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Over the past month the Giga team has been debating over what smart phones to use. Last month I abandoned my Treo 650 for a BlackBerry 8700 after deciding mobile email is my chief concern. A few weeks ago Liz went the same route, and last […]

Over the past month the Giga team has been debating over what smart phones to use. Last month I abandoned my Treo 650 for a BlackBerry 8700 after deciding mobile email is my chief concern. A few weeks ago Liz went the same route, and last week Om took the BlackBerry plunge too.

For now we’ve been converted, but if we hadn’t all jumped on the BlackBerry bandwagon before last week, we might have considered Nokia’s new E62. The device went on sale in the U.S. for Cingular last Friday. While a few GigaOM readers have derided the E62’s specs in comparison to its more high-tech European brother the E61, the E62 is actually a really good deal for its price: $150!

That is an almost unheard price for a pretty decent smart phone these days. And it’s a smart development by Nokia and Cingular. U.S. “pro-sumers” are looking for more mid-tier smart phones these days, and a device that can undercut BlackBerry and Treo on price could do really well.

The E62 has a QWERTY keyboard, QVGA screen and is based on Symbian 9.1 series 60. It doesn’t have the E61’s WiFi radio (too bad), but works over EDGE and has Bluetooth. The device also has video and music players, but its unclear whether the audio player is in stereo or not.

Pre-Blackberry Om had been using the swankier E61, which he has been raving about. If the E62 can offer a similar experience at that lower price point, Nokia and Cingular likely have a new winner on the market. Om also likes the fact that he can get a plug-in to help the E-series sync with Macs, made by German company Nova Media. Hopefully the E62 will be included in that soon.

Anyone have any good or bad experiences with Nokia E-series? And is anyone planning on checking out the E62?Also, what is your smartphone of choice?

By Katie Fehrenbacher

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  1. I’m in the same quandry here in the Uk, tempted by a Blackberry ……
    Jon

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  2. I’ve been looking at this phone for a bit, too. My fingers are way too big for the Treos tiny buttons, and I’ve been a fan of the Symbian OS. However, I didn’t see the price… Thanks for pointing that out. It may be what seals the deal.

    aside: This is exactly the type of content I’m hoping for out of WWD, thanks for this type of article.

    Cheers,
    Jason

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  3. I have been testing the Eseries for more than two years now and recently bought the E50 for myself. As Jason says, E62 has too small keys and although I have pretty thin fingers it’s difficult for me to write on this keyboard. I can write email or SMS much faster on a classic mobile phone keyboard with the T9 enabled. I think usability is a big issue of this model. Also the quality of the material is rather poor.

    The price is really great though. For a Symbian phone almost unbelievable. Still I would look for other models from the Eseries. I have recently started a blog about the Nokia E50 so if you are interested in this model check it out. I’ll be writing some tips about the E50 and Eseries.

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  4. I don’t know if this posted, so here it is again:

    For my money it’s the UNLOCKED Voq from sierra wireless.
    Yes it’s discontinued but it has everything a new Windows Mobile Smarphone has.
    And you get can get from $30 (very used) to $100 (brand new)

    200Mhz processor, Class 10 GPRS, Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, SD Card for expansion, even query keyboard and it FLIPS OUT from the bottom base so it’s actually SMALLER than the Q or Nokia E60 series.

    Search for it on Froogle
    or
    on ebay

    There’s NO Bluetooth, it’s GSM so you have to be on T-Mobile or Cingular, and there’s no EDGE (and of course no UMTS or HSDPA) but for $60-80 (average) with NO CONTRACT you can’t beat it.

    I’ve had mine for a year already and when I broke the batter in a fall got a brand new one on ebay.

    I know some of you think $600 is too little for a phone, but for the fruggle ones amongs…. ;-)

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  5. For my money it’s the UNLOCKED Voq from sierra wireless.
    Yes it’s discontinued but it has everything a new Windows Mobile Smarphone has.
    And you get can get from $30 (very used) to $100 (brand new)

    200Mhz processor, Class 10 GPRS, Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, SD Card for expansion, even query keyboard and it FLIPS OUT from the bottom base so it’s actually SMALLER than the Q or Nokia E60 series.

    There’s NO Bluetooth, it’s GSM so you have to be on T-Mobile or Cingular, and there’s no EDGE (and of course no UMTS or HSDPA) but for $60-80 (average) with NO CONTRACT you can’t beat it.

    I’ve had mine for a year already and when I broke the batter in a fall got a brand new one on ebay.

    I know some of you think $600 is too little for a phone, but for the fruggle ones amongs…. ;-)

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  6. Can I use the phone as Edge modem also? (e.g., connect via USB to my laptop and get Internet access?) I know Edge is really slow (albeit still several times faster than dialup) but when there is no Wi-Fi and I just need to upload some documents this Edge modem capability would come in handy.

    (and if it does work that way, what is the price to add unlimited data to the voice plan?)

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  7. The E62 rocks, though the E61 is better because of WiFi. The media player should work in stereo. You should be able to tether with it (though I haven’t personally tested).

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  8. I still feel one has to choose whether phone features or data/pda features are the most important as everything I’ve used or considered excels at one or the other, but not both.

    Currently, I’m using a Sprint Windows Mobile PPC-6700 for three reasons: The slide-out keyboard is truly usable (I can’t type on Blackberry or Treos – the button are too close together and too small); the tethered 3G mode (via USB or bluetooth) to use as a modem with a laptop IS A STEAL at $15/month for unlimited data; full synchronization with our Exchange email for contacts, calendar, task list in addition to basic email is free (Blackberry requires BES server and Treo requires Goodlink – these can add $10 to $30/month is “extra” service fees).

    For primarily a phone, I’m still prefer the Moto Razr although I’m looking at the Motorola Q as a possible compromise for both phone and some data (but I don’t like the non-touch screen interface and the buttons are not solid.)

    The Treo 700Wx lookd decent, but the keyboard just doesn’t work for me and it doesn’t have all the radio options that Sprint has.

    There is rumor of a new line of Smartphones from HTC (the Taiwan folks that actually make the PPC-6700 and most PDA’s for HP et. al.) so we are probably going to see another wave of products hitting the shelves soon and it might make sense to wait for the Xmas promos to see what will be available.

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  9. Hi every one,
    I have bought a E61 in France, changed it after 10 days (new firmware provided on nokia website made my pushmail not working anymore), and it works pretty well. WiFi is great to have to surf on the net from everywhere, to download files.
    with little add-ons (total 50 $), I can check if my flghts are delayed or ontime, get the weather reports, lock my keyboard (yes, this feature is not automatic when you buy it)

    I am very happy with this new device, even if it is not very friendly to have it by your ear.
    music is in stereo when I use a bluetooth headset

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  10. [...] 2). Nokia’s E62 Smart Phone — The BlackJack, the Dash, and the Pearl might be flashier but Nokia’s E62 is the smartphone for the sensible set. It’s $150 with a Cingular contract. Yeah, it doesn’t have WiFi, but at the price we can’t complain. [...]

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