Not all applications make the leap to touch input gracefully. For example, ProfiMail, the best mobile IMAP email client bar none, needs a few more pixels of padding along the top of its soft key labels, and was harder to use than before.
But the touchscreen makes most operations much quicker, and it'll save hundreds of clicks every day. The higher screen resolution means Opera renders pages beautifully, and photographs are pin sharp. The 2D acceleration means browsing photos is snappy. On most previous Symbian phones, with their underpowered hardware, you spent more time looking at the wait indicator.
With a touchscreen available, Nokia has been able to introduce several UI features from its full-screen touchphones. It's done so judiciously, though, and the additions are well-chosen. For example, there's a one-click button offering access to alarms, connectivity - USB, Bluetooth - status, options, and power saving modes, available on every screen between the two soft-menus.
It's a pity this doesn't also change your Profile, but this is still available from the home screen, and by pressing the power key, as it has been on Nokia mobiles since time immemorial.
A few things proved to be neither quicker nor easier. As before, the phone performs a contact search as soon as you start typing. But instead of leading you to a menu it lands you on the contact's page, in the contact app. So it takes longer to send that text, or place that call.
Next page: Quality build
Many many people don't want apps
So not sure not having them in 12 months is a problem.
Although the call answer issues is a biggy.
Welcome to Android.
Welcome to Android, its a battery munching pig.
Deja vu all over again
Good to see Nokia trying to develop a natural successor to the E71: a smartphone designed as if battery life mattered.
Bad to see that Nokia still can't design smartphones as if software mattered.
Since I am not interested in an MS phone, I guess my E71 will have to live forever.
(My 6310 tried, but, through no fault of its own, it ended up at the bottom of the river Wey. To avoid a recurrence of this unfortunate outcome, I moved to Germany. So far, so good.)
"I doubt if anyone felt an emotion resembling affection for their E71"
I love my E71! As a phone I'd choose it over any iphone or android model I've encountered. Comfortable in the pocket and in the hand (physically small), fantastic keyboard, and a decent battery life (like, my battery is well over two years old and I still get a week if I'm not using it too much for heavier tasks like GPS).
When it dies I want the replacement to be just as compact and comfortable, and to have as nice a keyboard! And preferably battery life, too!
"My review E6 didn't always answer phone calls - with the phone hanging up before I had a chance to answer it."
You're holding it wrong.
Sorry, I'll be on my way...