Ever since Fastlink started to advertise for the E61, I’ve been seriously considering going for it. What attracts me to this mobile is the fact that it has a full keyboard. It would be great if this mobile can make my email habits a bit more efficient. Although my 6600 does receive email, the lack of keyboard makes authoring longer message a bit cumbersome.
Of course, I will still have to solve my email spam problem before seriously considering a mobile email experience. I’ve given up on 3rd party spam filters and I am just using the junk filter of Apple’s OSX Mail application. It does filter out a lot of spam but also lets amazing amounts of spam through. I just get loads of spam: 13,400 messages in the last four months were caught as spam (i.e 100 a day). That not counting the spam that ends up in my inbox!
The reason I am considering this phone, and not a Palm Treo for example, is that as a Fastlink subscriber I want to use the fact that they subsidize the E61. There is no way I will pay $400 or 500 for a phone.
A big advantage seems to be that this phone has WiFi. As more and more wireless hotspots pop up in Jordan, WiFi on a mobile starts to make a lot of sense. I wonder if Skype can be used soon. I saw a blog post that says that Skype is coming soon on the Symbian OS (also the post on GigaOm). Maybe I should wait until after the Skype for Symbian release.
BIG disadvantage: NO CAMERA! Maybe I’m asking for too much. But out of all the functions of my 6600, the camera turned out to be one of the most used by me (for all kinds of funny shots and research/observation work).
This might be a deal breaker actually.
Anyway, if any one of you phone freaks out there has had the chance to use the E61, help me out, and let me know what you think of this phone.
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