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Nokia E63

 Nokia E63 Discontinued
12th November 2008

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Essentially a cut-down version of the existing Nokia E71, the Nokia E63 is a 3G smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard and WiFi, aimed slightly more at consumers than business people, and with a significantly lower price tag.

Nokia are pitching the E63 at around €200 (approximately £160 / $240) before tax and subsidy, compared with the current retail price of about €340 (£270 / $400) for the E71.. but the E63 is almost identical in most major respects.

Some immediately obvious features that the E63 shares with the E71 are the QWERTY keyboard and the 2.36 inch QVGA display. As with the E71, the E63 is a 3G phone with WiFi support, microSD expandable memory, email and VPN support, a web browser, multimedia player, an FM radio and the Symbian S60 operating system. Both the E71 and E63 feature  Nokia E63 dual home screens so that work appointments can be kept separate from personal ones. Both handsets can use Nokia's Ovi service, and this now has enhanced file sharing capabilities with the E63.

Some features from the E71 are missing - the Nokia E63 doesn't have HSDPA or GPS capabilities, and the E63 only has a 2 megapixel fixed-focus camera compared to the 3.2 megapixel autofocus sensor on the E71. On the other hand, the E61 has a more standard 3.5mm audio socket, rather than the 2.5mm one on the E71. Both handsets have the same 1500 mAh battery giving up to 4.5 hours talktime on 3G and a maximum of 20 days standby time.

Clearly, the E63 is a simpler phone than the E71, so it will be cheaper to make. But is it really €140 cheaper to make than the E71? More like €40 than €140, we feel. Either this means that the E71 is seriously overpriced, or the E63 offers very good value for money. The E63 is certainly much cheaper than the equivalent BlackBerry model, so it looks like the E63 is rather inexpensive.. especially when you consider that it is cheaper than the Nokia 6500 Slide and Classic handsets.

Nokia say that the E61 should be available in the nest few weeks in ruby red and ultramarine blue colour combinations.

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Nokia E63 at a glance


Q4 2008


GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 and
UMTS 900 / 2100 (E63-1) or
UMTS 850 / 1900 (E63-2)  or
UMTS 850 / 2100 (E63-3)




320 x 240 pixels, 16m colours


2 megapixels


Messaging device
113 x 59 x 13mm / 126 grams



Memory card:










Battery life:

4.5 hours talk / 20 days standby (3G)
11 hours talk / 18 days standby (GSM)


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