There was a time when booking in advance was largely the preserve of Bollywood blockbusters, but of late gadgets have joined the pre-booking bandwagon. The latest to enter the category is Nokia's next touch and type E Series device, the E6. Those wanting to book the device can do so by (take a deep breath, folks) heading to www.nokia.co.in/E6, filling an online form, indicating their preferred Nokia Priority store, and after being called by aforementioned store (a feat that we are told will be accomplished within 24 hours of even more aforementioned form-filling), shelling out Rs 2,000. Yes, it does sound a tad drawn-out, but we did like the E6 during our brief hands-on with the device (remember we called it the "smartphone that has the potential to bring a smile to Nokia loyalists"), we daresay there are going to be people lining up for it, lured by the touchscreen-full QWERTY combo, as well as a spruced up Symbian OS (Anna), the 8.0-megapixel "full focus" camera (we are still complaining about the lack of auto-focus, folks!), and last but not least, the price tag of Rs 17,999. Value for money? On paper, yes. In reality? We will let you know when we get a review unit to tussle with.
Even as Nokia transitions from Symbian to Windows Phone operating system, the handset vendor is still busy tweaking the soon-to-be-defunct platform. Nokia calls this new version of Symbian 'Anna' and will soon launch the E6, which will be one of the first smartphones running this operating system. We spent some time with this 'Touch and Type' smartphone today and we feel that this could be one of the better offerings from Nokia in a long while. The phone feels sturdy to hold and the new user interface comes as a whiff of fresh air. Having said that, Symbian Anna is no where close to Android or iOS, which justifies Nokia's decision to go for Windows Phone. Hit the break for our first impressions and a mega hands-on gallery of the Nokia E6.More →