Product Type: Nokia Smartphone
Newest Review: ... are terrible, so to have the original products is a massive bonus and a great feature of the E63. If you're looking for a cheap smartpho... more
The slippers of the phone world - old, comfy and reliable :)
Member Name: Tarapea
Date: 15/04/12, updated on 15/04/12 (31 review reads)
Advantages: Sturdy, reliable, comfy qwerty keyboard, wifi, office software, good battery life
Disadvantages: no apps, a little outdated
Lets be honest, these days if a phone isn't an iPhone, HTC or BlackBerry, most people aren't interested. But if you're looking for something a bit more hi tech than your standard candybar style phone, but without the mass features of some of the aforementioned brands, look no further than the Nokia E63.
I've used a Nokia E63 for three years now. In recent months i switched to a BlackBerry, and although i enjoyed the added features of messengers and apps, the quality was so poor and it broke within a very short space of time. The faithful old Nokia (Or as I call him, Nigel...) on the other hand, has been ever faithful and reliable, with not so much as a missing key to speak of.
It runs on Symbian 9.2 Operating System with Series 60 3.1 Software, quite outdated by today's standards but perfectly usable and good. It has both 3G and WiFi to offer, so browsing the internet is a doddle. Personally I like to use Opera Mini browser, but the preinstalled one is perfectly fine too, if a little slower. The 2 Megapixel Camera has LED Flash & Digital Zoom. 2 Megapixels is nothing, but before you write it off, remember that BlackBerry Curves offer about the same. The flash can be a bit of a washout, but it's fine for quick snaps to send for a picture message etc. The music player supports a wide range of files includiing MP3, WMA, AAC, AAC+ & eAAC+ and the phone also supports Flash.
The shape and size is comparable to a BlackBerry, but it feels a fraction heavier and much more sturdy in your hand. The approximates measurements are 113 x 59 x 13 mm and around 125g in weight. Instead of a trackball theres a standard four-way directional button, much easier on the fingers! Along the top of the keyboard are shortcuts including Home, Calendar, Contacts and Inbox all for instant access. The qwerty keyboard is well cushioned, with plenty of room to type with ease. It also doesn't have that horrible plastic clicking noise a lot of qwerty phones do - surely i'm not the only one that hates that?!
The home screen is very basic and easy on the eye, with text messaging inbox, web browser, music playlist, gallery, chat and 'switch screen' all there and ready to use. Let me explain the switch screen option - it's created with business users in mind. Basically the idea is to have two home screens, one for personal use and one for business use. You can opt to have your emails, internet telephone and calendar entries all showing right infront of you on the business screen, along with buttons to access Bluetooth and Active notes replacing the Gallery and Music menus on the personal home screen. The colours are different on each screen but can be change, it's quite a novel idea.
Another great feature is that this phone has lots of accessibility settings for those with impairments. It has a voiceaid for those who are visually impaired, where a voice reads out all the menus and everything you are selecting. The messaging area has an option to allow your messages to be read aloud too. Voice commands are available too.
The phone also comes with full Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel and Powerpoint along with a PDF viewer and ZIP file manager. Some of the newer Office knockoffs for phones are terrible, so to have the original products is a massive bonus and a great feature of the E63.
If you're looking for a cheap smartphone but don't need all the apps, this could suit you perfectly. I imagine it's a wonderful choice for business users too.
Summary: A great qwerty smartphone that works well for personal or business users
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