Nokia E71 And Nokia E66 Preview: First Look: Nokia E71 Hands-on Preview

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The E71 is a remarkably compact phone given it's feature load and form factor. Standing at 10mm thickness, the Nokia E71 is actually the thinnest QWERTY handset. Nokia didn't miss the opportunity to stress that at the unveiling event in London.

But if you dig deeper and do some comparing, you'll find out that it's the slimmest smartphone ever - regardless of the operating system. What's more, it's the thinnest phone to feature Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) or a built-in GPS receiver. On top of that, Nokia E71 is powered by a fine 1500 mAh battery - now, that's an engineering feat from a company that's never been keen on ultra thin handsets.

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Nokia E71

Nokia E71 at a glance:

  • Successor of Nokia E61i

  • Construction and design Nokia E51 style (steel back cover, metal frame)

  • Mere 10mm thickness (measures 57 x 112 x 10mm and weighs 120 grams)

  • 2.36" QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) (320 x 240) display

  • Full QWERTY keyboard

  • Symbian S60 9.2 (Feature Pack 1) with some of the Feature Pack 2 niceties

  • Quad-band GSM, 3G with HSDPA

  • WiFi, stereo Bluetooth (A2DP and EDR)

  • GPS receiver with A-GPS support and Nokia Maps application

  • microSD card slot (up to 8GB)

  • 1500 mAh battery

  • 3.2 megapixel capturing camera with auto focus and Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash, records Video Graphics Array (VGA) video at 22 fps

  • Enhanced email support, data encryption, mobile VPN

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Nokia E71 is so slim

But the small size has brought its own drawbacks along - the QWERTY keyboard is small and it can be hard for people with larger fingers to thumb their way across the alphabet. Then, there's the classy screen - the 2.8" diagonal of the original Nokia E61i looked really impressive back in its day. The Nokia E71 display has shrunk to 2.36", but is still technically what we here call a large display.

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Nokia E71 compared to its predecessor, the Nokia E61i

The Nokia E71 seems to be using a rather capable processor (369MHz) with very rare interface hiccups only evident in some multimedia applications. But there are also additional resources to assist things further - the E71 has got 128Mega Bytes (MB) of Random-Access Memory (RAM) (71Mega Bytes (MB) of which are user available). That's triple the amount of available RAM, as compared to the Nokia E61i. So you are basically looking at one fast, lean machine here that will handle all your multi-tasking needs with ease.

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Nokia E71 in different colors

The E71 traditionally has an exceptional Nokia display - a trans-reflective unit that deals perfectly with direct sunlight. On a different note, all but the display and keypad is shiny metal all over. That does the beauty trick but leaves a lot to be desired when fingerprints come into play.

The QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) classy screen resolution is a standard one and it's enough - all details and colors see nice and crisp. Plus you acquire compatibility with almost all existing applications. A larger resolution would have also meant a performance hit, so QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) is really ok. The landscape orientation of the display also comes in handy when browsing images or web sites.

In practice, the QWERTY keyboard seems nice overall - keys have excellent tactile feedback and usability hasn't been harm by the limited size. It's only some key combos that would create you wish you had a fine recent desktop-sized typewriter at hand.

Beside the D-pad, there are three predefined shortcuts and - typical E-series - they all mean business. The keys lead straight to Calendar, Contacts and Email.

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The Nokia E71 extra small keyboard

In terms of user interface, Nokia E71 runs on the now standard Symbian S60 UI with Feature Pack 1. Feature Pack 2 is actually the latest upgrade of the user interface and it was introduced on all Symbian devices that were announced back in February. So we just can't understand why the downgrade, anyone?

Anyways, Nokia have added some recent features, which are not present in other similar devices. First of all, it's the ultra easy email setup. If you are using any public email service (it has to be among the over 1000 supported providers), all you have to do is enter your email address and password to start enjoying emailing-on-the-go. Nokia E71 takes care of downloading all the relevant settings to acquire you going in no time.

Next, there's a special Mode Switcher, which practically toggles between two homeclassy screen setups - one for work and one for leisure for example. The Calendar application has also received a face lift - now it offers a much streamlined view of what's on and what's ahead.

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Nokia E71 offers updates of the user interface too

Then there's the improved web browser, which by the way is the market leader anyway. It has received full Flash support (Flash Lite 3), as well as seamless secure Intranet support via the mobile VPN client that's also set up on the handset.

And finally, there's a recent feature, you might know as Remote Wipe. It's not a recent feature per se, but up until now it was usually reserved for corporate scenarios. Now it's available to everyone. In case your Nokia E71 gets stolen or lost, you should simply sdiscontinue a coded SMS message. It gets locked down and after three unsuccessful attempts of unlocking it, it wipes itself clean of all personal or sensitive info. You might not acquire your Nokia E71 back, but at least nobody will acquire your personal data either.

So that's about it - we've had a really short rendezvous with the Nokia E71 but we hope to see more of it at the office in the near future. For the time being, like the live photos and hit the next bumpy jumpy for our scoop of Nokia E66.


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