 October 2003: addenum I thought I'd add that I've just bought the extended life battery, and it has made a huge difference! I've had it installed, fully charged for two days now, and the battery life indicator is still green! If you decide to get the bigger battery, bear in mind that it adds about 10mm depth to the phone, and you can't use the leather phone case with it. Also, shop around. I have seen this battery available online for £40+, but I bought it from a Three shop for a mere £10! (Based on a current 1/2 price sale on accessories)
The e606 is intrinsically connected with the '3' 3G service in the UK, so this review is about both the service and the phone itself. Summary: I would not recommend the e606/3 phone and service - both products seem premature in the marketplace. The phone: - The phone is full of features but the battery life is very poor. After 4 years my old Nokia 2110 still lasts 2 days on a full battery. I hate to think how the e606 battery life will have degraded after 4 years of use, it can now only muster 2 days on a brand new battery! There also seems to be a problem "charging whilst talking" - phone seems to use battery even when plugged into the charger. + The colour screen is excellent, as is the feel of the phone. - very few ringtones as standard - encouraging you to download new ones, for a fee. - I tried sending and receiving picture messages with my friends on Orange and Vodafone. After having no luck I called 3 customer services and they told me that it was not possible to do that. It was a very long wait to be connected to 3 customer services (10mins+), but they were very polite. The 3 service and content: - 3G coverage is good in Bristol but there is a noticble delay and half of my conversations have revolved around why the line sounds so echoey. A number of times both 3G and 2G coverage vanished for an hour or so, unlike my old 2110. - I downloaded a video review of 'The Matrix' but for £2 all I got was a 45 second video of an unknown presenter reading from a bland script. Not a single movie shot. Poor content - I wasn't inspired to try other downloads. For the cost of downloading a few film clips, you might as well have gone to the cinema to see the film itself! + The best service feature was the mapping and walking route calculation between UK postcodes. 'Yellow pages'-like Business finder seemed to come up with 90% of targets. - Vid
eotalk 750 package sounds great but for me was geared too much towards free minutes rather than free 3G services. For £420 per year (£35 per month) the package looks very flash, but is expensive for what you actually usfully get. I am going to take my phone back today since it is within 14 days of buying it and I should have no problem according to 3 customer care.
As usual the phone arrives with enough instructions to programme a moon landing. It?s on the big side, but it does have a lot of features and I suppose they have to cram them in somehow. My box had two batteries and no car charger, but as the a battery life is dreadful, then its just as well. Calls are fine, and the image and video stuff is impressive, It?s typical that the videos if transferred to your PC need a special application to show them (downloadable from three.co.uk). And music needs another application to make mp3s play on the phone! All that I can forgive. But the e-mail! I added my choice of email address when I signed up at phones4u, then restated the email address from the phone 3 weeks later, as I had never been able to test send any messages to either address. I then called ?help? to find out what was going on ? my email had been pre-assigned as e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org , and it could not be changed!? how useful is that! It still doesn?t work either. The £35/month offer fails to mention that VAT gets added!!!!
Got this phone on 3-to-go just over a month ago. After plating around with it a lot I now have very mixed feeling about it and the 3 service. Firstly the phone itself boasts loads of nice features and the screen is big and clear. The phone size isn't the smallest but you can forgive it because of what's inside. The weight isn't the lightest either. The video downloads are fantastic and a real showpiece. Secondly the phone is a touch difficult to use. The menus are confusing as to which buttons to press at the correct time. Things like phone numbers can take an age to input and store. Games are all pay per play which at times can be frustrating. Thirdly the battery life is ridiculous. You will need to charge this phone every night. If you do use it for things like videos you will get 2 hours tops before needing a recharge. Make a few calls also and you can reduce this even further. Even getting 2 batteries doesn't make up for this. Don't rely on this phone for weekend trips or emergency breakdowns. You have been warned. All this leads me to the actual 3 service. The coverage is not there yet and you find yourself with a 3G phone working on a 2G network 80% of the time. On top of that when you do get 3G the signal strength can be 2 bars at best. Also the call quality leaves a lot ot be desired (quiet and echoing most of the time). To top this off when you call the customer services you are greeted by people who do not speak english very well and if you have a problem or want to disconnect they do not want to know. What sort of service is that? Overall I think that 3G needs to be left alone for now until the technology is ready maybe in another 12 months. Stick to your 2G phone/service and what you know.
