Pros This phone's build is very solid yet still very light and thin.
Four shortcut keys on the qwerty w/ direct access to home/calendar/contacts/mail (very nice). Battery life (3 days no charge).
It feels 10x better to type w/ vs. the blackberry curve.
Cons Very petty but since something must go here:
-the side voicedial button is not customizable and since I don't use voicecalling it is pretty much useless
-I wish there was one button step to press in order to lock the keyboard
Summary Bottom Line: I cannot believe this phone is only $99 bucks. You should pick one up before Nokia figures out its phone is better than the competition that sells for $200+ and change their pricing. For $99 bucks this phone beats most smartphones out right now! Wifi enabled, 3.2 megepixels, video recording/messaging, and overall design durability are unmatched for the price. If you are in the market for a smartphone you should put this one at the top of your list AND go try one out (beginner, intermediate, or advanced you will not be disspaointed).Quick update for MAC users: you don't have to purchase the missing sync. Nokia offers a free plug-in that makes the E71x compatible with iSync. iSync works perfectly ! Don't waste the $40 bucks. Nokia also offers a software to transfer media and even transcodes it from itunes to realplayer/etc...
Excellent Call Quality and network coverage.
Finding a phone (that I liked) that was not a blackberry and compatible w/ macs was challenging.
I don't want to pay a $30 monthly data plan because I don't all of that. And it is mandatory to keep that for the duration of your contract w/ the iPhone.
I tried the BBerry Curve, Palm Centro, Blackjack II, Samsung Impression, LG Xenon, and Blackberry Bold.
-Every one of these had a serious issue w/ either syncing w/ macs, serious network coverage issues, or OS crashing probs.
The Bold has a serious issue choosing poor 3G coverage over 5 bars on Edge.
After the hunt I can say this phone is earns 5 stars in every category people are shopping for. Yeah it might not be your powerful business phone if your a CEO but for the average busy person it is excellent.
It even speaks and tells you the name of the person who is calling!
I am military E7 and my organizer keeps me on time and my address book is contantly on the use. I couldn't afford the $30 w/ the iPhone but I can surely afford the $10 unlimited family data plan. Even w/o the data plan this phone meets all my expectations plus more.
I am extremely satisfied w/ my purchase.
-This Nokia is the best phone I've had in a long time. For the $99 I paid it is worth every penny.
-I purchased $40 missing sync and it syncs everything between my Nokia & macbook over bluetooth and does it flawlessly.
The organizer, mail/messaging, and contact features are the most important to me and this phone delivers.
It feels like someone has been listening to my gripes and put together this dreamsheet phone together just for me.
Updated on May 13, 2009
Updated on May 15, 2009It has realplayer loaded into it. I haven't tried any others but there are tons of applications for this phone via the Nokia website and the Nokia Beta labs all for free.
I am not sure what operating system you are using but if you're a PC than of course the Nokia has a CDROM that comes in the box. Not too sure about other OS's.
The Blackberry Bold is a powerhouse. If you buy it make sure you live in a strong 3G serviced area. Not sure if they've updated this problem but this is why I returned it:
I live in an area where Edge has 5 bars and 3G has 2 bars. When I had the iPhone I could toggle the 3G off when I was home.
The Bold automatically chooses 3G (if available even if weak) over the stronger 5 bars Edge.
Bottom line is I had no service at home when I knew perfectly well there was 5 bars with Edge available that the phone would not pick up.
If you are a heavy e-mailer you might consider a blackberry; but wait til this summer they should be launching a new Curve.
"this phone"on by jpoirier587
Pros ultra thin!
symbian s60 feature pack 2
excellent call quality
fast and responsive
Cons its an at&t branded phone
Summary don't let the reviewers who say the keyboard is cramped lead you astray. after a few days you'll be a pro at typing on this thing and the keyboard buttons have the best feel to them of any keyboard i've used. lots of apps are already available to download online its not hard at all. i previously had the iphone but am much more satisfied with this. the e71x's browser is better than you might expect as well. with at&t's 3g network pages load in seconds literally
Pros Inexpensive, no data plan required, can run completely on WiFi, compact but easy to use, plenty of useful freeware tools online for symbian and java. I didn't like at first but now I love.
Cons Default programs can only be deleted or moved using third party apps (like "xplore"). No 1/8" headphone jack. Cannot setup connection for 3rd party apps to ALWAYS allow connection. GPS is service and only available over connection.
