Nokia E71 Review: Released in 2008, the Nokia E71 was the latest in their line of QWERTY handsets. The previous model (Nokia E61) had seen some success. Prior to this, any user wanting a Nokia full keyboard phone had to make do with one of the Communicator models. This had mixed blessings: on one side they were powerful and useful. On the other, they came in very large weights and sizes.
The Nokia E61 managed to blend the functionality into a standard handset. This was still a little on the large side, but was within acceptable parameters. This was followed up in 2007 by the Nokia E61i, which retained a similar design but added a camera.
The design was overhauled for the 2008 Nokia E71, but the remit was still the same: this was a high-end business phone, priced towards the top of the market. Competition had stiffened by this time. The original E61 had only a few rivals at the time. By contrast, by the time the E71 hit the market there were several alternatives. The Blackberry Bold 9000 was part of a new breed of phone that were superior to the Nokia in a few aspects.
The differences between the Nokia E61 and Nokia E71 are obvious. The design gave a new slim-line handset with a metallic finish, visibly shrinking the phone. Arguably, a stunning look. Many of the on-board business features remained, but the OS gained a refresh, and the camera improved and was now a 3.2 megapixel with flash.
This model was well received. As late as 2010 the family was kept alive in the form of the Nokia E72 and Nokia E73, and elements of the design featured in the Nokia E6.
Nokia E71 Review Pros:
The phone screams of quality: an excellent metallic finish, but also not at the expense of weight. The saving is mainly due to the thinness of the handset, which makes this a real pleasure to hold.
The keyboard was redesigned, but tied in well with the improved Symbian operating system. Whilst not a trackpad, the navigation works well and there are four new hot keys for mail and organiser functions.
The focus on the office saw a heap of features still relevant today: Wi-Fi, Printing, Office document editing and a dual home/business homescreen set-up.
The camera was much improved over previous models, coming with autofocus and flash.
Nokia E71 Review Cons:
Whilst the size was smaller, one noticeable aspect was that the screen had also shrunk quite noticeably from its predecessor.
Spec-wise, the phones also were a little inferior to the top-line Blackberry handsets coming out. These featured better screens as well as a stronger suite of apps.
The phone also was expensive as a business flagship. Not all carriers would have this subsidised as part of their contracts.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects:
This could be regarded as a classic Nokia phone and should be popular indefinitely, along with its predecessors.
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