I was reading through my feeds and stumbled upon the NokiaAddict.com site that stated there was a firmware update for the Nokia E71 available. I have the NAM (North American version) of the E71 and wasn't sure if the update was actually available since the European versions usually get the updates far earlier than the US version. I started and upgraded the Nokia Software Updater on my PC and was pleased to see there was an update available for my E71. The current firmware was shown as 100.07.76 and the new update is labeled as 200.21.118.
According to the NokiaAddict.com site this is some of what the changelog details with this major update:
New functionalities in MCU SW version 200.21.118: - Internet Radio application - My Nokia application - 3G power reduction for applications using keep-alive style messaging - User experience improvements: - Easy Dialing support for Simplified Chinese language - Device Lock improvement: Open device lock with LSK + Fn-keys - One key input method switch for China language - ‘Mute’ option in Right Soft Key when wired headset / hands free is connected - ‘Loudspeaker’ option in Right Soft Key immediately when phone call is started - Enlarge characters in Chr-table - NTLM v1 and v2 support for Intranet Browsing - New black and red themes
Changes/improvements made to MCU SW version 200.21.118:
General - Time zones updated - Improvements to localization - Localization fixes - Missing localizations added - Operator name database updated - Startup Settings updated - Certificates updated - Security updates - Stability and functionality improvements - Barcode reader icon changed from 1D icon to 2D icon - Windows DRM keys are not lost during NSU update from 110.07.127
Qwerty keyboard, Browser, Maps, Messaging, QuickOffice, VOIP/SIP, Mobile Dictionary, Camera, Music player, device encryption - Stability and functionality improvements
Connectivity - WLAN stability improvements - EAP-FAST/TLS stability improved - WLAN roaming functionality improved - BT IOP and Dial-up stability improvements
Email - Mail for Exchange upgraded from version 2.5.5 to 2.7.22 - Improved functionality when sending email via SSL/TLS SMTP server
Java - Update for CLDC-HI (Sun 1.1.1s Java VM)
Switch application - Application updates and stability improvements
I am surprised by such an extensive list, especially given that my E71 has been a pretty solid device with rock solid and yet caressable hardware. No matter what phone I buy (recently the HTC Fuze and Nokia N85) I keep going back to the Nokia E71 because of the compelling form factor and functionality. If you have an E71, you may want to upgrade to this latest firmware that looks to focus on stability and functionality improvements. Be aware that this update will completely erase your device. I didn't do a backup because it was time for me to make a clean install of applications so I am not sure if a restore from a backup will work with this update.
The one major weakness I find on the E71 is the camera purple hue and am curious to see if this was able to be corrected with this firmware update. Anyone try the update and have experiences to talk about?