Nokia E71 smartphone
It's a marvel how much geeky goodness is packed into a device this thin
Review The follow-up to the E61 is lighter and thinner, yet packs a 3.2-megapixel camera, push email, HSDPA 3G, a better keyboard, more memory and AGPS... and no Pop-Port.
Nokia often likes to push the style boat out for a little tour round fashion victim harbour. But when it knuckles down and applies its design experience to practical matters, there are few who can touch it.
Nokia's E71: possibly the thinnest Qwerty phone in the world
The E71 business phone is a case in point. It has a Qwerty keyboard and large screen, so therefore it has to be a brick, right? Not when that brick has dimensions that are more akin to a playing card – big and wide when you look at it one way, but almost disappearing when you look at it from the right angle.
Nokia claims the E71 is the slimmest full Qwerty keyboard phone available, and at just 57mm wide, we're inclined to believe it. It's 11mm thick. The handset is even thinner than the normally svelte Blackberry Curve with its now rather portly-seeming 60mm dimension.
Despite the E71's thinness, its metal case adds a certain weight and gravitas, though at 127g it's hardly excessive. It's on the wide side, of course, to make room for that keyboard, but though it's necessarily tightly packed, the curved, rubberised buttons, which sit slightly proud of the face, are easy enough to use.
Good work Nokia
The E71 is one of those phones that is just extremely un-photogenic, once its in your hand and you can compare it to the iPhone it really does beat it hands down. The iPhone is basically just a shiny screen. Safari on the iPhone is nice, but after a while its just annoying (my opinion), the browser that comes with the E71 is fairly awful, but a quick install of Opera Mini and you have similar functionality as the iPhone but you can actually browse more quickly than the iPhone. Obviously the Apple fan-boys won't agree, but getting things done on the E71 is actually much quicker and enjoyable and you don't have t spend 10 minutes after every use trying to rub off fingerprints. The iPhone is definetely an excellent creation, but for style and substance there is a certain group of people that will choose the E71 over the iPhone every time. Who after all could take out an iPhone in a meeting without looking like a complete pri*k?
Trusted reviews gave the E71 10/10 on every front, can't say I disagree.
Miles more practical than an iPhone
Really great device I got mine for £299 delivered from play.com
Fit for purpose
The iPhone 3G scored 80% and the E71 scored 90% - this does not one is better then the other. It means one does the job it was designed to do really well. I am glad we have choice, as not all people have the same requirements and same view on form/function.