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Nokia E63 review

£187.38 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Nokia

The Nokia E63 smartphone offers excellent business features at an affordable price.

The Nokia E63 smartphone offers excellent business features at an affordable price.

The little brother of the Nokia E71, the Nokia E63 lacks a GPS receiver and preinstalled games, and it has a downgraded camera. On the other hand, it possesses the same excellent email and messaging capabilities as other members of the Nokia E-series. And the biggest news here: the E63 sells for less than £200 unlocked.

The lightweight Nokia E63 has a curved, slim design. Measuring 113x59x13mm, it is only slightly thicker than the E71. Rather than having a metal finish, the E63 comes wrapped in a high-quality plastic chassis, which is comfortable to hold. The Nokia E63 is available in two attractive colours - Ruby Red and Ultramarine Blue - options that give it a more youthful appearance than the sophisticated E71 (available in white or gray, with chrome accents).

A 2.4in 320-by-240-pixel QVGA display occupies about half of the Nokia E63's landscape. A row of shortcut and navigation keys plus the full qwerty keyboard lie below it.

A 3.5mm headphone jack is situated at the top of the Nokia E63.

Oddly, the Nokia E63 lacks a volume rocker; instead you must use the directional pad (d-pad) to adjust the volume during calls and media playback. We are, however, pleased to see a microSD slot located on the right spine. One of our biggest peeves about RIM BlackBerrys is that their microSD slots are inconveniently placed under the back cover.

Nokia E63: where are the extras?

Unfortunately, Nokia skimped on accessories for the Nokia E63, omitting a data cable and a microSD Card. Other than some assorted manuals, you get only a stereo headset, which delivers mediocre sound when used to listen to music or calls. Luckily, the standard 3.5mm jack lets you swap in your own higher-quality headphones.

The Nokia E63's full qwerty keyboard has raised, tactile keys, which supported quick and easy typing. The keys are a bit smaller than those on a BlackBerry Curve, but a colleague who has larger hands than I do had no trouble using them. One difference between this model and the E71 is the smaller space key on the E63, a change that makes room for a parenthesis key and a Ctrl key. Though some users may find this annoying, we liked the convenience of having a standalone Ctrl key for cutting and pasting text within long messages.

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Nokia E63 Expert Verdict »
Nokia E63 Scores 7.4 out of 10 based on 12 reviews
113x59x13mm
126g
1500mAh
320 x 240 pixels/2.36 inch screen
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 (Quad-Band), WCDMA: 900/2100 (Dual-Band)
2Mp camera
15fps Video Recording (QVGA) MP4, 3GP, H.263
audio: MP3, AAC, AAC+,eAAC+ & WMA, FM Stereo Radio (RDS)
SMS, MMS (with video), email (POP3, SMTP, IMAP4, MS Exchange), Instant Messaging (MSN), Text-To-Speech Reader
110MB (internal), microSDHC (external)
microUSB, Nokia 3.5mm AV connector, Bluetooth (2.0), Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11g), GPRS Class 32

The Nokia E63 delivers excellent business and messaging features. Still, the E63 isn't suited for everyone. Consumers seeking strong multimedia features are better off with a (far pricier) Nokia N-Series phone, like the Nokia N96.

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