So after a month or so of waiting, my new cellphone finally arrived! I was pleasantly surprised when my cousin (who works at MTN) phoned me to tell me they received two stock of the phone I wanted, and one had my name on it. Naturally, I squealed and danced and squealed some more and then gleefully phoned the bf to tell-him-the-great-news-and-when-could-we-pick-it-up?!?! Needless to say we dashed through that same afternoon! He signed, (he had to come with because the contract is under his name), I said “yay!” a couple more times, hugged my cousin, hugged my bf, and the phone was mine! The Nokia E71!
So since yesterday afternoon, I’ve been happily showing anyone and everyone my new phone. It certainly takes some getting used to, but its been great so far. I was using the 6300 ,which has been really good to me, so the new features of the E71 are getting me excited, even though it might not be anything new to some people.
Some of the highlights for me, in no particular order:
- Dictionary (an hour before I got the phone, I was needing a dictionary. My phone would have come in handy then.)
- QWERTY keyboard (a blessing and a curse…more on that later)
- Wireless LAN (now I dont have to run up a phonebill when at home, I can just surf/chat on mxit via the internet)
- QuickOffice (Word, Excell, and Powerpoint, PDF Reader – doubt I’ll use them all, but cool nontheless!)
- Print function
- “Switch” (I can make a ‘Home’ mode with family & friends contacts and a ‘Work’ mode with business contacts, and switch between the two after office hours so business calls dont come through)
- Garmin (navigation software) compatibility
- A more detailed diary function (now I have everything in here – no forgetting those gym classes!)
- The ability to reject a specific phone number/contact (havent found or tried this yet, but I remember reading about it in the manual)
- Skype/Fring compatibility
- Flash player (handier than you think)
- More advance alarm/reminder system
- 2gig microSD card incl
- RSS feeds
That’s all I can think of off the top of my head. The menus are great to use, and very user-friendly (there is a tutorial if you need it). Personalisation is easy and I quickly downloaded a few themes to fit my phone. More on that later. Same with ringtones, I just copied some mp3’s to my phone and set them as ringtones. Easy. But what else can you expect from a Nokia, right? Right.
Other stats include (if you’re too lazy to check out the gsmarena link):
- Symbian OS 9.2, Series 60 v3.1 UI (operating system)
- Battery life: Stand-by Up to 410 h (2G) / 480 h (3G)
- Battery life: Talk time Up to 10 h 30 min (2G) / 4 h 30 min (3G)
- Battery life: Music play Up to 18 h
- Internal Memory: 110 MB storage, 128 MB RAM
- 114 x 57 x 10 mm in size (thinnest SmartPhone on the market)
- 127 g
- Screen size: 320 x 240 pixels, 2.36 inches
- Micro USB connection.
Ok, ok, so what’s wrong with it? Not much, that I can assure you. The only things that are bothering me at this point are the following (in no particular order):
- Key sizes (they’re tiny, and I keep feeling like my nails are going to scratch the characters off)
- Number buttons (you have to push the function key to change the letters to numbers -except in parts where you can only type numbers like when dialing – but the part that annoys me is you have to do that for each number. If there is a Number Mode toggle button, I havent found it yet ~Edit: found it!! Double click the function button – duh!! LOL~)
- Games and themes (they have to be tailored for the landscape screen, otherwise themes stretch and games look odd)
- Snoozing (I can only snooze for 5min at a time whereas my old phone could be set for 15min, allowing me to wake up slowly over two snoozes/30min)
- Camera (you have to focus with the “T” button, and press the shutter with the main navigation/middle button…a bit cumbersome, and it struggles to focus in low light…photo quailty is decent at 3.2mp)
That’s about all I have at this point, I’ll update later if I find anything else major to comment about. Feel free to ask questions, or if you have an E71, feel free to tell me your thoughts about it!
A few links for free cellphone stuff (save anything you download to your PC and transfer to your phone from there, otherwise you pay dl fees):
- Zedge – great for themes!!
- Mobango – lots of stuff here, but some is incorrectly labelled
- Mobile9 – with a title of “Ooomph your phone”, how can it not be great!
- MMC – specifically Nokia and Sony Ericsson themes and ringtones
- GSM Arena – no free stuff here, but great review/stats site for ALL phones