Sleek and stylish smartphone
- Design, QWERTY keyboard, switch mode feature, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, interface speed
- Keyboard and display a little small, menu isn’t as visually appealing as competing models
The E71 is one of the most stylish smartphones on the market. If you can get by with a slightly small display and keyboard, this beast offers plenty of features and grunt.
Price$ 709.00 (AUD)
Nominally aimed at business and corporate customers, Nokia's latest E-Series handset features a sleek and stylish look that also makes it appealing to regular consumers. The E71 features a full QWERTY keyboard and has a wealth of features; its thin build is particularly impressive.
This is perhaps the most stylish smartphone we've ever reviewed. Despite featuring a QWERTY keyboard and plenty of business features, the E71 is just 10mm thick and its sleek body fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Despite the compact size, build quality feels superb — the gloss metal finish does attract fingerprints, but it also helps to make this handset feel like it's capable of taking a few knocks.
The full QWERTY keyboard is generally comfortable to type on, though we prefer the keys of the BlackBerry Bold 9000 as they are a little larger. The spongy keys of the E71 have reasonably tactility but they are small and slightly squashed — a particular issue is just how close the first and last column of keys are to the edge of the handset. The shortcut keys — home, calendar, contacts and mail — are a welcome addition and the five-way navigational pad, selection buttons and call keys combine to create a pleasant user experience.
A slight compromise of the compact size is the display — it's a little smaller than other competing smartphones, but it does a reasonable job regardless. It's not as crisp or clear as the BlackBerry Bold's display, but the slight lack of size is an issue you'll quickly forget about.
The E71 runs the popular Symbian S60 platform, so it includes most of the bells and whistles synonymous with smartphones. Among these are the ability to read and edit Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents and access PDF files. One of the best features of this handset is its speed. Applications opened and closed in a flash, and despite running multiple programs we didn't experience any lag or slow down. A minor point is that the menu interface isn't as visually appealing as the BlackBerry Bold's; however, there are plenty of Symbian themes available to download.
In terms of features, the E71 is a beast and should keep even the most demanding user satisfied. In addition to boasting HSDPA connectivity, there is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with the A2DP profile. The E71 works with the Microsoft Exchange Server in addition to personal e-mail accounts like Gmail and Yahoo! Mail. Setting up an e-mail account is a hassle-free experience; entering your name and password automatically searches for the settings required. We were up and running in just a couple of minutes. The E71 also includes a GPS receiver along with the Nokia Maps application.
A handy feature is the E71's ability to switch between business and personal modes. You can edit a number of settings including enabled applications, notifications and themes. You can then toggle between the two modes — for example you could block access to your work e-mail and tools when in the personal mode if you wish.
For multimedia, the E71 is a fair but not outstanding device. The screen displays video quite well, but it's a little small to use frequently. The 2.5mm jack is handy, but you'll need to purchase an adapter to use a standard pair of headphones. A 2GB microSD card is included in the sales package, which should be enough for moderate multimedia use. For Web browsing, the Nokia browser conveniently supports flash. Navigation, despite the lack of a touch screen, is excellent. We managed to browse sites like YouTube without any major issues.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Panasonic Lumix G9 review: A mirrorless moulded to the needs of still-shooters
- 2 LG 65E7T Ultra HD OLED TV review: The South Korean thoroughbred is still first past the post
- 3 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Ring Video Doorbell review
Latest News Articles
- Exciting New Aussie Dash-Cams Unveiled Ahead of Holiday Road Trip Season
- Latest Spartan sports watches hit the scene
- Early iPhone 7 reviews: You'll miss the headphone jack, but the camera and battery life are tops
- Watch out: iOS 10 install is reportedly bricking some iPhones
- Google's Pixel Launcher leak hints at the demise of the Nexus brand
PCW Evaluation Team
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
- Is My Smart Speaker Always Listening?
- Sony a7R Mk III review: Full, in-depth review
- Oppo A73 review: The budget smartphone that sets the bar for 2018
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- TPSenior Frontend Developer - ReactNSW
- CCChange ManagerQLD
- CCMultiple Business AnalystsACT
- FTSenior Programme Specialist - TelcoOther
- FTHR Business PartnerOther
- CCChange Manager l Port Macquarie NSWNSW
- FTIT Security ConsultantSA
- CCChange Communications Specialist l Port Macquarie NSWQLD
- FTApplication Support ManagerOther
- CCBusiness AnalystNSW
- CCSenior Business Analyst - Supply Chain / LogisiticsVIC
- FTSystems Support and Implementation OfficerQLD
- TPAutomation TesterACT
- FTIAM DevOps EngineerOther
- FTTest EngineerNSW
- FTSenior Project Manager - Financial MarketsVIC
- FTTechnical LeadOther
- FTSenior Software EngineerOther
- FTAD LeadOther
- CCDeveloper - DeliveryNSW
- FTiOS DeveloperWA
- TPSenior Project Manager: ApplicationsQLD
- FTAssociate - Case ManagementOther
- FTUser Experience (UX) DeveloperOther
- TPMaster Data OfficerQLD