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I currently use this mobile phone as my work phone. Whilst it isn't the fanciest phone on the market, it will certainly do the jobs that the likely buyer is wanting to undertake.
This is certainly a phone meant for business over pleasure. The email client is very good, though the settings might take a few minutes to get right! It has a nice calendar to which you can add entries and reminders. This phone has Wifi so you will be able to browse over wireless internet, and also has 3G capability so you can browse on the go. The browser is fairly simplistic...but it does the job if you just want to check the news!
The camera is quite nice for a 3.2MP camera. There are Maps installed on it and GRS to be able to get about. There are also nice notifications at the bottom of the screen when you have missed calls/texts etc.
Now for the down sides...
I think that the QWERTY keyboard is annoying and frustrating. I mostly end up hitting the wrong buttons and occasionally spend minutes trying to remember how to get the "!" symbol! (You can see that I didn't write this review on the E71 ;) ) The Ovi Store leaves alot to be desired in my opinion...if you want a phone for apps then I would say this definitely isn't it....stick to an Android or iOS device.
But back to the positives...the E71 has good battery life. It has a nice shiny metallic finish and feels nice when you hold it.
I would say overall that the E71 is ideal for the businessman who needs a mobile phone with some additional features, but certainly won't satisfy more techincal whizzes that want this to do more than just be a mobile phone.
I got my Nokia E 71 a few month's back from India when on a holiday and sufficient time has passed to give an honest opinion on my experiences using it.
Initally when I landed in India, I did not want to replace my oldish Nokia (some number I do not remember) but as luck would have it the battery died completely. The choice was between replacing the battery or the phone. I went for the latter as having planned to start a new company in UK it made sense to also go foa 'phone makeover'.
So I started making out a list of the phone features that a CEO of a startup would normally require. I would call it mandatory.
1. Top of the list was the obvious Email - a startup needs emails more than an established company since we do not have the luxury of huge telephone and/or travelling budgets. And then you constantly need to check your mails hoping to get some favaourable response from anywhere and at anytime.
2. Second was the VOIP, sadly not web browsing (I would have like it since I am a compulsive surfer), and
3. Was the Skype ( thank GOD they got this idea to save us poor startups)
And of course the basic phone features was also up there on the list....
I started looking at different phones. Blackberry (the email phone) was the obvious one- bold, black and beautiful but did not fit the budget. iPhone was also an option - trendy with glitter and thousands of apps.......again pricey and did not fit the 'business types' and yes most importantly 'NO SKYPE'. Then somebody mentioned Nokia E71 (obviously I had been a nokia user and as a phone it had served me well).
So I went to the nearest Nokia store to check it out...and bought it.......and here is how it has performed till date.
I will start with what I desired.....and whether it was a Delight or a DUD.
Qwerty keyboard (pad I mean) - small keys but even my spatulate fingers does type it well and fast enough (Delight)
No Push (Dud) but has a messaging app (Intellisync is suppossed to do the push but I do not know wnough, havn;t used yet
Multiple options - for push , still not tried but one can go for google app, emoze, profimail or the seven push something....
Skype is there and works to a T, Also one can use the built in VOIP - just enter the SIP details and call (Delight)
Now the ones that gives me pleasure though were not on my mandatory app list.
Great to have it, works well - word, excel,...
Adobe....nothing more one can seek
Outstanding accept that one has to define access points for WLAN all the time
The salesman had said that it is the best one can get in the Smartphone - last 2 days normally if used reasonably, charged everyday if use lot of features esp WLAN
Simple, sober design, I have got black - surface may get scratches eventually, the rubber pads on the side to cover the USB's etc are a bit weird - looks like sticking out and makes you feel as if there are going to fall apart
Good shortcuts, apps and screen change options
one touch search for docs, apps... everything, good
Calendar is there with 2 pane design, video is also smooth and the inbuilt flashplayer takes care of youtube, music mgt and speaker are fine,
There are other features I have noticed and used sparsely like active notes, MAPS, etc and they seem to work fine
Camera only 3.2 megapixel.......had hoped for something better
Also reviewed for Ciao UK under same name and title.
Got given this phone by the place I work so they can hassle me 24/7!
I have always had Nokia phones and been amazed at their brilliant battery life. However as this phone has loads of power hungry features which gives me a useful battery life of about a day, from what I understand the iPhone is similar to this.
The phone looks pretty good, with its stainless steel casing, and is very well built and sturdy. I must have dropped mine at least 20 times with no apparent damage. A work mate has an iPhone as a company phone and he smashed the screen within 3 months and had to pay for the repair himself.
One great advantage this phone has over touch screen smart phones is the full qwerty keyboard which makes it very easy to type emails and texts quickly and accurately. We have Lotus Notes at work and the Lotus Traveller seems to work fine. There is also a Google Mail app which I have installed for my personal mail if I ever need it.