Summary I've really enjoyed this phone. I opted out of AT&T's data plan and I use only WiFi out and about and at home. Here are the free apps I use that make the phone a valuable tool:
1. Opera Mini & Skyfire - full scale webbrowsers
2. Gmail - Easily switch accounts and view, reply, and send emails
3. Quick Office - Included on phone, edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations
4. OggPlay - Great MP3 player
5. Fring - Access VOIP services such as Google Talk, Skype, and others
6. GPFCE - Full Nintendo NES emulator. Looks and sounds just like original, runs ROMs
7. MobiPad - Use Nintendo Wii remote as gamepad controller.
Pros Sleek, Slim, has 3g, wifi, bluetooth, gps, has a quick and smooth processing, nice and clear screen, and compatible with macs, decent camera and very good battery life.
Cons Keypad is a little small, no 3.5 mm jack, few email glitches
Summary Since purchasing the nokia e71x, I can say that I am very satisfied. The phone is slim but has a solid feel and has a good fit in the hand. I didn't want to purchase a data plan so wifi was a must. The phone has bluetooth 2.0 so I can use bluetooth headphones. There is a 2.5 mm jack which is a bit disappointing since the phone has some great multimedia capabilities. However, there are adapters so it's not too much of a big deal. The keypad is also a little small but the keys have a nice textured feel and each key rises in the center so it became very easy to get used to and to type proficiently. Software wise, the phone has symbian s60 which I think is a great operating system since it's open and easily customizable. The camera on the phone is 3.2 megapixel and has flash. If your outside or in a bright area, the phone takes great photos that are sharp and have accurate colors. At night, photos are acceptable thanks to flash. They do have a bit of a fade and the flash gives a bluish color but most phones take terrible pictures at night or dark areas anyway so you can't knock this phone. The phone also has gps which is a nice feature. The phone has att navigator but it will cost you since you need a data plan. To sidestep this, you can use google maps for mobile which is free and uses wifi to chart your position and gps to pinpoint where you are or you can use Nokia navigator which is also free and will allow you to use gps and to download maps directly to the phone so you don't have to be connected to the internet to plot the maps.
For email, the phone is capable but is not very efficient. I created an email inbox and am unable to delete it so that is a problem. However, if set up properly, it does work and it is easy to download attachments and view regular messages. Nokia also offers it's own email service called nokia messages which is very easy to use and set up. You can set the accounts on the computer and it will appear on your phone. It is a great service although you do have to pay for it. Besides email, the phone is able to sync with macs. There is a small file to download but after that, I was able to sync my contacts, my calender, and music. You can create a playlist in itunes and can set the isync software to sync that playlist making music transfers seamless. I also downloaded the nokia sync software for pc which is even better. You can connect your phone to your pc and type and send messages or copy information right on the computer. I use both a mac and a pc and being able to connect to both back and forth is extremely useful.
Overall, I think this phone gives any smartphone, including the iphone, and run for it's money. At $99 (or $149 if your upgrading without a data plan), I think the E71x is worth the money. The iphone may be better entertainment wise but the nokia is just as productive and costs much less if you look at initial price and the cost of data plans. I recommend this phone to anyone looking for a phone that has great connectivity and compatibility.
Pros Great 3.2 MP camera, sleek design, very comfortable key pad for texting, really good user friendly OS, large screen, tons of customizable features.
Cons Honestly, there isn't much to dislike. There are some connectivity issues from phone to Windows XP computer using USB cable, but I think that's a software issue more than a phone issue.
Summary The most impressive thing to me about the Nokia e71x is the camera. 3.2 Mega Pixels packed into a slim, attractive phone. Now I don't have to lug around a digital camera in my purse because it's already built right into my phone, and the pictures look really, really good for a cell phone. Some people can't even tell the difference when the Nokia e71x pictures are side by side with others I took with my Kodak Easy share digital camera. The second most important thing to me about this phone was all the customization options. Using Nokia PC Suite I can "click and drag" photos, videos, music, screen savers, ring tones, wallpapers, etc from my computer and then use them on my phone however I want. Sometimes there are communication errors between phone and pc using the usb cable in conjunction with the PC Suite software, but 1 touch picture transfer works perfect every time, making me believe it's Nokia PC Suite software for Windows XP that's the problem. This phone really feels like *my* phone because of all the customizable features. I did not see improvement with reception using this phone in comparison to my last phone, but I live out in the country where no one except All tell users seem to get any reception anyway. I did get the data plan with AT&T which costs an additional $30 a month, but I completely feel like it has been worth it. I have definitely used up that much in data just in the first two weeks of owning the phone. For me, the Nokia cost approximately $60.00 with a renewed contract with AT&T, something I also felt was well worth it. The phone is amazing. Best phone I ever had.