An affordable business smartphone based on the popular Nokia E71.
- Excellent design and keyboard, switch mode feature, Wi-Fi, user interface, price
- Lack of HSDPA-connectivity, no GPS, space bar has been shrunk, downgraded camera
The Nokia E63 is a cut-price version of the E71. It lacks HSDPA-connectivity and built-in GPS but retains much of the Nokia E71's design, including a full QWERTY keyboard. If you're on a budget and can live without super-fast mobile Internet speeds then it is definitely worth a look.
Price$ 399.00 (AUD)
Nokia's latest Eseries mobile phone is the little brother of the more powerful and slimmer E71. Commanding an outright price of under $400, the Nokia E63 retains most of the Nokia E71's design traits — including a full QWERTY keyboard — but it lacks built-in GPS and HSDPA connectivity.
The Nokia E63 is quite similar to the Nokia E71 in terms of its design, though it’s thicker and is made of plastic rather than shiny metal. This means it is less prone to fingerprints, but it doesn’t feel as solid or sturdy as the Nokia E71.
The full QWERTY keyboard is comfortable to type on, but the spongy keys will not suit everyone. The individual keys are slightly squashed but do provide reasonable tactility. A particular issue is just how close the first and last column of keys are to the edges of the handset, and, annoyingly, the space bar has been shrunk when compared to the Nokia E71. The shortcut keys — home, calendar, contacts and mail — remain, as do the five-way navigational pad and selection buttons, but there are no side volume controls or buttons.
The Nokia E63's display is slightly smaller than the E71's, but it retains an identical resolution and offers similar performance. It isn't outstanding, but viewing angles are good and its performance in sunlight is passable.
The Nokia E63 runs the popular Symbian S60 platform, and it includes plenty of business features, including the ability to read and edit Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents and access PDF files. One of the best features of the Nokia E63 is its speed — applications open and close in a flash, and despite running multiple programs we didn't experience any lag or slow down. The menu interface isn't as visually appealing as other competing smartphones, such as RIM's BlackBerry Bold 9000, but there are plenty of Symbian themes available to download.
The Nokia E63 commands a much lower price point than the E71 and as a result lacks some of the latter's features; namely, built-in GPS and HSDPA connectivity. While we can live without GPS, HSDPA connectivity should be standard fare in a business device, so this is definitely a big omission. The Nokia E63 is still 3G-capable, but the maximum data speed is just 384Kbps. If you're a heavy mobile Web user you'll definitely notice the drop in speed. Thankfully, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with A2DP are included.
The Nokia E63 works with the Microsoft Exchange Server in addition to personal e-mail accounts like Gmail and Yahoo! Mail. Setting up an e-mail account is a hassle-free experience, as after entering your name and password it will automatically search for the settings required. Despite the lack of a built-in GPS receiver, the Nokia Maps application is still included on the Nokia E63.
The handy mode switcher present in the Nokia E71 is also found on the E63. You can switch between business and personal modes and edit a number of settings including enabled applications, notifications and themes. You can then toggle between the two modes — for example you could block access to your work e-mail and tools when in the personal mode if you wish.
The Nokia E63 is a handy multimedia device and has a standard 3.5mm headphone jack — the first we've seen on a Nokia Eseries device. The screen displays video quite well, but it's a little small to use frequently. The camera has been downgraded to 2 megapixels and a fixed focus, but it does include an LED flash and self-portrait mirror. The E63 also has a flashlight function that allows the camera flash to be used as a torch, activated by holding down the space bar.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Acer Swift 7
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Huawei Mate 9
Lexar® Portable SSD
Google Daydream VR headset
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Dell XPS 13 laptop
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Surface Pro 4
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- 2 ZTE Axon 7 review: Is ZTE dumping old stock on Australia?
- 3 Oppo R9s smartphone full review
- 4 Huawei Nova Plus smartphone review
- 5 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
Latest News Articles
- Europe moves to develop standard mobile phone chargers
- Michael Jackson's death knocks Google & Twitter offline
- Palm CEO: We don't have to beat each other to prosper
- RIM patches BlackBerry PDF vulnerability
- Big Profits from App Store? Maybe Not for Apple
PCW Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- Time to ditch Foxtel and the iQ3: How to replace Foxtel packages with cheaper alternatives
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTProject / Implementation Coordinator (Junior-Mid Level) Sunshine Coast LocationQLD
- FTSenior Technical Consultant - SQLACT
- TPOrganisational Change Manager | Enterprise Information SharingQLD
- TPHRIS Business AnalystQLD
- CCSenior Systems EngineerNSW
- CCSenior System AdministratorVIC
- FTMid-Level Software Engineer x 2 - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)VIC
- CCTechnical Team LeadSA
- TPPerformance Test Analyst - Perth BasedQLD
- CCProject Support SpecialistVIC
- CCDevOps/Senior Sys Admin - eCommerce - Contract - Sydney Northern BeachesNSW
- CCDesktop Engineer l WollongongNSW
- CCSenior Life 400 DeveloperNSW
- FTMid-Level Software Engineer x 2 - Positive Vetting, NV2 or NV1 required!!SA
- FTInfrastructure Security Compliance OfficerNSW
- FTDatabase Modelling SpecialistACT
- TPSenior Analyst Programmer - ContractQLD
- FTLevel 3 EngineerNSW
- FTInfrastructure Architect (Adelaide Based)VIC
- FTSenior Java EngineerACT
- CCSolution DesignerVIC
- TPMid-Level Java DeveloperNSW
- TPLinux Desktop Support SpecialistWA
- TPMaster SchedulerNSW
- CCERP Business Analyst (Time Capture/ Management) - Contract - Sydney CBDNSW