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Preview: Nokia E51 Phone

September 19, 2007 in Nokia Phone News, Nokia Phone Previews

In a seemingly random phone announcement, Nokia unveiled the E51 phone, the latest in the Eseries line of devices aimed at corporate users. Like many of its Eseries counterparts, the candy bar-style E51 is preloaded with business-oriented applications and packs a nice share of higher-end features (WLAN, HSDPA, 2 megapixel camera).

Nokia E51 Phone

Nokia’s newest business phone: the E51.

The Nokia E51 Phone at a Glance

Nokia E51 Phone

Operating Frequencies: Quad-band 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 850/2100
Form Factor: Candy bar
Display: 2″ 240×320 QVGA screen, up to 16.7 million colors supported
Camera: 2 megapixel
Interface: Series 60
Memory: 130 MB internal, up to 4GB microSD external
Battery: BP-6MT, up to 4.4 hours talk time, 13 days standby time
SAR value: ?? W/kg on ear, ?? W/kg on body (more info on SAR values and cell phone radiation here)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0, WLAN, IR
Special Features: Nokia Office Tools 2.0, Email indicator light
Weight: 100 grams / 3.5 ounces
Dimensions: 114 x 46 x 12 mm

Release Date: Q4 2007
Expected Cost: 350 Euros ($485 USD)
Buy From: ??

At 12mm, the Nokia E51 takes the award for slimmest Eseries device.

In its press release, Nokia calls the E51 an “all-round phone”. That’s true. Although most of the features would be lost on a typical consumer, the savvy, go-get-em business user (or should that be the go-get-em business user’s boss?) will find a lot to like here: the Nokia Team Suite software package for group conference calling, business email support (Intellisync, Microsoft Exchange Server), integration with corporate telephony systems (and Nokia just happens to sell these, too – cha-ching!), and dedicated keys for email and the like. I think in plain English that means more ways to get work done when you’re not supposed to be working.

You can add WLAN to that list, but honestly I don’t see how useful this would be in a business setting – I would think that most business users would have a data plan enabled – so if you’re always connected via, say, 3G, why would you even need the wi-fi support?

And what’s up with those keys?




2:49 pm

The WLAN one is really useful if your business has VoIP SIP environment. You can cut down the cost of your cell phone bill airtime by receiving & dialing out thru the company VoIP. This is how I plan on using my future E51.

Data plans aren’t exactly cheap, at least in Canada.

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