So you wanna be the coolest kid in office or maybe the white collar dude with a sexy little thing in your hands, right? Right! This is a serious deep down dive to the looks of one of the most beautiful smart phones ever made on this very planet we call Earth.
Yeah it’s the Nokia E71 i’m talking about, the grey steel looking piece of art with a QWERTY keyboard and a QVGA 2.36″ screen which could be a bit bigger. Nokia measures its creation to 114 x 57 x 10 mm but you have to compare the E71 to a N82 to see what the engineers accomplished. If you want to go by the numbers and do the math, the N82 measures 112 x 50.2 x 17.3 mm but for me the gallery pictures do the job much better.
Holding the E71 feels just great, especially the grid texture of the battery cover. It takes a day or two to get used to the small keys which surprisingly do a damn good job although they don’t look promising at a first glance. I have to admit the Ctrl – Chr key at the button right was giving me a hard time, messing with the question mark key and my right thumb.
Navi Key feels good (need some work though) but a glowing effect it has when the phone sits idle with the screen turned off. This is all cool stuff but it gets much better when you turn on the WiFi. I don’t know what those crazy Finnish engineers did but 802.11b/g reception and detection of hot spots is way much better compared to my N82. Sometimes E71 was picking up double the WiFi spots around me! Reception was also great with HSDPA and GSM (tested on Cosmote 3G network) but i noticed some short delays and bursts when doing HSDPA downloads. Can’t tell if it was the network or the phone.
On the fun side of life the 3.2 megapixels camera (2048 x 1536 pixels) is just a 3.2 megapixels camera. That said, don’t expect anything fancy here expect for the bright LED flash. Plenty of day light will produce mediocre-to-good quality pictures but that’s it. If you want to max out your microSD card with awesome pics look elsewhere.
E71 has great looks, slim body and beautiful design, making it a charm to hold and type without being called for using your CrackBerry (this is Nokia remember?). Hardware is powerful and WiFi reception awesome. This sexy little thing rocks!