I just got my Hong Kong shipment--a shiny new, Nokia E61.
(who says gadgets don't make you happy!)
A Blackberry killer? Maybe. I think more accurately, a sleek Blackberry alternative. I have been hacking around with it for a few days now and am mostly impressed. As a former Blackberry user, I am not as familiar with the Symbian OS, so some of the basics are a bit elusive so far.
The device is sharp looking, lighter and thinner than all of the Blackberries. Most importantly, it is a great phone. My only major complaint is that while the phone quality is superior, it could be a tad louder.
I spent a half-day this week getting the Windows software, "PC Suite" installed on my spare computer and then getting the Blackberry Connect software working. Through this process, the phone and BES server got acquainted and messages were flowing in no time.
The main difference in the BES/client integration between the E61 and other BES-native devices from RIM is that this does not yet support syncing of contacts, tasks, and notes--just email and the calendar. I was able to use the Windows app to sync contacts and the rest to the Outlook client, so while it is not optimal, it worked fine. I imagine it is something that will come in time from RIM, or you that there will be other services to do the whole Exchange+BES thing either open source or for a monthly fee.
Want pics? Here is the Flickr group.