"Fantastic Phone"4.5 starson by deecee
Pros: A variety of functions, everything under the sun is there, WiFi, quad band, 3G, GPS, and Symbian OS is nice.
Cons: Keyboard should be more efficiently laid out, need more application support, why micro-usb connection? GPS could be a bit more sensitive.
Summary: I can never understand how iPhone can gather spo much frenzy when products like Nokia E71 is available. The price of the unit is a lot more reasonable at on-line vendors, they're not cheap, but compared to iPhone and the leash you have to live with with purchasing the iPHone (ATT, the application limitation, no copy and paste!!, itune), it's a easy choice. I need the button tactical feedback, iPHone's interface works well, but if you are serious about typing on the phone, there's no replacing actual keys.
The keys on the E71 is reasonably good, but it's not as good as the classic blackberry, but entirely workable. The build of the phone is very good, it's very solid.
The GPS on the phone works well under open sky conditions, it takes quite a bit to lock on to the satellite when indoors, the GPS on my wife's N95 works faster. The keyboard layout is not efficient. On blackberry, everykey is mapped with a symbol, on the E71, the symbols are assessed via a special menu, not as efficient as the BB. With all those keys available, I don't understand why Nokia chose not to utilize the keys for symbol mapping. This slows down messaging and email typing.
The browser is standard Nokia Symbian affair, it's better than the blackberry, but not as good as the iPhone browser, but it works reasonable well if you can stand scrolling around with the directional pad to see the page.
Another gripe to have about the phone is it uses the much less popular micro-USB connector instead of far more standard mini-usb connector. Considering the size difference between the two is minimal, it's hard to see the choice on this connector. That being said, one can buy a micro-USB cable easy enough, it's just annoying because almost just anyone already has a few mini-usb cable laying around so why force the user to buy more stuff.
Phone, PDA and other functions works well, there's many map and navigation software avaiable for downlaod and works well with the GPS built-in. Email is not as good as BB, but functional. The potential for more program is great, I am wishing Nokia will bring native support for net radio to the E71 like the N95. At the current moment, the program support for E71 is spotty, but I am pretty sure it will get better as E71 is still brand new release from the company and software support will need some time to catch up. I am hoping at least.