Still strategizing on how to survive in a maze of other smartphones and extra smart platforms, Nokia is in a new charge with the introduction of its new E series to both the Asian and African markets. In a bid to test the waters after the strategic partnership with Microsoft, the global mobile phone manufacturer is partnering with Nigerian telco, Glo as well as a full commercial launch in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
In the new partnership, Glo will be offering 6GB of Internet data access for six months for N7, 500 on the Nokia E6, E7 and N8 devices. Mahomed Jameel, Globacom Group COO says the offer was a further demonstration of the company’s commitment to giving more value to subscribers.
He also added that Globacom is pleased to partner with Nokia and feels proud to bring to its subscribers the exciting E6 handset for the first time.
“The mega deals package ties in with the network’s philosophy of empowering Nigerians technologically and giving them access to the best value and pricing,” says Jameel.
Ashutosh Tiwary, Globacom GM for Prepaid Marketing says subscribers may also choose between the Nokia E6, E7 and N8 series and still enjoy the benefits under the Glo Mega Deals including the 6GB data access and 20% bonus airtime, a model package selected to match the customer’s business and pleasure needs.
Using Nokia’s latest Operating System (OS) called Symbian Anna, the phone range is both a touch and QWERTY keyboard phone. The mobile handset includes a Microsoft Exchange (Microsoft Outlook), intranet access, Microsoft Communicator and pre-installed productivity applications such as Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, Nokia Maps, F-Secure protection, Joiku hotspot Application, SMS Wipe and RSS Feeds.
In similar fashion, Nokia has released the Nokia E6, aimed at business people and youth in the Arab Region. The device is the first Nokia smartphones to contain the updated Symbian software, with nww icons and usability enhancements such as improved text input, a faster browser and refreshed Ovi Maps.
Though the Nokia E72 met with mixed reactions, failing to quite capture affection the way its E71 predecessor did; now we have the E6 (aka Nokia E6-00), pairing keyboard and touchscreen and offering a taste of the latest Symbian flavor, Anna. Is the E6 enough to distract us from the rapid approach of Nokia’s first Windows Phones?
The E6’s hardware heritage is clear, though Nokia hasn’t missed the opportunity to tighten up the package along the way. Measuring in at 115.5 x 59 x 10.5 mm and 133g, it’s a solid, reassuringly weighty device finished in sturdy black plastic and lifted with a chrome bezel. The camera slice on the back protrudes somewhat, spoiling the clean lines, though you can drop it into a front trouser pocket without issue.