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Samsung T809 & Nokia Eseries

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The last new Eseries phone is the E60. It's not headed for the US specifically, although I don't expect many people to be upset about that. The reason is the relatively large size, and a feature set that will only appeal to a very niche market.

 

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The E60 is a brick. People say that about a lot of large phones, but the E60 honestly feels more brick-like than any phone I've held before, due to its very boxy shape. The large size is rather puzzling considering it has no camera, text keyboard, nor hard drive to justify its bulk.

The market for the E60 seems to be business folks who need a powerful smartphone with Wi-Fi, but don't want a camera. Of course, that also describes the E61, which has the considerable advantage of a QWERTY keyboard.

The one thing the E60 does have going for it is the display. With 352 x 416 pixel resolution and 16.7 million colors, (yes, you read that right,) it actually has the best display (spec-wise) of absolutely any phone or smartphone in the world. I'm not quite sure why Nokia put a 16.7 million-color display in a phone that isn't even a camera phone - it really would have made more sense in the N90, for example - but how can anyone complain that a display is too good?

One extremely frustrating thing about Nokia's current lineup is the insane number of different memory card formats represented. With the recently-announced 6200 series - and now the E61 and E70 - it looked like Nokia was finally settling on miniSD as a standard format. But then they announced the 3250 with a microSD slot, and now the E60 is the odd man out in the new Eseries with RS-MMC instead of miniSD.

With current phones using MMC, RS-MMC (both 3v and 1.8v), miniSD, and microSD, Nokia is far and away the worst offender in the memory card format wars. Their simultaneous support of so many mostly-incompatible formats is splintering the market and creating confusion among consumers. That's normally something said about competing companies, but for Nokia to do it - and to such an extent - within its own lineup is just absurd.

But I digress...

The Eseries is an exciting development, and a serious shot across Microsoft's bow in the smartphone wars. Since the Eseries starts with relatively low numbers compared to the Nseries, (topping out at 70 for now, compared to 90 for the Nseries,) we assume that Nokia has even better Eseries phones already in the works. Given the amazing feature set of the E70, it's tantalizing to imagine what an E80 or E90 might look like.

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