Nokia E63 has been officially released. Yesterday the blogger world was ecstatic, since a blogger was officially given the Nokia E63 to look at before even the official launch. I was green with envy. Today it's been officially launched.
This clearly shows that Nokia are very serious about their business phone division. At the price point(EUR 199) quoted by Nokia. This must be the cheapest qwerty smartphone in the market. :) This phone has got all the bells & whistles of the extremely successful E71, which I thought was the ultimate mobile office. E63 is not the successor of E71 rather its a little brother with some features missing. The main features which seem to be different from the E71 seems to be the in-built GPS & the 3.2MP camera (instead E63 has a 2MP camera). Also the E63 doesn't have the High Speed Packet Data Access i.e. HSPDA. But overall this looks like a really good phone and could in fact become a competitor to its bigger brother the E71.
But it shares the other excellent features with E71. The same excellent qwerty keyboard of the E71, except the space bar has been squashed to provide more buttons for special characters. The same 2.4 inch wide display. The same 1500mAh battery of the E71 which gives you nearly 10 hours of talktime and 18 hours of music playback. Supports upto 8GB microSDHC cards and also has an inbuilt memory of 110MB. It's got a 3.5mm jack which sounds music to me. So on the whole Nokia Engineers have really put the smartphones into the hands of the common man. OK I know EUR 199 is still a little away for common man, but this way cheaper than many of the other smartphones out there in the market. Also this seems to be in the same price range as that of the Nokia E51. :) Waiting for more detailed hands-on review.