Nokia E71 - gray (unlocked)
Manufacturer: Nokia Part number: 002F581
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CNET editors' review
price range: $108.08
- Reviewed by: Bonnie Cha
- Reviewed on: 07/02/2008
The good: The Nokia E71 features a slim design, while still managing to have a full QWERTY keyboard. The Symbian smartphone is stocked with features, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and U.S. 3G support. Voice, messaging, and productivity tools are also strong.
The bad: The E71 is expensive, and the display is on the smaller side. The keyboard is a bit cramped as well.
The bottom line: Mobile professionals who need a powerful but sleek messaging-centric smartphone will be well-served by the Nokia E71; just be prepared to pay a price.
Very Solid Business Phone!
by RaymondG4 on February 12, 2011
Pros: + Very fast 3G capability
+ Web browser is very usable
+ Excellent build quality
+ Speedy processor with no lag in navigation
+ Battery life is amazing
+ 3MP camera with flash
+ Weight and thinness is incredible
+ Speaker phone is very decent
Cons: - Calendar sync works well, but there is no auto-sync capability
- Non-standard audio jack
- No microSD card for the US version
- Yahoo Go 3.0 runs 25%-50% slower than other apps
Summary: I've been searching for a solid business smart phone for some time. The key criteria was first and foremost solid phone reception in an area that can have spotty ...
Summary: I've been searching for a solid business smart phone for some time. The key criteria was first and foremost solid phone reception in an area that can have spotty coverage due to many hills plus strong battery life. I also needed solid syncing capability to my work calendar (Oracle Calendar), a very strong web browsing experience, and well designed contacts and call management. I must say that the Nokia e71 has excelled in each of these areas and the battery life is amazing (2 days solid with no charging). The main screen (Home Screen) is very well designed and more customizable than any other smart phone I have seen including the iPhone (which I also like very much).Edit URL
The extent to which this phone and its menu options can be tailored to meet your unique needs is impressive. The keyboard is small but eminently usable and the weight and thinness of this phone is incredible. This is one phone that I carry in a pouch in my pocket and not on my belt -- which is a first. The speaker phone is very decent ... not as strong as a Blackberry I used previously ... but respectful. And the call clarity and reception is a major plus for this phone. I loved my iPhone but dropped calls more than I would have preferred. Not so with this phone ... I've gotten consistently good reception. The included web browser is very usable and Opera Mini is also excellent (a free download).
The email client on this phone -- which I use for IMAP4 -- is decent but I find it can occasionally be slow in updating or syncing with my corporate e-mail. Also, the calendar sync works well, but there is no auto-sync capability (you have to initiate the sync directly although that's easily done). Not a deal killer for me, but the email functionality needs some further refinement (perhaps a firmware update is coming on this one) and Nokia really does need to add an autosync feature for the syncml client so it can for example run once in the morning and once in the evening without user intervention to keep your phone's calendar in sync with the office.
But in the end, there is no perfect smart phone ... but this seems to me to be one of the most solid one's out there based on my own extensive research and hands on testing. Excellent build quality, very rich functionality, and a reliable phone connection. I'm well satisfied. Nokia seems to have a winner here and if you have a Mac, the sync support to the Mac platform is an added plus. Good luck in your search for the perfect phone!
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17 out of 18 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great email device if u don't want to pay for data plan
by kennifu on September 6, 2008
Pros: Yes, you can send attachments with this phone.
Great Wifi functions
Great POP email functions
Great office apps
Cons: Poor media functions (no divx playback; flash player is choppy)
Summary: Particularly a good choice for people who do not want to get an expensive data plan for email - I can find a wifi connection often enough (at home, or ...
Summary: Particularly a good choice for people who do not want to get an expensive data plan for email - I can find a wifi connection often enough (at home, or at the university or at coffee shops) so I can just download all my emails by wifi. I was looking for a phone that can download all the emails (including attachments) by POP (instead of IMAP) so i can read and draft replies offline, and the E71 is excellent for this purpose.
Also, I've read some people had trouble getting gmail POP to work on E71: using recent:username should fix it. See link below
The office applications are also good enough for me to write my cover letters and resumes on. With 8 gb of ram I can carry a backup of my documents with me and refer to any documents i need.
I've always used nokia phones since the the 1990s, and this phone has impressed me the most since my 6100.
12 out of 15 users found this user opinion helpful.
Enjoying my Nokia E71 Experience
by sincyvarghese on December 4, 2009
Pros: 1. Solid Build
2. Very Sleek design
3. Easy to Use
4. Class Querty Keypad
5. Voice Quality top Class - beats everyone else here
6. Very attractive graphics
7. Battery life - beats any other phone I know
8. Extremly quick browser!!
Cons: 1. Some of the functions are difficult to navigate
2. People say the camera is not upto the mark - but compared to the HTC Windows Mobile I had before owning this one, I woul say the camera is top-class (you know relative performance)
Summary: This is my 4th smartphone in the lat 2 yeas. From ordinary phones, I graduated to smartphone on 1/1/2008. I bought an HTC WM and it served me ...
