Nokia E65 in-depth review -

Look and Feel

We love the sliding action, but there is more to the Nokia E65. Its faux leather rear casing sounds awful but looks and feels great, and keypad is perfectly spaced with responsive keys. And it's just about the perfect size for a mobile business phone.

Features

The Nokia E65 has a wealth of feature including a two-megpixel camera, easy-to-set-up email, 3G data speeds, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an xHTML browser, conference calling, the ability to view attachments and PDFs, Push-To-Talk and instant messaging (IM).

Ease of Use

For a phone with so many features, the Nokia E65 really is easy to use. The email is simple to set up, the user interface is intuitive, and the well-spaced keypad makes texting and data entry a breeze.

Performance

The Nokia E65 is a good performer, from the physical slide action as you open it, to the smart and swift execution of its many features and applications.

Battery Life

The Nokia E65 offers 360 minutes, or three hours, worth of talktime, which should do even the chattiest of users.

 Nokia E65 Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:49:02 PM

10

out of 10

Performance

10

out of 5

Look and feel

8

out of 5

Ease of use

8

out of 5

Features

8

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

Stylish and powerful.

Cons:

Email setup was not an out-of-the-box experience.

The Nokia E65 has a great sliding action. It also has 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, easy-to-set-up email, the ability to view attachments and a first-class two-megapixel camera. But here at Mobile Choice we like to apply the '10 second rule' - if it make a good impression in the first ten seconds, it will probably be a success. And we do love that sliding action. It feels smooth and solid, like the sound made when closing the door of an expensive car.

Good design

The Nokia E65 is, like all Nokia's Eseries handsets, a business phone. This is worth pointing out because it doesn't look like a business phone. It's a compact handset with a similar look and feel to Nokia's Nseries. Assuming you're not looking for a PDA-style device, the Nokia E65 is just about the perfect size for a mobile business phone. Measuring 105x49x15.5mm and weighing 115g, the E65 is compact without being fiddly and light without being flimsy. It also has a faux leather rear casing which sounds awful, but actually looks and feels great. It makes a refreshing change from the shiny black or silver which usually adorns business phones.

Slider phone

Push the sliding fascia up and you get a perfectly spaced keypad with very responsive keys. The litmus test for a great keypad is to tap in a quick text message, which will also give you a clue as to the general usability of the phone, and the Nokia E65 passes both tests with flying colours.
The keypad and joypad feel great and the text interface is really intuitive.

Business phone

Many business users still pine for the old Nokia 6310, with its solid, streamlined build and long battery life. This may just be the one to make them happy again. The Nokia E65 has wealth of features including a two-megpixel camera, easy-to-set-up email, 3G data speeds, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an xHTML browser, conference calling, the ability to view attachments and PDFs, Push-To-Talk and instant messaging (IM). And that is just scratching the surface.

Voice commands

While the Nokia E65 is has the look and feel to appeal to some consumers, we know that Nokia is targeting the business market, so we'll concentrate on the business functionality.

Mobile email

SMS, MMS and IM are all present and correct. However, the Nokia E65 also allows for remote access to email accounts and lets you download and view attachments.
The E65 is not the best Eseries device for email. That honour goes to the Nokia E61i, which is more powerful with a larger screen and a full QWERTY keypad. However, the E65 is a good option for remotely accessing your ISP accounts, and it supports POP/IMAP, SMTP and IMAP4.

Instant messaging

The Nokia E65 also has an instant messaging (IM) client, which enables you to have real-time messaging chats with other enabled phones. Technologies such as IM and VoIP (also present on the E65) are predicted to be a major hit, so you can sample it here first.
In fact, there is an abundance of cutting-edge applications - including sat nav (although you will need a GPS receiver) - to be found on the E65, And it all adds up to a very impressive phone. It's good looking, it's clever….and did we mention that it has a great sliding action?