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Day 1 with my new Nokia E71

My love affair with Windows Mobile was, once again, a short-lived one (will I ever learn). Yesterday I took delivery of what has, so far at any rate, turned out to be the best cellphone I've ever owned. Gone is the Glofiish M800, and in its place I'm carrying a Nokia E71.
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Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Contributor on

My love affair with Windows Mobile was, once again, a short-lived one (will I ever learn). Yesterday I took delivery of what has, so far at any rate, turned out to be the best cellphone I've ever owned. Gone is the Glofiish M800, and in its place I'm carrying a Nokia E71.

Nokia E71
So why have I binned (OK, passed on) the M800? Well, partly it was because of the Windows Mobile platform. Let me list some words that describe the Windows Mobile experience (for me at any rate):
  • Slow
  • Clunky
  • Unreliable
  • Crashy

I liked the touchscreen on the M800, but I have to admit that I never got to grips with handling calls from the software interface. I also wasn't happy with the battery life on the Glofiish either, so when the opportunity to pick up an E71 came up, I jumped at it.

After being in my hands for a little over 24 hours, I have to say that I'm thrilled by the E71. Why? Because everything just works. The interface is fast and very easy to navigate and the OS very responsive (that Symbian S60 is a sweet platform). The applications load fast and there's a broad base of installed apps covering pretty much everything I need to get going. I've augmented the built-in web browser with Opera Mini and added IM+ as the messenger client, but beyond that I'm happy with the installed apps (I might update Quickoffice to the latest version at some point, but to be honest I don't use the new Microsoft Office formats that much - or at least people I work with don't).

Note: I am looking for a good password manager - if you know of one, let me know!

The build of the E71 is also first rate. The screen is beautiful and the keyboard a real pleasure to use. Nokia has also made good use of mixing metal and plastic when putting the shell of the E71 together and the device feels solid and well constructed.

The battery is also first rate. After a single charge (actually, just a 30 min top-up) the battery is still at over 50% after a day of web, email, messaging, GPS, oh, and talking to folks on the phone. The 1,500 mAh Li-Ion battery (the same pack that Nokia use for the E90 Communicator) packs a real punch.

So far, I'm very pleased with my new E71!

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