The E71 is a feature-rich smartphone, which is designed to directly compete with the likes of the Blackberry Bold, the Sony Ericsson P1 and the Samsung i600. Nokia have developed a compact and responsive mobile phone tha....
The E71 is a feature-rich smartphone, which is designed to directly compete with the likes of the Blackberry Bold, the Sony Ericsson P1 and the Samsung i600. Nokia have developed a compact and responsive mobile phone that includes just about every connectivity option on the market. It comes packed with a bunch of Window apps and a full QWERTY keyboard, so you would think you had yourself an amazing package, but do you?
The Nokia E71 measures 114 x 57 x 10mm and weighs 127grams including the battery. Even with a full QWERTY keyboard the E71 is one of the slimmest business mobile phones on the market. However, keeping the phone so compact, means other areas are neglected, we have found. Unfortunately, the keypad got the short end of the stick, as the keys are too small and crowded, plus the 2.36” screen is tiny when it’s compared to some of the competition, but supposedly, that is the price we have to pay for a pocket-friendly, steel-cased, classy, little number.
The E71 houses its earpiece on the top of the phone, and is accompanied by the light sensor and video call keys, a unique location for keys, but nevertheless, effective. Apart from the aforementioned unique key placements, the navigation keys and the QWERTY keyboard are found directly under the screen.
The loudspeaker is located on top, along with a red power key, which is a bit of an eye-sore. The stainless steel back looks great, though is not fingerprint proof. The front panel however, does have fingerprint protection.
The 3megapixel camera with LED flash and self-portrait mirror, is slightly recessed but exposed on the back, which means it is susceptible to scratches.
The 1500 mAh BP-4L Li-ion battery is a powerhouse with 10.5 hours of talk time and 410 hours of standby time. During our tests we found that it can go through 3 days of heavy use without needing to recharge. It can even hold power for 14 straight hours when the GPS system is in use.
The 2.36” 16M-colour QVGA display is smaller than the E61, but it still does a great job. It has excellent colour definition and produces bright images. The addition of a QWERTY keyboard allows for the ability to type at almost desktop speed, so sending messages is a breeze.
The layout and functionality of the control keys, make navigation and application access really easy. The three, one-touch keys can be set as shortcut keys to any application and you can even assign two applications per key. How? The second application is mapped to a ‘press and hold’ function, it’s that simple.
During our time with the phone we encountered no reception issues, the sound quality was outstanding, vibrations alerts were super strong and the sound quality of the speaker phone was acceptable.
A great addition to the E71 software package is the ability to receive and transmit using VOIP, which in short, means if you have a VOIP enabled internet connection, you can make phone calls for a fraction of the price of a standard mobile call over the internet.
The Nokia E71 offers you the choice of two view modes for navigation and menu layout: a list and a 4 x3 grid. An added touch to the menu system would have to be the inclusion of animated icons. Apart from a change in visual layout, the two modes do not differ in any way.
The Symbian S60 music player supports the majority of audio formats, unfortunately despite the phone having great audio quality for phone calls, the sound produced for audio playback is almost non-acceptable.
There is little to say about the 3 megapixel camera. It needs help in terms of photo and video quality. The camera does have extensive settings, but the photos are still below average.
Finally the E71 is powered by a single 369MHz CPU and 126MB of RAM that has no problems running the Symbian 9.2 OS with the S60 3rd Edition user interface without any problems.
The E71 is a powerful tool for business use, thanks to its suite of Window applications, a powerful battery, a great operating system and the addition of a QWERTY keyboard. The E71 retails for AU$709, which is a competitive price for a very capable business device. After all, it’s flaw is only obvious when we say “cheese!”.
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