Nokia E71

Not really a Nokia handset fan (I had Motorola in the early years of chunky mobile phones, shortly switch to Nokia 5110 & 3210 combo in the Nokia boom coz its the uso phones, then i got the silver Samsung, finally, I used the Palm Treos the past years) but now back to Nokia I am.

Turns out, this E71 is the baby that would get me back to Nokia.

Nokia E71 was released mid year 2008 and this is truly one of the best smartphones in the universe. If not the best valued. Here's what I love about this phone...

  • QWERTY! I am telling you, basta nag-querty ka na, it's so hard to get back at composing messages if your mobile phone is non-qwerty. Qwerty means like you type the words like you do on a computer. No need to press that friggin key number "7" just to get to type letter "S". The qwerty keypad alone makes this phone a must-buy.
  • WiFi - This thing detects Wi-Fi connection far better than my laptop. It sniffs 2 routers in my neighborhood that my laptop can't see. The Wi-Fi sniffer is so strong I think Nokia E71 can detect the presence of spirits and ghosts. If you have humongous laptop, this might be a good phone for you. On meetings, bring this instead of your 15-incher and up laptops.
  • Connectivity - This is the mother of all connectivity phones. All the network and connectivity are in this phone. All the codes/abbreviation are here (2g - GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900;3G Network - HSDPA 2100 / 900 HSDPA 850 / 1900 - US version; Bluetooth, EDGE, the never-dying infra-redWiFi, GPS receiver, Micro USB, ). Kulang na lang, UNICEF, UNESCO, MILF, etc etc.
  • Camera - The camera is 3.2 megapixels with an overkill options. (I'll blog about the camera function and sample pics sometime in the future.) Because this is primarily marketed as business phone more than anything, it is worth mentioning that, there is a secondary front camera for video calls.
  • Quick Office Apps - Have not really tested this as of now but this is important to mention. On the go, user can make and view Word Docs, Excel Files, Powerpoint presentations
  • Media - As with all new mobiles phones, this baby can view/play all the tunes, the presentations, the video clips (scandals included), the image files, etc. There is bundled earphone set and the built-in output speaker is loud enough to even enjoy multimedia experience. IT HAS FM RADIO TOO! And the FM signal/reception is good.
  • The Looks - Check the pics. It's the first smartphone/pda phone that combines all the specs with the look to crave for. I got the silver-black (called Grey Steel) one and it's really one hell-sleeky phone. Super nipis man, it's like you're wearing, err, carrying nothing at all.
  • Expandable - New generation phones are all expandable but have to mention this still. Having 2GB microSD (transflash) storage is handy. Storing a gig of music is now possible with room to spare for apps and photos. Nice.
  • OTHERS - Fairly good prices considering the looks and what it can do; It has voice reader that allows you to listen to the text/SMS sent. You'd get good laughs out of this as the phone tries to read pinoy TXT-speak; Double modes function - You can switch your phone modes to personal or business (or to whatever profile you choose to it be named.)
I only got this thing for a week so I can't really put in the blow by blow review. But from the looks of it, physical and not physical, this phone is a winner.

Rating: 23 stars! (one star for every P1000 spent!)

Full specs here.

  • 2G Network - GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G Network - HSDPA 2100 / 900 HSDPA 850 / 1900 - US version
  • Dimensions - 114 x 57 x 10 mm, 66 cc
  • Weight - 127 g
  • Display Type - TFT, 16M colors, 320 x 240 pixels, 2.36 inches
  • Full QWERTY keyboard
  • Five-way scroll key
  • Ringtones Type - Polyphonic, Monophonic, MP3, True Tones
  • Vibration - Yes
  • Memory Phonebook - Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
  • Call records - Detailed, max 30 days
  • Card slot - microSD (TransFlash), up to 8GB, hotswap
  • Buy memory - 110 MB internal memory, 128 MB SDRAM Memory ARM 11 369 MHz processor
  • EDGE - Class 32, 296 kbps
  • 3G - HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps
  • WLAN - Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth - Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
  • Infrared
  • USB - v2.0 microUSB
  • OS - Symbian OS 9.2, Series 60 v3.1 UI
  • Messaging - SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
  • Browser - WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
  • Colors White Steel, Grey Steel
  • Camera - 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, autofocus, video(QVGA@15fps), flash; secondary videocall camera
  • Built-in GPS receiver
  • A-GPS function
  • Java MIDP 2.0
  • MP3/AAC/MPEG4 player
  • Office applications
  • FM radio
  • Push to talk
  • Voice command/dial
  • PIM including calendar, to-do list and printing
  • Built-in handsfree
  • Battery - Standard battery, Li-Po 1500 mAh (BP-4L), Stand-by - Up to 410 h, Talk time - Up to 10 h 30 min

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