Nokia E63 launches today

My initial reaction when I opened the the Nokia E63 was that it’s a cheaper, cut-down version of the E71. Plastic case, no GPS, lower resolution camera. After looking at it more carefully I came to the conclusion that it could stand on its own feet, apart from one fact that could be a killer – it appears that it doesn’t support HSDPA. There’s no mention of HSDPA on the Nokia website so unless that’s an oversight, Nokia seems to have crippled the handset. As the E63 is aimed at data users, this seems astonishingly short-sighted.

However, it will be cheaper than the E71 which is clearly an advantage – EUR 199 before taxes is the guide price, plus it still has WiFi which for me is vital for mobile VoIP.

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