The Nokia E63 business phone is a trimmed down version of the Nokia E71. But does it offer the same performance? Check out as we review the Nokia E63 and also detail its price, features and technical specifications.

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The Nokia E63 is a stripped down E71. While until now, each phone from the Nokia enterprise range has been unique in its own way, this is the first time the Finnish manufacturer is making a watered down version of another established phone from the business line. Fortunately, the only thing shaved here is the price- most functions of the E71 have been retained in the E63.

Design and Looks
While comparisons between the Nokia E63 and E71 are inevitable, one cannot help notice the stark differences in the exterior of either phone. Unlike the E71, the E63 does not have professional-like metallic exteriors. Instead the E63 has a plastic build that is sufficiently robust. The E63 also has a bulkier form over the E71 giving it the appearance of being more durable than its predecessor.

In relation to the E71, other differences in the exterior include the lack of a volume rocker at the side, the absence of an infrared port and a smooth back as opposed to the dotted one on the E71. The odd red power button on the top of the E71 is now replaced with a 3.5mm stereo audio input port on the E63. As for the power and ringing profiles function, the call end button now doubles up as the power and ringing profiles button.

The exteriors are also finger-print proof albeit incorporating glossy plastic, thus saving users from having to wipe the phone every now and then. The screen on the E63 is provided by a large landscaped 2.36 inch 16 million colour TFT display, same as the one on the E71.

QWERTY wise, there are certain modifications on the E63, for one, the size of the space bar has been reduced and in its place come two new keys: an extra parenthesis key and a standalone control key. The shortened space bar key now doubles up as the flashlight activation button. In terms of texting ergonomics, the phone scores well; users will still have to look down onto the keypad every time they wish to type something but this is common with most QWERTY phones.

Above the QWERTY keypad are the control keys. The layout here is the same as is on the Nokia E51 and the E71. There are also three one-touch keys that are fully programmable (strangely enough, the icons printed on them suggest otherwise.) What's more is that each one-touch key can be programmed to execute two functions; this is possible because of the press and press-and-hold functionality available for each key. The D-pad (also similar to the one found on the E51 and E71) is both large and tactile making navigation easy.

OS wise, the smartphone makes use of the Symbian 9.2 operating system, over the Series 60 user interface with feature pack I; no need to be disappointed here because some of the key elements of feature pack II are also available here. The user interface is snappy and there is sufficient RAM and processing power to run multiple applications at a time. The menus on the phone do not feature much animation which just goes to make navigation a lot smoother.

An interesting feature that is retained from the E71 here is the Remote Wipe option. Remote Wipe basically lets users delete sensitive and personal data when there is a fear that such data may be compromised. Supposing the user's E63 gets stolen, all he or she needs to do is to send a coded SMS to the SIM card number, the phone then proceeds to lock itself. If more than three unsuccessful attempts are made to unblock the phone, all important data is deleted.

The E63 has an extensive phonebook, it's not different or any more advanced than the phonebook on other E series phones but it does a fantastic job of maintaining a large database of contacts. An interesting feature here is the smart dial; users can find contacts right from the standby menu by gradually typing the name of the person they wish to contact. There is however no advanced call manager such as the one present in the E71 to filter incoming calls. It is however available for download but at a price. Different ringing profiles can be set for each caller for easy identification plus there is also support for VoIP calls. Telephony is simply fabulous and users should have no issues with reception or voice clarity during calls.

Now for the portion of the review you've been waiting for- messaging: if some users complain about QWERTY keypads being un-text friendly, the presence of advanced predictive input and error correction onboard the intuitive editor will make critics reconsider the messaging-worthiness of the E63. The phone is still not as text-friendly as the large E61i, mind you, but it is relatively comfortable for a QWERTY phone.

As for emails, there is support for a variety of standards such as Microsoft Exchange, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, Nokia Intellisync Wireless Email solution, System Seven and Visto Mobile. Naturally, support for encryption and MobileVPN (to help connect to secure corporate Intranets) is also available. Email setup is easily done, but there is no support for Blackberry Connect.

