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Monday, May 24, 2010

Nokia E71

Finally, I can change my old phone to a new one! Last time, before Blackberry (BB) was being introduced into Malaysia tech market, I was enthusiastic to hand on iPhone 3G. Nice touch functions, brilliant apps and the sort of features that a tech geek wants.

When I had a touch on an iPhone (belongs to my friend), I found that the touch feature is kind of not responsive. I try to flick fast fast and suddenly, the phone hanged. Then, the startup was like waiting long enough as the Apple logo loads like forever. So, in conclusion the deviant feature that attract buyers is only the touch feature.

So, my interest goes to BB, the ones with a mini-sized keyboard.
My friends told me something. "OMG. You like such phones? The keys are damn small and your fingers are big. How to get use to it?"

So, three local telcos in my country offers BBs and each of them are postpaid plan. So kinda tough decision for me to change from prepaid to postpaid since I'm not a frequent phone user.

Therefore, I eyed on Nokia Eseries which suits for me in the aspect of productivity and connectivity. So, there are a few choices like E63, E71, E72 and E75. I prefer blocktype of phone so E75 is not a choice for me. In the end, I chose E71 and wait for the price drop below RM 1000.

At last, two years of waiting came. 1b
I want a silver type and black keyboard. No stock. I need to get the Black edition. The seller said it's the latest design from Nokia which is Black Theme.
The design that I want actually is the same as the displayed on the box.
See? Totally metallic black.
Once I hold the phone, I feel the sturdiness of its metal casing. Stainless steel body to be exact. The lanyard is a quite nice but I hate when it's not straight. See the curve?
So, my answer to the keyboard is "No problem!" The keys are like little bumps so my fingers can feel each buttons. It's not a flat button. Plus, when I input something wrong, the predictive feature correct my words.
About the screen, the resolution was nice and the interface is user-friendly. I can access to apps that I want and look for my to-do list right on the homescreen.
I found that I need to get used to it by using my two thumbs to press buttons to type. It takes me for a week or two to type faster. Now, I copy additional lecture notes directly with my phone without jotting letters by letters on the paper.

My friend was laughed at me just now when I copied notes. Anyway, I'm much faster than him. XD
I love the hidden camera of the front screen for 3G video cam and light sensor as if they are not there...
The main camera on the back of the phone is 3.2 megapixel with autofocus function and LED flash. I took some pictures such a landscape and macro mode. Nice but I need to change the Auto function which is default when I operate the camera in every session.
As I say, the material for the phone is stainless steel. The huge battery cover was really hard. I use it to hit my friends' hand for testing and they yelled. Yeah, it's damn hard and solid.

The disadvantage of it is I can see smudges of my fingerprints. I need to clean it using clean, dry clothes everyday since it was covered with oily and dusty smudges.
The speaker and the reddish button of power. Hard to find such button with this striking color.
The covered mini USB port, microSD slot and last but not least, the infrared port. I can't believe my phone is equiped with infrared function. So, I downloaded an apps which allows me to control whatever machines which have infrared control. TV, air-conditioners, DVD players. I even try to control LCD TVs in shopping malls. It works... *thinking of doing something evil*
The box comes with nice casing which feels like real leather. Of course, it's not made from leather. I might buy nice casing soon but I'm not sure which one looks professionals. Recommendations? :)
Same goes to the lanyard.
The USB connector was short and it's hard for me to adjust my phone's position whenever I connect it with my notebook. Nokia, please make it longer...
The handset was quite tangling due to its sticky wiring. I found that the earpiece was not user-friendly because it keeps pops out from my ear. I still prefer the ear plug type. In the mean while, I bought a audio converter to convert 2.5 mm headphone jack to 3.5 mm and hook the phone up with my big headphone when I play some medias.
The charger is particularly small and light. There's one good point.
My sister said that my phone is like Ironman because in a certain period, the Navikey will illuminated as if it has heart beat.
It's turn off now. When I received messages, got some missed calls or whatever, the blinking will go faster and spontaneous. Nice features so that I won't check my phone for messages and all sort of stuffs you missed when you can't see when the display is turned off.
I hate the original theme in it so I downloaded some nice one.
Changed the old-fashioned grey icons into professional-looking icons. I still have tonnes of themes to choose from.
This phone allows me to go to internet anytime for free using wireless internet. No telco charge apply for it.
Trying to look for my bloggie...
Ah! There you are!
Plus, the free Nokia Ovi maps give me a guide whenever I want to go especially in KL.
So, that's all I can review about my phone. It's not totally an entertainment phone like Nseries but for me, the main usage of the phone is essential features that help me to plan my schedule, write some documents and get a direction from free maps.

A bientot!

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