Nokia E65 billboard

  1. Not liking the slider. Wish it was a clamshell model…
  2. Not liking the top buttons. The thin ones are the most useful. I wish Nokia came up with some nice responsive tactile input device like Ipod and Blackberry has done…
  3. Not liking the new (why!) small charger size
  4. 3 has hooked in their services with the horrible (terrible fonts) legacy (XHTML&WAP) Services browser
  5. Installed Google Mail, Google Maps, Opera Mini (high mem version) and Fring
  6. Fring allows me use Google chat. Oh yes. Though no chat history. :(
  7. Skype and MSN came with the device, but I don’t use either. Fring gives me the Skype.
  8. I have figured out how to adjust the phone’s top menu and shortcuts. Settings->Phone->Standby mode
  9. The in built camera is a joke. In a natural holding position your finger can easily obscure the lens
  10. Not liking how the screen blanks quite quickly.
  11. Andrei showed me two wonderful things; The hidden away, fast, Webkit based “Web” browser that he worked on at Nokia. Wow.
  12. And, that holding down the Menu key shows a Task manager. Yay!
  13. Gmail application works well. Though like Fring you need to tell it twice to connect to 3 as it’s “unsigned”.
  14. Opera mini is great, though “Web” is much faster.
  15. 3 has hooked the top right key to go to their services page where a wrong click could cost me dear… :/
  16. Calendar seems absolutely useless
  17. Data cable and PC suite almost crashed my machine!
  18. Received two text messages from 3 at 9am Sunday morning about configuring the mail application. Er, NO THANKS.
  19. ‘Skype In’ works. :)
  20. I have a bag full of packaging. I scanned through the docs, but found nothing useful.
  21. I am on a 32.99GBP 900 min&150 texts (Talk & Text 900) with the “X-Series Silver” addon (flat rate Internet) E65 Three deal for 18months. Oh gosh…
  22. I can see from the receipt the E65 is valued at 279GBP. 33GBP*18months=594 594–279=315GBP service charges. Yowsers!
  23. Bribed with a Jabra 150 bluetooth headset. You won’t see me in public with one of these!
  24. I couldn’t get voice dialling to work. No idea how this is supposed to work.
  25. I wish the editor was a little more responsive. Predictive text is ok, but still, it seems like input has not really improved for many years now. In fact a little worse with its sluggish-ness.
  26. Andrei says he can connect his mobile to his macbook and use the Internet. I wanted to use the Internet through this device, though the salesmen as the 3 store were trying to sell me some USB data cable which I was never going to buy. I wonder if I can get this working with my Debian TP X40 (I think a kernel compile is required…). Update: my particular TP X40 doesn’t have bluetooth. DOH!
  27. Complaints aside, I think this is a next generation device. I can check my email, chat and Skype away from my desk. Amazing!
  28. The image viewer is really slow.
  29. Oh course flash apps don’t seem to work
  30. It uses realplayer for video. God no… :/
  31. I was advised not to buy 3 insurance for the phone, though instead to get “First Additions” from Baclays at 6.50GBP a month.
  32. “First Additions” gives you insurance for your cards, three other gadgets and some extras. Though after going through a really long process of opening this account feature and registering the IMEI, insurance cover only starts in 3 weeks time. WTF! I hate insurance. I’ve also found out since I don’t have a “Proof of purchase” for my thinkpad or Canon IXUS (no idea where they are), I can’t get them insured with ‘Lifestyle’. :/
  33. I get really daft messages from three.
  34. I don’t like how the phone notifies me when plugged into the charger that it’s charging and that the battery is full. It’s disruptive!
  35. Three’s support seems useless. After painstakingly finding the right form to send them feedback, they get back to me by calling me. An Indian voice saying that they can address my several point feedback over the phone, whilst I was out and about in the West End. I said to the person, email me the answers and then she said it can take upto 10 days for a response. WTF? I said I’ll wait 10 days then for her email.
  36. As for “unlimited Internet on a mobile” type plans. I heard there is some competition from T-mobile UK with their Web ‘n Walk plans. Why do these phone companies have to make such ridiculous names for their Internet plans? Their Nokia N95 offering has got me envious.
  37. You need to charge this thing every night. :(
  38. Yesterday (10 days later exactly) I received an email respone from 3, briefly:
  39. The is a 1G monthly usage allowance. Though a 3 insider says they actually don’t have the equipment to accurately track that.
  40. “You can’t disable services browser”, 3 says. I think I have actually.
  41. I wrote to them asking to stop promotional messages as I couldn’t find wtf you could it one their website and they write: “I’ve amended your marketing permissions and you should stop receiving any promotional messages from us after 14 days.”
  42. I asked if there was an E65 user group, and they responded, yes, we do have E65 users on the 3 network. No shit!
  43. They really seem to want me to call them, instead of email. Crikey…
I may need to get this thing for my VoIP calls when I move to Toronto in September.
Comment by Paul

