Friday, July 11, 2008

Nokia E71 In India

I got a quick demo of the Nokia E71. The Nokia Rep. brought this phone to my house, and I got a chance to have a good look at it.

This phone was released in India on 4th July and is priced around Rs. 22,949/-.

More impressions after the break....

For now, check out these pics that I quickly shot before the Sales rep left.

After the Break
The E71 I got to handle was the grey metal color. I was greeted by Mr. Pradeep(the Nokia Eguru) at my house when I was coming back from work. My dad was playing with the E71 and I was surprised and shocked to see its size. Its extremely small, cute and sturdy metallic phone. I was amazed at what this small gizmo could do and what my hefty E61 couldn't....

The Hardware
The Keys of the phone are more raised so it was easier to type than the E61/E61i. No creaks and squeaks of plastic sounds. It was a great feeling on Hand. I had some quick views all over the phone and was rather depressed seeing the Nokia 2.5 mm Port. When will Nokia learn its mistakes?? Wasn't its POP PORT a huge let down in the most amazing phones?? C'on Nokia you have to have the standard 3.5mm headset jack on all phones. The other side the Mem-card slot and micro-USB were under independent covers made of plastic. Rest all were the standard volume buttons, mute button...etc The loudspeaker placement I thought was excellent. Its on the Top, so if you keep it in your pocket, the ring tone will be still loud as against E51 which has its loudspeaker at the back of the phone. The screen again is a pleasure to watch.

The Software
The OS was fast and I could quickly connect to my wifi router and check some sites on the Internet. It was fast enough I thought. The menu navigation was fast and the GUI felt similar.
Music playback was OK. It was in fact waaay better than E61(connected thru Ad-41 to my headphones) when I tested on Jabra BT3030 BT headset(With the same headphones). Actually I thought was the Bass was great, and so was Pradeep astonished at the sound. I dint have time to do any further testing....

Oh I almost forgot... The phone still needs a good firmware update. The bar code reader crashed again and again. The camera dint feel like a 3.2 mega pixel cam, the imaging algorithms need to be fine tuned.

The Best:
Great handy size.
In built GPS
Loads of RAM
Very fast
Flash Lite 3 Support
Upgrade upto 8GB(theoretically SDHC cards can be made till 32GB)
Wonderful Keyboard
Great screen, can be viewed under direct sunlight.(QVGA is enuf for me)

The Worst:
GUI looks sick, icons could have been more flashy or coloured. GUI does not match the phone.
2.5 mm Headset jack
No TV out.
No Accelerometer(I wanted this very much on a QWERTY)

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