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Tech Review, Nokia e61i December 4, 2007

Posted by Deera Chat Family in Review, tech.

as you may have heard, i (Ali) just got myself a Nokia e61i and i am LOVING it. i am still not maximizing its features to the fullest because of not being connected all the time. at the first i wasn’t used to the size because the older phone i used to carry was the Nokia 6300 but man after experiencing SOME of its capabilities i changed my mind. I also bought myself a 2 GBs SD card where i am now carrying lots of my work files … WHICH IS GREAT.the apps i downloaded in the phone so far are:

1- Roadsync

i was forced to use this software which uses the activesync feature, SSL accessibility. Many companies block their POP3 and IMAP because of spam and security which limits your choices into syncing to your work mailbox. I’ve used this app so far and it is GREAT where you can sync your mailbox, contacts, calendar and so on. BUT YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR IT.

2- AutoLock

one thing i really miss in my old 6300 is the autolock feature which it is slightly modified in the e61i where you need to put in your phone pin to unlock it. it is a small and easy to use app. highly recommended.

3- Gmail mobile

I LOVE GMAIL and now i am loving it more. Google knows how to MAKE you use their products with a smile. easy to use and saves alot of time in just one click away from your Gmail account

4- fring

i am a big Skype user where i have my brothers studying overseas and this software made it happen. i am not sure why Skype itself doesn’t have its own mobile app yet which is weird. Also the only problem with this app is that it slows your phone ALOT so i tried another iSkoot which was just fine but it also slowed my phone as well so it is has been removed as well. so if you NEED to use Skype with other chatting apps Fring is your solution and if you only need sky i highly recommend iSkoot.

5- Nokia Podcasting:

really nice light software that eases your podcasting habits. one downside is that we couldn’t use the app without going through the getting started manual or getting started demo. Also Nokia’s podcast directory is very limited and in case you are interested in may podcasts, you’ll have to change the search URL manually which is not a one step process. We have to remember the app is still in its beta version, so lets hope they’ll tweak it and add a video podcasting feature to it in the future.

6- Google Search Mobile

this new small software works amazengly on the e61i and so easy to use where you only have to press the ctrl once and small  Google window will pop up over parts of your screen and you get to type in your search term, once your done it will direct you to your Nokia default browser to see your Google Search Results. this software works perfectly for people who Google everything every 2 minutes!


one word of advice, do not install a big memory SD card. i had the 512 MB coming with phone and never had any problems but once i decided to sync my working files into the phone with a 2GB memory, the phone started lagging and being slow like hell. i tried to clean it up and use the 2GB without any files in it, but the problem didn’t go away. so finally decided to go back to the 512 MB and everything went back to normal. so do not upgrade the memory unless you need to.

thats it for now the apps now but the only problem i have is connectivity. i am still not sure if i need to be connected at all times and is the price that i will being is worth it. i am currently a Zain customer which they only offer two packages for GPRS services;

1- Standard Unlimited for 13.5 KD a month

2- Super Unlimited for 27 KD a month

i am guessing because of the fact the phone is only capable of maximum upload and download rate of 384 kbps, i will only pay for the 13.5 KD for now and confirm if it can go higher or not and upgrade if needed.

in conclusion, i am just loving the battery live, big screen, easy to use keypad, and almost every. so if you are into being synced to your work email 24/7 and you don’t like or can’t afford the E8, like myself, the e61i is the perfect solution for you.




1. BeDoOr - December 5, 2007

Hello 🙂
niice phone :)) ..
the options sounds so cool and smart indeed… but the size is an issue ..
… welll .. ya know .. there is no perfect phone ha ? ;P

bel 3afya 3alaick Ali :)) glad you’re loving it
and thanks for the time typing the review for us :**

2. BeDoOr - December 7, 2007

Hi Ali ,
How much does it cost ?

3. Deera Chat Family - December 7, 2007

Dear Bedoor,
thanks a lot for commenting, it costs 115 now … and i don’t think it will go down anytime soon coz its been out for a while now …. and about the size it WAS an issue the first time i bought but man now it is GREAT … i just got the 135 KD GPRS plan from Zain and now i am really experiencing its features to the fullest …

4. BeDoOr - December 7, 2007

Hii there ,
wow cool 😀

bel 3afya 3alaick .. hope it’ll help you in ur work and life ..
thanks Ali 🙂

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