The Nokia E71 is Teh Business Sexy

The Nokia E71 is Teh Sexy

Sun 10.12.08 – File under “Better late than never”. Or file under “She’s Been SWAMPED with work the last 4 weeks”. Or whatever you want to file this blog post under.
When Scruffy decided to use my Nokia N95 as a chew toy in August, I thought I would have to replace it. Thinking that Whatleydude had already held the Nokia E71, I twittered him to ask what it was like. He didn’t know yet. But before I had to know, my brother and I were able to use a gas powered solder iron to flame the N95 back into working order. After the DIY homemade repair, I thought no more of new Nokias, well, until the black Nokia N82 for the Nokia viNe showed up on the second of Sept, but that is another story.
The reason I asked Whatleydude, London’s mobile man about town, about the Nokia E71 is that I had seen a several good reviews and was curious about the QWERTY keyboard (would it be good for moblogging?) and the camera (it is only 3.2 megapixel, but what were the photos like?). Basically, I was E-curious. Not really ready to leave my beloved Nseries, but curious if the Eseries would fit my needs.
Basically folks, I want one device that will fit in one of my small adult female hands. That one device should fit in a pocket while walking, as well as fit in a small purse. First and foremost, I want a good camera with an internet connection on that mobile device. Second, it would be nice if it had email. Third, it should have a good camera with an internet connection. And Fourth, it should have a mobile application that allows me to blog directly (yes, directly) from the camera phone to this Movable Type blog with no 3rd party servers involved.
And if it must, it can ring on occasion, but that doesn’t mean I will answer it.
The Nokia N95 and Nokia N82 fit all of the above Ms. Jen requirements with their 5 megapixel cameras, internet, email, and the Nokia Lifeblog mobile app that allows me to moblog photos & text directly to this blog.
The E71, in all of its glory – frankly its sleek metallic sexy glory, only accomplishes half of Ms. Jen’s required tasks. It goes on the internet and it has email. The camera is meh, though I really do like the photos Micki coaxed out of her E71 in Helsinki, as what the E71 could not deliver in clarity it made up for in shine and luminescence (much like the Nokia 7610). But the camera did not produce any photos that could compete with the N82. And there was no mobile app on the phone that would allow me to blog to this blog, in other words it just had Share Online 3.0 (no allowance for adding one’s own Atom script as a new service) and no Lifeblog at all.
While the E71 worked as a lovely text based device, ie for texting or Twitter, it did not do 90% of the rest of the tasks that I use a mobile for on a daily basis, or if it did, not as good as the N95 or N82. The web browser on the E71 does not render web sites as nicely as the browser on the N82.
While I am not using my mobile for classically defined “business” tasks, I can see that the Nokia E71 would be a great if not superior replacement for a blah mainstream Crackberry or other biz phones. For the person who wants their mobile device to have a QWERTY keyboard (it worked nicely), with email, internet, and business applications, the E71 would be a fine machine, but I am a heavy creative content producer who needs a creative production mobile device. Also, the E71 was made for a larger hand than mine, I had to use two hands to hold it.
So the E71, whilst very sexy is not the device for me. It very well maybe the device for you.