Nokia E61 in-depth review -

Look and Feel

The Nokia E61, with its large screen and QWERTY thumbpad, resemble the BlackBerry in layout. It has a very sleek chassis, with a suitably slim profile and a metallic silver finish that make it look businesslike and stylish.


The Nokia E61 has a range of business features including Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, mobile email with attachment viewing software, a QWERTY keypad for fast data input, and a large screen. There are also security features for keeping data safe, and an MP3 player for time off.

Ease of Use

The QWERTY thumbpad on the Nokia E61 is easy to master, although you will have to get used to the small sized keys. The Symbian OS poses no problems, and mobile email is easy to set up and use. Web browsing is made easy too with MiniMap technology.


The large, 16-million-colour screen is great for viewing web pages and attachments, with a bright, clear picture. Emails are easily sorted out and web browsing is very quick over a Wi-Fi connection. It gives a powerful performance and feels like a real boon to your business.

Battery Life

The Nokia E61 has a marathon 570 minutes of talktime. Frankly, it's one of the best we've seen, and just what you need if you are using it to run your out-of-office business. Nice one, Nokia.

 Nokia E61 Review -

Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:49:12 PM


out of 10



out of 5

Look and feel


out of 5

Ease of use


out of 5



out of 5

Battery life


A versatile mobile emailer with a wealth of office functionality, a well-designed keyboard, an excellent display and a marathon battery life.


The lack of camera makes the video-calling functionality on the E61 a one-way experience. Memory card is tricky to access.

The Nokia Eseries range of phones is a quartet of Symbian 3G-powered business devices offering the full range of messaging, office solutions and connectivity options in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Arguably, the most capable phone in the range is the Nokia E61, which runs on the Symbian Series 60 operating system (3rd edition), and comes with a full QWERTY keypad, a large display and versatile email functionality.

3G and Wi-Fi

The Nokia E61's form factor inevitably leads to comparisons with the BlackBerry 8700 and Palm Treo 650, and this device would make a smart alternative to either due to its wealth of talents. It boasts a more powerful armoury than either, with 3G speeds, Wi-Fi, Voice over IP (VoIP) call capabilities and a 16-million-colour display all at your service.
All this is crammed into a very sleek chassis, with a suitably slim profile and a metallic silver finish, which frames the large, high-resolution (320x240-pixel) screen. This landscape display is the perfect platform for viewing and editing documents and to experience full web browsing.

Mobile email

The Nokia E61's core functionality remains its email performance. Email is instantly accessed via a dedicated centrally located key by the joypad, while an LED indicator light flashes when you have mail.
You can read, create and send Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, and the embedded Zip Manager application will compress larger documents. Similarly, support for Adobe Reader means that PDF files are easy to view. This portable office also lets you access and synchronise up-to-date calendar and contact information from your server while on the move.
For push-email, the Nokia E61 supports solutions from Nokia Business Center, Blackberry Connect, GoodLink, Seven Always-On Mail and Visto, as well as the basic POP3, SMTP and IMAP4 options.

QWERTY keypad

The Nokia E61 is also secure. Working with the likes of Nokia mVPN, Symantec Firewall and Anti-Virus Pointsec Data Protection, you don't have to worry about any bugs or viruses wreaking havoc and any updates are automatically carried out over the air.
The full QWERTY thumbpad is easy to master. Admittedly, due to space restrictions, the keyboard isn't as easy to operate as that on Nokia's 9300i or 9500 Communicators, but it's responsive and well laid out and there's a backlight for typing after dark.
One boon is the E61's multi-tasking talent that enables you to write and send emails while conducting a conversation over your handsfree or Bluetooth headset. If you are up against it, this can be a great time-saving device.

Web browsing

Built-in Wi-Fi and 3G make downloading web pages speedy, and the spacious display makes it easy. There is also Nokia's proprietary Mini-map browsing technique, which displays the whole web page as you would see it on the PC but pulls out magnified views of the area you want to read in detail. This makes internet browsing so much easier on small-sized displays.  
As with many of today's business phones, there's no camera, which isn't a problem in itself. However, it means users will only be able to make one-way video conference calls, which isn't ideal. For time off, there is a built-in MP3/AAC music player, and some fantastic Symbian and Java-based games.

MP3 music player

Another useful application is Psiloc Wireless Presenter, which turns your handset into a PowerPoint control panel and remote control. You can view, adjust and prompt slides both on the device and wall projection.
While the BlackBerry remains top dog for push-email set-up and ease of use, the Nokia E61 has cranked up the stakes with a more powerful and fully connected mobile office device.