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  • E66 White Steel Cellular phone with two digital cameras / digital player / FM radio / GPS receiver

Summary

Our Score:

8

It's not often that Nokia releases a new range of business phones, and when it does you'd better sit up and take notice. The last time round, it was the E61 that had us in raptures, with its Blackberry-beating keyboard and good range of software and features. But it's been a while, and since 2006 much has changed in the smartphone market.

Roll on 2008 and Nokia has a new range of business handsets for us to drool over. And I mean drool, because if the forthcoming E66 I have in my hand right now is anything to go by, Nokia is onto a winner again. It's a business phone, but far from being drab and grey, like many business handsets, this one is slim, sleek and beautifully built.

It's a slider design and the mechanism feels wonderfully smooth and solid, popping open with a thunk that BMW engineers would be proud of. And the phone's exterior is full of other luxury touches. The glamorous chrome trim around the 2.4in screen catches the light in way that catches the eye, the mirror-finish buttons below the screen light up with a cool white glow when the E66 is unlocked and the patterned steel panel on the rear adds a touch of lustre and sparkle. This is a business phone with bling, make no mistake about it.

It's slim too, for a slider, at a 13.6mm, and the simple numeric keypad (this is a phone for the purist) allows for an extremely narrow profile too. Compared with HTC's Touch Dual, which boasts a similar design, it shaves a millimetre off the thickness and a good half a centimetre off the width. And that screen, though fairly standard in its 240 x 320 pixel resolution, is absolutely brilliant when you take it outside. It's transflective and is perfectly visible in bright sunshine, as long as you don't mind being blinded by the gleam from the chrome trim, that is.

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ilovethemonkeyhead

July 7, 2008, 1:12 pm

hmm... is it worth an upgrade from the nokia e65? built in GPS sounds very handy - is that a front facing camera on the front?

Ed

July 7, 2008, 2:17 pm

Well, it says so in the article.

ilovethemonkeyhead

July 7, 2008, 3:15 pm

yeah, i know - but it doesn't look like one. i remember front facing cameras used to be huge

Sean Groarke

July 8, 2008, 2:06 pm

It certainly seems strikingly like a minor upgrade to the E65. Which is no bad thing - the E65 is excellent.

Heppy

June 27, 2009, 1:05 am

I have the Nokia 6600, it also has a small camera on the front, this is actually used for video calling. The photo camera is on the back. Cheers.

Barry 2

October 4, 2009, 11:43 am

Ive "upgraded" from N73 to E66. There is no camera on the front of the E66. (N73 does have one. One VERY annoying thing is that it CANNOT connect a PC to internet through bluetooth modem. You HAVE to use a USB cable. The N73 was magic that way. Seems like they have "downgraded" bluetooth comms, but to make up for it have included a GPS.


Cheers - Barry.

Pierluigi L.

December 1, 2009, 5:57 pm

@Barry: there is camera on the front of the E66 and it CAN connect a PC to internet through bluetooth!

nawfal10

October 11, 2010, 12:29 pm

does this phone take photo in the dark..please reply

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