OK, folks! I have been playing with my E71 for more than two weeks, so I think it’s time for first really solid impressions about what is good, bad, and ugly about it. I think it seems sensible to publish this kind of posts regularly, as experience with device will be more detailed. Maybe you would like to prepare your own lists as well?
After using Nokia N80 for almost a year, having two batteries and chargers almost everywhere (home, job, plus USB mobile charger) I really love E71’ battery! The battery lasts for about 3 days of my intensive usage. A friend of mine who bought his device a few days after I got mine, wrote me that his phone works even up to 9 days! Awesome!
Moreover, the device is really well designed. Slim, sexy, definitely one of the best looking Nokia devices available. It reminds me the times when 7110 was as desirable as E71 is now.
GPS starts in E71 quite slowly and it seems to be less precise, than external Bluetooth using GPS modules. It can be notices particularly when you use application like Nokia Sports Tracker. The important question is if, hopefully, this can be improved by further software changes?
What seems a problem currently, and what let’s hope will improve soon, is the lack of software. E71 allows using some S60 applications written for previous models (like E61i), but some are still not compatible at all. There is no Fring, Yahoo!Go works only in version 2.0, SplashID work is unstable, etc. Maybe this could be a good idea to create Top 10 of useful software for E71?
Camera used in E71 is the most disappointing element. What’s wrong with it? Poor quality of pictures taken without direct light from the background. There is no way to save settings, like white balance, which results in too dark pictures. No good flash, and no geo-tagging. At least the camera application is fast.