Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 10th Dec 2008 10:17 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It's time for another phone review. PureMobile.com sent us the Nokia E71 for review. The E71 is a BlackBerry-style phone, with a full qwerty keyboard in a candybar form factor, meaning the E71 is direct competition for the phone we reviewed in October, the BlackBerry Bold 9000. Read on for our findings.
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Seems a great solid phone
by Drune on Wed 10th Dec 2008 11:45 UTC
Drune
Member since:
2005-12-04

Well after one year using a WM6.0 device i need to switch..and switch fast!
Windows Mobile is sluggish,non-responsive,badly designed and a absolute nightmare if you want to use with your finger.
WM applications database is the only positive thing about it, even with 90% of that is pure garbage.

So after years using Nokias,is time to switch again from my HTC Touch to this phone. Nokia provides a rock-solid experience with "E" models and reviews about E71 are unanimous about his quality.

Reply Score: 2

RE: Seems a great solid phone
by asgard on Wed 10th Dec 2008 13:22 UTC in reply to "Seems a great solid phone"
asgard Member since:
2008-06-07

I had Nokia E61 for a while, two years ago, and it sucked so badly I had to quickly replace it with Treo 680 (which was even cheaper). Symbian is completely unusable without touchscreen. There are no shortcuts, for everything you have to go to the menu using the tiny joystick in the middle.

I don't know about E70, but it seems to me they didn't change it that much.

Reply Score: 1

MicroUSB
by shotsman on Wed 10th Dec 2008 13:03 UTC
shotsman
Member since:
2005-07-22

Another Frigging connection format to contend with.

This is especially useless as you can't charge the unit through it even though the spec seems to allow it.

Nope. not on my shopping list. I'll keep my 6310 a while longer.

Reply Score: 2

It does support Dutch in Text to Speech
by ggpanta on Wed 10th Dec 2008 13:17 UTC
ggpanta
Member since:
2006-09-12

The text to speech function has a module for many languages including Dutch, you can find them in the downloads section.

You should also have mentioned more of its business features (VPN, Printing etc)

Edited 2008-12-10 13:17 UTC

Reply Score: 1

Great hardware, not so great software
by demod on Wed 10th Dec 2008 13:20 UTC
demod
Member since:
2008-12-10

I bought an E71 a few months ago myself and while the hardware is great the software (S60) is far from it IMHO (inconsistent shortcuts, you can't save files that you transfered via bluetooth to the file system, brain dead calendar that supports neither multiple calendars or categories, picky syncml implementation, ...).

Otherwise, I fully agree with your conclusion.

btw. you can close applications in the task-manager with the backspace button.

Reply Score: 1

lenrek Member since:
2005-07-07

I can save the files received via bluetooth into the filesystem. What kind of files you are trying to save?

Reply Score: 1

demod Member since:
2008-12-10

How do you do that? The only filetype I manage to copy where I want is .ZIP because the standard application for .ZIP files lets me do that once I open the file. For everything else (.jars, .dict files, ...) I have yet to find a way.

Reply Score: 1

lenrek Member since:
2005-07-07

Just open the new bluetooth message in the "Inbox", and select "Save" from the "Option".

However, E71 will try to be store the files based on how it recognised it.

So, if you sent in a text file, after saving it, run the "Notes" application from the phone "Office" folder to view or edit it.

For image, it will automatically saved it into the gallery.

For themes files, it will automatically install it and let you select it from the theme selection.

Though, I only tried these files type. I have not tried zip file.

Reply Score: 1

demod Member since:
2008-12-10

Thats odd -- I only got a "move to folder" but no "save" menu entry.

But thanks for the info anyway, maybe I am just lacking a firmware update.

Reply Score: 1

Oh! The excellent keyboard.
by shyouko on Wed 10th Dec 2008 13:27 UTC
shyouko
Member since:
2005-12-31

Oh! The excellent keyboard with all those tiny keys which I can hardly dial... What a phone!

Reply Score: 0

BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

Durrr, yeah, a tap-and-pray touchscreen like the iPhone's would be much better.

Reply Score: 1

you can close apps....
by tetsu on Wed 10th Dec 2008 13:35 UTC
tetsu
Member since:
2006-03-15

hey there tom, you can close apps while in "alt-tab" mode, using the delete key...

Reply Score: 2

Fast Ui
by lazar on Wed 10th Dec 2008 13:51 UTC
lazar
Member since:
2008-12-10

I kinda grew up with Symbian, the E71 is my 4th phone of that kind. While Symbian phones evolved over the years in terms of features and capabilities - the phones' UI got slower and slower - especially my previous phone the E70 was horrible.

