The camera free variant is clearly aimed at customers who work in industries where there are security regulations banning cameras. This sector may not be as big a market as it once was (cameraphones have become so ubiquitous business rarely ban them unless they really need to), but it still significant.
The cost of the original E51, when announced, was €350 before taxes and subsidies. Thus the camera free variant is €100 less at launch (reflecting the lack of the camera and the usual price fall after a product has been on the market for a few months). This makes it one of the cheapest S60 / Symbian phones you can buy. We consider it to be excellent value given the specifications and, assuming you can live without the multimedia software and hardware (as found in Nseries devices), comes highly recommended.
The E51 has the usual Eseries support for push email (Mail for Exchange, Nokia Intellisync etc.) and comes with a variety of business software bundled together under the Nokia Office Tools 2.0 branding. They include Nokia Team Suite, In-device Search, Quickoffice, Macromedia PDF reader, Zip manager, File manager and Active Notes.
"From powerful voice capability, such as long battery life (13 days standby) to 3G, WLAN and HSDPA connectivity ensuring quick access to emails and web content, the Nokia E51 has all the features you would expect from an impressive business device. It is simple to use with one-touch keys taking the user directly to, ‘contacts’, ‘email’, ‘calendar’ or ‘home’ – one short press accesses the function and one long press on the key creates a new contact, email or appointment.
In addition, the camera-free Nokia E51 features integration with a wide range of business email solutions, including Nokia Intellisync Wireless Email and Mail for Exchange to communicate with Microsoft Exchange Server, and consumer email, all for a streamlined email reading experience with easy access to attachments."
You can read our review of the Nokia E51 here.