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Nokia E65 Review

May 18, 2007 by · 2 Comments 


This review of the Nokia E65 is more ‘to the point’ because there are many non-unique attributes of the E65 that make it hard to differentiate from its Symbian brothers. My aim is to only focus on the things that set it apart.

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The main draw behind the E65 is the form factor and its focus on group calling. It is, essentially, Nokia’s Enterprise phone for companies that rely more on conference calling than messaging (ie, the full keyboard devices such as the E61).

To that end, the E65 has a dedicated group calling button on the front that launches the group calling application. From experimentation with this feature, it looks like it is best used by companies that have a consistent group conferencing number with a pin, for it streamlines the process of joining the call. Other group features associated with this application can be replicated via the groups feature in the address book, and really aren’t all that useful to non-enterprise users, for example, I couldn’t get the group conferencing to work from the phone because my network doesn’t support it.

In addition to the dedicated group button, there is a dedicated call mute button, which plays nicely into the fact that this phone is designed for calling and less-so for messaging. This button worked nicely. The remainder of the dedicated buttons are the usual for the next-gen ‘E’ series phones, the dedicated address book and a customizable key (I usually make it the camera).

Moving on to the camera, I found it to be mediocre, with poor grainy performance in low lighting, and decent 2MP goodness in bright lighting. Video was smooth, and I would say, far more of a selling point than the still picture features.

Aside from the group messaging and the camera, the rest of the phone is pretty standard for this generation of E series phones (wifi, quad-band, series 60 3rd edition). The only thing I noticed was that the messaging platform was more ‘buggy’ than other phones of this ilk (even if in early firmware revisions). For example, message downloads would often freeze, and sometimes things wouldn’t happen at all requiring a reboot of the phone. However, as I mentioned, this phone can do messaging as well as its brothers by the nature of its OS, but I don’t think it was the designer’s focus.

That leaves the three attributes to cover:

1) Form Factor
2) Reception
3) Battery Life

1) Form Factor: This phone was designed to appeal to the corporate chic. Available in both Mocha and Red, it is a stylish phone, with great construction, and even better size. It is probably the most compact of the Series 60 phones out there, and they did an amazing job of making the slider feel solid (similar to the 8800). I spent many a moment just sliding it up and down to feel the reassuring ‘thunk’ at the end. The bottom of the keypad is a little ‘creaky’ but otherwise the build quality is two steps above N series devices. The screen is bright and visible.

2) Reception: In typical Nokia style, this phone has brilliant reception. What amazed me more, though, was the sound quality of the incoming audio. I have to say this was the most enjoyable incoming sound phone I have ever heard. Very well balanced.

3) Battery Life: Although not bad, I can’t say I was as impressed as I thought I was going to be. I figured that with a smaller screen this phone would have similar battery life to my E61 under the same type of usage. I found that not to be the case, and had to switch off UMTS (3G) to achieve the same kind of performance that I was achieving on my E61 on dual-mode. Bummer, but not a deal breaker considering that this isn’t really a messaging phone, and you wouldn’t really suffer a whole bunch since presumably you wouldn’t use the 3G as much as you would on a larger screened device.

In conclusion, I liked this phone. Sure the battery life could be better, and I’m hoping that future firmware improves messaging and overall platform speed and stability, but all in all, it was a pleasure to use it as a voice-centric device with messaging capabilities.

For a photo shoot and size comparison, see our pictures here.

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