Nokia E51 Is A Pretty Smart 3G Phone—But No QWERTY
Personal Electronics buzz
11 August 2009
Excerpt: Before writing up my thoughts on the Nokia E51, I was a little stumped on whether it is a really loaded mobile phone or a smartphone. According to Oxford Dictionary, the smartphone is a mobile phone with computer functionality. The Nokia E51 has all that and a bit more. The reason I hesitate to push it into that category is the lack of a QWERTY keyboard. It has a great OS, Symbian 9.2 , WiFi and connectivity to the Nokia suite of applications.
Excerpt: One of the latest Nokia Eseries' handsets available on the market, Nokia E51 is the perfect successor of the older E50. Furthermore, Nokia E51 comprises all the E90 Communicator's technical features in a slim candy-bar design. Based on Symbian operating system, Nokia E51 is the perfect tool for businessmen, as it features rich communications skills, perfectly completed by a stylish design.
Pros: There are many key features that Nokia E51 embeds, such as: HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP, fast user interface, powerful CPU, microSD card, Symbian 9.2 OS Series 60 3rd edition UI with Feature Pack 1. Also, the fact that the phone doesn't freeze at all and is very fast makes it even better. Let's not forget about the low price (only 350 USD).
Cons: Maybe the phone should've been launched without a module camera or, at least, a better one could've made a difference. A longer talk time is also needed to maximize E51's functionality. Some small improvements should've been added, such as: possibility of editing documents, charge via miniUSB and a better multimedia interface.
Excerpt: Another in the long line of Nokia E-Series business oriented phones is the Nokia E51. The question is, does it make the cut as far as business focused phones go? This review takes a look into what the Nokia E51 has to offer.
Conclusion: It’s a shame that no US carrier is offering the Nokia E51 as it fills a market segment where smartphone users don’t necessarily want to carry a large E90 or a wide E61. The slim, small and sexy design certainly adds a new look to the Eseries, and turns the smartphone into an attractive device.
Pros: Stylish design, good build quality, and small and lightweight. Very good voice quality and reception. Great browser and email support. Office Suite applications are big plus for corporate users. Plenty of multimedia applications to keep your down time fun.
Cons: EDGE only in the US. Shoulder keys are hard to press and so are the side buttons that are covered by ruggedized rubber. Camera is sub par.
Summary: Give us an E and you'll get Enterprise! With the new Nokia E51, consumers can expect an array of business features to go along its two available colors of Rose and Black. Is this mobile the right match for the hectic executive lifestyle? As they say, first impressions count and Nokia has not slacked in any way on that front. Comparing the E51 with its chunky predecessor, the E90, we found that size really matters. The Nokia E51 has a diminutive footprint and weighs 100g.
Conclusion: The general impression E51 left with us, apart from the compact size for a business phone, is one of the inevitable user’s satisfaction by its numerous functions. Compared to E50, the E51 offers better more options for internet connection via the HSDPA technology for faster data transfer, besides the Wi-Fi, also a novel feature for the unit. Moreover, the 3G technology can now be used worldwide, despite the availability of only one accessible frequency in the USA.
Pros: Solid and reliable corpus, Worldwide 3G, Wi-Fi
Cons: Very inconvenient side buttons, Lack of a video-call camera
Summary: In terms of its reception quality, the E51 is a very typical Nokia-branded offering – no real merits or flaws, which comes as no surprise, however, given how similar it is to the Nokia 6120 hardware-wise. The ring tones were pretty loud with the E51; we didn’t experience any difficulties with hearing it in various environments. The vibro alert is average strength-wise.
Is the E51 rivaled by solutions from other manufacturers?
Summary: It's the business-focussed smartphone that's going to sell faster than Nokia can make it. Or so reckons Steve Litchfield, who's been rather impressed by the Nokia E51. There are also lessons here for the rest of Nokia's smartphone line.