AFTER READING MARIE BORAN'S review of the Nokia E71 in the Digital Ireland section of the Irish Independent, I was surprised that she was hit with the same dose of techno-lust that affected her while checking out the iPhone. It's down to "the looks" the "ultra-slim body with curved edges" and the versatility to work in both casual and business settings. Like my Nokia E90, you can customise the desktop shortcuts on the E71. And being an E-series phone, the Nokia E71 offers those enterprise functions we need (i.e., wireless keyboard connection, easy muting of phone calls, text-to-speech message conversion, PDF reader) along with a potent mixture of Series 60 applications available throughout the internet. And one other thing makes the E71 a useful device when it reaches the end of its normal lifespan: real Bluetooth A2DP capability. That means the phone can stream music clips to earbuds or to many car kits. If I had a five-year-old Nokia E71, it would be the music player my six-year-old daughter would get with her Bluetooth earbuds. And because both of those items would be hand-me-downs, we would enjoy knowing that she could entertain herself at no cost while we avoid sending old phones into the landfill.
Bonus Link: SonyEricsson HBH-DS980 earbuds.