The E71 is very much a positive surprise to me - it is very mature both in terms of software and hardware and it's fast.

Keyboard feels good(my fingertips aren't thin!). Battery-time is clearly superior to N95 or E70. GPS-sensitivity is feels better than N95, ok for car-navigation, but gps-fix takes a long time in narrow streets.
Even VoIP over wifi is mature - in terms of connectivity, quality and energy efficiency - especially compared to E70.

Usually I am a smartphone-evangelist and used to convince friends and relatives to get a Symbian phone, but not this time - three people bought it before I had the chance to do so and knocked my door to help them set it up.

Taking all the applications I came to know and love over the years and installing them on the E71 - this phone fulfills all my needs.

useful apps:
Geocaching (with the builtin-gps) - GeocachingNavigator(Trimble), free
Dictionaries - SlovoED
Ebooks - Mobipocket Reader, free
SMB-Server - SymSMB (accessing phone more convenient than usb or bluetooth)
OpenStreetMapping - whereamI, free
nokia-maps - maps&browsing them is free, guidance needs subscription

With a maxim µSD-capacity of 8Gb you can load the entire wikipedia (2007, without pictures) as an ebook onto the phone and still have enough space for several other Gb of music, pictures, videoclips and maps.

caveats:
-in order to engage autofocus you need to press "2" before taking a picture

Sorry - no touch UI ;-)

Edited 2008-12-10 13:58 UTC

Reply Score: 2

RE: Fast Ui
by darknexus on Wed 10th Dec 2008 14:08 UTC in reply to "Fast Ui"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Well I'm just about ready to get a new phone, My nokia 6600 is still running fine but I've had the thing for going on five years now and I need to get one with better reception given the area I'm now living in. This E71 just might be exactly what I've been looking for--capable, fast, and Symbian based as well as being a GSM and just as important, no friggin touch screen! Woohoo! . I shouldn't have any issues with T-mobile, should just be able to get it from a place like PureMobile and swap the sim card and that's it at least, that's how it's supposed to work. Anyone know if it really is that simple? It used to be, but if things have changed I'd like to know before I dive into getting one of these.

Reply Score: 2

Great phone with one flaw
by urth on Wed 10th Dec 2008 14:28 UTC
urth
Member since:
2006-03-19

I just got one a few weeks ago, I really like it. But it has one flaw, it has backgound noise when using the headphone plug, a bit sad when you use it as a music player. I have tested different headphones, and two different phones, all with the same problem. So i'm pretty sure it is a flaw in that model.

/Urth

Reply Score: 1

Better Exchange Sync
by nicholasj on Wed 10th Dec 2008 14:59 UTC
nicholasj
Member since:
2008-12-10

I've had my E71 for a few months now and find it brilliant. Great build quality, fast interface.

I recommend replacing the default theme as there are a bunch of better ones available on places like Deviantart.

Also, as mentioned in the article the bundled Nokia Mail for Exchange is a little underpowered (I can't get it to calendar sync, for instance).

Instead, check out Dataviz's Roadsync (Thanks to Joel Spolsky for the tip), it's 3rd Party and isn't free, but it's a beautiful piece of work for those who are unfortunately tethered to Exchange at the office.

Nic

Reply Score: 1

E51
by Bink on Wed 10th Dec 2008 16:46 UTC
Bink
Member since:
2006-02-19

I have the E71’s sibling, the smaller E51, and am quite pleased with it—has almost all the functionality of the E71, but in a smaller package. The article mentions the text-to-speech function and, yes, while it’s not very good, the ability to read aloud the names of the callers in my Contacts, so I don’t need to look at the phone to determine who’s calling, can be quite convenient.

Reply Score: 1

Another Bug
by mwerfspain on Wed 10th Dec 2008 19:24 UTC
mwerfspain
Member since:
2006-02-19

Another bug I've found with this phone is that battery life sucks when using IMAP as an email server.

Even when setting the option of only polling the server every two hours the battery will drain in less than a day.

From what I've been able to deduce by looking at active connections it keeps the 3g connection open all the time even though there's no need to, when using IMAP. When I removed the "automatically download" option the connections closed properly and battery life went up to almost 5 days ....

Reply Score: 1

Email on E71
by FrankyRizzo on Wed 10th Dec 2008 19:27 UTC
FrankyRizzo
Member since:
2008-12-10

I don't know about Exchange, but Nokia's got a new consumer email product called Nokia Messaging. Check it out here: http://email.nokia.com.
The E71 is a supported device, and you can get pretty much any POP or IMAP mail pushed to your phone with it.

