Summary: The problem facing a US customer interested in the E61i is two-fold. First, the E61i doesn’t support any 3G data networks here in the states. While the combination of EDGE and WiFi isn’t all that bad (just ask any iPhone user), with a range of 3G-ready smartphones now on the market, choosing EDGE is a difficult thing to ask of a road warrior. Second, the E61i isn’t supported by any US carriers, so you’re going to pay a pretty penny for it as compared to those contract...
Conclusion: I had a very good impression about the phone regarding its "business look" and also its functionality. The question is: Do I make an upgrade of E61 to E61i? Perhaps reading this review and seeing the pictures of the phone will make up your mind. I wouldn't necessary do it only for the camera that it gets, but I would do it just to have the handset in my E series collection:) Nokia E61i looks much better than its predecessor, it's a little bit slimmer and more compact.
Pros: The best thing about this phone is the simply fact that it exists:) The whole range of connectivity tools and the big battery recommends it as the number one business tool at the moment. Even the design is eye-catching, big, bulky and slim as it is. Nokia E61i is a phone that can be used for almost everything (emailing, messaging, surfing, picturing, printing) at high standards.
Cons: Lack of a secondary camera for video calling may be a major drawback for those that like this feature. Also the metallic part of the phone is too easy to scratch and will make your phone look very bad after only a few days of use (even if you take great care). I'm also wondering: when will Nokia "relinquish" the Pop-Port USB in favor of the more useful miniUSB port? Maybe HSDPA connectivity would've been so much better than UMTS, but this is just because I couldn't me...
Conclusion: High style, a QWERTY keyboard, WiFi and durability have finally converged, thanks to the Nokia E61. The phone is stunning looking and happily it works just as well as it looks. It beats the BlackBerry on expansion, style, durability and multimedia features, though its keyboard isn't quite as good. While Palm OS is getting long in the tooth, Symbian OS 9 and S60 3rd Edition are much fresher and more powerful (faster networking, multitasking and more).
Pros: Great looks, durable metal body, WiFi, EDGE, miniSD expansion slot, supports all major push email solutions as well as non-push IMAP and POP3 email. Fantastic web browser, good battery life and excellent display.
Cons: Keyboard travel is nearly nil, sometimes flaky scheduled IMAP email checking.
Excerpt: Nokia is by no means new to QWERTY keyboard equipped handsets, but the new E61, with its UMTS, EDGE, and WiFi data support, is the first to use a more BlackBerry like form factor. It's a long review, but there is a video for those in a rush.