Nokia E63 black
The plastic feel of this phone put me off immediately. It looks great in photos, but in the hand it's horrible. The back plate takes fingermarks and bends, and the keyboard gives like a hollow board.
The SIM is in an inaccessible position under the battery and the holder carves up the SIM every time one changes it for another - which I do after every flight.
There's not even a proper hardware on-off button. It's all done by software and one of the normal phone buttons doubles as on/off. There's no separate volume control - ditto. If a penny could ever be pinched somewhere, they've done it on this phone.
Most telling is the lack of an on-board modem. That means I couldn't use it as an internet wifi gateway/hub through the telco for my laptop, as I normally would want to do. I don't recall it as having infrared either, but that's not so important for me.
I got rid of it after a week.
While I had it, I investigated about everything I could about it in the hope of finding ways around its discomforts. I even hated the inconfigurable interface on the symbios operating system. No way to change icon size down to something sensible. They have two configurations available via a button push, but really I could not care less about that - two of bad equals bad.
I love my solid quality multi-communicating E51, but the E63, as my first forray into the world of big hulky QWERTY phones really disappointed. I couldn't even type properly, as the control and shift keys were in awful places and the space bar too small. One has to use two thumbs to get anywhere, and than means two hands! I expect to type on a phone with one hand - my left (as I'm right handed, and the right hand will be signalling for a cab or opening doors ...). Two plus a knee to balance it on is a real no-no.
The larger screen was the only advantage over my E51. Instead of about 20 character-width lines on my vt100 terminal emulation, I must have got an even 40! Wooie! I suppose that was 320x240 pixels, but I forgot to check and can't check now.
I bought an old E61i as a replacement, and I'm much happier with it. At least it's solid metal, has a modem, and a huge battery that lasts. But I really don't see the QWERTY keyboard as ever working in the way I want with Nokia behind it. Perhaps the touchscreens with their configurable soft-keyboards are the way forward.
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Nokia E63 Cell Phone
I like the QWERTY keyboard. I used to have a Nokia 6800 which finally died after years of abuse. In an emergency, I bought a touchphone which is an ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE as the keyboard is only suitable for a person who needs a ladder to pick strawberries.
BUILD. The E63 has a good positive feel about it and is ideal for a person of normal proportions. Being a candy bar type, it will not have any weak hinges etc to break down.
SET UP is logical and easy, especially for a person like me who at nearly 60 hates learning new stuff. At this age, we like very few changes to our lifestyles.
CAMERA quality is good for stills and video.
OVERALL, I am happy with the product but I am still being amazed by what it can do compared to my old Nokia. It may take a while for me to learn all its intricacies. This will be my main phone now and my touchphone will be used very rarely from now on.
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Excellent Clear Screen Smart Phone with WIFI and WEB
This is a superb mobile to get your hands on with a vast amount of features. Its so easy to use it amazes me. Between this and the E71 there is not that much difference and due to the cheap contract offers now available you can get the E63 for FREE for £10 a month - thats just amazing. If you have used any Symbian mobile before you will be right at home. You can connect it to your wireless router for web browsing and install Windows Messenger + Skype for free calls. The camera is impressive and being 2 Mega Pixels is all you need unless you plan to print your photos larger than A4 size. The full qwerty keyboard is a pleasure to use (does take some getting used to from a normal phone keypad). You can expand the memory like most phones now with a memory card. The E63 takes up to a 8GB Micro SD (HC-SD) which is more than anyone should need. It doesnt have GPS built in but you can use an external GPS receiver if you really want. I cant recomend this enough - well thought out design - excellent operating system and nice to look at - what more can you want??
Update: I've been using Quick Office to type Word documents while out and there is a free update to the software from Nokia that you can download just by going to "updates" option. Very handy if you need to type up a document of spreadsheet and the new update improves the look and adds features. Downloading the update while connected to a wifi hotspot is the quickest option.
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After my previous Nokia broke unexpectedly, I searched intensely for a new but capable phone. After the long search I came across the Nokia E63, and admittedly thought it was the best of a bad bunch of phones. To my surprise the phone exceeded my low expectations, and actually Praise God is a really good piece of kit! The rubber qwerty keys are just right, and depending on how big your hands are it is quite easy to operate with one hand, although it does take some time getting used to it. The battery life is excellent, around two to three days moderate/heavy use, while the features are simple to understand and practical to use. The camera is fair, expect nothing special and you won't be disappointed. My only gripes is the plastic shell, which feels a little vulnerable. And you can not delete texts when the receiver number is disconnected straight away, you'll have to wait a few days for it to clear. Lastly the internet is very poor, though the GPS map service makes up for it. Overall a great alternative to the Blackberry now at the friction of the price, recommended!
Nokia E63 Smart Mobile Phone
Nokia E63 looks like a standard mobile phone with full QWERTY keyboard but in fact it is more than a smart mobile phone. If you want a phone with big screen and Full keyboard but no slider or flip, than E63 is for you.
Full QWERTY Keyboard, Full 2G and 3G Network Support, EDGE, Large 2.4 Inch Display, UMTS, WiFi, USB Connectivity, 2 MP Camera with Flash, Video Recording,
Vibration, MP3 Ringtones, Speaker Phone, 3.5 mm Audio Out, Phonebook,
16 GB Memory Support (Micro SD), Video Calling, Symbian OS,
MMS, SMS, Email, HTML Browser, Radio, Games, Java Enabled, Media Player.
Cheap level camera. Little bit Big in size, No Second Camera, No GPS.
A but Complex to use and not user friendly. Short Battery life.
It is also light as it is plastic as compared with E71 but still roust and durable. Fully customizable and Full of features.
Overall, It is a nice smart phone and people who like Full QWERTY Keyboard will like this phone.
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