According to Google, the Nokia E63 is a “budget smartphone”… okay. But then I got to thinking, it really was, wasn’t it. The phones with the complete, tiny QWERTY keyboards were commonly known as “Blackberries”. For the first time, you could load internet webpages correctly, although they were really tiny and hard to read. Imagine: internet access from your phone! Who knew the nightmare it’d develop into later.
I had fond memories of learning to type ultra fast as a kid on this thing, so I was excited to dig it out. Honestly, my texting fingers were primed on these stupid, tiny keys. But when I charged it up I was chagrined to find that none of my sim cards fit the phone anymore, so I was never able to reboot it all the way. God, is this phone really that old? I thought, only to realise: yes, yes it is. Over a decade old, to be precise. But okay, who cares, I thought. The real attraction is the keypad. Is it as awesome as I remember? Sadly no. My fingers, no longer child-size, prevented me from using the tiny keypad correctly. I tried typing, but kept pressing multiple keys. Without autocorrect, that would get really annoying really quickly.