The onboard music player is the standard one available on all Symbian S60 phones which supports a variety of formats including M3U playlists. There are no dedicated music keys but the D-pad acts as a perfect substitute. The player has support for five equalizers and stereo widening effect for that full stereo sound. What's more is that there is support for Bluetooth A2DP profile, while the primary purpose of A2DP on a phone like the E63 is for wireless calling, who says users cannot also use it for wireless music entertainment? Video playability is provided by Real Player and the phone's large landscape display makes video playing a natural feature of the phone.

Coming to the camera, the phone incorporates a 2MP unit that performs just like any other 2MP unit would- dismally. Pictures exhibit high noise levels and colour representation is unnatural. Imaging options are scarce too and only the basic ones like white balance colour tones are available for use. Video recording is far worse and is only good enough for MMS.

Being a business phone it goes without saying that connectivity options are plentiful. There is no infrared but that's already an antiquated feature. There is no onboard GPS either but this can be augmented by an external receiver that you can sync to your device via Bluetooth. Speaking of GPS, the phone comes with Nokia Maps 2.0 application pre-installed that gives detailed maps of many countries. This can also be used without connecting an external GPS receiver.

The browser on board provides an almost PC like internet experience thanks to the large landscape display. The pages are rendered as they are done on PC. It features a virtual mouse cursor in addition to a mini map which can be enabled when browsing large pages. The browser also has full Java and flash support.

As regards the other applications, there is free one year subscription to the Files application on Ovi service. The Files application syncs chosen folders on your desktop to the Ovi web cloud using a small desktop utility. Then, regardless of whether the PC is switched on or off, users can access those folders from the phone. Naturally, Quickoffice is also available. Quickoffice lets users access and edit documents and spreadsheets for a variety of formats. Be warned, there is no support for Microsoft Office 2007 documents and the update for it must be downloaded separately for a price. There is also an application that lets you sync your phone to a printer, via Bluetooth. It goes without saying that users can print directly from the phone. To complete the circle, the E63 also features ZIP manager and a PDF reader.

Finally, the E63 is an economy package that has all the required functionality of a modern QWERTY business phone. Except for the poor camera, the phone has best-in-class performance in every aspect, be it from organizing to writing emails.

Features
  • 2.36” 16M colour QVGA resolution landscape display
  • Symbian 9.2 OS over Series 60 UI with advanced FP1
  • QWERTY keypad
  • 369MHz ARM 11 CPU with 128MB SDRAM
  • 2MP camera with LED flash
  • 120MB internal memory
  • Standard 3.5mm stereo audio port
  • 3G support with Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth with A2DP support
  • Three fully programmable one-touch keys
  • VoIP support
  • Quickoffice with edit option
  • Nokia Maps 2.0
  • Remote Wipe Feature
  • Ovi Files feature

Accessories
  • Nokia Headset WH-102 (available with phone)
  • Nokia Bluetooth GPS Module LD-4W

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Nokia E63 Price India
Price:Rs. 12,000
Warranty (years): 1
Color Options:Ultramarine Blue, Ruby Red, Black


Technical Specifications of Nokia E63
Overview Body Type Bar
Battery Life/Talk time 8.0 Hours
Standby Talktime 460 Hours
Dimensions Width 59 mm
Depth 13 mm
Length 113 mm
Weight 126 g
Camera Camera Yes
Secondary Camera NO
Camera Resolution 2 MP
Camera Flash LED
Auto Focus NO
Display Display Size 2.36 inches
Display Resolution 320 x 240 pixels
Dispaly Type TFT LCD
Colours 16 million
Memory Internal Memory 120MB
Card Slot Yes
Complimentary Card No
Expandable Memory 16 GB
Multimedia Features FM Radio Yes
MMS Yes
MP3 Player Yes
Connectivity Options Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Infrared NO
USB Connector Yes
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
HSCSD Yes
WAP Yes
Technology Cellular Network GSM
3G Yes
SIM Type Single SIM
Operating System Operating System Symbian Series S60
Features Input Type QWERTY
Handsfree Speaker Yes
Flight Mode Yes
Inbulit Dictaphone Yes
GPS NO
Flashlight Yes
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