The E71 is yet another version of Nokia’s business smart phones emulating from the E Series line. It takes after the E61i, except that sturdier, sleeker and way better looking than its predecessor. It was love at first sight for me.
This phone is solidly constructed, durable and has limited amount of hard plastic, which is quite a relief from the earlier models. A stainless steel frame surrounds the frontal side of the phone, and the back is also made of metal.
The screen is a 2.4” QVGA resolution display and the keypad is QWERTY with navigation buttons. The display has optimum brightness, and the automatic backlight adjustments manage the battery efficiency quite well. The keypad makes the E71 look very nice and the keys fit smugly, though I do feel that the small size of the keys might make it inconvenient for people with fat fingers. Like all new E-series phones, this phone too has four one touch keys located at the base of the screen, which makes the E71 extremely convenient to use.
There is a white LED which keeps blinking or as I call it ‘breathing’ indicating that the phone is alive, even when it is on standby mode.
The sides of the E71 are equipped with various other controls. On the right side, there are buttons for volume control and on the left side there are slots for USB and microSD.
The microSD memory card is of 8GB capacity while the phone has an internal storage memory of 128 MB and WLAN and Bluetooth 2.0 EDR.
This phone sports a 3.2 megapixel camera with no shutter. Even though the resolution is fairly low, the recorded videos are of fairly good quality. I personally feel the pictures come out much better in the N-series camera phones since the pictures from this phone look washed out and faded. What I really feel sad about is that it does not have picture editing options like some of Nokia’s other phones.
Apart from the camera, this phone comes with FM radio and a 2.5 mm audio jack. Unfortunately there is only one speaker, but the quality of stereo sound via the headset is pretty high. I prefer the headsets to the loudspeaker any day.
E71 users really don’t have much concern about battery life, since a BP-4L battery with a 1500 mAh capacity is reportedly the strongest of all Nokia batteries.
A remarkable feature is the ‘Encrypting’ application, which prevents encrypted data from being accessed by unauthorized individuals. Just select the disk to be encrypted and that’s it, Encryption is a click away.
The software is very handy for business. Quick Office enables one to not only view, but edit documents as well. Speaking of which, the E71 also allows one to switch between ‘business’ and ‘personal’ modes. In the ‘business’ mode, one can configure the settings of the phone to suit his official needs, and after work hours can configure the phone to suit his personal taste. This feature is really cool.
The calendar, clock, contacts and email applications have been designed to provide better functionality. There is a pre-installed ‘dictionary’ with the choice to download additional languages from the internet. I just wish there were more words included.
This phone supports You Tube videos, Gmail, Google, GPS and also comes with a mini games package.
The ringtones are nice and diverse. Suits the phone just fine.
All in all, the E71 is a strong, slick, friendly and elegant looking phone, most suited for people at work. It is average when it comes to multimedia, so it can get boring at times however it highly customizable features make it suitable for office environments. Overall it is a good buy.