Nokia has released its next level of E series smartphones in the markets. The E71 is the latest in the E series and we are very optimistic about the performance of E71. It is a well-known fact that the smartphones in the E series segment are focused to entice the business class and professionals who need to have a full business feature phone with them. Considering the objective, the E71 is manufactured with advance connectivity and corporate e-mail push services. Further, the phone comprises advance office features with wireless LAN and a VoIP client. You might have seen Blackberry and other full QWERTY phones with some brilliant features and the Nokia E71 increases the level of competition with its features and specifications. The E71 seems inspired with its previous model E61i and offers update features for business needs. Let’s get in to find will it be able to outshine the rivals?
Overview of Nokia E71
Carrying the legacy of sturdy smartphones, the E71 looks better on features and specification. The phone justifies its presence as a full-fledged business smartphone. The E71 galore with the comprehensive office features and the full QWERTY keypad makes the phone capable of doing plenty of office works on the go. The phone is not only filled with specs, but it also is designed with creativity. The E71 looks very slim and sturdy in the build. Further, the dimensions (114 x 57 x 10 mm) of the phone make it shorter and easily pocketable. Weighing just 123 grams, the Nokia E71 does not give the heavy phone in hands feeling. The display of the phone with a TFT screen is not bad at all. The 2.3 inches screen gives a picture resolution of 320 x 240 pixels at 16M colour density. The five ways scroll key makes the navigation easier and faster. It supports Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE and HSDPA at 3.6mbps. Further, apart from the Bluetooth connectivity, the presence of infrared connectivity enables the phone to connect with almost all devices.
In the first look, the phone looks impressive with its full QWERTY features. The arrangement of dimension and weight makes the phone look thinner and lighter in hands. The display is bright and clear. The QVGA technology at 320 x 240 pixels renders fine quality text display. However, it seems dull in full day light. The casing of metal gives durability to the phone and strikes on the first look. Below the 2.3 inches screen, the carved placing of control and navigation buttons helps in doing the initial phone operations like call make/disconnect, shortcut to apps, access to home and doing extra with alarm, calendar and texting. The five ways (up, down, left, right and centre) D-pad enables the fast navigation and you can also rearrange the apps as per your need. I am very much impressed with the innovation in the keypad. In the previous models from Nokia, the QWERTY pad was made informal and spacious. In E71, the QWERTY pad is arranged in closer appearance and gives a feel of composed placement. The added infrared port (IR), micro SDHC card slot, and micro-USB slot are given on the left side of the body and the volume control and voice command button are given on the right hand. In the back of the body, you will find the 3.2 MP camera with autofocus. The back looks very generic as you will find the rest body covered by the battery cover.
The Nokia E71 comprises some of the very innovative ideas of revolutionary mobile technology. I find the phone very promising as a communication device. The Symbian S60 OS looks stable for the enterprise solutions. The Active Standby Screen is very good and it meets the expectations of the people looking for some features at par with a Windows run phone. The On Screen Search option makes your efforts to search name/contact easy. The Massaging and emailing is made easier with Speech bubble widget. As a mobile computer, the phone works tremendously well. The web browser is built on the same platform (Webkit engine) of Safari. The browser is supported with Flash Lite 3 which makes flash animation compatible on the phone. The multimedia features add advantage to the phone. The camera feels sufficient for clicking images and the image quality is fairly good. The Nokia Music Player, Podcast application and the compatibility with Ovi store for music downloads and Nokia Share for sharing your favourites is truly excellent. The Internet Radio application makes your choices wider with plenty of options to choose from.
What’s not so great?
The phone had some scope of advancement in features and apps. The disappointment starts with the absence of 3.5mm audio jack. The internal storage is very low and you need external storage card for your files and document storage needs. Further, you cannot ignore or reject any call with pre-configured massage. The network reception is totally dependent on the in-built antenna and you may feel distortion if you put any cover on it. Also, you will not find the Threaded Massage option in messaging. The phone still not supports Blackberry connect and the HTML email support is not in comfortable mode. You need to carry the charger all the time as it does not supports USB charging feature. The processor 369MHz is not up to the requirements and the phone stops functioning when you try to do multi operations. I found the phone getting hotter during uses and this was not good for the health of the phone and the user as well.
The Nokia E71 faces challenges from RIM and Apple. The Blackberry 8800 series and the Blackberry Storm series phones are really creating storm in the markets and the iPhone and iPhone 3G have their fan following. Other manufacturers like Samsung and Motorola are also gearing up for the battle and rumours about their upcoming models and Nokia will also bring some updates or new products with time. So, it is fair to say that Nokia E71 is going to face intense competition from all sides.
The bottom line
Seeing the competitions from iphone and Blackberry, the Nokia E71 stands as a best suited candidate as an alternate of both devices. The features resembling a Windows phone and some new additions like Document Editor and dual mode (to switch the phone from work mode to play mode) are really great and you will find it worthy to use. The categorization of a communication device and a multimedia device keeps you busy during work and you can take a break by playing games or listening to your favourite music from the collection. On the whole, the Nokia E71 is a worth buy.
Price and Availability
The Nokia E71 is available in the stores and you can buy the phone by spending INR 15000 only. If you are looking for best deals, then try to search online shopping stores to get the offers and discounts.