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I had this phone for nearly 2 years until it got stolen! I loved this phone because I find it really smart, simple and easy to use. Although it can get really frustrating at times because it can get very slow.
Phone calls: good quality
Keypad: Qwerty, too tiny pads but you'll get used to it.
Battery life: I would usually charge every other night unless I use the internet.
WIFI: Exactly what it says on the tin
Apps: There are many Java Apps you can download but you'll have to get it using your computer rather than use the phone's internet's ability to download and install directly to the phone.
Memory: the memory is just so small and it can get very slow. You'll have to actually close the program itself if you aren't using it otherwise, it will keep running in the background and use up all the memory.
Internet: You can browse and chat to people. You can also connect to your email but the setup isn't really easy.
Syncing with computer: One reason why i like this phone is because of its ability to sync with outlook.
Music/Videos: I would advise you to have a good sized SD Card to put in if you want to save videos, photos and music. I can play music as well but can only store very few.
Phone size: It's very light but it's just too wide.
I wouldn't really recommend this phone because of it's speed. But if you use it for JUST phone calls and text and have more patience then this phone is for you.
I bought this phone without really doing any research and was disappointed that it had so little features.
I love all things gadget and would like to have seen at least the most basic of features such as a camera or at most something a bit different, but i was bored of it within a day. I think the phone would be best used as a work phone, an organiser, or for someone who really isn't into the frills and fancy stuff and just doesnt spend alot of time using their phone (unlike me!)
On a practical side the keypad is pretty small, luckily i have small fingers so didn't struggle too much but i would imagine large fingers would have a hard job.
I think it is all you can expect from Nokia, I have used them many times in the past just because they are so reliable and the navigation is the simplest there is in the market no doubt about it - hence my parents have them ;-) which is great just not what i was looking for personally.
It is my own fault for not doing my research, i have an iphone now which is probably the opposite of what this phone offers - Fun!
When my company implemented the No camera phone policy, I decided to get the E61 after going through Nokia's long list of phones. The E61 fits well on my palm & since my fingers are long, I can easily operate it with one hand. I like the big screen which is useful when viewing documents & browsing. Phone response is fast enough ( faster than the Nokia N73). The QWERTY keyboard style is small & I typically use my finger nail to select the keys. The 16 million colour screeen is nice & clear when displays pictures/videos well. Speaker output is clear & I quite often use the Speaker phone for conversations. Music output is good but still lack the standard of the N-series speakers.
Wifi function is a plus for this camera.
I bought an external GPS receiver & installed a map software. No actual navigation yet but provides tracking.
Overall, I find this phone to be very user frienly & highly suitable for people on the go when wants most of the bellS & whistle but a camera.
I have had this phone for a year now, and I've used it a lot.
I bought it because I needed to get online without a phone line (I live on a boat, so no landlines), and it has been excellent in this regard, happily connecting to my Linux powered laptop and other people's windows machines.
The only bad bits are the rubbish integrated browser, the frankly embarassing PC suite software (it doesn't work, Google Nokia PC suite and see what I mean) and slightly lacklustre build quality (the phone charging socket developed a dodgy connection after a couple of months, now I need to use a universal charger with an everso slightly larger plug in order to charge it). Battery life is rubbish, too - I rarely get a day out of mine.
These faults are not really forgivable in something that costs so much money, but as it's basically worked for me, I'm going to say, go on, get one. But only if you can get it cheap.
A good tip if you use windows: Go to the Nokia Website and download the modem only driver, instead of messing about with the awful PC suite software that comes with the phone. It then just works like a modem.
The Nokia E61 is designed in the familiar style of today's most popular mobile email devices. Yet it is incredibly slim and packed with powerful new functionality. A cinch to use with either hand, the device has a four-way joystick and full keyboard combined with a wide 16 million color screen making mobile email easier than ever before. Supporting multiple mobile email clients like BlackBerry Connect, GoodLink, Nokia Business Center, Seven Mobile Mail, Seven Always-On Mail, and Visto Mobile, the Nokia E61 provides seamless and encrypted mobile connectivity. Full attachment handling (documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF viewer and ZIP manager) and an editing function (document, spreadsheet and presentation) are included. The Nokia E61 also includes the same advanced business call features and IP-based telephony functions as the Nokia E60 and Nokia E70. The Nokia E61 can send and receive emails, even when on a phone call. The Nokia E61 operates in GSM850/900/1800/1900 and WCDMA2100 networks.