I purchased my 3g mobile 3-4 months ago, and since then all I have told other people is not to make the same mistake. The main problem is the billing department & there lack of customer service. The phone itself is not a bad bit of kit but the service is the worst I have ever come across in my life. Bills don?t come on time; you get 2 days to pay the bill when it arrives, if they forget to take the direct debit they just cut you off. Also their pricing policy seems to change as often as the weather (we are still trying to work out what we are being charged for and why its always different). The actual phone has one of the shortest battery life?s I know of & the text facility is at best poor. I have been cut off for a total of 3 weeks in the time I have had it through no fault of my own. I know 3 other people with these phones & they all just want to get rid of them. I have a back up phone that I carry arround with me just incase it isnt working. It is a expensive mistake for anyone to make.
About a month ago I wrote a review saying how good the 606 is. This was before I realised how completely bad the Company 3 actually are. It is impossible to get hold of their customer services - even at 11:45 pm on a Friday night!! Even though on the adverts on the net and in the papers it says the phone has Bluetooth - it doesn`t. Again on the adverts it says £35 a month including VAT - when I get my bill they add VAT on top of the £35, so it makes it about £41. Thankfully after threatening to go to the press and OFTEL and let everyone know how bad Three are they agreed to cancel my contract. Even this isn`t easy though as they promised to send me a refund on my bill, and a packet to send the phone back over a week ago, and it still hasn`t arrived. One last thing - it isn`t just me, four of my friends went onto three and like me they have all left (eventually). My advice stay clear. I`ve gone back to orange, where I should have stayed....
Update Do not get this phone or go to three as they are both as hopleess as each other. Have had the phone now for 4 months and it is extremely tempramental in terms of signal even during calls when you move your head 3 inches to the left all signal dies. The battery power now lasts approx 2 hours before it dies, thats making two calls. !!! I am trying as we speak to get out of the contract due to failure to pay compensation for earlier faults (number porting was a mare of epic proportions) The call centre in india are as obtuse as possible and it will take 45mins to reach anyone in Glasgow, so be prepared for long wait and, of course, no record of your previous call/complaint. To get somewhere fast and you have an issue send email to email@example.com and you may get somewhere faster. All in all a dreadful experience dogged by incomeptent staff at most levels My fault for being taken in by advertisiing and being a guinea pig for a crap phone. Please ignore the rest of the post Just taken delivery of the 606, courtesy of 3 Mobiles generous offer of free phone and 750mins free talktime for £35..currently on offer to help 3 shift their huge stocks of 3 handsets. Intial impressions- Robust feel to the handset, tad heavy compared to my old Nokia 6310. Nice shiny silver exterior on top face, let down slightly by dull blue backpiece. A flip phone so therefore thicker than most of my old phones, not good from my girlfriends POV as she wants slim-line! Easy enough to flip open, which reveals a relative;y balanced clearly laid out keypad with centre toggle and menu and the famous triangle(accesses 3 network services) - Huge plus points to NEC/ 3 is that they give you x2 chargers, x2 batteries which is a nice touch.. Features This thing is loaded with more features than I t hink I will ever reall
y use, however I have used the most obvious ones being the video/photo thingy, games and networking stuff. Video - suprised me as to its quality given the size of phone etc, its not as good as you have seen on the adverts but hey..Have not yet had a video phone call yet (need someone else with one!!) But am sure the idea will either take off or not and then onto the next gimmick. I did download a short film by Aardman productions of Angry Boy which is again pretty good quality for what it is, so impressive so far..not tried sports yet, but reckon you can forget trying to watch golf or snooker.. 3 has a link with jongleurs comedy club and they show short sketches from their archive including Dom Joly etc all of which is easy and quick to download. As are ringtunes and wallpaper for the phone. Usability Am still finding y way around it at the momnet, adding numbers is a HUGE bore, everytime you finish one you save and you return to the main screen so you have go through the links to add another. Crap. Maybe a quicker way but not found yet. Th emain button for going th rough menus is the centre toggle which is easy on the thumb and button in the centre gets youinto the chosen app. Calls The signal is a few bars stronger that my old O2 phone, calls are clear and standard fare really. The phone sits better in teh cradle of my shoulder and head for no handed calling which is good as old phone ended slipping out most times. Features Can link to your PC via USB (supplied) you can transfer pics/videos form phone to PC - handy if you have no digicamera like me. Bluetooth - whatever that does Email - get an addreess and away you go Finder - most handy in London. Tyoe in where you are and where you wanna go and hey presto a wee map and directions, even tells you of restaurants on the way in case you are peckish It has al the standard other bits like alarm, curr ency converter et
c, voice recorder blah blah No Radio though as I originally thought Battery life is sapped when in video mode but still give 2 hrs yak time So far so good, day two and am still playing and working through the sizable manual (never doen that before, but the phones capapbility is extensive so might try and use as much as poss!) Will update as I go along..