The Nokia E71 is a phone that was released at a time when there existed in Nokia a dichotomy between enterprise and multimedia smartphones. The Nokia E71 belonged in the category of the E-series devices with the E tag standing for enterprise. Thankfully, today that dichotomy no longer exists. In my opinion, the distinction between those two categories was pointless.
It’s been three years since the release of the E71, and I am amazed at how much relevant it still is in today’s smartphone space. While the E71 has limitations due to lack of certain hardware and perhaps software present in today’s smartphones, you still will not feel very much left out carrying one around today.
My reason for saying this is really simple: much of what can be done with today’s smartphones can also be done with the E71. Period.
I have been carrying one around for a week now, and eish! It is delivering very well.
- This is still a very beautiful and very well built phone
- It is still enjoying support from the manufacturer.
- This guy takes care of all my social networking needs.
- I am able to edit and view office files on it, be they Word, Excel or Powerpoint. As a matter of fact, I am writing this article with the E71.
- With Joikuspot Premium installed, I am able to use it as wi-fi hotspot.
- This baby lets me use keyboard shortcuts when typing and editing documents.
- It’s got very impressive battery life.
- When it’s time to get my groove on, I launch the music player and blast away. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the gist.
- While I won’t get the Nokia N8 picture quality from it, the 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash manages to snap decent photos.
- I know I won’t be able to have an erotic conversation with the delectable lady Siri on the E71, but I am still able to initiate a call by telling my phone to call someone from my contact list using the voice command feature.
There you have it! Three years running, and the E71 is still rocking. That’s impressive.