When the Nokia E62 started to ring in the middle of the presentation that I was attending this evening, I had to quickly figure out how to mute it. That wasn’t easy though. Luckily I discovered the volume up and volume down keys on the side of the device, and I was able to quickly turn the volume all the way down (these are the embarrassing moments that you have to live with when you switch to a new device every 9 days).
The user interface of the Nokia E62
The Nokia E62 from Cingular has some nice shortcut keys that get you easily to the desired places.
First of all the navigation (moving and selecting items in folders, in menus, and in lists) is done with the joystick which is in a way similar to the 5-way navigation key in the Treo 700p, Treo 700w, and the Motorola Q. The Nokia E62 does not have a stylus and a touch screen and it does not have a trackwheel.
The menu key is located on the left side of the joystick and this is how you access the list of applications and settings that are available to you. The e-mail key is located on the right side of the joystick and this is how you access the e-mail application. The e-mail key takes you to the list of e-mail messages which allows you to read, reply, compose, as well as organize messages. I find myself using the menu and e-mail keys quite often. So having them easily accessible right next to the joystick is a good thing.
The left and right selection keys perform the functions that are listed on the screen right above them. For instance, when applicable, on the lower left side of the screen, you may see “Continue”, and on the lower right side, you may see “Cancel”. In this case, pressing the left selection key will continue whatever it is you’re trying to execute, and if you press the right selection key, this will cancel the action.
Finally, the phone and disconnect keys are also close by and they get you to the phone functions quickly.
Creating a document on the Nokia E62
On Day #43 of the 81-day-experiment, when I was waiting in line at London Heathrow, and using the T-Mobile MDA at the time, I was able to successfully use Word Mobile on the T-Mobile MDA to create a new document and capture some important observations. This was a great way to leverage the waiting time and turn it into productive time. Even though I wasn’t a fan of composing and editing documents on the small screen and small keyboards of smartphones, the London Heathrow experience made me realize that there are situations where composing or editing documents on smpartphones can be useful.
Today, I ventured into creating a document on the Nokia E62 in order to capture some ideas while I was on the train. I pressed the menu key, then selected the Office folder, and then selected the Documents application. I started a new document and captured some thoughts and action items and then saved them on the device in the documents folder.
I even decided to e-mail the newly created document to myself, to see what format will the document arrive in. It did arrive with the “.doc” extension, and when I opened it, it opened up in MS Word. Not bad!