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My E71 Experience: Part 1: Initial Impressions

After using the N95-1 for more than a year and occasionally playing with my wife’s N81 (thoroughly amazed by the capabilities of the N Series devices in the mean while), the E 71 buzz finally got to me and I decided to trial the E71. The guys at WOM world obliged my request very promptly and shipped the device to me. There were some issues with the delivery of the device by DHL due to some confusion over a customs duty but I finally got the DHL package on 08 Oct. What came as a surprise to me was that WOM world had also bundled the BH-602 Nokia Bluetooth Headset along with the E71.

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Initial Impressions:

The E71 exudes sheer class, period!

I have had my friends and colleagues asking me daily about my sexy “new phone” since I started carrying it around. I remember last year when I had bought the N95 people used to get interested only after I had told told them that it was a N95 that I was holding, whereas the usual question with the E71 was “Hey, what phone is this”? The point I want to make here is that this phone attracts a lot of attention because of its good looks even from those people who don’t know anything about this being the new E Series device from Nokia it draws attention.

Having said that, I feel Nokia could have improved the packing a bit. I’ve seen the N Series packing and I feel that although overdone at times, the N Series packing is far better than the E 71.

Still the device is wonderful to look at and to hold. Just a few snaps:

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Well here are the things that I immediately liked about the device:

  • Looks and Design– There is no doubt that Nokia has got this department nailed with this device. (It is a finger print magnet though, I wonder why didn’t Nokia include a cleaning cloth with the device. I remember I got one with the N95)
  • Build Quality– I must say it was a pleasant surprise to have a steel phone in my hand after using the N95-1 for so long. Apart from the small amount light leakage from the lower edge of the screen, this phone is solidly built like a brick.
  • Keypad– Although the keys are small but they are well rounded-off to separate them from on another and offer just the right amount of travel and feedback. I surely got used to typing on it in a day or two.
  • Shortcut Keys– Surely a great way to have easy access to the commonly used functions
  • Battery– The device has a 1500 mAh battery. I’m sure the problems that I usually face with my N95 running out of juice when I need it will not be faced while I trial this one.

Now the immediate dislikes:

  • Lack of a 3.5 mm audio jack– I’m sure that with the phone being so thin its not right to ask for everything but I still did not like the fact could not use all my headphones with it without an adapter.
  • Micro USB interface– I have so many other devices which have the mini USB interface and I use a common cable for all of them. I really don’t know if the micro USB port offers any advantage but now I have to carry a separate cable only for this phone.
  • Screen Brightness– Although not that bad but It was a little tough for me to get used to the slightly less bright screen lack of readability in the sun. I think its because of the reflective glass cover but still as compared to my N95 this was difficult to read in the sun.

I will be posting more about the actual usage experience later!

Nokia Software Updater “Updated”

I don’t know if I missed it but didn’t see this posted anywhere else. I was updating a N81’s firmware yesterday and found out that the Nokia Software Updater has been updated to version 1.4.53 from the earlier 1.4.49.

I don’t know about the changes made in this update, but for those who want the latest software on their computers, time to go updating!

Windows Live Client For Nokia Available In India

Symbian Freak reported a few days back about availability of Windows Live client for Nokia in USA and a few more European countries. I’m happy to say that it is also available for download in India, just go to download! in the Menu and you’ll find the client listed as Mail, IM.

The Share online configuration for Windows Live Spaces is still missing but at least now the mail and IM client is available officially in India. Go ahead, download it!

Google Search Client for S60

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AAS reports that Google has released a native search client for S60 devices. The client is not available in all the countries yet, so it might not show on your browser unless until you go to mobile.google.com on your phone’s browser. A big issue is that it uses the now almost extinct pencil key to launch directly and doesn’t follow the plugin approach like Ovi and Nokia’s own search. But here’s to a start.

Head over for screenshots and more!

Update: Nokia Maps India Data Updated

AAS had reported a few days back that Nokia Maps has hit beta 2.0. The new application came with a new Map loader version 1.3.5. You can download Nokia Maps beta 2.0 and the Map Loader here. I had expected some sort of data update for India with the new map loader but it didn’t happen immediately. Today I just found the the map data for India has been upped from the earlier 21 MB to 24.1 MB.

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I don’t have the details of the data that has been updated and I sincerely hope that we do get a big update sometime soon since Nokia has already launched the Navigator in India.