I find the calendar function really useful as the phone will warn me ahead of time of birthdays or appointments.
The phone has wifi and 3G and usually has a good signal. This phone has inbuilt GPS which makes things like Google Maps very accurate and also useful for Sports tracking apps. The great thing about all Nokia phones is that they offer FREE sat nav on all their phones with this facility. Install the Ovi Maps and you can download any country in the world (I think). I have used it many times and found it to be pretty accurate and good routes but sometimes I think I have a better route. It can be set up to make a noise when you exceed the speed limit or when there is a speed camera, it also displays the speed limit for the area you are driving in. Maybe not as fancy as the dedicated Sat Navs but an added bonus for this phone.
The number of apps is limited compares with apple or android market but OK for basics. I would recommen the "Whatsapp" application where you can send text messages via this app to people who have it on their phone, it is available on the iphone, blackberry and android phones too.
It has a very useful feature where you can switch between personal and business settings so your work emails don't come through when you are holiday.
Useful for basic photos or videos too but the quality is only really good enough for viewing on a computer screen, not for printing out.
Love the built in FM radio but only works with Nokia 2.5mm headphones (these are supplied with the phone and you can always get an adapter to convert to the more standard 3.5mm headsets). It can also play music or podcasts and takes a miniSD card so you can get loads on it.
I got this phone back in January 2009 and I think it still competes with the new phones on the market today. I have since sold this phone and I actually miss it quite a lot. The all round quality of this phone is impressive, the metal case makes it feel expensive and the keyboard is weel layed out and egronomic. The keyboard was my favourite thing about this phone, you can write texts and emails in a flash, the punctuation marks that you use most often are right there on the keyboard.
The interface is fast and has non of the sluggish-ness you get with touch screens, loading up web pages quickly. The wi-fi works well, however it does drain the battery
This phone is probably best for business, you can view powerpoints etc. It isn't the trendiest phone, but it functions well and was way ahead of its time when it was released.
I got this phone about a year ago on a 3 contract for 18 months, and it has done me well so far. It came with a little leather pouch so the phone has kept really well. The battery lasts a reasonable amount of time (about 3 days), but I always make sure I fully charge a new phone before turning it on, which is very painful, as I just want to play with it, but have always found it works best that way. The appearance of this phone impresses people, many have asked me if I have got a Blackberry. The keys on this E71 are a little on the small size, so it takes a bit of getting used to and could be more problematic for a male or someone with bigger fingers. I must say I've found this phone more difficult to navigate round than other phones I've had such as Samsung and Sony Ericsson. For example I can never find the alarm clock, which is filed away under two files. The access to the internet is really handy, and the screen is a good size to view the webpages. You have an option to zoom out also so you can fit more on screen. The camera of 3.2 megapixels is ok, but I used the camera to take our holiday snaps when we went to Tenerife in April and they turned out very dark, even with the flash. The calendar function is easily accessible and I use that quite a lot. I wasn't keen on any of the ringtones though, and I felt that the graphic choices could be better.
I don't have any problems with hearing callers or anything along those lines. It's been a good reliable phone for me, but I wouldn't necessarily go for Nokia again. I preferred my Sony Ericsson phone.
I got this phone as part of an Orange contract. It is on a 24 month contract and so I am hoping that it will last the duration. I have had it now for about 18 months and have made an average amount of calls and texts on it.
It lives in my pocket most of the day and the screen is only slightly scratched. Which is good going for an 18 month old phone.
The QWERTY keypad is straigtforward to use and even though I was used to the standard phone keypad I have found the transition easy.
The battery life is good, often lasting 3 or 4 days on one charge, even when I'm spending an hour or so on the phone at any one time.
The internet capabilities are good and I like the ability to download and read pdf and word documents.
Recently the speaker has started to sound a little bit crackly, as if it is too load, so I hope this is not the beginning of the end for my beloved phone.
This telephone allows me to compete with Blackberry users and beat them at their own game. I am a huge user of texts, so the keyboard for me is very user friendly and quick to use, where it does come into its own is in the use of email: connected to Microsoft exchange for work (easy to do with a little knowhow) or a routine POP3 or IMAP based provider and email comes straight to your telephone. A little bit of disappointment though that this version of Exchange only allows you to use the telephone company's access point rather than the built in modem that it allows me to use for the POP3 account, so providing you have a good mobile telephone 3G connection and lots of free minutes, its great, otherwise, if you are lke me and get a poor reception at home, you are restricted to not being able to access work at home.
I suppose I should comment about the other bits on it, the camera is ok, but not as good as on the N95, but there is 2 megapixel difference.
