Most of us techies who are fans of the E61, or own one, have been lamenting the E62 model that will actually grace the honest to goodness shelves at Cingular. The 6680 is just about the only Nokia model running Symbian out on the US market, so we’re happy to see Nokia making some progress. However most, myself included, were disappointed that the version available in the US was going to be “gutted”. Missing most of the features that made it interesting in the first place, like 802.11. But Carlo provides an excellent explanation of what’s going on, reaction to price sensitivity. Nice, thanks Carlo, excellent points, makes total sense what they’re going for.
Now, is it realistic? Can the gutted version of the device go head to head with a Treo or a Blackberry? Take the wifi out of the E61 and I think I would still take it over the alternatives. I actually do use the applications on my smartphone, I’m just one of those freaks like that. But as Carlo points out the price tag on the E62 actually undercuts the Treo and Blackberry. Does it make for a good device for the non-corporate road warrior? Guess we’ll find out pretty soon.