Nokia E71

Nokia E71

We just loved the Nokia E71’s QWERTY keyboard that was quite comfy even for someone with large fingers. Unlike other Nokia handsets, the keys are quite solid

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Our Rating: 92%

Our Nokia E71 Review

Nokia E71

Design

The Nokia E71 sports an alluring, smooth design with an ultra-thin build that fits perfectly in your palm. Like any polished steel handset, our fingerprints were all over the Nokia E71 after extensive testing sabotaging its sophisticated look. The general frame is quite sturdy surviving a couple of accidental falls to the grounds.

Overall, its design reminded us of RIM’s BlackBerry and Palm’s Treo making it a sure bet for any modern user.

Screen

At 2.36in, the Nokia E71’s screen boasts a light sensor technology adjusting to your current surroundings. The 16 million colour QVGA 320 x 240 resolution compensates for the screen’s size. The images appear with distinct sharpness and colour saturation. We found the screen to be quite modest in size in comparison with other competitor handsets. We would’ve loved a bigger screen for better performance.

Nokia E71 Angled

User Interface

The Nokia E71 runs a straightforward user interface with full support for the Microsoft Office suit (Excel, Word, etc). One of the handiest features we came across in our research is the specialized home and business modes where you can customize what’s on by default (e.g. email for business mode and music player for home mode).

One problem we’ve stumbled across with the Nokia E71 is its user interface. They are many features tucked away behind mountains of menus. We couldn’t help but think that the user interface is a bit complex for a modern user.

Keypad

We just loved the Nokia E71’s QWERTY keyboard that was quite comfy even for someone with large fingers. Unlike other Nokia handsets, the keys are quite solid. On the negative side, the keypad isn’t very popular with ergonomics specialists, as the keypad is a bit crowded with little spacing. It could’ve used a breather for better design and usability.

Reverse of Nokia E71

Camera & Multimedia

The Nokia E71’s 3.2 Megapixel camera is of good quality producing ordinary images. In poor lighting, the photos were grainy and the colours off-balance. We were glad to find image adjustment tools in order to amend the damage done.

Video quality is the camera’s forte; we found the video mode to be in good shape with clear, sharp color and great frame rate.

Moving on to the music player, we found it to be quite versatile with different file formats such as: WMA, W4A, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+ and MP3. The user interface is impressive categorized by genre, artists, albums, and playlists.

Watching video using RealPlayer is a breeze. We could easily watch our favorite video formats including MPEG-4 and 3GPP.

Nokia E71 Sideview

Connectivity & Battery Life

The Nokia E71 comes with great, out-of-the-box connectivity such as: Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.0, and 3G HSDPA. The Nokia web browser is flash-friendly enabling infinite YouTube browsing. Add to that, an impressive Nokia Maps application is available for maps and smart navigation tools.

The Nokia E71 fully supports the Microsoft Exchange Server, IMAP, POP3, and SMTP email account. We found the setup process hassle-free with a handy setup wizard.

The Nokia E71’s ultra slim battery caught our eye with its size and performance. At 10 hours talktime, and 17 days standby, the Nokia E71 excels in the battery department ideal for business men on the move.

What We Liked

The Nokia E71's QWERTY keyboard, attractive slim design, Wi-Fi support, laundry list features.

What We Disliked

Crowded keypad and modest screen.

Our Final Verdict

The Nokia E71’s has a balanced appeal between sophisticated design, great smartphone features, and reliable connectivity. It comes, however; with a red price tag that not everyone can afford. If you’re willing to shell out the pounds, you definitely have a winner handset!

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General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 112 x 57 x 10 (mm)
Talk Time 630 mins
Standby Time 408 hours
Weight 126 g
Quad Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 3.20 megapixels
Video Player Yes

Phone

Vibrating Alert Yes
Voice Recognition Yes
Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Integrated Keyboard Yes
Smart Phone Yes

Messaging

MMS Yes
Photo Messaging Yes
Predictive Text Yes
Video Messaging Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Email Yes
GPRS Yes
HSDPA Yes
Infra Red Yes
WAP Yes

Music and Radio

FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes

Nokia E71 Full Specification

General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 112 x 57 x 10 (mm)
Talk Time 630 mins
Standby Time 408 hours
Weight 126 g
Quad Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 3.20 megapixels
Video Player Yes

Phone

Vibrating Alert Yes
Voice Recognition Yes
Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Integrated Keyboard Yes
Smart Phone Yes

Messaging

MMS Yes
Photo Messaging Yes
Predictive Text Yes
Video Messaging Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Email Yes
GPRS Yes
HSDPA Yes
Infra Red Yes
WAP Yes

Music and Radio

FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes

User Comments

I love checking my emails with this phone.. Before I had many mobiles that weren't easy to configure.. But this one made my life easier by keeeping me connected without confusing me with technical stuff

Geekard submitted on 11 February 2009

Couldn't wait to buy the E71…as the previews looked great. phone is beautiful and light… n filled with features.. Recommended!

Avery submitted on 27 August 2008
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