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Briefly: Nokia E71 review

updated 04:50 pm EST, Sat December 13, 2008

Nokia E71 Review

Nokia's E62 was always, comparatively speaking, the runt of the smartphone litter in North America: outside of Europe, it was always sidestepped in favor of BlackBerries and Windows Mobile devices even before smartphones like the BlackBerry 8800 and the AT&T Tilt (HTC TyTN II) threatened to sweep the Nokia phone away. The E71 marks Nokia's return with a vengeance and is a dramatic improvement over the old device, though whether it's enough to unseat favorites in Canada and the US is the real question -- and one whose answer isn't immediately clear. Our full E71 review hopes to put these questions to rest.

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  1. cnlevo

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    the e71

    I bought it when it first came out because i have been a long time fan of symbian and now that nokia completely owns it I figured it was going to be a great device.

    1. The reception was amazing on the phone. I couldn't ask for better reception.
    2. The ability for a free 3rd party application to make it a WiFi hotspot is unlike any phone i've used. Forget trying to find hotspots where I am and maybe having to pay for it.
    3. The 3rd party applications that are available for it are amazing.

    Now the cons:
    1.Although I do love my devices to be able to do a lot it did WAY to many things and i had to navigate for 1 minute or more through the phone just to change one simple settings. It took me an entire day to get it setup how I liked it.
    2. It was a little on the small side.
    3. It required a 3rd party app to be able to access my exchange server. Not something I liked. It definatley didn't handle email like my bold does (which i sold the e71 and got the bold the day it came out.

    There are a couple more but those are the main ones.

    For the most part I'm glad to see Nokia back in the PDA game but they need to try it once more with a little wider device to fit bigger keys and slightly better screen. Of course being I bought it the day it was released, I bought the American version of Nokia's e71, so maybe that's why half the functions didn't work and I didn't get all I should have. Nokia no longer allows BB connect, because they are working on their own system like that, but I personally think they should still allow it to be there until they do get their system up and going.

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