You can manipulate the text size down till it is almost too small to read – in fact for some sites and some pairs of eyes it will be too small. And the screen resolution is spectacular at 352 x 416 pixels.
The one thing you can’t do is force a web page to format to the screen width. You can flip the screen into wide mode though, which helps in this respect, but unfortunately you can’t do this within the browser – it is an option available under the S60 main menu. Flicking out from a web page, rotating the screen, then flicking back in, doesn’t take many key presses, but I wish Nokia had included a shortcut to the feature in the browser itself.
The good news is that this screen flipping seems to work across the board, which means when you are using the software provided in a folder called Office for looking at Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, you can go landscape to get a wider view.
You can do some document creation too with this software – including presentations - but it is somewhat fiddly and slow.
Another star feature of the E60 is that alongside Bluetooth and infrared is Wi-Fi. You can use this for web browsing, and also for Voice over IP purposes, and for once Nokia is actually suggesting that using a wireless LAN is a low cost option for placing voice and data calls. You can set the handset up so that it always asks you what kind of connection you want, displaying a list of those that are available including WLAN access points.
I found the battery life to be good but not outstanding. Asking the E60 to play music for me non-stop with the screen forced to stay on got a little over eight hours of tunes. I’ve seen better – Nokia’s N73 managed ten hours 45 minutes and the already mentioned E61 a little more than 14 hours.
Nobody should take the E60’s document creation features too seriously – you probably won’t find them good for much more than a bit of editing and will still need a laptop.
Battery life could be better too. Anyone taking this handset on a business trip and wanting to use its WLAN and 3G features is going to need to carry the charger. Nokia made a bad choice for memory expansion, and the absence of a camera irritates.
Nevertheless there is a lot that is good about this phone, not least for those who are serious about VoIP. Nokia would do better to extend battery life, add a camera and incorporate a more popular memory expansion card in the next version of this handset.