3 announces more PDA style handsets – Nokia E61

nokia E61Nokia E61 I’ve known about the nokia E61 for a little while now having seen a couple kicking around the office and have been impressed with the functionality of it.  The design is a bit of a departure for Nokia in that it follows more of a Palm Treo layout and is very similar in size. 

The screen layout and menus are excellent and although I only had a few minutes with it, the functionality looks impressive.  The one draw back is the lack of camera, either still or video.  So now video calling or video messaging here.  The rest of the specifications list though is fairly comprehensive though. 

Looking at three’s website it seems that it is going to be priced reasonably as well. Looking today with a new contract the phone can be purchased for free see three.co.uk for details

 See Nokia’s website for full spec and product details

General Specifications

  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 and WCDMA 2100 (3GPP Release 99) networks in Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific, North America, and South America where these networks are supported
  • Automatic switching between bands
  • Speech codecs: AMR, FR and EFR, NB-AMR


  • Weight: 144 g (with Nokia Battery BP-5L)
  • Dimensions: 117 mm x 69.7 mm x 14 mm, 108 cc
  • Form: monoblock
    Memory Functions
  • Up to 75 MB of fixed user data memory
  • Expandable memory: 64 MB hot swappable miniSD card

Display and User Interface


  • Active matrix display

  • Supports up to 16M colors

  • Adjustable display brightness and contrast control

  • Ambient light sensor for keypad display lighting control


  • Two soft keys with five-way joystick, power key can be used as profile key
  • Configurable right and left soft keys
  • Input method: full keyboard
  • Active standby enables user to configure 5 applications for fast access
  • Symbian operating system OS 9.1
  • Series 60, 3rd edition

Messaging and Imaging

Multimedia Messaging (MMS)

  • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS, ver. 1.2) for text, voice clips, video clips and still images receiving, editing and sending
  • Distribution list

Email and Messaging

  • Email client for connecting to personal and business email
  • Supports POP, IMAP(with idle) and SMTP protocols, and MS Active Sync
  • Supports Nokia Business Center
  • Settings via OMA Client Provisioning, OMA Device Management
  • Supported third party email clients: Visto email technology, BlackBerry Connect, GoodLink and Seven Always-On Mail1
  • Attachments viewers and editors support the most common features of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel (Microsoft Office 97, 2000, XP and 2003). Compatible with Zip Manager and Adobe Reader
  • Instant Messaging client (Yahool, AOL, OMA)
  • SMS distribution list

Enhanced Voice Features

  • Voice dialing, voice commands for menu short cuts, keypad lock and profiles
  • Enhanced voice commands (SIND)
  • Dedicated voice key for easy use of voice recording, voice dialing, and Push to Talk

Connectivity and Data Transfer


  • Pop-Port™ interface
  • USB port full speed supported via Pop-Port™
  • Remote and local (peer-to-peer) synchronization over Bluetooth technology, IR, cable
  • Bluetooth wireless technology 1.2
  • HTML browsing with Nokia Browser
  • Video and audio streaming (3GPP and RealMedia: Real Video and Real Audio)
  • WCDMA (3GPP Release 4)
  • Multiconnectivity
    • WLAN connection can be shared by multiple applications at the same time. For example: email, browser and synchronization
    • Possible to use WLAN, Bluetooth technology, USB and infrared at the same time
    • Maximum six Bluetooth technology connections in use at the same time. Note: only one for Bluetooth wireless connectivity for audio
      Data Transfer
  • EGPRS (Class B, MSC 11)
  • GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) Multislot Class 11
  • GSM Circuit-Switched Data up to 14.4 and 43.2 (HSCSD) kbps

Advanced Device Management

  • Application Management enables the delivery and management of native Symbian and Java™ add-on applications over OMA DM.
  • Customization enables the delivery and management of terminal user interface elements over OMA DM.
  • Terminal Management Security includes security model, which enables protecting device data via device wipe and device lock management, protecting service usage by ensuring that right settings are in place.
  • Help Desk Connect enables the device to send up-to-date information to the help desk before the actual call to the help desk is made.

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