I bought a new mobile last week – the Nokia E71 – and eversince I’ve been smitten or is it bowled over or perhaps head over heels in love with this new toy. I can’t stop exploring and using its features, showing it off and talking about it to whosoever will lend me a ear.
The plan was to do a detailed review, but time not permitting, here are my initial thoughts.
- Form factor: A full metal body makes the Nokia E71 sturdy and sleek. Lookswise, it’s lean and well-toned.
- Built for business: From every conceivable angle, this phone is made for the man on the move. It has all the productivity features that one could ever wish for in a business phone. I wonder how Nokia could fit so many features in a compact 10 mm thin body!
- Features / Applications: Multiple mail boxes, Full Outlook sync, Push Email client, WLAN, QWERTY keyboard and a excellent browser. This device runs on Symbian S60 (3rd edition) – install applications and extend its capabilities as much as you want. I am really enjoying playing with this toy!
- Multimedia: It has decent (not great) multimedia features for a business phone and comes with FlashLite 3.0 player. Apart from regular audio and video stuff, you can also watch YouTube videos online or playback FlashVideo (.flv) files from your memory card.
- Blue-ribbon basics: As with any Nokia phone, the reception quality is very good and so is the battery life. I make and receive phone calls frequently and yet the battery charge last for 2-3 days.
- Stallion-like speed: Talk about speed and the Nokia E71 just flies sans wings. I’ve been using it for almost 10 days now, have installed around 15 applications but see no difference (read slowdown) in performace. Did I mention that I never had to reboot even once?
- No Carl Zeiss here. So, don’t expect much from its 3.2 MP camera. Picture and video quality is mobile-ish, if I may say so.
- No touch screen or Accelerometer in this phone. I personally wish it had an accelerometer, so that I could play around more with it.
- The QWERTY keyboard is a little too small – had it been a wee bit wider it would have been better. Or perhaps it’s about getting used.
- 2.5 mm headphone jack.
Btw, I made this blog post from this phone. Not as comfortable as posting from desktop and had to do some editing later!