Telephone reception is good and on a par with most telephones now, good signal and you can hear and be heard fine. I have used the video calling option once and it worked well and was simple to use.
Screen, keyboard are pretty good, particularly when you consider that this is relatively small when you consider all that it can do: price is good too.
I can mainly only offer praise for this phone. Battery life, even after heavy use and eighteen months old would still be around three days.
Making calls and texts - super easy!
Reception - intermittent. Although this may have been my network provider at the time.
Wifi - I had problems accessing my universities WiFi - didn't appear to be compatible.
The aluminium casing is sleek and hard wearing, however, a bit painful if you manage to drop it on your toes. The overall look of the phone is now slightly outdated, but this phone is more function over style.
Menu is easy once you get used to it, and the display has everything you need on one screen.
The keyboard is one of the easiest I have ever used, certainly better than a blackberry curve, really smooth writing.
The push buttons do make life a lot easier, accessing calendars and emails. This phone is targeted for the working professional in mind and certainly fits the bill.
Camera - poor and hard to use. However, this isn't a phone you buy for the camera.
Internet speed is ok, but you have a limited page view.
Overall, if you can get this one free on your contract or just dirt cheap, as it is an old model. GO FOR IT!. Although I have tried the E72 it is an improved version of this.
A short back-story, I was traumatized by a bad experience spending £350 on a smart phone only to find that smart phones these days just don't have the build quality or reliability I expect, I want a phone that can be in the same pocket with my keys and make a call in an emergency without giving error messages.
Enter the Nokia E71, after literally googling 'best mobile phone build quality' I settled on this phone. The E72 was already out, the girl in the shop got a lot of commission from me signing up to a last generation phone on a £30/month contract but its been a complete gem.
Lets get the minuses out of the way:
The screen is tiny.
Forget maps or browsing the web unless you have a patience of steel.
It generally spits its dumb out if you try to use it like a smart phone, error messages about closing apps, slow to install or load anything. It's last generation.
The phone is made of tough aluminium, it can land on concrete from 4ft like it's a bouncy castle.
The screen is solid and fully scratch resistant, you don't need to consciously worry about where the phone is on your person or get a case for it.
Its reliable as a phone, it wants to reboot when you've run a lot of programs but 99% of the time it's reliable.
Battery life is off the charts, I charge it twice a week and call daily.
The camera is crystal clear even compared to high end smartphones.
It has some of the smartphone features including:
Web Browsing (as long as your patience allows)
Image upload to facebook/flickr
It has an app store with some useful apps (i.e. block witheld numbers)
The keypad is very useable and quickly second nature.
I'm very happy with this phone, it's not an iphone rival but if you're not the type of person that wants to spend £600 on a mobile phone then the e71 is everything you could want.
I bought this phone last year and it was my first 'business phone'. It has great connectivity ability boasting both 3G and wifi. The great thing about this phone is its ability to 'push' email. Whether it be your office e-mail or free email providers like yahoo or hotmail.
However, if you're looking for anything more than a phone to use for office purposes you will be sadly disappointed. It runs on the dated Symbian O/S which pales in comparison with todays Iphones and such. There are a few games that come with the phone but they are nothing to shout about.
Some other functions I like about the phone is its great media player and external memory card. Team these up together and you should be able to enjoy your music on the go. The speakers that come with this phone is surprisingly good and clear.
You also get a voice recorder which I've used in office to interview clients and found really useful.
The camera on this phone is basic to say the least but I suppose the quality is not too bad. Just don't expect your pictures to be of too high quality.
Overall, a good phone for work. But for something to play with, I recommend you look for other alternatives.
I received my E71 free with a 2 year contract about a year ago and am still using it today. It's performing as good as new and came with a 2GB memory card to store photos, videos and music.
To this day I still think the Nokia E71 cell phone is one of best Smartphones. I had a Blackberry 8310 Curve before but the 'space' button kept playing up, so I gave it to my girlfriend. I chose Nokia because it was always reliable and I just like the brand.
With that said, it took me a while to get accustomed to the keypad as the buttons were smaller and closer together than the Blackberry 8310. So I had to be careful when typing not to make any mistakes. It used the QWERTY keypad which makes it appear like a very small computer, a very cool design indeed.
It supports Word, Excel and PowerPoint. You can even download ebooks in the form of PDFs and read it on your phone. Yes, I really like that feature! It has a template to keep all your notes intact and as a phone itself, it has a good signal and the voice quality is very clear. I downloaded a few addition applications including the Core Player which plays all your Windows Media Player files, including movies (if you have a large enough memory card)! The music player and the phone voice quality was leaps and bounds ahead of my previous Blackberry Curve 8310.
To cap it off, it has excellent battery life, slim and stylish design, snappy performance and a solid build. I dropped it a few times on my kitchen tiles (accidentally of course!) and it seems to have no negative impact. So far so good!
