French man Henri Stendhal put it candidly that ‘only great minds can afford a simple style’. A couple of weeks ago I did mention briefly about a well designed and stylish mobile phone. The Nokia E51 is a well designed and functional device. 

I finally got hold of this device and from handling it for a week this is my verdict. The E51 is not just another numerical addition to the E series as is compared to the E 50 but, is slimmer, about 12 mm making it a versatile business phone.

The phone which is the thinnest of the E series range is exactly 100 grams and comes with many of the features found in a symbian 60 device. I found the screen quite big measuring 2 inches corner to corner. It provides for a reach screen experience with pixels of 320 x 240 and 16 million colours. 

The fassad that is hidden in the simple casing of sliver and black is amazing. I stood outside the Nation Centre building and I was able to access several wireless LAN points such as Nation Media, The Stanley Hotel access point (which is fifty metres away), Nakumatt, Linksys and another four which included a bank.

The E51 has improved on the battery life. I was able to get 14 hours from this phone as compared with other S60 devices. 

The E51 is a quadband phone that supports 3G and HSPDA. With no front camera do not think of two way video calls. Do not pull out your hair, it still packs a lot. It has  Wi-Fi and it supports SIP which means you can use your favourite VoIP software which should work fine as long as its supports the S60 Nokia platform. Bluetooth is here, too, and so is infra-red.There is a generous 130MB of built-in storage, and you can add this with microSD cards up to 4GB,how about that. The slot is under the battery cover, but not under the battery, so it is really easy to swap cards.

Well its not all good. These are the draw backs. The 2 megapixel camera has no autofocus or a flash, so you can not take cool pictures of your dates during a business dinner or party. For a business device it buggs that you can not edit office documents. Make sure your have proof read the documents before saving them on the phone. Has the farmiliar USB cable but you can not charge battery via the cable. The multimedia interface is stale stale stale.

Apart from those few hicks ups,the one thing that is wonderful about the E51 is the extra buttons. Surrounding the silver navigation key and its large central select button are no less than nine other buttons. Call and End, the two Nokia softkeys and the Nokia backspace key are accompanied by four ‘one-touch’ keys.Each of these has three functions. The one marked with a calendar icon opens the calendar software if you tap it quickly. Hold it down and you jump straight into creating a new meeting. Tap it twice and the first tap takes you to the calendar so you can view the current month, the second tap takes you out to whatever application you were previously using.There are similar functions for the email and contacts keys. The fourth key, marked with a home icon, takes you to the applications menu with a short tap; back to the Active Standby screen with another tap; and if you hold it down, gives you an application switcher so you can move between opened applications. If you get used to these keys all you will be saying is ‘oh my’ and ‘holy …..’

After a week and here it comes writing this post using the E51 all I can say, owesome device nokia kudos kudos kudos

My recommendation to all kenyans tis the phone of the time that’s if you are an enterprise guy.