The E63 has a micro-USB port for syncing with your computer, but unfortunately you still can’t charge the handset over USB, which is a bit annoying. There’s also a microSD card slot for adding extra storage and as this is located on the left hand edge of the phone behind a plastic flap it’s easily accessible and lets you hot swap cards.
Another plus is that Nokia has kitted the E63 out with a standard headphone jack so you can use your own (3.5mm jack) cans without the need for an adaptor. However, as the supplied stereo hands-free kit doesn’t have a split cable you’ll lose the hands-free functionality it offers if you use your own headphones. In addition, the cover for the headphone jack isn’t attached to the case, and as it’s so small you’re likely to lose it within the first day or so.
As with pretty much all of Nokia’s handsets, the call quality on the E63 was first-rate. But what’s even more impressive is the phone’s battery life. Whereas most smartphones are lucky to keep going for around two days, the E63 was good for three to four days of medium usage, which is seriously impressive.
While the E63 isn’t quite as impressive as the E71, it’s still a very good handset with excellent messaging support, a first-class keyboard and stunning battery life. If you’ve got the money the E71 is the better option, but if you can live without the GPS and HSDPA support then you certainly won’t be disappointed with the E63.
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