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Nokia E63 Budget BlackBerry Beater Unveiled

Gordon Kelly


Nokia E63 Budget BlackBerry Beater Unveiled

Rumours have been building around this handset for sometime so Nokia has finally decided to put us out of our misery...

The Finnish behemoth today formally announced the 'E63' - its latest attempt to deliver a swift titty twister to RIM's impressive BlackBerry range. Targeting what has effectively become the smartphone 'low end' the E63 features an all-too-familiar candybar screen-above-qwerty layout and a couple of nice touches.

Raw specs first and you'll get a reasonably large 2.4in QVGA 16 million colour display, WiFi, a 2MP camera with LED flash, POP3, IMAP and SMTP email support, multimedia playback and very compact 113 x 59 x 13mm dimensions and a pocket friendly weight of just 126g. Perhaps rather noticeably missing is HSDPA connectivity (you'll have to make due with EDGE), GPS and any form of camera autofocus. Memory isn't brilliant either at just 110MB internally though there is a microSD expansion slot.

As for those neat features, well Nokia has at last done the sensible thing and included a native 3.5mm headphone jack plus Bluetooth with A2DP and the choice of a large capacity 1500mAh battery delivers a whopping 18 / 20 days of standby time or up to 11 hours of talk time from a single charge.

Also worth noting is the affordability of the E63 with the sim free price a mere 199 euros (£166) so it is likely to prove a hit with contract-a-phobics, while subsidies should see it costing zip on most tariffs when it lands in the next few weeks.

We had famously high opinions of the E71. Now it's little brother is a virtual stripped down clone, TR expects...


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Lord Comben III

November 12, 2008, 11:59 pm

Well if its any where near as good as the E71 (which I bought based on the review) it seems like a bargin phone.

My E71 seems to last forever without charging as well, I'm averaging about a week with moderate use of it.


November 13, 2008, 12:40 am

Is it just me, or does this seem like it would be a better deal than E71.

Now only if Nokia strip down the price considerably, i just might upgrade my E61i.

I dont really care for HSDPA/GPS.


November 13, 2008, 2:11 am

Looking around at E71 contract prices, it can be had from as little as &#16325 per month, with 300 minutes/texts... the SIM-only equivalent of this is about &#16315p/m, meaning over 18 months you'd be spending about &#163180 for the handset - that's my thinking anyway. I may opt for this offer.

Thanks for this update, Gordon!


November 13, 2008, 2:28 am

Where you spotting that GherkinG - I'm thinking of sorting my mum out with one!


November 13, 2008, 11:42 am

I just saw some suggested prices for an unlocked version of this, and if they are right,

at launch, this would cost just half of what E71 was. Brilliant.


November 13, 2008, 1:54 pm

@Gordon - Please mod this if advertising isn't allowed... Found at Three.

Checking now, it looks to be only &#16320p/m on the 300 minute tariff, &#16323p/m on the 500 minute tariff (not sure about web traffic restrictions though). They have the white and the grey model.


November 13, 2008, 3:32 pm

Just wanted to add something I missed out on when I got my E71 (because it was after work and I was half asleep). The Three website lists the phone as including 50 videocall minutes. I went to a 3 store and told them I wanted the E71 + 500M&M Tariff. After sitting down, giving my details etc. I was told it would be a total of &#16323 on an 18month contract OR I could remove the videpack and pay just &#16318/month. Overtaken with feelings of technological advancement (and I was sleepy so couldn't make decisions clearly), I decided to keep the video pack, only realising much later that I probably wouldn't make video calls that often anyway.

Sorry for rambling on, but I hope that can be of some use to someone :).

Rob Lundie Hill

November 14, 2008, 2:53 pm

Wow! They should shift lots of these. The keyboard really does blow any blackberry's out of the water. Hope the blue/redness doesn't look quite so cheap and toyish in real life though...?

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