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Nokia E61i review

8.2/10 AVG.
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8.2/10
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The Nokia E61i currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 10 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Symbian
Processor
220 MHz
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

There isn’t much to say really – you wanted a messenger handset with a camera and you got it. And it is a really good one.

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
Wired

Howdy, big boy! At 4.6 x 2.8 x 0.6 inches, the E61i dwarfs most handsets. Luckily, you won't care: Its roomy 2.8-inch screen and comfy keyboard make excellent companions to the fast Symbian OS, which puts Windows Mobile to shame by loading apps almost instantly. The browser stomps others in usabilit...

- Rick Broida, Wired


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Nokia released the E61i on February 12, 2007.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Nokia E61i user manual here.


Nokia backs up the E61i with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your E61i has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Nokia support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Nokia's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
Unknown

The Nokia E61i's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

Processor
220 MHz

There is a ARM9 220 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
60 MB

Internal memory is 60 MB. An external, MiniSD (up to 2 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 15 days standby time.

Nokia E61i Specs

Overview
Release date February 12, 2007
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor ARM9 220 MHz
Internal Storage 60 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.78 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 15 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Silver with black accents
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.7 x 7.0 x 1.4 cm (4.6 x 2.8 x 0.6 in)
Weight 150 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MiniSD (up to 2 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, RealVideo
Video Recording Parameters
CIF (352 x 288 pixels), 15 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, M4A
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, RealVideo
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps Microsoft Office Mobile, Windows Media Player Mobile
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Critic Reviews


GSMArena

All-in-one business tool

Well, it’s time for us to call it a day and finish the E61i review. There isn’t much to say really – you wanted a messenger handset with a camera and you got it. And it is a really good one. You may remember the couple of questions we laid out when we set to do this review. It’s probably took you several pages until you got here, so let us refresh your memory on those...

More

Well, it’s time for us to call it a day and finish the E61i review. There isn’t much to say really – you wanted a messenger handset with a camera and you got it. And it is a really good one. You may remember the couple of questions we laid out when we set to do this review. It’s probably took you several pages until you got here, so let us refresh your memory on those:

    * Is the camera positioning the E61i into another device category?
    * Is it worth exchanging your vanilla Nokia E61 for it?

Well, as our opinion goes, the camera doesn’t really throw the E61i into a different market niche – it can surely earn it some new rivals, but in the end, it remains the second attempt of Nokia at the messenger form factor. It’s always been an increasingly competitive market and Nokia have done their best to make it tougher for the competition.

So getting back to that itching question of all you E61 owners – should I swap mine of E61i or not, we guess that you’ve already found your answer when you bought your Nokia messenger without a camera. The E61i surely offers some really nice upgrades over E61, but considering the probable cost of dumping your used E61 and getting the E61i really doesn’t makes sense.

Our thanks go to Mobile Gadgets for providing us with the test E61i unit.

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Wired

So wide it barely feels like a phone

from Wired

Howdy, big boy! At 4.6 x 2.8 x 0.6 inches, the E61i dwarfs most handsets. Luckily, you won't care: Its roomy 2.8-inch screen and comfy keyboard make excellent companions to the fast Symbian OS, which puts Windows Mobile to shame by loading apps almost instantly. The browser stomps others in usability, too, and feels speedy even when tethered to the plodding EDGE network. And since the E61i also has Wi-Fi, you can always find a hot spot instead...

More

Howdy, big boy! At 4.6 x 2.8 x 0.6 inches, the E61i dwarfs most handsets. Luckily, you won't care: Its roomy 2.8-inch screen and comfy keyboard make excellent companions to the fast Symbian OS, which puts Windows Mobile to shame by loading apps almost instantly. The browser stomps others in usability, too, and feels speedy even when tethered to the plodding EDGE network. And since the E61i also has Wi-Fi, you can always find a hot spot instead.

WIRED: Handy thumbnail-driven history viewer in browser. Streams Flash and other videos. Nice collection of business and media apps, including a project team manager and RealPlayer. Almost 11 hours of talk time.

TIRED: So wide it barely feels like a phone. Accessing the microSD slot requires removing backplate. No stereo Bluetooth. Proprietary headphone jack.

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User Reviews


Yahoo

Best Phone Ever Invented

from Yahoo
Pro: Easy Functions Con: Too big The best phone ever invented by Nokia so far.
Yahoo

E61i

from Yahoo
Pro: large display, gprs speed Con: extremely poor voice quality, poor camera result, the worst phone i ever used. voice quality is so bad that i had no other option but to use external device to hear clearly. camera results are more or less the same as vga results. new pc suite version is diffic...More
Pro: large display, gprs speed Con: extremely poor voice quality, poor camera result, the worst phone i ever used. voice quality is so bad that i had no other option but to use external device to hear clearly. camera results are more or less the same as vga results. new pc suite version is difficult to install and even after installation new problem continue to surface. Less
Pricegrabber

I got this phone about a wk ago and to be honest i...

