April 12, 2009

E63 vs K500i; comparing apples to oranges


It is entirely unreasonable to compare these two cellular devices of technological eras that are poles apart and targeting an altogether different user base but let's do it for the betterment of minority who are still not there.

E63 happens to be a phenomenal upgrade over an ageing K500i for me. It boasts a full QWERTY keypad, Office Applications, PDF reader, Push Email support, microSD card slot supporting up to 8GB, a decent music player with 3.5mm audio jack, a movie player that scopes 16 million colors on its 2.36 inch landscaped TFT screen, EDGE and most interestingly WIFI on a Symbian platform that also supports free proprietary applications like Opera Mini, Windows Live Messenger, Youtube and Facebook available online. It also features a 2 megapixel fixed focus camera for taking occasional snaps.

It lacks a standalone GPS chip but who cares. This deficit has not compelled me at least to spend an extra Rs. 10k to go for its elder brother tagged E71.


Nokia E63Sony Ericsson K500i
General2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G NetworkUMTS 900 / 2100 X
Announced2008, November2004, 3Q
SizeDimensions113 x 59 x 13 mm102 x 46 x 14 mm
Weight126 g80 g
DisplayTypeTFT, 16M colorsTFT, 65K colors
Size320 x 240 pixels, 2.36 inches128 x 160 pixels, 1.9 inches
- Full QWERTY keyboard -X
Speakerphone YesX
MemoryPhonebookPractically unlimited entries and fields, Photo call8 fields, 510 items, Photo call
Call recordsDetailed, max 30 days30 received, dialed and missed calls
Internal120 MB12 MB
Card slotmicroSD (TransFlash), up to 8GB, hot swap, buy memoryX
DataGPRSClass 32, 100 kbpsClass 10, 32 - 48 kbps
HSCSDYesX
EDGEClass 32, 296 kbpsX
3GYes, 384 kbpsX
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/gX
BluetoothYes, v2.0 with A2DPX
Infrared portNoYes
USBYes, v2.0 microUSBX
CameraPrimary1600x1200 pixels, LED flashVGA, 640x480 pixels
FeaturesVideo callingX
VideoYes, [email protected]Yes
FeaturesOSSymbian OS 9.2, Series 60 v3.1 UIX
CPUARM 11 369 MHz processorX
RadioFM radio; Visual radioX
Battery Standard battery, Li-Po 1500 mAh (BP-4L)Standard battery, Li-Ion
Stand-byUp to 432 h (2G) / 480 h (3G)Up to 300 h
Talk timeUp to 11 h (2G) / 4 h 40 min (3G)Up to 7 h
Music playUp to 18 hX

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