The Nokia E51 comes clothed in a black or silver casing right out of the box. Of course you can get additional face plates to replace the originals. The front part of the phone is loaded with the ear piece right at the top and directly below that is the full color TFT 2.0 inch, 240 x 320 pixels resolution screen.
Just below the screen is the key pad which you will immediately notice is not a full QWERTY keyboard. The keypad comes with Nokia's signature softkey buttons as well as the five way scroll key also know as D-pad. Finally there's the call and end call buttons.
Taking a look at the top of the phone again you will notice that the phone maintains the traditional Nokia power button. There is nothing else located on the top side of the phone other than the power button.
Moving on to the back side of the phone, you will find the 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels camera that also supports video calling. This phone does not come with a flash to support the camera. Included on the back of the phone is the battery compartment which also houses the SIM card slot
The bottom of the phone has the power and battery recharging port. The left side of the phone has got the microSD card slot, the miniUSB port and the infra-red port. The leaves us with the right side of the phone which is reserved for the volume contol buttons.
The phone measures 114.8 x 46 x 12 mm and weighs a mere 100g. This makes it a pretty light and compact phone which is easy to handle and comfortable when tucked away in the pocket.
There you have it, a simple and classic phone design form fitting for the conservative business user.