I have my nokia E71 since april 2009. Firs I love it, it was the gadget I carry around the whole day. But now: there are a lot of smartphones with better specifications.
This Nokia works with Symbian. And the Symbian system is not like the Iphone software or the android software. If you have an Iphone or a Android phone you can use a lot of 'normal' computer software on your phone, you can get or buy 'apps' in the store. There are some app's buth developers don't make apps for this phone. I know one very good application. If you want Facebook and Twitter on your phone, you can use snaptu. It's a very good free app.
The screen is small, not big enough for surfing on the Internet. The colors are not great.
Is everything bad? No, the battery is good (much better than the battery of the Iphone) and the phone is also very good. Email works well. The construction is very good. And I like the keyboard. A great keyboard for quick typing an email.
Nokia's E71 was one of the first qwerty keyboard phones that Nokia released. I bought mine as an upgrade with my phone network provider. I was quite keen on getting a blackberry qwerty phone but then it was very expensive and the E71 was the one which was cheaper.
-Full qwerty keyboard
-One touch keys for address book, calendar, home and messaging
-2.4" screen size with TFt display
-3.2 megapixel camera with digital zoom and Autofocus
- Apart from its 110mb internal memory, it has a microSD memory card slot, which can take upto 8 Gb
- Ovi Maps for GPS and navigation
-Nice metal case, which makes it very to clean and hardly gets the finger spotmarks
Although it has a full keyboard the buttons are tiny and difficult to press them- you tend to type or press two adjacent buttons together.
The default font is very small for the screen. when the font is enlarged you need to keep scrolling many times to complete reading the message.
The metal case makes it quite slippery. And it is thin just 10mm, so easily slips out.
Most of the other features are good and as usual the phone working mechanism is easy. i hate the Siemens and Sony Ericsson phones.
Although i admit it has some drawbacks, it is a good business phone. My husband uses this and loves it. Might be you just need to get used to the keyboard and then you will feel quite comfortable.
HEADLINE: Think carefully before you buy this phone.
Summary: It looks like a Blackberry, it has many of the same functions as a Blackberry. It has a pdf reader (which isn't always the case on a blackberry. BUT IT ISN'T A BLACKBERRY.
That said, it is an alright phone. A few pros and cons:
1) It has a decent camera with very good sound. This makes for very good pictures and also video footage.
2) It is fairly easy to navigate. Decent operating system.
3) It looks wicked, and people often comment on that.
4)Very god speaker. Very loud if you suddenly need music in a park, for example, its good.
1) The biggest draw back is the lack of a standard jack input for headphones. The headphones you get are rubbish and break straight away. You have to buy a connector to use normal headphones, which always comes out in you pocket. This basically means you can't easily use it as an mp3 player.
2) It has a decent lad of functions, but the software struggles to use alot of them. It can be very slow and tiresome.
3) It is very prone to freezing. Nokia have clearly tried to jam in loads of features, but it has caused the phone to freeze a fair bit.
4) the numbers are tiny so its not for fat fingers.
Overall, if you can afford a Blackberry then get one because its better. If you want a cheap version of a Blackberry, then this is for you. But just remember, you always get what you pay for!
I have been using Nokia E71 since March this year and i love the phone, maybe because it was my Mum who bought it for me. But nonetheless, the phone is one of the best i have ever used.
This phone is loaded with excellent features and application making it one of the best complete smart phone of the 21st century. Though some of this features are useless. The phone might look complicated when you first start using it, but over the weeks, you will find out how easy it is to navigate applications present in the phone.
When a new application is installed it goes into the application folder, which make evrything to be in order. The homepage is made such that you could personalise it with your own favourite applications and services.
Unlike other smartphones that just mixed everything together, this phone is designed to separate your incoming mail or outgoing mail into inbox, draft and sent items and also the call log into dialled, recieved and missed ones, which is more easier to navigate.
1. Good and easy to navigate email programme.
2. Good keyboard for fast typing (QWERTY). Funny enough, i have once used this phone to type a 3 paged report on my school practical when my laptop was misbehaving.
3. A built in Office package (like MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
4. The screen size is fantastic as i was able to play my favourite Zuma game on it.
5. GPS tracker is installed.
6. It also has a WLAN, which when i don't want to use my WAP i switched to it.
7. It is a 3.5G enabled phone
1. Due to the steel casing, anytime the phone is been used, it overheat
2. Freezes sometimes when multiapplication is bee runned
3. Whenever it overheats, the battery runs out quickly.
4. The silver coated central navigation button (arrow keys) is discoloured after a month usage.
5. It has some loads of unwanted applications, which will always want to connect to internet costing you some data usage money.
6. The USB port on the phone is not reliable. It started to shake after about 4 months.