6 Reasons Why the Nokia E6 is Awesome

1- INSANE Battery Life

I’ve been carrying this phone for close to a month now, and it’s battery life is unbelievably long. Back when we held the 6600 and 6630, the battery life used to last ages. But back then, screens were less powerful, we didn’t use 24/7 GPRS and the processors were a joke compared to today’s smartphones.

However, a Whatsapp-enabled touch-and-type E6 defies the smartphone norm and lasts no less than 60 hours (considering I barely sleep and it is fully-functional day and night). What’s also cool is that you can either charge it with its USB port, or via the thin Nokia charger head, saving you the hassle of finding the right charger at the right time. So, compared to the 12-18 hour average I get from my other phone, the Samsung Galaxy S, that’s a MUCH welcome feature in this brand new Nokia device.

2- The Beautiful Metal Case

Nokia’s well-known for quality devices. Even though we might question the Symbian OSes, there is no debating that in terms of tech-specs and all-in-all look and feel, Nokia’s still very much at the top of its game. The E6 keeps the general business-messenger format with a full QWERTY keyboard and a full, firm metal case that will allow the clumsy user (such as myself) to not worry about ferrying the device to and from the service shop.

In other words, the plasticy feel we get from Blackberry and Android devices and the fragility of full-touch phones, is non-existent in the sturdy E6 device.

3- Full HD Capacitive Touch Screen

The pixel density of the 2.8-inch screen is the same as the iPhone 4′s. The screen is of course half the physical size, but the resolution and pixel density are the same. This is a much-welcome improvement over the E6′s big brother, the E7. The beautiful, vivid display is also VERY thumb-friendly.

On a bigger screen, such as the 4″-4.3″ screens on several new touch-phones, your thumb cannot physically reach the whole screen surface if your holding the phone with one hand, making it somewhat awkward to utilize. The smaller E6 screen on the other hand, is perfect for thumb-functionality, despite the fact that you probably need to become more accurate in your selections on the tinier screen.

4- Divine Keyboard

The QWERTY keyboard on my Blackberry Curve is tiny, awkward, loud and hurts my thumbs if I type too much, too fast. And, no matter what anyone says and no matter what new input method is created, typing on a touch screen will never really be as easy and fluid as a real keyboard.

Here’s where the E6 is super-sexy. The keys on the E6 are smooth and large and their tactile feedback makes your want to type just for the sake of it. I know it sounds funny, but when you hold one in your hand, you won’t be able to resist doing a piano-style swype of the keyboard keys.

5- Touch and Type Winning Hybrid

This might not be the first Nokia touch-and-type device, but it certainly is the best. The two interfaces do indeed complete each other, but they’re also fairly good at standing alone. In other words, you can avoid touching your screen altogether and use the keyboard and navigation keys to find your way around your phone. You can also avoid using the keyboard for nearly everything except of course, typing, since the small screen does not support a virtual keyboard.

This hybrid interace is extremely convenient in my opinion. It’s nice to navigate through menus, galleries and apps via touch, but it’s also a lot easier to Whatsapp and SMS using a good-old real keyboard. The Nokia E6 allows you to do both simultaneously, combining the best of both worlds.

6- Improved Symbian Anna OS

The Achilles Heel of Nokia for many users and techies is of course their choice of Symbain OS. The glitchy, groggy operating system is notorious for crashing and slow performance. In fact, it’s the main reason I switched from my Nokia N97mini to an Android device. However, after being given the E7, I realized how far Symbian had come. The phone operated and responded rapidly and never crashed with me.

The E6 is even better, for apart from the increased speed and reliability, it certainly looks much sexier. The icons and customization options are much greater, with the availability of several home screens and the silky smooth Anna theme making the E6 fun to navigate through.

Verdict

If you’re looking for a new revolutionary phone, the Nokia E6 is definitely not it. It’s something better. It’s a mashup of several favorites and beloved features from previous devices. You might want to compare the E6 with its simpler sibling, the E5, but you would probably be safer in comparing it to the highly successful E71 and E72 devices. The E6 is the E72 on steroids. It’s faster and sleeker with a powerful camera and full HD touch screen. It’s improved OS makes it much faster and more reliable. It’s 8 megapixel, full HD camera makes it a formidable camera phone, and its internal memory of 8GB is more than enough for your music, photos, videos and apps (you can add an extra 32GB of external memory, a HUGE plus over the E7 which did not offer an external memory card option).

