Revisionsnumber: 1.02 (09.05.2006)
Nokia starts selling their business related E-Series. First to come is the new Nokia E60. This stylish device has been designed to face the needs of the mobile professionals. If things go well, it could be the successor of the Nokia 6230(i). The E60 provides support for WCDMA, EDGE, Triband GSM and Internet call over WLAN, Push-to-talk-Funktion (PoC) and push E-Mail. The E60 includes attachment viewers and editors supporting the most common features of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel (Microsoft Office 97, 2000, XP and 2003). The E60 is compatible with Zip Manager and Adobe Reader. It IS a real mobile office, as you may say: your mobile secretary (although it may not look as good as her) :D
The E60 is a mix of metal and plastic. The cover around the very good display is made of metal. With measures of 115 mm x 49 mm x 16,9 mm and a weight of 117 g it is called "sleek" but not really "small". The device is of silver color. If you use a 6230(i) you may find the E60 a little bulky. Nevertheless the E60 feels comfortable in your hand and looks distinguished. The design itself is rather boring but as you will see, the power is within the mobile. Don't judge the E60 by its outer appearance.
64 MB of free memory. Reduced Size Dual Voltage (1.8/3V) MultiMediaCard (MMC) with hot swap slot for easy MMC card insertion and removal, an Active matrix display with 16,7 Mio. Colors using an incredible resolution of 352 x 416 Pixel. These are the main features. A note to all doubters: the difference between the 262k colors of the N80 and the 16.7 Mio colors of the E60 is clearly visible. E-Mail WLAN/UMTS/Push and a great number of other contact possibilities with the outside world are almost nothing new. In fact also VoIP should work, but because of a lack of provider-sided support of Nokias "own" SIP, it does not work very well at the moment, however, it will work in the future. Furthermore, the E60 offers for the first time an own Internet telephony client.
Whats in the box
The E60 is released within a standard box including
* Nokia E60
* Nokia Charger ACP-12E
Nokia Battery BL-5C
* Nokia Mono-Headset HS-5
* Nokia Connectivity cableCA-53
* CD und Manual
This time there is NO memory card supplied! They are, however, available in sufficient numbers on the free market.
Look & feel
The Nokia E60 is a functionally extremely well thought out mobile, whose priorities are found in connectivity and business field. It offers convincing multimedia qualities. According the camera quality: there is none at all. Cheers Mercedes Benz and Co. But there is an additional clip-on camera you may use. It's not cheap and in my opinion not worth the money.
The E60 is produced rock solid, with no visible weaknesses. The joystick is precise, well tactile and very stable. The softkeys do react promptly. The softkey (Menukey) below the Joystick is rather small, an operating error is, however, hardly possible. The side buttons for voice recordings as well as the two volume controls fulfill their function well.
Nevertheless, on some devices, there are some small visible faults:
The surface around the display will show scratches very fast, one sees also fingerprints immediately. The very large keyboard, shows a really hard preasure point. If you are in "SMS" you will have to get accustomed to that. The buttons are illuminated in bright white.
In total the E60 provides a very good feeling - and thats because of the generous measurements. Due to the combination between size and weight, it is feeling well in the hand. Nevertheless it looks quite big at a first glance. The impression deceives, in fact it is thinner than the N80 and also thinner than a Nokia 6230i. It can be described as sleek and well crafted.
The display with its 2,1-Zoll-Active matrix display (16,7 Mio. colors) and a incredible resolution of 352 x 416 pixels - has been used in similar form already within the Nokia N80. The quality, however, has been greatly improved on the E60. It was illuminated - due to the higher capacity of the battery - more brightly and it shows more colors. One can recognize the difference between N80 and E60 display well in direct arrangement. A high resolution/brilliance like that, I did not see up to now. Of course Nokia does not supply any design teaching-piece here. The icons are graphically rather simple, however, well designed.
There are - because of the new 3rd edition S60 - new themes necessary. The old S60 themes can not be used anymore. New themes can be found without problems on the net. For business users, they are however, rather insignificant and may cause some more bugs.
