That was my first impression of the Nokia E71 Symbian smartphone. It’s not like you are going to grow muscles using the E71, was someone’s reply to me when I voiced the above sentiment. Still, you guys need to believe me when I say that I am not only growing muscles, but in addition, those muscles are being toned.
Yes; the Nokia E71 is relatively old by today’s smartphone standards, but you will be amazed how many units of this device are still in circulation and are still being sold on the market till date. Part of the reason for that is cost. How else does the average person on the street get top smartphone features at affordable cost? Get the point?
So, while you bleeding edge, geeky ones are probably thinking, “Nokia E71? Since when”, the E71 is still very much on contention, especially because of the drop in price over time.
It has been only a few days of handling the E71, and I am finding myself making comparisons between it and the LG-GW305. Of course, they are not evenly matched. The E71 is a mini-computer and costs over twice as much as the GW305 which is a basic feature phone with a QWERTY keyboard. But the bottomline is that they are both targeted at the messaging segment of the market.
The GW305 over the E71
The LG is lighter in weight, the buttons are a bit bigger and have many characters that are lacking on the E71’s keyboard.
The GW305 has a 3.5mm jack while the E71 has a 2.5mm audio jack, so if you are particular about music i.e. using the best available headphones/earpieces, stay away from the E71. The GW305 can be charged via a USB port, something that cannot be done on the E71 old horse.
The GW305 also reads contacts immediately from a SIM placed in it and has photo editing options of sepia, negative, emboss, sketch, etc.
In messaging, the GW305 has threaded SMS view, which the E71 lacks.
The LG GW305 also takes a shorter period of time to get fully charged, compared to the Nokia, which takes longer and seems to run down at the same pace as the LG, if not even faster.
The E71 over the GW305
And here are areas in which the E71 simply blows the GW305 out of the water – The Symbian smartphone spots 3G and WLAN.
The E71 is smaller in size, has document editor and a dictionary built-in.
It also has an infrared port (lacking on the GW305), and the phone can be used as a modem.
The E71 has a 3.2MP camera, which tops the 2.0MP snapper on the GW305. The E71 is multitasking device i.e. it can perform different tasks at the same time, a function that is beyond the GW305.
Lastly, third party apps beyond java can be installed and run on the E71.
So, which seems better?
If you are on a limited budget and out shopping for a QWERTY messenger. If you are not on a limited budget, you shouldn’t be considering the E71 at this time.
Well, of course, you alone can be the judge of what meets your needs. Mull over the available info, your requirements and your financial muscles, then decide which of these two preys is worth devouring.