Nokia E71x – A very thin handset with QWERTY keyboard
Sum and Substance:
Inexpensive, lots of features, support for variety of AT&T services, high quality build.
Keyboard is cramped, camera quality could have been better.
Inside the Trunk:
Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Phone design: Candy bar
Caller ID: Yes
Other features: Camera, music player, FM, aGPS
The Whiz Kid Speaks:
The E71x has a 2.36 inch TFT LCD display with 320×240 pixel resolution. Supported audio formats are eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, W4A, WMA and MP3. Supported video formats are RealVideo and RealAudio (RealMedia), H.263 video and AMR audio, MPEG-4 and 3GPP. For storing music and videos, the handset has 110 MB of internal memory and memory is expandable up to 8 GB. The 3.2 megapixel camera can take photos of 2048 x 1536 pixel resolutions. The maximum video resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.
Downloadable content on the phone includes Operator logos, Business cards, Ring tones, Themes. Messaging data features include Microsoft PowerPoint support, Macromedia Flash support, Microsoft Excel support, Microsoft Word support, Zip Manager support, XHTML Browser, VoIP client, PDF support. 1500 mAh lithium ion battery of the device has talk time of 270 minutes and standby time is 288 hours. The phone comes pre-installed with Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger), AOL Instant Messenger Service (AIM), Yahoo! Messenger. The handset runs on Symbian OS 9.3 / Series 60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2.
The design of the E71x is quite similar to the unlocked E71. AT&T has fiddled with the exteriors to make it look more attractive. This is actually the slimmest phone we have ever seen to have a full sized QWERTY keyboard. You will notice the slimness once feel the device in your hands. The steel frame adds to the business look of the phone and certainly feels better as compared to the cheap plasticky ones that we often see.
Nokia phones quite rare in the US and even if they do make it here, they come unlocked and so the price is quite high. Nokia E71x, a business phone, is brought to you by AT&T. This is a great phone because the price is kept low and it offers all the features that you need in a smart phone. The E71x comes will put you back by $99.99 and comes with a 2 year contract.
The display of the phone is 2.36 inches big and has a resolution of 320×240 pixels. The screen doesn’t have a touch screen interface so you will have to use the navigation buttons to move around. The screen looks a bit smaller for smartphone but the images and text look sharp. Light sensing technology automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen depending on the environment. It also has 2 separate personal and business home screens. The latter is for your work applications and with the Personal mode, you get photo gallery and music on the home screen so you don’t have to go digging inside.
The navigation array is made of four way button with center OK key, Talk and End keys and two shortcut keys. There are also four shortcut buttons for Messages, Contacts, Calendar and Home screen. The keyboard is a bit smaller than what we saw on E61i and the keys look cramped with the small space. However, people with thin fingers won’t have a problem typing. We would advise you to check out the keyboard before buying, if you have thick fingers.
On the left side of the phone there is a micro USB port and a microSD card slot. We would like to see Nokia sacrifice the micro USB port in favor of the more popular mini USB ones. On the other side, there is a voice command key, volume rocker and 2.5 mm headset jack. On the bottom there is a power connector and the power button is located on the top. Usually we see the End key on the navigation bar doubling up as the power key. Finally, the camera comes equipped with self-portrait mirror and flash.
There is no limit to the phone book entries as long as you aren’t running out of memory space. A single entry can take multiple phone numbers, Web URL, work and home address, email address, etc. Photo caller ID is supported and there are 39 polyphonic ringtones built-in. PIM features include currency converter, voice recorder, clock, calculator, notes, calendar, Zip manager, and Adobe Reader. There a variety of security features like mobile VPN and mobile encryption. AT&T gives you services for this phone like AT&T Music and Video, Yellowpages.com Mobile, AT&T Navigator, and AT&T XpressMail.
The music player of the handset can take audio formats like eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, W4A, WMA and MP3. Tracks are categorized by composers, genres, albums, and artists. The handset has FM radio too but you must plug in the wired headset for this. Supported video formats are RealVideo and RealAudio (RealMedia), H.263 video and AMR audio, MPEG-4 and 3GPP. For storing your music and videos, the phone comes with 110 MB of internal memory and the microSD slot can take up to 8 GB of memory cards. Music quality is great, just like most Nokia phones however, we would have liked a 3.5 mm jack for plugging in standard earphones. The E71x comes with reference manual, software disc, lanyard, protective pouch, 2 GB microSD card, wired headset, USB cord and AC adapter.
The 3.2 mega pixel camera doesn’t have good photo quality. You get features like digital zoom, exposure compensation, LED flash, and autofocus. There are also options for color adjustments, white balance settings, and multiple scene modes. The camera can record videos too but there aren’t as many features for the camcorder mode. You get controls for color, white balance and scene mode along with three quality settings. You can share your photos and videos through Bluetooth, email or multimedia message. You can also set the pictures as wallpapers or assign it to a phone contact. Photo quality was really awful but videos were better.
Call quality was quite good when we tested the E71x. We could hear our friends clearly, and their voices sounded natural. But the volume is a bit low so might struggle when talking in noisy environments. Our friends said they could hear us well, however, they heard occasional echoes while talking. Bluetooth calls were excellent when we paired the device with Motorola S9 Active Bluetooth Headphones and Logitech Mobile Traveller Bluetooth headset. The E71x comes with Wi-fi so you can use it if you are out of 3G coverage area. It was really fast, CNN’s mobile site took 18 seconds to load and ESPN’s mobile site took about 16 seconds.
The E71x is powered by 1,500mAh battery which as a talk time of 10.5 hours and standby time is 17 days.
Looking at the features that it offers and the low price we would certainly recommend the Nokia E71x for business user who need to access their messages while on the go. This phone is good for multimedia too but some might balk at the absence of 3.5 mm phone jack. Pick this one up if you are looking for a sturdy, good looking phone with plenty of features.