July 28, 2008

E-Mail Access Made Easy With New Nokia E Series

By Chandra Devi

NOKIA is taking a less serious approach with its E series business handphones. The latest additions, the E71 and E66, are positioned not only for work, but also play.

To emphasise on this approach, the phones come with a two home screens. Users can set up work features on one home screen, and personal or play functions on the other, and easily switch between the two.

Unlike other models in the market, the E71 and E66 have what it takes to give users a balanced use for business and personal activities, said Nokia Malaysia's product marketing manager Glen Cha during a recent media workshop.

The phones, he highlighted, exhibit a wide range of personal and professional features such as e-mail, personal information management, and support for maps, music and media sharing.

E-mail access, in particular, has been made so simple with easy- to- install and easy-to-use professional and personal e-mail.

Both phones come pre-loaded with Mail for Exchange mobile e-mail client.

If Microsoft Exchange is utilised at work, users can have real- time access to their work e-mail, calendar, contacts and task.

In addition, they have been configured to allow downloading of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Portable Document Format attachment files.

Cha also brought to attention the ability of the phones to support e- mail accounts from over 1,000 Internet service providers around the world, besides Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail.

Also supported are the Nokia Intellisync Wireless Email solution and third-party e-mail solutions such as System Seven and Visto Mobile.

The phones can synchronise with any e-mail server - Exchange, Domino, Groupwise IMAP, POP3 or XML - to allow access to e-mail, calendar, contacts, notes and attachments.

While allowing flexibility with e-mail access, the E71 and E66, Cha explained, are equipped with robust enterprisegrade security functionalities. They also include integrated mobile virtual private network support to allow users to access their companies' intranet, and device lock to protect company information.

Other features on board both phones are a 3.2-megapixel camera, built-in global positioning system, Nokia Minimap browser, support for Nokia's Ovi services and music player.

For connectivity, the phones support High Speed Downlink Packet Access, third-generation and wireless local area network.

The E71 and E66 have a sturdy feel.

The former, with a stainless steel case and metallic finish, comes with a Qwerty keyboard while the latter, a slider, has stainless steel accents.

And while the E66 shares similar features with the E71, it offers unique fun features such as screen orientation sensor and turn/tap to mute ringing.

The E71 is available at RM1,950 while the E66, which is expected to be out soon, will be priced at RM1,995.

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