Reply Score: 1

Theodric
Member since:
2008-12-10

So I had an E61i, silver/mocha, from Vodafone. About a month ago at Ikea A'dam, it got stolen out of my jacket pocket and I was forced to seek a new phone. After a lot of research, I finally settled on the unit that, all things considered, was the best replacement.

It's an E61i. In red this time, tho ;)

Reply Score: 1

Good Solid Handset
by sedrules on Wed 10th Dec 2008 20:00 UTC
sedrules
Member since:
2006-01-16

This is my first smart phone and it preformed flawlessly for me. Excellent build quality and long battery life. I don't use any push email so that is not that important to me. I especially like using sport tracker.

Reply Score: 1

Three things wrong
by Tomasz Dominikowski on Wed 10th Dec 2008 20:52 UTC
Tomasz Dominikowski
Member since:
2005-08-08

1) You can kill applications when "alt-tabbing" using the backspace button.

2) You can charge your phone via micro-USB -
http://europe.nokia.com/products/accessories/all_accessories/memory...

The first Nokia Symbian phone to offer real USB charging is the N85. So it will come to all of them sooner or later.

3) Text-to-speech language modules for many languages (including Dutch) are available for free download either through the "Download!" application or via Nokia's website.

Also, you don't mention the pre-installed, integrated SIP VoIP client (3G and WLAN capable), I think this is a pretty big deal. Additionally, an official Gizmo VoIP client is available (integrating nicely with the address book).

Edited 2008-12-10 20:53 UTC

Reply Score: 2

incidentflux
Member since:
2008-12-07

I love my E71, Nokia got it right! So thin, fast, so well built (Like a luxury car), WiFi, GPS, FM, QWERTY solid battery, good loud speaker. Apart from the camera it's the best!

Thanks to Nokia devs for porting open source apps, Nokia E71 (Symbian) has lotsa open source goodies and more...

Open source...

Python for S60
http://opensource.nokia.com/projects/pythonfors60/

Python Applications and Games (Freeware)
http://www.symbian-freak.com/downloads/freeware/cat_s60_3rd/python....

Freeware Python Scripts
http://www.symbian-freak.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16778

Mobile Web Server (Apache HTTP Server)
http://opensource.nokia.com/projects/mobile-web-server/

P.I.P.S. Is POSIX on Symbian
http://wiki.forum.nokia.com/index.php/P.I.P.S

Nokia Internet Radio (SHOUTcast etc)
http://opensource.nokia.com/projects/s60internetradio/ClientPage.ht...

Fennec For Symbian (Firefox coming soon)
http://www.symbian-freak.com/news/008/12/firefox_mobile_for_symbian...

More...

Opera & Opera Mini
http://www.operamini.com/

Skyfire (Web browser)
http://www.skyfire.com/

BBC iPlayer for Symbian
http://www.symbian-freak.com/news/008/12/bbcs_iplayer_gets_new_mobi...

Google Maps with Street view
http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2008/12/street-view-on-nokia-s60-a...

Mundu Internet Radio
http://radio.mundu.com/

Games...

Freeware collection (As in beer)
http://www.symbian-freak.com/downloads/freeware/freeware.htm

Games on Symbian
http://www.symbian-freak.com/downloads/freeware/cat_s60_3rd/games.h...

This is all FREE stuff

Edited 2008-12-11 21:05 UTC

Reply Score: 1

A revelation...
by typeo on Fri 12th Dec 2008 15:45 UTC
typeo
Member since:
2008-12-12

Compared with the Treo 750 I moved from. Never been that keen on the Nokia interface but after 2+ years of WM6.0 I changed my mind. Its quick, hasn't crashed yet, and hasn't needed a reboot in the two months I've been using it. The browser is also good compared with IE on WM6.0. Only thing I miss is VPN/PPTP support as far as I can see.

Reply Score: 1

RE: A revelation...
by incidentflux on Fri 12th Dec 2008 23:47 UTC in reply to "A revelation..."
incidentflux Member since:
2008-12-07

I have the very same problem, plus with all VoIP/Skype blocked in the Middle East, it's costing me money, since I can't bypass those blocks. I really need a VPN app thats works wither with PPTP or OpenVPN, only IPsec VPNs works with the Nokia VPN client.

SymVPN 1.00 for S60 3rd edition, came out recently, it didn't work in my case at all, because my VPN provider runs its PPTP servers on FreeBSD. Maybe it'll help you out...

SymVPN 1.00 for S60 3rd edition
http://www.symvpn.com/

Reply Score: 1