Start me up
After you switch your E60 on and after the usual - S60 typical - somewhat longer startup time, the E60 is ready to serve you as your mobile office. Some settings wizards as well as a short introduction to every important point (made with the new flash Player lite (slightly sluggish)) will help you to get you accustomed to the E60. It offers for the first time a speech based help function. All necessary steps will be spoken then.
After you press the small Menukey on the E60, Nokias 3rd Edition of Series 60 shows up with 15 menu items. In total the functions of the 3rd Edition were pimped up easily. All the Series60 functions have been developed well. The usual PIM applications are on board, as well as some new ones. The contact applications is as usual. Fields can be filled with a lot of entries (e.g. company, position, telephone, first names, last names, mobile number, video call, Internet phone, PTT, pager, fax, E-Mail). Contacts can be sorted by last name as well as first name. Additional informations, such as name addition, titles, aliases, position, memos and birthday are also possible.
Pictures and/or photos, can be used as background or caller pictures. Profiles (General, Mute, Meeting, Outside, Off-Line, Pager) can't be time-controlled but changed to your personal needs.
Also the Active Standby is on board. It lets you activate functions right on the main screen.
The built-in MP3 Player (you'll find it in Media Menu) with it's sound sections ((Standard, Acoustic, Bass Booster, Hip Hop, Pop, R&B, Rock) own ones are also possible) in connection with a Koss Porta sounds very well. However it does not match the quality you'll find on the Nokia N91. The E60 does not include a Stereo headset nor headphones adapter. You'll have to buy one extra.
The MP3 Player supports play lists as well as it reacts fast and in connection with the active standby, it is very good to handle.
The sound of the MP3 Player is balanced, sadly, there is no real bass. This shortcoming, can be balanced easily by using Koss Porta as headsets. In total the sound of the E60 is - compared with that of the Nokia 6270 - very good. The 6230i is not better.
They are no games installed - the information on the Nokia Homepage states something else. But there are a few useful applications
- Personal shortcuts
- Customizable profiles
- Alarm clock
- Music Player (MP3/AAC)
- Real Player
- Flash Player
- Notepad for short notes
- Device lock
- Converter: Converts currencies, measurements, temperature, etc.
- World Clock II
- Quickoffice (Tables, Documents, Presentations)
On board is the Push-to-talk-Funktion for mobile networks, however without a specific push-to-talk button. The PoC-service (Push to talk over Cellular) allows direct speech connections to individuals or groups - similar as at a Walkie-talkie.
The changes made with Symbian 9.1 are hardly visible to the user. They are more "wihin" the system core.
The sound of the Nokia E60 is very good. The 6230i is of course also very well. Although the E60 only features a single loudspeaker, the sound is more than sufficient. If you like to use it as an MP3 Player in your office (provided that you do not work on a construction site), the sound if good enought. Conversations in hands-free mode are not a problem, also conference circuits are possible.
The built-in and pre-installed ringtones sound are also well made. The device has, however, slightly worse receive powers than the 6230i. Nevertheless for a real Smartphone they are sufficient enough. The reception in D1 as well as O² net is good.
The Triband-Mobile (GSM 900/1800/1900) has good reception and sending quality in both nets. Dual Mode UMTS is not offered, there will be two different models. BT 1.2 transfer are rapid. The E60 can be used as a storage device if connected via USB Connectivity cable. Thanks to USB 2.0 the transfer speed is very good. A2DP, however, is not supported. The E60 has IR on board. It offers an external SIM-Access mode. The O² Homezone icon is shown correctly.
The E60 offers Nokias Pop-Port™ interface at the bottom. After you connect with the USB Connectivity cable it offers modes as Media player, PC Suite and Data transfer. While using the Data transfer/Media player mode the E60 switches off-line and your are not able to receive or make calls. There is no external docking station and the E60 can not be loaded via Connectivity cable.
