The E66 is up against stiff competition. The Samsung i550w has almost the same specs, has a larger screen and costs less. Blackberry is still a major player in this market, but the N series by Nokia may turn out to be th....
The E66 is up against stiff competition. The Samsung i550w has almost the same specs, has a larger screen and costs less. Blackberry is still a major player in this market, but the N series by Nokia may turn out to be the E series biggest competitor. The N series uses the same operating system, Feature Packs and has the same business applications.
The E66 measures 107.5 x 49.5 x 13.6mm and weighs 121 grams. The stainless steel case with the built-in slider is the slimmest smartphone slider on the market. The metal touches on the front and the back give the E66 an awesome look.
The earpiece is located at the top of the front panel and the video camera and light sensor are on either side. The 2.4” display screen is right below and the main controls are positioned around the traditional Nokia D-pad. All the keys are solid and large enough so even extra large fingers can use them. The keys are not labelled until they’re illuminated, which gives the E66 a sleek and trendy look. The mouthpiece is located on the chin where the slider is positioned.
The red power knob on top is a bit annoying, because it’s hard to reach when the slider is up. The phone must be closed to press the power key. The 3 megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash and self-portrait mirror is acceptable, but it’s not the strongest feature on the E66.
The Nokia E66 has a Li-ion 1000 mAh BL-4U with 7.5 hours of talk time and 264 hours of stand-by time. The GPS can be used for 6 hours without a charge. The 2.4” 16M-colour QVGA display has great contrast and vibrant colours and the light sensor makes the E66 user friendly regardless of the lightning conditions. Even in direct sunlight the screen meets the challenge.
The alphanumeric keypad has large keys with great feedback levels. The only operating issue we found is that the slider gets in the way of the first row of keys, otherwise the main controls on the slider are easy to use.
The audio reception is outstanding. There is virtually no interference. The smart dialling feature makes finding a contact quick and easy without the need of going beyond the standby screen.
The Nokia E66 has s two view modes for its main menu: a list and a 4 x3 grid of icons. I also comes with 4 preinstalled themes, but you can download others whenever you feel the need for a change.
The Symbian S60 music player is awesome. It supports a great rang of music formats and allows the importing of M3U playlists to the music library.
The audio quality is good, but it could do with some minor tweaking to allow for a smoother sound. The video player works in landscape and portrait mode and the inclusion of FM radio is always a plus. However, 3 megapixel camera is a challenge. There’s no lens protector and no geo-tagging even though the E66 has a GPS system. Photos are below average in quality and the video recording is not any better.
The Symbian 9.2.OS with the Nokia S60 3rd Edition user interface powers the E66. Feature Pack1 is pre-installed, but there are a number of upgrades and enhancements which are part of Feature Pack2. The E66 is powered by a 369 MHz CPU and there is 128MB of RAM, so there is no lag between applications or lock-ups. The E66 also has the accelerometer feature, which allows the interface to rotate.
The E66 has all the business tools and applications you will ever need thanks to QuickOffice. It’s a great business phone. At a retail price of AU$500 to $700 it’s worth the investment, unless you’re a camera lover.