Today I have decided to combine these three aspects – battery, software, music into one big post.
So lets begin first with battery.

Battery:
For a handset like E66, which is so slim, I was left wondering what would the dimensions of the battery be, which one were they using? I was stunned to see such a slim Nokia battery. Things have sure come a long way since the BL5C. The BL-4U is thin (anorexic almost). Rated at 1000mAh, Nokia says that this Li-ion cell will keep you phone on standby for upto 336 hours (WCDMA) and give you a talk time of 7.5 hours (GSM). Indeed those are very respectable figures coming from a smartphone. In the real world how does it perform, well I just about managed to squeeze about 3.5 days from one charge. This involved about 2 hours of phone calls, 10-15 minutes of daily wifi usage, tinkering around with the phone (light and sound settings), sending a few messages and a little bit of photography. Those are quite impressive figures for the phone. I am sure heavy users can easily get a whole days worth of juice from that ‘anorexic’ battery. I must say, for a slim phone those are rather great figures. On this account I would give the phone a score of 8.1/10.

Software:
The S60 has come a long way from the 7650. Today it is one of the most widely used OSes in the world. The S60 UI on the E66 is very different than the UI found that you would get to see on a N series or a regular phone. The UI in the E66 has very smooth transitions. I was amazed with the how fluidly the system would go from one part of the menu to the other. I did not find that kind of smoothness in the N82 I am using currently. The ASR feature is also very smooth in execution. For once, I thought that these were the FP2 transitions! but the fact is that it is only FP1. Lets a look at the menu from the beginning… first the icon pack used, A lot of people have written negative things about the icons used for the E66 and the E71. My take – is that they could have used a different icon pack (even another colour of the icons would do), though I don’t hate these icons, I don’t like ’em either. I would have liked to see a completely different icon pack (not even the regular N series ones either). Also an interesting I noticed was that if you were to create a new folder, the colour would be blue instead of grey.
Secondly, the Active Standby screen, The Active Standby screen is completely different on the E series. Firstly there are little ‘bubbles’ on the screen which tell you about any voicemails, messages and missed calls. Each of these alerts are shown in a different ‘bubble’. This is basically like the huge notifications that remain on our N series phones until we check them or we cancel them. Over here the functionality is greater, not only do they occupy small portions of the screen, highlighting them lets you navigate within the bubbles (without leaving the Active Standby) for extra options like ‘making a voice call’, ‘sending a text message’, ‘sending a MMS’, ‘sending an Audio message’ for each entry. My only question is? When are we getting it on the N series???
Third, the ‘Switch Mode’ functionality. I absolutely love this feature on the E66. You can also disable applications within the modes, allowing for a clear separation of business life and personal life. Very nicely executed. Just one grouse, couldn’t we have it as a combination of keys instead of having an icon placed on the Active Standby? Moving ahead lets look at the ‘Contacts’, here again there is a change, by clicking in the right against an entry, you are no longer directed to a group, but instead you are directed towards options regarding that entry, which is mentioned above for the notification ‘bubbles’.
In terms of ‘out of the box’ experience, I found the phone to be ready for use. A business user will have all the softwares he needs, though Quickoffice might have to be purchased. Apart from that there are many softwares like the ‘Multiscanner’ which is a business card reader come text converter. ‘Solitaire’ for the card players, ‘WiPresenter’ from Psiloc(trial only), ‘Advance Call Manager’ which allows you to manage which calls are to be received and how are others to be treated. I haven’t been able to extensively test it as I don’t get those many calls on that number in the phone. But the little bit that I did use it, I found it to be an absolutely must, It could be a great way to have those pesky promo calls from the network operator no disturb you. You could allow the phone to notify you only when people from your phonebook call you or only when a certain amount of people within your phonebook call you. I wish this were a part of S60 and not an add on. ‘We:offset’ is alo another great software, about which I have written in a previous post. Unfortunately I haven’t used it. Other softwares include ‘SkyeQuiKey’, ‘Mobile Magnifier’ and more. The phone is also different in many ways from a standard S60 phone and N series phones. There are settings which can be put for using the intranet. A dictionary comes inbuilt with the phone, one only has to download the conversion packs, the default one is English-English. Now why can’t a N series have this?

The calendar also has received updates, now one can see the entries alongside the calendar. The phone allows the ‘phone memory’ and the ‘memory card’ to be encrypted. But the biggest change is how one accesses the phonebook to make a call. No longer does one have to go to the phonebook, scroll for the name, select it and make a call. Now all you need to do is type (using T9) the name on the Active Standby screen. So if you want to call or message, lets say Joe, you would just hit 5,6,3 and voila Joe’s entry would show and highlighting it would give you the options. This is something that S60 has not had, especially since Windows Mobile has it. This is one thing which needs to be implemented across the S60 range. The other innovative things can wait, this one can’t. Simply because its not only the business user who is multi-tasking in this day and age, everybody is!
On Software I would give it a 9.5/10. The only reason I have not given it a perfect 10 is because there is a lot more that the S60 platform can achieve.

Music:
Lets move on to the one aspect of the phone which a lot of people will use in the phone, Music. The music player is the same that you find in any S60 third edition device. There is nothing different here except for the fact that there are no visualizations. Although you do have an option of showing ‘Now Playing’ as a screensaver. I found the E66 music qualities to be mediocre. Nothing great if you ask me. It is built as a business device and hence there is little attention given to the music capabilities. I wish that had not been the case. The music player application which supports so many formats could be used by a business man/woman for playing an audio file which might be the need fo the hour, now if it was a crowded place where it was to be done, imagine what a bad impression it would put on the owner of the phone. Seriously, Nokia making a phone this stylish and smart, but not giving it good audio hardware is really a deal-breaker. This one the most sore points in the E66. I would give this aspect a 5.5/10. This department really needs to be looked into and pronto!

You can read part-1 of the review here.
Part-2 can be read here.

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