E63 The hardware; comparing an E63 to an E71.

First up is the two devices placed side by side, here you can see the differences in the keyboards very clearly. The space bar is smaller on the E63 and had two extra keys along the bottom row allowing for more characters to be directly accessed via the keyboard. This has got to be a good thing as inserting brackets on the E71 is a pain. The keyboard also extends slightly further down the handset making the keys lightly larger, again anything that makes the keys lightly larger has to be good. You can also notice that the microphone socket has moved to the bottom of the handset too. The casing is plastic both front and back. The front is a metallic effect so looks like the E71 but a tap reveals a plastic casing, that’s fine and it looks good.

The surround of the speaker has also changed and there’s no front facing camera on the E63 either.

The wrist strap has also flipped sides too. You can also see the graphic for the phone book key has changed too and those function keys are a little larger too. The red off button of the E71 is gone and the red handset key now doubles as the on/off. But the big one for me here is the extra keys for more characters that an improvement. There’s also a torch function too, hold down the space bar and the flash light comes on, along with a beeping noise, I guess to let you know it’s on an chewing your battery.

In the above pic you can see  the E63 on top off the E71, The E63 is a little thicker and you can see the memory slot and usb connector is smaller and a nicer finish to them, the covers on the E71 keeps catching. So that’s an improvement. You can only see there’s no infra-red port on the E63 and the small round lug of the 3.5mm headphone socket on the top of the handset.

The right hand side of the E63 doesn’t have anything on it, the Volume keys are gone, so this picture gives you a clearer view as to how much thicker the E63 is over the E71.

The backs of both devices are different, the E63’s is made of plastic, whilst the E71’s is a more classy metal. The E63 has a small locking catch which is very simple to use. My impression though it that this back makes the device feel cheaper and more of a cheaper handset. It’s OK it works, it’s less of a finger print magnet, but it puts the handset in a certain market which is fine.

A close up of the Camera’s the E71 has an average 3.2mp camera and the E63 has a 2.0mp camera with no mention of AF (Auto Focus). The holding down the T function in the E71 doesn’t work on the E63 and the camera app looks the same as the camera app on my E61i, which is a big step backwards. To it looks like it’s the same camera and same app as the E61i which is a poor camera, so I wouldn’t expect great shots from it, but we’ll run some tests later.

Overall, the changes are good, the bigger keyboard with more keys is good, the better memory card slot is also an improvement over the E71, so there are some good improvements over the E71 in terms of keyboard, but there’s several backward steps, the camera, the thickness and the plastic casing that clearly point to this device being a smaller brother of the E71.

OK, I think that’s it in terms of physical any questions, onto software, Camera and general overview next up.

25 thoughts on “E63 The hardware; comparing an E63 to an E71.

  1. hey rob! nice review. i got a few doubts!!

    “The surround of the speaker has also changed and there’s no front facing camera on the E63 either.”

    So does dis mean de speaker quality of e63 is poor compared to e71?
    And also no front facing camera means no secondary camera for video calling?

    M using nokia 5610 xpress music which has a 3.2 AF camera(dual led flash) wit a secondary camera for video calling. but i luv QWERTY keypads ! do u tink its worth ditchin my fone n gettin a E63?

  2. With regard to the comparison between E63 AND E71, I still feel the E71 is a better phone though some changes made to E63, PRICE wise E63 is far cheaper.

  3. THanks for the revirew! The E63 is just what I’ve been waiting for, having had an E70 and an E61i. I care not if it’s a bit thicker. The E71 camera isn’t good enough to replace my Canon IXUS anyway. Its all about keyboard and screen. I have had my E61i in my pocket ever since I bought it, and I cycle play with small kids and do everything I want to without any damage at all to the screen, although the front frame is slightly skew.
    The Big Things are the 3.5 mm jack, improved sound quality and the processor, which should have been faster in the E61i. Having separate Ctrl and Chr keys is something I really would miss. So… Hats off to Nokia for actually listening to users. They MUST have been reading the feedback!

  4. I wonder whether it is possible to insert arbitrary Unicode characters by holding down the Ctrl key and typing the character number. This is reported to work on the E61, but I never got it to work on the E71, where the Chr key doubles as a Ctrl key.

    Regarding the Chr key: Has the list of characters accessible from it been extended as compared to the rather limited one on the E71?

  5. It would be really helpful if you can point the difference in the battery!

    I have noticed E63 is no longer using that huge battery, rather a standard battery. Does E63 has less standby / talk time than E71 ?

    I hope you can post about this soon.

  6. Hi Gagam,

    The E63 has the same battery as the E71 (and N800 for that matter). The battery life is the same as the E71 for all of the trials I’ve done.

    Rob.

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  8. hey
    im trying to decide between both these phones
    i really like both of them
    im a uni student n altho i like the look of the e71 better a few reviews have said its for business….
    since i’ll be on a cap for 24 months i want something thats quality and will last which is why i feel that the e71 may be a bit better… being metal and a big higher up the market but im just not sure????

  9. I wanted to buy a nokia phone model E71 but the one i found on most shop is being manufactured by korea. I just want to be sure am not buying and inferior product. Please advice.

    Fortune

  10. My think bigger screen in the E61 and the reading of text and flim, video monitoring is more fun, easy e71 keybord small and messenger is not easy.

  11. My think bigger screen in the E63 and the reading of text and flim, video monitoring is more fun, easy e71 keybord small and messenger is not easy. sorry I very speed write(wrong phone e61) my phone E63:D:D:D

  12. Hey Rob, hows does the keyboard of the E63 feel compared to the E71? Does the E63 have the same feel when you push a key in, as the E71? I know the keys are squeaky when you rub your fingers across them, unlike the quiet E71. I was just curious about the feeling when you’re typing. I’m a huge fan of the feel of the E71’s keyboard, and how perfect the tactile feedback is and seeing how the new E72 will essentially use the E63’s keyboard, I wanted to know what I can expect.

  13. hey hi,

    my colleauge recently had a very very bad experience with E71, that its been hanged for 5 minutes and that also not for 1 time in a day , but 4-5 times in a day , wat can you say about this problem. and is it the same software problem in e63.
    please revert me , i am really intersted in buying e63.

    please do revert asap. thanks
    regards

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