If you’re a fan of the E71-E72 devices, you are going to absolutely adore this device. If you’re a fan of touch technology, but also like that organic feel of pressing a button, you don’t need to choose anymore with this new Nokia device.

Most iPhone and Android users barely use the specs those phones were designed to perform. Downloaded apps are mainly Whatsapp, Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja. You don’t need an 800-1200 USD phone to use Whatsapp and play Angry Birds. The Nokia E6′s 420-450 USD price is more than fair and its features are more than enough for both business users and personal users.

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2011, April
Status Available. Released 2011, June
SIZE Dimensions 115.5 x 59 x 10.5 mm, 66 cc
Weight 133 g
DISPLAY Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 640 x 480 pixels, 2.46 inches
- Gorilla glass display
- QWERTY keyboard
- Multi-touch input method
- Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Detailed, max 30 days
Internal 8 GB storage, 256 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, buy memory
DATA GPRS Class 33
EDGE Class 33
3G HSDPA 10.2Mbps, HSUPA 2.0Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB, USB On-the-go support
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, fixed focus, dual-LED flash,check quality
Features Geo-tagging, face detection
Video Yes, 720p@25fps, check quality
Secondary Yes, VGA
FEATURES OS Symbian Anna OS
CPU 680 MHz ARM 11 processor, 2D/3D Graphics HW Accelerator with OpenVG1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
Games Yes + downloadable
Colors Black, White, Silver
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
- Stainless steel panels
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- Digital compass
- TV-out
- MP4/H.264/H.263/RV player
- MP3/WMA/WAV/RA/eAAC+ player
- QuickOffice document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
- Organizer
- Flash Lite 4.0
- Voice command/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh (BP-4L)
Stand-by Up to 681 h (2G) / Up to 744 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 14 h 48 min (2G) / Up to 7 h 30 min (3G)

The Weekly Leaks: Crepaway ABC Ashrafieh Closes Shop, Work Begins on Roadster Diner’s New ABC Ashrafieh Branch

Because I’m so awesome and I always have useful friends, I reported on the Crepaway-Roadster shift at ABC Ashrafieh back in May. The ABC management’s supposed desire to “shuffle things up” ended up with Crepaway being booted to Sodeco and Roadster Diner colonizing it.

After reports that the opening would be in the final quarter, I’ve been assured that Roadster ABC Ashrafieh will have its doors open and kitchens ready late-September or very early October.

Even though the original Roadster Ashrafieh is a stone’s throw away, the original branch will not be closing down, contrary to some rumors. At the end of the day, with the Crepaway explosive expansion and Roadster’s ever-expanding reach, the only conclusion we can draw as food-lovers is: the more the merrier!

 

 

Classic Burger Joint’s 3rd Branch Opens in DownTown Beirut

If you haven’t read my review of the first CBJ in Sodeco and the second in Jal El Dib please do before reading the rest. That’s because the burgers are of course the same, perhaps even better than the first two at the moment since they’re still winning customers’ hearts for the new place.

The location might’ve been questionable, considering Sodeco is less than 5 minutes away. Another reason is no parking nearby, forcing you to park in one of the surrounding paid parking lots. However, Beirut’s Central District is mostly pedestrian, so it fits right in.

The first obvious thing that is different about this new branch is an outdoors area. Its size is slightly smaller than Sodeco’s and definitely smaller than Jal el Dib’s. The outdoors section makes up for the lost space though and as you can see easily fits 4 tables.

Another cute addition is the peanut bags. CBJ often has cues waiting for a seat, in the Down Town branch, you’re given a bag of peanuts to enjoy as the time passes. Wine bottles are also a new feature, with rose and vin blanc bottle stocked under the stairs leading up to the restrooms.

All in all, this new branch is lovely and I’ve been there twice already. The location is convenient, especially if you work in the Down Town area. It’s also a perfect new option if you’re hitting Beirut Souks or the surrounding streets for some shopping. This CBJ came as a surprise though, especially since they’re planning to open in Zaytunay Bay later this year. Then again, the small size of the branches makes the more numerous, the better!

Verdict: Loved it, right in the heart of the city, perfect casual place for a good burger on your lunch break or shopping-spree break (or pre-clubbing meal!)

Price: Very fair compared to some new competitors, but the overpriced soft drink tiny bottles is turning me into an alcoholic =P

Atmosphere: Busy but not overcrowded (I guess not everybody knows about it yet!), non-smoking inside, smoking outside (which is sort of a disadvantage in this branch)

Staff: Very courteous and friendly and Teta’s currently stationed there

Food: I loved the Swiss-Mushroom burger, as usual everywhere =P