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July 25, 2008

Nokia E71 Review

After a couple of weeks with the Nokia E71, I can certainly say it’s the best and most equipped smartphone coming out of Nokia’s doors for the longest time. The smaller form factor has some drawbacks but is something to be expected due to size constraints.

nokia e71The Nokia E71 (see unboxing pics here) is the successor of the popular Nokia E61 & E61i but follows the same features from the candybar Nokia E51 (see review here). Click on thumbnail images to see larger pictures.

Nokia has shrunked the E71 to just 57mm (E61i is 70mm) and trimmed it down to an amazingly 10mm (E61i is 13.9mm) thickness. That’s slimmer than the E51 at 12mm and as slim as the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic (9.9mm) and Nokia 6500 Classic (9.5mm). The size of the E61 was the primary reason I chose the Samsung Blackjack over it.

nokia e71Because of that, the display screen got narrower a bit at 2.36 inches (320×240 pixels) from 2.8″ with the E61. That includes the QWERTY keyboard with the keys a little too crowded. However, I think Nokia made a good trade-off by making the keys more embossed so you don’t accidentally hit neighboring keys. Typing becomes comfortable when you’re fingernail-oriented rather than thumb-oriented. The number keys are all positioned at the center so you can easily type in single-handed.

In the connectivity department, the Nokia E71 offers everything imaginable in its form factor — 3G/HSDPA 3.6Mbps, WiFi 802.11 b/g, built-in GPS receiver and A-GPS function, microUSB, infra-red and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP. The internal memory of 110MB is a little small considering the E51 has 130MB, but a dedicated 128MB RAM and ARM 11 369 MHz processor makes the phone responsive. Besides, you can add in 8GB of storage via hot-swappable microSD card.

nokia e71 cameraThe only disappointing feature with the E71 is the 3.15 megapixel camera (2048×1536 pixels). It’s supposed to be auto-focus but there’s no way I can see it working The autofocus will have to be manually toggled each time you make the shot. You need to press the “t” or “4” key to do this.I made several sample shots here (click on thumbnail) — can’t even make a single decent and on-focus shot had a more decent shot here but if you’re going to take moving pictures with this camera, forget about it.

There’s no dedicated camera button on the side too, so you’ll need to use the middle button to take photos and videos. Video quality is no better as it maxes out at 15fps. There’s secondary front-facing camera for video calls.

I guess Nokia didn’t bother to make improvements in the optics considering that this is mostly a business phone. I once had a chat with the Nokia N78 Product Manager and he told me that the camera is on the top of the list of features that affects the thickness of the phone (so is the cost).

The audio quality is decent and sound volume is good even if the speakers are placed at the top side. There’s support for 3D tones and MPEG4 video playback is smooth.

A bunch of mobile office productivity tools are pre-installed — QuickOffice, Dictionary, Adobe PDF reader, Zip and printer manager. There’s an intranet feature to securely connect to your office network via VPN. You can also enable the built-in encryption feature to secure files in your phone’s memory or external memory card.

Nokia E71 Reviews

Battery life is good and the BP-4L lithium polymer is rated at 1500 mAh. Nokia suggests a talk time of a whooping 10.5 hours! Just make sure to turn off WiFi scanning to conserve more juice. From experience, usage lasts 2.5 to 3 days with normal 3G and WiFi usage.

All-in-all, I’d give the Nokia E71 a good buy for data/connectivity dependent users. This is not for the multimedia fans though. The list price of about Php21,000 to Php23,000 makes it an even attractive purchase.

Note: Updated the part on the camera with newer sample photos.

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79 Responses to “Nokia E71 Review”

  1. Lhara says:

    @MJ

    hi po.. i was reading ur msg and u said that nokia e71 is 15- 16k at GH. thats impossible! thats a big joke… coz it came out last yr pa and when i was looking for phones last january nasa 12 sia…thats all po! concern lng.

  2. Hi Yuga,

    I’m looking into getting either an E71, an iPhone 3G, or a Netbook. But have a few questions first as I haven’t tried managing my website with the E71 yet:

    1. Do you have full functionality of the WordPress dashboard when accessed using the E71?
    2. Does it work with the WPhone plugin?
    3. Are you able to view Youtube videos?
    4. Can I download and upload photos to and from flickr/photobucket and wordpress?

    Your response would be greatly appreciated and would help me decide. Thanks in advance!

    • yuga says:

      1) Yes, when you’re using Opera Mobile browser.
      2) Haven’t tried that plugin yet.
      3) Yes with YouTube.
      4) Yes with Flickr but not sure with PB and WP.

  3. Porcelain says:

    @Lhara

    I just came from Greenhills today and the E71 is being sold between 15,500 to 15,800 so no, MJ was not kidding/joking. Where did you see it at 12k? Baka fake yon or recon phone? Kasi may China phones na nasa Nokia E71 casing and the price is 4,000 pesos. Or pag 12 k last year pa that was second hand not brand new.

  4. genelicious says:

    @Lhara – MJ and Porcelain were right :) i just saw it here..

    http://greenhills.com.ph/cellphonegalore.asp

    u guys can check this out :)

    i’m thinking if i’ll buy E71 or 5800 XM.

  5. akoposimelody says:

    i got the same phone but i accidentally deleted the contacts.is there a way of recovering them? =[[[

  6. maechelle says:

    hi i need help because i got problems now with my e71 when i send messages it will appear unable to send it due to memory full and closed some applications and try again. Already i closed and even deleted some applications but still not working please i need some help on this.

    • nathan says:

      You just need to turn your phone off then on if that happens. Almost the first troubleshoot to any gadgets.

  7. jay says:

    can i use ovi maps on E71?

    fully functional ba ang gps dito sa philippines?

  8. rico22 says:

    just had this phone for a week na..i love it.hehe had the white steel…ganda..madumihin lng yung case.hehehe

  9. shoogar says:

    hi,

    i’m using nokia e71 for almost 2 years now but i still have not figured out how to use the video call. i have downloaded skype already in my phone but i still dunno how to use the video call. i would really appreciate your help on how to do this.

    thanks.

    btw, up until now, i’m still loving every bit of this nokia e71. :)

  10. Kevin
    Twitter: Kevin
    says:

    Nice post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed! Very helpful info specially the last part :) I care for such info a lot. I was looking for this certain information for a very long time. Thank you and best of luck. i have just found a website http://www.cellhut.com for unlocked cellphones on affordable price.

  11. kynce says:

    E71 is nice, but the design is very common.. Im going to make a review to this phone… Probably,, next week

  12. tomjoram says:

    Hi Yuga nice blog!
    can srt files for videos be played on E71?

  13. Dr Lisa Wall says:

    spanish people asses are annoying, they be flat with a lil jiggle ..

  14. Joy Anne says:

    I’m using this phone n0w! And I figured it out that the features of E71 is really cooL!… Thumbs up!

  15. wiz says:

    nakabili ako nito last month, 2nd hand but as good as new. for only 4.3k.

  16. Mike says:

    ito phone ng dad ko, yung camera at earphone jack lang problema ko

  17. Glenn
    Twitter: tobimagwire
    says:

    i love this phone. this is my first high end phone. i’ve also downloaded a tethering apps para ma share ko yung internet. but i gave it to my wife when i got an iphone4.

  18. Alexanderb
    Twitter: leongmksnenitkgmail.com
    says:

    I’m having a bit concern I cant subscribe your feed, I’m using google reader fyi. Hier Klicken

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