Still, in other respects the browser impresses. I like that it saves browsing history – as auto bookmarks – and that as you scroll around using the mini joystick a small cursor moves around on screen. I found this made finding and hitting links pretty efficient. Also if you scroll fast enough a small mini window opens showing a thumbnail of the current page with a box indicating the current viewing area. If you can see enough detail to identify which part of the page to home in on, this aids fast navigation around Web pages.
There are some general features the Nokia E61 sports which literally blow BlackBerry devices out of the water. The presence of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and infrared is one. You can set the device up to ask what kind of network connection you want it to make and can check email and Web surf over a Wi-Fi network. I’ve not seen a VoIP client running on the E61, but have my eyes open for a suitable opportunity.
There is a healthy 64MB of user memory installed and support for mini SD cards so you can boost that. The card slot is on the right edge of the casing, and is hidden by the battery cover creating sleek lines on the hardware and helping to protect cards against theft.
The Nokia E Series Range
Storing music for playback is one potential use for cards and even the most hardened business traveller must surely like to listen to the odd tune or podcast. The good news here is that playback quality is pretty impressive. The Pop-Port headset interface is the biggest let down of all where music is concerned as it means you can’t easily use your own headset. But sound quality through the provided headset is OK.
Volume through the device speaker is so loud that during testing I had to put the E61 into a drawer on the other side of the office to stop it being a distraction from working!
Finally, battery life was superb. As is usual with Nokia Series 60 version 3 handsets I set the power save time out set to the maximum available which is 30 minutes and the light time out to its maximum of 60 seconds, pushed the screen brightness to its highest and the music volume to its highest and played MP3s continuously through the loudspeaker. The result was a very impressive 14 hours 11 minutes of music.
The E61 does what you’d expect a mobile email device to do, retrieving email and catering for viewing and editing of attachments – though it could do with .rtf and PDF file support in its arsenal. Its ergonomics are very good, with a particularly strong keyboard and mini joystick. The Web browser lets it down on the software side, though. 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and infra red cater for flexible connections. I can live without a camera very easily and battery life superb.
RIM should definitely be looking over its shoulder.