"Productivity powerhouse"4.5 starson by guyfromtrinidad
Pros: WI-fi, Slim and sexy, user friendly, great on board apps, very extensible. Predictive text is the best i have seen. Best battery life of any smartphone on the market.
Cons: Camera could have been better, 2.5mm jack instead of 3.5mm, expensive depending on where you are.
Summary: I was a long time Nokia fan but flirted with the W sony ericsson series because I loved their multimedia capabilities. Since that time my job has evolved where I needed a smartphone to support my new way of working. Being a road warrior it was either the Bold of the E71. The E71 won hands down.Quick update for those of you who are considering this phone. Nokia has recently released a firmware update(13/01/2009) that makes this phone a must buy. Several stability issues have been rectified and some of the issues with the camera have been fixed. Since I installed the update I have been pushing it hard trying to force a crash and it has performed exceptionally. Their are a lot of sites (including Nokia) that has all the details of what's in the update. They have also released it in two new colors (red!! is one of them). Load up some apps like fring, gmaps, goosync and shozu on this baby and you won't regret it. Fantastic buy
It is perfect for me because I don't live by email so the excellent email push qualities of a blackberry wasn't for me, however I am in a wireless environment for most of my day and would rather make a quick check of my email rather than making paying for a data plan. The E71 wireless discovery is fast, you can go from discovering an access point to browsing in 5 secs(literally, I timed it).
A lot has been made about the cramped keyboard but I am 6ft tall which means big hands and I was able to bang out a document with few mistakes because of the excellent predictive text. In this area it also beats back the Bold because you can edit and create new documents(doc,xls and ppt) whereas with the Bold you can just view them(you have to pay for the upgrade to be able to edit on the Bold). I could see myself pulling this out on a flight and editing a document rather than firing up my laptop.
Finally the battery life is fantastic this thing keeps going and going again another plus if you are a road warrior.
You would realise I see the choice is between this and the Bold(not the iphone). If you live by email and can pay for Blackberry services go with the Bold. If however you want a nice into the smartphone world and at the same time want to experience one of the best phones on the market go with the E71.
Updated on Jan 18, 2009