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Nokia E65 review

Nokia E65 review
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Retail Price: RM 1,065
AP Price: RM 990 - 1,020
The Nokia E65 is a slim and stylish business phone with a 2 mega-pixel camera supporting EGSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 2100 and WLAN. The Nokia E65 is a slide format device with a 240 x 320, 16M color display.
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Review On : Nokia E65
Reviewed by: Jonathan Cheah
At A Glance:

Local Distributor: Nokia Malaysia (M) Sdn Bhd / Avaxx
Contact : 1-300-88-1600
Build quality: 10/10
Applications: 9/10
Interface: 8/10
Value-for-money: 8/10
Overall rating: 9/10
+ Great form factor
+ 3G phone
+ WLAN ready (WiFi)
- 2MP camera only


Who says that business devices can・t look good? It has been a long while since anything made me go .wow・ with regard to the form factor, and this device does.
The E65 is a super slim slider, and it is part of the E-Series family of business devices from Nokia. It is a Series-60 type device operating upon version 9.1 of the Symbian OS.

In addition to the super-slim form factor, many new buttons are introduced, both on the side of the device and also around the navigation pad.
In the box
  • Handset Transceiver
  • Battery
  • Charger
  • Headset
  • Manual
  • 256 MB Micro SD

    The phone
    I offer a full ten points for how this phone looks. As mentioned earlier, it is very flat, and slides open to reveal a keypad in silver colour. The rest of the front panel surrounding the keys are finished in chrome both on the inner keypad and on the outer navigation pad.

    The back of the battery cover is covered in the leather-like material found in many L・Amour devices. The top part of the back is slightly rubberised for grip, and the camera lens is between both sections of the back face of the device.


    Words can・t describe this device well enough. You need to touch one to understand exactly why we are gushing about it. The screen displays 240 x 320 pixels in 24-bit colours. It is driven by an ARM 9 CPU operating at 220 MHz. I can still remember when 220 MHz was the top of the range PC for the home.

    Software
    This is the 9.1 version of the Symbian OS, and there are certain features in this device which we have not seen elsewhere. In some ways it reflects the extra keys found on the device, which eliminates the need to have certain shortcuts in the menu. The four softkeys around the navigation pad are the Group Call, customisable personalised button, Address Book and Mute.

    Personally, I was thrilled that the WLAN scanning has been improved into a shortcut on the main screen, and hooking into a WLAN is as simple as a click. Of course, it did not always work and some tweaking still has to be done in the settings menu.
    Modern versions of the Nokia Symbian come packed with applications, and each user has his or her own favourite applications. However, the office suite is pretty much universal and the Quickword, Quicksheet and Quickpoint applications found inside this phone are Symbian versions of the Microsoft applications for the desktop.

    Connectivity
    This is a quad-band GSM 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 device that also includes 3G WCDMA 2100 and a WLAN option. That pretty much ensures that the E65 can be used in most countries. EGPRS, GPRS, CSD and HSCSD data transfer modes are also supported by this device in addition to the 3G capability.
    Bluetooth and Infrared are integrated into the E65. The Infrared window is on the bottom of the phone, right next to the Pop -Port connector. There is also a data cable included in the box, one end of which is a Pop-Port that plugs into the E65, while the other is a standard USB connector that can connect to a PC.
    As usual Nokia phones come with both HTML and xHTML browsers that work with the TCP/IP protocol. The WAP version in use is version 2.0.

    Camera
    The camera on the 7390 has a 2 megapixel sensor, capable of shooting a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. It features a 4x digital zoom and comes with night and sequence modes. There is a self timer which could be handy if you could figure out a way to balance the slim device on its side. You can also adjust white balance and the colour tone of the picture if need be.
    Images can be High, Normal or Basic in quality and the camera shoots pictures in either 640 x 480 or 1600 x 1200 pixels, and saves it in the JPEG format.

    Video is available in either Short or Maximum modes, at resolutions of 128 x 96, 176 x 144 or 352 x 288 pixels. The zoom is 4x and video is recorded at 15fps and stored in either H.263 or MPEG-4 format.

    Games
    There are no preinstalled games in this phone. However, with it being a Symbian device, there would be no shortage of games that you can get from third party vendors on the open market.
    Actually, it depends if you want to play games on the device or not. I・ve never been one to shorten the lifespan of my keys and screen by pounding away at it all day. But then again, I・m more of a PC junkie anyway, so small toys don・t really appeal to me.

    Editor's Opinion

    The Nokia E65 is absolutely worth a look at, even if you have no intention of buying it. Of course, most vendors would hate me for saying that, but the form factor is practically what a slider phone should be.
    It is very difficult to see how the slider Design could be improved further after this one hits the open market. Maybe they could make it with different materials but I would definitely put the E65 on my to-buy list the next time I go shopping for a phone.
    Except for a rather low megapixel rating on the camera, it is being sold at a fair price but I won・t buy it just yet since I don・t need a new phone right now. Anyway, the number 65 holds special meaning for me and would be just another excuse to buy this phone.


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