The home screen displays half a dozen icons leading to your most popular applications – messages, web, music player, gallery, clock/alarm and a mode switch that allows you to toggle between a serious business theme and a more laid-back display for weekends. It also displays your push email inbox and email set-up so you can quickly take advantage of any Wi-Fi hotspots you happen to find yourself in.
Beneath the screen are two soft keys, call start and stop, a back space key and a square D-pad surrounded by four shortcut keys – home, calendar, contacts and messages. The D-pad doubles as a message alert, flashing when you have mail waiting.
The 3.2 megapixel camera has a dedicated shutter button
Slide the upper part of the phone (it would be wrong to call it the upper half, since it's only about a third of the depth of the lower slide) open and the numeric keypad clearly favours practicality over invention. It's got standard looking angled oblong keys which are well spaced and made of a tactile plastic – the bottom line is it's very easy to use.
Connectivity-wise it's got everything you need, including Wi-Fi, stereo Bluetooth (with fast data transfer), USB and even infrared (all too rare even on business phones nowadays). It's also quad-band and there's a fast 3.6Mb/s HSDPA 3G connection that will keep you going when you can't get proper broadband.
The Symbian S60 web browser may lack some of the cool stuff on the better touch screen phones, but it's a good, robust browser that allows you to zoom in and out, display a full page overview and search for key words on pages. There's also a full screen mode for viewing pictures or streaming video and the phone's built-in accelerometer allows you to flip between portrait and landscape modes without any fuss or delay.
What's the point of sliding out the SIM without powering down as it causes you to lose connectivity anyway and when you insert the new SIM it has to register so not sure what time you think you are saving.
Missing a QWERTY keypad
says who? Its a business phone without a QWERTY keypad, not missing one though.
Does it improve the RAM or it is as useless as the 65 for smartphone use
The E65 has just about enough RAM to run the bundled SIP client and browse the web. The moment you try to use th IMAP client you are facing the choice of "either SIP or IMAP". So the question is - did they improve the RAM or t is the same crap as before. If it is the same crap as before (64M) it is better to shell out the few extra quid for a proper N-series gadget.
Another question is - did they fix the Bluetooth bugs. With an E65 if you walk out of handsfree coverage you quite often have to reboot (especially if you use the SIP client as well). Quite annoying actually. You almost fell like you are running Winhoze...
Me coat, the one with "Enough E-series, I am going for an N78" on it.