Summary: This is my 4th smartphone in the lat 2 yeas. From ordinary phones, I graduated to smartphone on 1/1/2008. I bought an HTC WM and it served me reasonably well. After using it for 6 months I bought another HTC WM which I lost in the train. I bought another HTC phone (TYTN II) smart phone 6 months back for its qwerty keyboard. A week back I got my E71. Having tried Windows mobile on threee different phones, it would take a good deal of convincing move me back to Windows Mobile/HTC phones.
When I started using the E71, the initial thought that came to my mind was "Wow, why did I not buy Nokia smartphome right at the start?". I regret having bought 3 HTC phones when all that I was supposd to do was try out a Nokia smartphone.
Now I can say that I have found the phone most appropriate phone for my business use. The 3.2 camera is grand compared to the HTC camera even though it also boasted of 3.2 MP.
The phone connectivity is extremely good compared to my earlier WM.
The only place if is inferior to the WM is in the e-mail interface. Since I am too much used to the MS outlook interface, the Nokia e-mail interface looks a bit tardy, but I am getting used to it.
If you want a good business phone, then you should give the E71 a chance.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
by guyfromtrinidad on December 21, 2008
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 ...
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
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Slim, strong, crisp
by rgsmith21 on August 12, 2008
Pros: Wi-fi, US 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, bright screen, strong set of applications, VPN capabilities for intranet access, very solid build quality
Cons: Cramped keypad, currently lacks support of third party software
Summary: While the E71 measures about he same height and width of my Palm 700p it is 1/3 of the thickness, and while my Blackjack II is larger the E71 ...
Summary: While the E71 measures about he same height and width of my Palm 700p it is 1/3 of the thickness, and while my Blackjack II is larger the E71 weighs more. It's a dense phone giving it a very sturdy feel.
Symbian S60 reduces the number of steps one has to go through in order to get where you want to go relative to Windows Mobile, it does lack some home screen customization. For instance, I'd like to replace the Nokia Maps with Google Maps, but it doesn't give me the option.
The Nokia Maps application is underwhelming. Google maps with GPS enabled is a much stronger application on this phone.
I'm also awaiting Skype and Google Talk support for the E71 so I can use WiFi to make video calls and chat with my Google contacts.
The keypads on the Blackjack II and Palm 700p are much more efficient to type emails and even fill in spreadsheets or edit documents. There isn't enough button definition to be able to determine by feel if you are pushing one or many at the same time.
The camera takes a decent 3.2 pic, and the flash does an adequate job of lighting the subject.
The call quality is by far the best of any phone I have used. The reception of 3G does not seem to be as strong as the Blackjack II, and it has little to do with how I hold the phone as you may see discussed elsewhere.
I can't wait to see how it does overseas even without the 3G support there.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Fantastic little phone
by andyde1 on July 31, 2008
Pros: size, packed w/ nice features, querty keyboard, fantastic build quality, great battery life
Cons: somewhat of a small screen, Nokia Maps, camera is a little weak but still nice
Summary: I am not much about writing reviews but I am compelled to write about the Nokia E71. I am coming off a Palm Treo 680 and blackberry 8100. This phone ...
Summary: I am not much about writing reviews but I am compelled to write about the Nokia E71. I am coming off a Palm Treo 680 and blackberry 8100. This phone is on a different league all together.
Form factor: This thing looks so sexy, and amazingly thin where I can't believe Nokia packed so much into it. The build quality is the best of any phone I have ownedm seriously this thing is so well built and the materials are superb.
Call quality: IMO Nokia and Blackberry both have the best call quality of any manufacturer. The Nokia E71 lives up to that mark.
The dedicated short cut buttons work extremely well. I have Garmin XT working on the E71 and it is much better than the Nokia Maps. Google maps works beautifully as well.
This phone will do it all for you, WiFi, GPS, Business suite, querty keypad, smart dialing, bluetooth, and so much more...
If you are looking for strong media, this phone is not for you. Look at the Nokia N-series such as the N95.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Expensive to own / not a great business phone
by lieving on April 8, 2009
Pros: Fast reliable OS, good battery life, simple navigation, voice command, looks great, predictive text works well, can load Opera Mini, Google Maps, built-in RSS (through Nokia browser), GPS, WiFi (when you need it), good PDF reader, good for texting
Cons: Bundled ActiveSync limited to 1 Exchange email box, QuickOffice only reads Office 2003 or below, ugly OS, decent email connectivity requires additional software, UGLY calendar/contacts/OS, limited additional software
Summary: Nokia bills the E71 as a 'business phone', but is it really? I personally bought the phone because I was looking for a Qwerty phone that had ActiveSync but didn'...
Summary: Nokia bills the E71 as a 'business phone', but is it really? I personally bought the phone because I was looking for a Qwerty phone that had ActiveSync but didn't run WindowsMobile.
The first surprise is that the Nokia ActiveSync only supports one Exchange account. Want more? Head over to DataViz and cough up $50 for RoadSync. Nothing against RoadSync (I recommend it), but a business phone should support full ActiveSync out of the box.
Nokia says that this phone comes bundled with Office. It does...although if someone sends you a file in Office 2007...you guessed it, another $50 to the makers of QuickOffice.
