This post is a bit overdue.. its been in notes mode since September. I guess most people who wanted an E71 already have one by now, but I’ll give you a few thoughts on my new toy.
I love it. Best phone I’ve ever had.
Weird how a week before you can get the E71 nobody in the mobile phone market has a clue what you are talking about.. you get the signature George Bush confused look when you ask about an ETA.. and then suddenly it’s advertised everywhere from the airport to girly magazines. The GSM companies really need to have better comms with their resellers.
Before we start, I had an E61 before this, so I’m going to compare these. Let’s see..
- The best feature of this phone is the QWERTY keypad and the Notes application. I use this everyday. It’s my augmented memory. Keep notes on the phone, process to text and todo list once a week. In fact it has two Notes applications, which is handy to keep those long term notes like bank details, PO box details etc.
- You’ll notice the E71 keypad does not have the usual alphabet dialing hints.. try dial 0861 AMOBIA :-(
- The keypad is smaller than the E61, but I think I can type faster on the E71 because of the shape of the keys. Better feedback.
- The screen is smaller, but works well. Good rez, brightness and contrast.
- It sucks that you have to hold down 3 keys to do Ctrl-C.. not fun when you use Emacs style editors.
- It general it’s a much better design than the E61, solid feel, nice size, good looks, rugged. I’ve dropped it twice (actually Mia dropped it once), no problem.
- Good battery life.. I get 3 – 4 days, sometimes 5. The GPS sucks battery.. as you would expect.
- It boots up a lot faster than the E61. Very nice.
- Camera is a bit crap.. but functional. Kinda handy that it has a macro mode (press T).
- The UI is guru friendly, not user that friendly, bit strange at times. Especially when you want to configure a SIP account on get your Bluetooth car kit to pair.
- GPS-nav works well. The voice guide is pretty cool. Speaker phone speaker is at the top of the phone, handy when you are driving with the phone in your shirt pocket. Works well if you receive calls while in maps mode.
- GPS-nav works well with a Bluetooth car kit.. but it gets annoying when your music keeps being interrupted.
- I found that the calendar syncing works well with my Mac. One snag was that there seems to be a max character length for event descriptions.
- Would be cool if it had a torch.
- All the rest of the toys are there.. it’s really an office away from the office, mobile phone, sip phone, car phone, ssh client, watch, camera, calendar, alarm clock, wifi, web browser, podcast player, fashion accessory, thing to play with when people get boring etc..
I think the E71 is the anti-iPhone.. it assumes it has a smart person driving it. It’s geeky and fun to explore. You can spend a lot of time trying all the features and playing with the config until it’s just the way you want it. I’m talking weeks.. if you tend to over-focus on these kind of things like some people. (Not Me!, never)
I like the idea that it’s an open platform.. and it has a SIP client.
This phone may be intimidating for a first time E series user. You have to grin when you see the Sea Point koogirls with this phone.. they can’t be using 5% of the features.
I overheard somebody saying: “the HTC is the best converged phone.. it does everything equally crap!”
The E71 is not perfect, but everything works well. It has my vote for the best phone on the market today.