When you say VoIP, you mean Skype? I must say Skype call quality is pretty bad!

So you’ve decided on Toronto man? :)

Comment by hendry

I mean VoipBuster. Bad as in distorted?

I’m going for Toronto, because it’s a better programme where I’ll learn more. And Canada is still not covered on your map, I believe.

Comment by Paul

That’s fantastic. I’ve actually been thinking of going to Canada recently.

Yes, Skype is distorted. It just isn’t great to communicate with someone on such a line.

There is also VoIP Google Talk with Fring, which I’ve yet to try. VoIPbuster looks a bit dodgy. There are tons of VoIP offerings atm, though it’s really too hard to find quality IMO. :/

Comment by hendry
VoipBuster is bollocks in software and webdesign, but once you get it to work it often has clearer lines than Skype and it is definitely cheaper. My VoIP-in number is free as in beer, and landline calls are free in twenty-odd countries (plus, mobile calls are free in Canada).
Comment by Paul

Can you elaborate on what the “Webkit based “Web” browser” is and whether it’s only available on Nokias?

Comment by Alex
Ah, yes, the Web browser for S60,useful indeed. Thanks v much hendry
Comment by Alex
I just bought an E65 on the Three network, how did you launch the Nokia webkit browser?
Comment by altopal

In the menu the S60 browser is called “Web”. It is easily confused with the older useless WAP browser called “Services”.

They also share the same icon, so good luck. :)

Comment by hendry
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Comment by Natalian » Blog Archive » Future of Mobile
- I didn’t have any problems understanding that if I want to surf the web, “web” is the software
Comment by Joose Vettenranta
- WLAN works ok, but it’s range is not as good as macbooks (not really a suprise)
– Phones own VoIP client works great
Comment by Joose Vettenranta
- calender is very useful. I also like the feature that shows few events in the standby mode
Comment by Joose Vettenranta
- I pay currently 37,70e/month for 1000min of out-going calls and 100SMS/month (I think). in-coming calls are free. I also pay 9,95e/month for flatrate 384kbps 3G internet (no transfers limits, only speed limit). I also pay about 16e/month for the phone (24month agreement)
Comment by Joose Vettenranta
- phone works very well as modem for my macbook (through bluetooth and using 3g/edge/gprs network)
Comment by Joose Vettenranta
- updating phones software with pc suite was easy job and it should be done to every phone with old software
Comment by Joose Vettenranta
- voice dialing works great (in finnish atleast). Connecting to phone with BT HF and then pressing the button on HF so I can hear the “pliplipliplpip” and then saying contacts name and – tada—it calls to him/her. Very good feature if you are driving a car.
Comment by Joose Vettenranta
If someone is wondering, why so many comments.. This linux system (debian btw) sucks and didn’t let me post a big comment. So I posted it line by line =)
Comment by Joose Vettenranta

anyone know how the branding affects the phone, as compared with a SIM-free e65? and is the browser still the proprietery nokia browser?
try doing a hard reset but remember to save all your favorite things onto your memory card before you do.

Way cool phone though

Joel Australia

Comment by Joel