The built-in WLAN 802.11b/g supports WEP and WPA/WPA2 in infrastructure as well as adhoc mode. WLAN can't be turned off. You can select the time, the E60 looks for other WLAN (up to 10 minutes), but it stays in standby mode all the time.
The power of the E60 built-in WLAN appears to be by far better than on my N80. In rooms, in which the N80 already has no reception, the E60 still offers connectivity.
The E60 supports a number of security standards, for instance EAP-TTLS is supported.
Since in the past, more and more people have talked about the possibility of the VoIP: The E60 supports SIP as well as Internet telephony. However the E60 (Nokia specialized services) is not recognized by the majority of VoIP services. As for example, the E60 does not connect to service like voicebuster or sipgate. At least a registration was not possible to me during my tests. Skype is supposed to be compiled for the Series60. When this program will be published is still unknown. At the moment VoIP is not very easy to get running. The E60 offers the possibility of IP Passthrough.
User @gaspode over at telefon-treff.de found out, how to get VoIP working on your E60. Here are the instructions.
User @daelch over at telefon-treff.de found out, how to get Push E-Mail (using your 1und1 Exchange Server 2003) working on your E60. Here are the instructions.
The new S60 browser - based on Safari's WebCore - is used also on the E60. With the 'minimap' called function you will see a full page at a glance and can zoom details in individual steps. Support for RSS is offered also, however, still expandable.
The new browser is much faster than Nokias older solutions. The E60 browser can be called a "complete mobile browser", because it supports frames, popups and PHP. Surfing with the E60 is swift and pleasant. It seems to be more stable and faster, than on the N80.
The character size - and with that the clarity - can be changed by pressing the * and # button while surfing.
The E60 can be used both in the dual mode, or only in GSM. If you use it only in GSM, the battery does last longer..
The E60 has a pre-installed quick office (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint Viewer). All three applications show up seperately in the E60 menu. With that the mentioned documents can be shown as well as edited.
The E60 has a built-in navi named "Navigator". Using an external BT GPS receiver you can calculate your actual position. A on board navigation as TomTom or Route66 offers, is not possible. It is rather a kind of digital compass with position specifications in length and width degrees, than a real navi system.
The E60 has one theme installed (Nokia). But there are plenty of other 3rd Edition themes available on the net.
Themes for S60
Here is a short list of websites, which offer compatible 3rd Edition Symbian 9.1 software.
Mobile2day mobilreview Symbian9 my-symbian
How long can you go?
The battery is very good for a Series60. In case of intense use of the functions, you can use the E60 a whole working day. If you only use the MP3 Player, you will come up with a respectable time of about 16 hours. In case of moderate use, you can save yourself for about 2-3 days before recharging and in standby mode with good net quality, it will last 4 days (in GSM mode). The more you use WLAN, the faster the battery needs to be recharged. The battery of the E60 is stronger than on the N80/N91, therefore the display is brighter.
Nokias belt bag CNT-544 fits very well.
Do i have to buy it asap?
The Nokia E60 features a first-class display with a very high resolution and 16.7 Mio. colors. The business part is implemented really great. In spite of the fact, that the E60 is targeted to "business customers", it has more than sufficient multimedia qualities (Video, MP3). It can be individualized (themes). E-Mail and all necessary connection possibilities to the outside world (e.g. push E-Mail support, IR, BT, WLAN) are on board. Sound and connectivity is not better, than on the 6230i. For a S60 Smartphone, however, they are unequalled. VoIP is not working well at the moment, but will in the near future. All in all, the E60 offers a lot of features for the money.
Since it does not have a camera, it is surely a good substitute for existing Nokia 6230i. In my eyes the E60 is the most productive Smartphone on the market. Firmware is amazing stable (apart from the SIP bug), I did not note many crashes yet. But i do not installed games or other Gimmicks. The existing S60 3rd Edition programs, however, also work on the E60. Nokia itself offers two good programs (Handy Expense, World Mate) for free. My conclusion: go and buy yourself a E60. If you do not need a camera, do not buy the buggy N80!