With a design best designed as traditional and business-like, Nokia’s new 3G E51 dual mode smartphone has been given a gentle kick down the new product slipway .
Sporting a revamped user interface for improved navigation, the Wi-Fi-enabled smartphone offers dedicated email/calendar keys, a 2MP camera, and FM visual radio.
The E51 comes with to 130 MB of user data memory, expandable up to 4 GB with hot swappable microSD card, with the 2″ active-matrix color display (240 x 320 pixels) supporting up to 16 million colours.
Being a dual-mode model means that the phone can work with both GSM networks and Wi-Fi hotspots, and Nokia is hoping that business managers may warm to the potential savings of having their staff switching to VoIP calls where possible.
Sporting a stainless steel housing that does its best to breathe some life into the staid design, the Nokia E51 packs dedicated calendar and email keys centred around a central D pad controller, but no QWERTY keyboard.
There’s also a status light alerting swivel-action execs when that important email message from Microsoft Exchange has flung itself into the phone’s inbox.
It may be aimed at the booted and suited crowd but – hey!- this phone can kick back with the rest of them on the Friday dress down day, offering 2-megapixel camera for snapping photos and capturing hilarious office video japes, and an FM radio and media player software
Running on the S60 series operating system, the Nokia E51 is due to go on sale before the end of the year, priced at 350 euros (£243).
Browsing HTML web browser
Camera and video
2 megapixel camera with 4 x digital zoom for high quality still imaging and video capture
Video streaming and playback with H.264 (MPEG-4), 3gpp, and Real codecs
Video recording in H.263 (3gpp) and MPEG-4
Integrated WLAN (IEEE 802.11g) with WLAN wizard: searches for available WLAN networks
Bluetooth 2.0 specification with enhanced data rate (EDR)
Mini USB connector, USB 2.0 full-speed
2.5 mm Nokia A/V connector
IrDA (115 kbps)
GPRS/EGPRS (Class A, multi-slot class 32)
Dual mode transfer multi-slot class 11 for simultaneous voice calls and browsing
HSDPA (high-speed downlink protocol access) up to 3.6 Mbit/s (3G)
Local data synchronization with Nokia PC Suite
Device management support
Nokia Intellisync Device Management (sold separately)
OMA (Open Mobile Appliance) Device Management 1.1.2
OMA Client Provisioning 1.1
OMA Data synchronization 1.2 (no email)
Over the internet (OTI) firmware update
2″ (240 x 320 pixels), active-matrix colour display supports up to 16 million colours
Up to 130 MB of user data memory
Expandable up to 4 GB with hot swappable microSD card
Messaging and email
Email with support for POP3, IMAP4, and SMTP protocols, attachment viewers, dedicated email key, and LED indicator for new email messages
Email support for a wide variety of third-party solutions including: Mail for Exchange, Visto Mobile, and Seven Always-on
Option to select desired email account to read/write messages from
Instant messaging (supports Yahoo, AOL, OMA 1.2, MSN)
SMS text messages
MMS for sending messages with pictures, video clips, and audio clips attached
MP3 music player
Compatible with Bluetooth stereo headsets
FM Visual Radio: lets you see information about songs or artists, and read up on celebrity news
GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 850/2100
Personal information management (PIM)
Contacts, calendar and to-do list: supports PC synchronization with Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes via Nokia PC Suite
Talk time – Up to 4.4 hours, Standby – Up to 13 days