Pros size, packed w/ nice features, querty keyboard, fantastic build quality, great battery life
Cons somewhat of a small screen, Nokia Maps, camera is a little weak but still nice
Summary I am not much about writing reviews but I am compelled to write about the Nokia E71. I am coming off a Palm Treo 680 and blackberry 8100. This phone is on a different league all together.
Form factor: This thing looks so sexy, and amazingly thin where I can't believe Nokia packed so much into it. The build quality is the best of any phone I have ownedm seriously this thing is so well built and the materials are superb.
Call quality: IMO Nokia and Blackberry both have the best call quality of any manufacturer. The Nokia E71 lives up to that mark.
The dedicated short cut buttons work extremely well. I have Garmin XT working on the E71 and it is much better than the Nokia Maps. Google maps works beautifully as well.
This phone will do it all for you, WiFi, GPS, Business suite, querty keypad, smart dialing, bluetooth, and so much more...
If you are looking for strong media, this phone is not for you. Look at the Nokia N-series such as the N95.
Pros Fast reliable OS, good battery life, simple navigation, voice command, looks great, predictive text works well, can load Opera Mini, Google Maps, built-in RSS (through Nokia browser), GPS, WiFi (when you need it), good PDF reader, good for texting
Cons Bundled ActiveSync limited to 1 Exchange email box, QuickOffice only reads Office 2003 or below, ugly OS, decent email connectivity requires additional software, UGLY calendar/contacts/OS, limited additional software
Summary Nokia bills the E71 as a 'business phone', but is it really? I personally bought the phone because I was looking for a Qwerty phone that had ActiveSync but didn't run WindowsMobile.
The first surprise is that the Nokia ActiveSync only supports one Exchange account. Want more? Head over to DataViz and cough up $50 for RoadSync. Nothing against RoadSync (I recommend it), but a business phone should support full ActiveSync out of the box.
Nokia says that this phone comes bundled with Office. It does...although if someone sends you a file in Office 2007...you guessed it, another $50 to the makers of QuickOffice.
Ok, so it doesn't do great Exchange out of the box. How about other email (like GMail/Yahoo!/Live/Hotmail)? The phone supports POP, but not full IMAP. In IMAP the phone only will pull the headers down and the user has to wait for a painfully long time to open the individual emails.
But Nokia has a messaging solution - Nokia Email. My early tests are that the product is OK. It pushes email and supports HTML mail. However, the user is limited to the number of folders that can be synced and in my testing I cannot get all my selected folders to come down to my phone.
The Nokia Email service was in Beta until last week (April 2009) and it still has some bugs to work out. The email application UI doesn't really fit into the E71 UI and the whole thing kind of feels bolted onto the phone.
There is more bad news. Nokia states on it's website that this new messaging software is free while in trial and hints at some unspecified charges in the future for this service.
So - buyer beware - if you want non-Pop email on this phone, be prepared to buy extra ActiveSync software and/or pay some unspecified fees to Nokia for their messaging solution.
Additionally, the presentation is barely up to US standards. The address book is almost a joke, it is so bad. Good luck viewing a note for a contact - the only way to do it is to edit the note.
The calendar month view is good, the agenda view passable, and (again) the individual appointment view is horrible. (To be fair, for a mere $25 extra, Handy Calendar can greatly increase the look and functionality).
So why did I give this phone an OK rating? The OS is lightning fast and the precious few applications that run on Symbian (Google Maps/Opera Mini/RoadSync) are very stable.
The battery life works well. If you turn off the phone, a charge can last for days with constant push email on.
The phone shines for quickly accessing the communication. Start typing the name and then choose to call/text/email from the popup menu. Anyone with a Palm will already expect this, but people stuck with WindowsMobile will find it to be a revelation. I have to say that it is refreshing to have a browser-enabled phone where it is easy to make phone calls.
So who is this phone for? It barely works for me as an email phone. RoadSync is recommended if you plan to use it with Exchange. But the cramped keyboard, the expensive software and the lack of out-of-the-box functionality (especially regarding email) would have me steer you towards a Blackberry Curve or the Apple iPhone.
I wouldn't recommend this phone for heavy email users. It will just frustrate. And the total cost of ownership is high considering that I already bought the phone unlocked from Best Buy.
Pros -rugged, stylish metal housing
-Nokia software support
Cons non-standard audio jack
Summary Only after three years of daily business use can I say that I know this device well enough to review. This EuroBlackBerry is the complete package, including entertainment and recreation use, such as with the SportsTracker app. I'm sure the RIM crowd will disagree, but the e71 presents a slicker, more substantial implementation.
Pros -Very durable.
-Photos are great.
-3G 9 (but use opera for a slightly better web experience).
-Unlimited plan if through Straight Talk.
Cons -The screen isn't slick as the iphone 4 or some of the high end android phones.
-Not 4G, of course.
-Symbian has a slight learning curve (but it is functional and learnable)
Summary I've really loved this phone. Before I get into details, even though this is a business phone I do not use it for business purposes and can't speak to that. I use it for phone calls, text, facebook, and catching up on news blogs during my lunch break at work. And of course you can use it for e-mail and it works fine for that (both personal and business). For those purposes, its great! The keyboard is one of the best I have seen. It is true, as some have said, that the keys are small. But they are also raised and bubble shaped. I have big fingers and honestly have no problem using it. It has a lot of nice, user-friendly features, like a dedicated voice dial key. And this phone is a stainless steel tough guy. Its not one of those rugged, military spec phones but it can take quite a few drops (I finally put a gel skin on mine but it endured my clumsiness for a while without a scratch!). And if you get it through Straight Talk, you can have unlimited everything for $45 a month.
Note: I have heard some say that in reality, if you stream too much (in other words use too much data) Straight Talk flags this. I am not sure if this is true or not and haven't put it to the test, but if this will be your primary internet device, i.e. you don't go on the web through desktops, laptops, or tablets much, then that may be something to consider).
Pros Easy to use, battery life is better than the reviews indicated, sound quality is great, LOTS of features, great reception.
Cons Not available through any carrier so it's expensive. Camera is funky indoors. Poor low light image quality.
Summary I don't use all of the features, and some I use very lightly, but I love this phone. I use it primarily for calls and scheduling. It's really nice to be able to access the schedule WHILE still connected on the call. The camera produces excellent pictures in high/outdoor light situations, but indoors the image has a purple haze and low light caused a VERY grainy picture. But I don't use the camera too much so it's a very minor complaint for me. Overall I am very please with my phone and that makes the price easier to justify in my mind.