Ok, so it doesn't do great Exchange out of the box. How about other email (like GMail/Yahoo!/Live/Hotmail)? The phone supports POP, but not full IMAP. In IMAP the phone only will pull the headers down and the user has to wait for a painfully long time to open the individual emails.
But Nokia has a messaging solution - Nokia Email. My early tests are that the product is OK. It pushes email and supports HTML mail. However, the user is limited to the number of folders that can be synced and in my testing I cannot get all my selected folders to come down to my phone.
The Nokia Email service was in Beta until last week (April 2009) and it still has some bugs to work out. The email application UI doesn't really fit into the E71 UI and the whole thing kind of feels bolted onto the phone.
There is more bad news. Nokia states on it's website that this new messaging software is free while in trial and hints at some unspecified charges in the future for this service.
So - buyer beware - if you want non-Pop email on this phone, be prepared to buy extra ActiveSync software and/or pay some unspecified fees to Nokia for their messaging solution.
Additionally, the presentation is barely up to US standards. The address book is almost a joke, it is so bad. Good luck viewing a note for a contact - the only way to do it is to edit the note.
The calendar month view is good, the agenda view passable, and (again) the individual appointment view is horrible. (To be fair, for a mere $25 extra, Handy Calendar can greatly increase the look and functionality).
So why did I give this phone an OK rating? The OS is lightning fast and the precious few applications that run on Symbian (Google Maps/Opera Mini/RoadSync) are very stable.
The battery life works well. If you turn off the phone, a charge can last for days with constant push email on.
The phone shines for quickly accessing the communication. Start typing the name and then choose to call/text/email from the popup menu. Anyone with a Palm will already expect this, but people stuck with WindowsMobile will find it to be a revelation. I have to say that it is refreshing to have a browser-enabled phone where it is easy to make phone calls.
So who is this phone for? It barely works for me as an email phone. RoadSync is recommended if you plan to use it with Exchange. But the cramped keyboard, the expensive software and the lack of out-of-the-box functionality (especially regarding email) would have me steer you towards a Blackberry Curve or the Apple iPhone.
I wouldn't recommend this phone for heavy email users. It will just frustrate. And the total cost of ownership is high considering that I already bought the phone unlocked from Best Buy.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
familiarity breeds esteem
by haenschen52 on October 8, 2011
Pros: -rugged, stylish metal housing
-Nokia software support
Cons: non-standard audio jack
Summary: Only after three years of daily business use can I say that I know this device well enough to review. This EuroBlackBerry is the complete package, including entertainment and recreation ...
Summary: Only after three years of daily business use can I say that I know this device well enough to review. This EuroBlackBerry is the complete package, including entertainment and recreation use, such as with the SportsTracker app. I'm sure the RIM crowd will disagree, but the e71 presents a slicker, more substantial implementation.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Probably perfect for most people
by bintheham on September 21, 2011
Pros: -Very durable.
-Photos are great.
-3G 9 (but use opera for a slightly better web experience).
-Unlimited plan if through Straight Talk.
Cons: -The screen isn't slick as the iphone 4 or some of the high end android phones.
-Not 4G, of course.
-Symbian has a slight learning curve (but it is functional and learnable)
Summary: I've really loved this phone. Before I get into details, even though this is a business phone I do not use it for business purposes and can't speak ...
Summary: I've really loved this phone. Before I get into details, even though this is a business phone I do not use it for business purposes and can't speak to that. I use it for phone calls, text, facebook, and catching up on news blogs during my lunch break at work. And of course you can use it for e-mail and it works fine for that (both personal and business). For those purposes, its great! The keyboard is one of the best I have seen. It is true, as some have said, that the keys are small. But they are also raised and bubble shaped. I have big fingers and honestly have no problem using it. It has a lot of nice, user-friendly features, like a dedicated voice dial key. And this phone is a stainless steel tough guy. Its not one of those rugged, military spec phones but it can take quite a few drops (I finally put a gel skin on mine but it endured my clumsiness for a while without a scratch!). And if you get it through Straight Talk, you can have unlimited everything for $45 a month.
Note: I have heard some say that in reality, if you stream too much (in other words use too much data) Straight Talk flags this. I am not sure if this is true or not and haven't put it to the test, but if this will be your primary internet device, i.e. you don't go on the web through desktops, laptops, or tablets much, then that may be something to consider).
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Does everything it promises, and very well.
by thetrustedmechanic on December 15, 2009
Pros: Easy to use, battery life is better than the reviews indicated, sound quality is great, LOTS of features, great reception.
Cons: Not available through any carrier so it's expensive. Camera is funky indoors. Poor low light image quality.
Summary: I don't use all of the features, and some I use very lightly, but I love this phone. I use it primarily for calls and scheduling. It's really ...
Summary: I don't use all of the features, and some I use very lightly, but I love this phone. I use it primarily for calls and scheduling. It's really nice to be able to access the schedule WHILE still connected on the call. The camera produces excellent pictures in high/outdoor light situations, but indoors the image has a purple haze and low light caused a VERY grainy picture. But I don't use the camera too much so it's a very minor complaint for me. Overall I am very please with my phone and that makes the price easier to justify in my mind.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.