6 devices down and 3 devices to go. So far I have used the Treo 700p, Treo 700w, Motorola Q, BlackBerry Pearl, T-Mobile MDA, and BlackBerry 8700, for 9 days each. When deciding on the next device, my main criteria was to try something different. The Nokia E62 from Cingular seems to fit this theme of being different quite well.
The Nokia E62 from Cingular
It is a new manufacturer (Nokia), a new provider that I haven’t used in the 81-day-experiment yet (Cingular), and a new operating system (Symbian). And the device is a new device that was just introduced in the U.S. market. I have seen it for the first time in London the week before last, and I have seen it in Germany last week, and it is now available in the U.S., and it is on my desk and ready for the next adventure in the 81-day-experiment.
The Nokia E62 purchase
The device listed for $199 and you get a $50 rebate which makes it one of the least expensive devices I have used so far. The voice plan for 500 minutes was about $40/month and the data plan was about $30/month (unlimited) with an additional $5/month for text messaging. The data plan I selected is the BlackBerry Connect which provides the “push” e-mail capability. There are other options such as the Good Technology solution which also provides the “push” e-mail capability (I might later give this solution a try as well).
The Nokia E62 first impressions
The device offers the capabilities that you expect in a smartphone (phone, e-mail, text messaging, contacts, calendar, tasks, viewing and editing documents, Internet browsing, and more). It uses the Cingular GSM/GPRS/EDGET network. The device does not have a camera which makes is more of a business device than a social or multi-media device (you can refer to day #47 for additional comments on the smartphone cameras and related security concerns in the business world).
The Nokia E62 runs the Symbian operating system. I haven’t used Symbian before, so I am curious about the learning curve, and also how it compares with the Palm OS, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile operating systems we have seen so far in the 81-day-experiment.
In terms of form factor, the device reminds me of the Motorola Q and the HP iPAQ. It is a little more “boxy-looking” and a little larger than the Motorola Q. It does offer the full QWERTY keyboard, which explains its size.
Tomorrow, the Nokia E62 will be out of the box, and I will be starting to configure it, and getting it ready for the next 9 days.
Adding your “experiment” to the 81-day-experiment
If you are using one of the devices that I have used so far in the 81-day-experiment, I would like to give you the opportunity to share your “experience” with the device on the 81-day-experiment blog. If you are interested in doing so, please e-mail me at email@example.com and I will send you the necessary information.