Nokia E71, 5 days later
After over 5 days of using the Nokia E71 it’s charm has not yet warn off. The E71 is Nokia’s answer to the Blackberry, over the past few days the bombardment of; “is that a Blackberry” has become somewhat of an annoyance. But really, this is a Blackberry… but better (clearly not literally, it’s a Nokia…). Seriously though, Nokia has really created an excellent device here. The E71’s only downfall is it’s price, we picked ours up for £370 from eXpansys (no doubt we could have got a better price, but its what you could call the ‘impatience fee’).
Running Symbian OS 9.2 (Series 60 3.1 edition), the phone comes equipped with everything you would expect, web browser with 3G, QuickOffice (to edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, amongst others), GPS, Nokia Maps, email, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, encryption, modem, Micro SD (2GB chip included), flash player, 3.2 megapixel camera and more.
In short this is a beautifully crafted piece of technology that seems almost faultless. Placing it next to an iPhone almost makes the iPhone look like something from Toys R Us. It may not have as much screen real estate or work in the extraordinary way the iPhone does, but the Nokia E71 simply outclasses the iPhone.
We’ll have a full review on the E71 once we’ve played with it for a few more weeks.