from Pricegrabber
Strengths: Many Applications compatibility, S60 OS, Large bright screen. Nice battery Life, Wifi Weaknesses: Slow at times, Cost, Lack of advanced Flash Support Using experience: 1 days I got this phone about a wk ago and to be honest i am very impressed. I have used my share of smart phones but thi...More
Strengths: Many Applications compatibility, S60 OS, Large bright screen. Nice battery Life, Wifi Weaknesses: Slow at times, Cost, Lack of advanced Flash Support Using experience: 1 days I got this phone about a wk ago and to be honest i am very impressed. I have used my share of smart phones but this one so far amazes me. With all its advanced features it can sustain a 2-3 day battery life. I dont miss windows mobile at all and i feel the same functionality is exceeded on this device. If you want a nice full featured qwerty keyboard device take a look this might be the device for you. The wifi is fast and works well to check webmail and check on office docs. Less
Pricegrabber

I have tried to live with this phone and find the ...

from Pricegrabber
Strengths: I purchased the Nokia E61I for business use and it does everything I need, and more. It is easy to use, fast and has a great key board. Weaknesses: I like this phone except for the speaker. The sound is thin, hard to hear and when the volume is turned up it distorts. It's is troubling that...More
Strengths: I purchased the Nokia E61I for business use and it does everything I need, and more. It is easy to use, fast and has a great key board. Weaknesses: I like this phone except for the speaker. The sound is thin, hard to hear and when the volume is turned up it distorts. It's is troubling that such a good phone has a terrible speaker. Using experience: 10 Days I have tried to live with this phone and find the speaker a deal breaker. If Nokia can fix the sound then they have a winner. I am sending this one back. Less
Yahoo

my wonderful purchase

from Yahoo
Pro: wonderful ease of use, Con: comes with no protection case/cover This is the single BEST item I have purchased in years. If it has a fault that would be that it's not a great music player. Other than that it's fantastic.The camera is excellent and even has a zoom. We can't stop playing with this...More
Pro: wonderful ease of use, Con: comes with no protection case/cover This is the single BEST item I have purchased in years. If it has a fault that would be that it's not a great music player. Other than that it's fantastic.The camera is excellent and even has a zoom. We can't stop playing with this woderful toy. I really reccomend ordering the case for it from NOKIA it's worth it. Buy one and have fun! Less
Pricegrabber

a great smart phone from a company who has been in...

from Pricegrabber
Strengths: great keyboardwifiscreen Weaknesses: no touch screenexpensive Using experience: 1 days a great smart phone from a company who has been in the business for a long time. the keyboard is fantastic and is very easy to type. i have compared typing on a iphone and the E61i is much easier for...More
Strengths: great keyboardwifiscreen Weaknesses: no touch screenexpensive Using experience: 1 days a great smart phone from a company who has been in the business for a long time. the keyboard is fantastic and is very easy to type. i have compared typing on a iphone and the E61i is much easier for extensive typing. this phone is expensive however the built in wifi offsets the cost of a data package. all in all the phone is easy to use and i would highly recommend it. Less
Pricegrabber

I purchased this phone after doing research on sma...

from Pricegrabber
Strengths: Large bright screen, comfortable keyboard, built in wifi, super stable operating system, long battery life, 2MP camera, sleek and sexy enclosure Weaknesses: lacks built in GPS, only supports 3G on overseas networks Using experience: 4 days I purchased this phone after doing research on sm...More
Strengths: Large bright screen, comfortable keyboard, built in wifi, super stable operating system, long battery life, 2MP camera, sleek and sexy enclosure Weaknesses: lacks built in GPS, only supports 3G on overseas networks Using experience: 4 days I purchased this phone after doing research on smartphones. I am very happy with my purchase. My first impression when unpacking the phone from its box was its sleek, sexy design. The thing is razor thin and not that wide at all. After powering it on, I was amazed by the screen's brightness and clarity. It is a joy to read email/text and view photos on the screen even in sunlight. And the symbian S60 operating system is one of the quickest, stablest I've seen. It definitely blows away the competing windows mobile for stability, straightforwardness and ease of use. Also, the keyboard feels great and shows good resistance. It's probably one of the best PDA phone keyboards I've felt. The built in wifi is also a blessing as I can surf the web, chat on msn and use skype all through my home network without paying for any data fees! There are also built in productivity apps such as a document editor and spreadsheet editor. And the 2MP camera is a great addition. Think of this phone as a hybrid with the best of both the ease of use and stability of a blackberry and the tweakability of a windows mobile device. If you are thinking of getting a business smartphone, look no further than the E61i. Less
Yahoo

fantastic phone!

from Yahoo
Pro: great interface, 2mp cam, large screen Con: having troubles with wifi i bought this phone a couple of weeks back, and i'm having the time of my life using this phone. although my wifi is having troubles connecting to wireless networks, i just need to go to a nokia store and reprogram it as per their suggestion.
Pro: great interface, 2mp cam, large screen Con: having troubles with wifi i bought this phone a couple of weeks back, and i'm having the time of my life using this phone. although my wifi is having troubles connecting to wireless networks, i just need to go to a nokia store and reprogram it as per their suggestion. Less