The new Nokia E6 device with its portrait QWERTY keyboard, and touch screen is proving very popular in the US amongst other places around the globe, but is this mainly due to its BlackBerry style design
Tuomas Reivo tells the story from beginning to end on how exactly the E6 came about from actual paper design to the actual handset now on many Nokia Store Sheleves around the world. Here are a couple of questions, and answers from said interview.
What ideas were the design based on?
We wanted to combine a QWERTY keyboard with a touch screen. Considering the target group, of busy business folk, the key features also included a screen that could be operated with one hand. In addition, the Nokia E6 offers e-mail access from any application with just one push of a button. A really durable battery life was also absolutely key.
What user expectations were you aware of?
The QWERTY keyboard is a necessity because text input is important for business users: getting that right was a real priority, and it’s always difficult. Although the keyboards on mobile phones are always relatively small, we were able to make the keyboard on the Nokia E6 wider and easier to use than those in earlier models.
Full interview can be found here.