Nokia E61 up and running…

Happy as a clam w/ my new Nokia E61My Nokia E61 finally is configured and working. I had to break up the configuring across a few different nights. It also was a bit more complex to configure than my Treo’s have been.

Here’s the snags I ran into and how I solved them:

I’m starting to get used to the Symbian Series 60 3rd Edition (S60) OS. It’s very powerful. HOWEVER, I will be honest, I find the menus and organization of the system a bit weird. I keep going to the Tools > Settings > menu and I browse through the settings only to never find the item I’m looking for.

Secondly, the number of clicks it takes to 1) find a contact and 2) dial the contact number is far too many steps (1. Contacts > 2. “enter letters to filter names” > 3. joystick to name > 4. joystick to number [cell vs. home] > 5. select Call > 6. mouse out to Voice call > 7. select. I’m hoping to find a better faster way to make calls.

Finally, I have similar issues with email. I love the “Blackberry-like” experience of receiving and sending mail. I love that my calendar, contacts, AND email are synced automatically. But again, the number of steps it takes to delete / reply is far more than my Treo experience. I fell like I’m always confirming yes / no / this / that.

I’ve got to find out if there is a Power user mode.


7 Responses to “Nokia E61 up and running…”

  1. mobilephoneextreme on August 7th, 2006 8:48 am

    Congratulations of your newly acquired nokia phone. It’s a nice and powerful phone. Personally, I dreamed of having o E61 in my list.

  2. Jake on August 7th, 2006 3:54 pm

    you know, it’s much easier to get the Cingular (or other carrier) SMS settings (and MMS) from Nokia they have this “machine” on their site that does it all!!

    See this link:

    It’s super easy. Hope that next time (or if you don’t yet have all settings) you will find this helpful

  3. Giorgos on August 8th, 2006 3:13 am

    What Netgear 802.11g wireless router did you buy? Wouldn’t a WiFi USB adapter (which you put on ad-hoc mode) have been sufficient enough: bridge your Internet connection over it? Those Linksys dongles look very powerful.

  4. Brad on August 8th, 2006 11:54 pm

    Jake, thanks. I tried this after reading about it on a blog. I don’t know why, but it didn’t seem to work for me.

    Giorgos, I use a router with a wireless access point built in connected to my cable modem. This provdes an option for my mobile laptops and devices. Thanks.

  5. Douglas on October 22nd, 2006 2:59 pm


    I bought one of the Cingular E62’s 2 weeks ago to replace my BlackBerry 7100g. I wasn’t necessarily unhappy with the 7100g, but I felt like I would enjoy having a full keyboard and extra features offered on the E62. Also, the $150 pricetag from Cingular sealed the deal.

    Unfortunately, the E62 is not the device for me unless a shortcut can be found/created for the basic task of calling from the contact database. You mention your frustration with this problem and wonder if you found a shortcut.

    Please advise.


  6. Brad on October 22nd, 2006 9:50 pm

    Douglas, no suggestions from me. I looked but found nothing. I am back to my Treo for one reason: easy contact lookup and dial. I want the wifi. I want a “great sounding phone.” I want the longer battery life. I want the nice bright screen. I like the over the air sync of my contacts and calendar. Form factor…I agee that this device is a bit too big for a long-term love affair.

  7. Douglas on October 22nd, 2006 11:41 pm

    Thank you, Brad…I’ll keep looking for a solution to this problem until my 30 day trial period is up on this E62…if I don’t find it, it’s going back to Cingular.