E55 v/s E71: How Much Of An Upgrade Is The E55 To The E71?

The venerable E71 has been the inspiration behind Nokia upcoming messaging device, the E55 which also holds the honor of being the slimmest smartphone from the Finnish manufacturer. It packs in quite a few never seen before goodies, like N-Gage and FP2 as far as the Eseries goes, but the question on my mind is that despite being more of a successor to the E51, does it have the capability of replacing my trusty E71.

E55 v/s E71: How Much Of An Upgrade Is The E55 To The E71?

As a blogger I often have the good fortune of playing with a lot of new devices and at times having in a possession quite a few of them at one time. I make it a point to use a smartphone myself for at least two weeks before reviewing it, however I have found myself coming back to the E71 again and again after the said period is over.

But when I see the E55, I see immense potential. Potential to become my next primary device, a device that finally manages to dethrone the E71. The 5800 came close, but not close enough and for the purposes of this post, I shall not consider the N97. So lets how the E71 matches up to the next generation Eseries.

E55 v/s E71

So there you have it, the E71 is getting trumped on a lot of things. FP2 brings OTA Firmware updates, higher speed USB transfers, better browser download capabilities, access point prioritization amongst the eye candy. The E55 owing to the 3.5mm jack and WMA/WMV support is a better audio and video device. It also has better video capture, a faster CPU and the biggest of them all N-Gage. Then there is another Nseries exclusive, the on board video editor. Nokia has also added a dedicated camera key and accelerometer support, not to mention the beautiful brushed aluminum that takes away the fingerprint magnet tag. The size is definitely going to work for it and it is also 32 grams lighter than the E71. That’s a long list.

The aspects that could get people to hold on are the keypad and perhaps for some, the screen. The obvious argument being why give up full QWERTY? The answer is in the above paragraph, plus I am sure a few weeks of getting used to the new keypad will do the trick. Next is the matter of the screen, yes its the same size but the orientation makes a huge difference in readability and even otherwise. I find reading on the E71’s screen easier than say on the 2.6″ of the N95 just because of this simple thing.

The E55 thus comes up drubbing the E71 in almost all departments, so will it replace the E71? I don’t know. The reason I say that is because I am yet to play with one and also experience how fast (or slow) it is. The E71 is like greased lightning and so far no FP2 device I have played with has managed to match upto it (N78, N96 & N85 included). If it can do that, who knows… I fancy the white one. What do you think?

E55 Image Via – Mail.ru

15 thoughts on “E55 v/s E71: How Much Of An Upgrade Is The E55 To The E71?”

  1. Have been thinking along the same lines. But for me, e55 keyboard seems a downgrade. For the sake of what. Size? E71 is small enough so this is really pointless and shame. Then there’s the screen size. Coming from E61 this was one single negative point in my E71 scoring board. Echoing your point, same screen size and portrait one just doesn’t do it. On the opposite site of the argument is a feature you missed in the comparison table and that’s the built in accelerometer on E55. Something I really missed on E71. So as usual the struggle for a perfect phone goes on.

  2. This is certainly a nice comparison and I must admit: when I saw the E55 announcement my first thought was ‘why the …. is my contract running till September 2011???’ Still I miss some stuff in the comparison: it seems to focus on the advantages of the E55 and misses some aspects where the E71 would or could win… Battery life/capacity, dimensions, etc. Can you extend the table with more items?

  3. Mat, I did mention the accelerometer later in the para because I’s missed it there. I also forgot to mention that the E55 has a stereo RDS capable radio

    Helsie, The E55 and E71 pack the same battery so that’s not a win for the E71, dimensions on the E55 are smaller again. Actually, I couldn’t find many aspects where the E71 would win!

  4. Nice article, Vaibhav. In terms of replacing the E71 (which I’ve been using & loving for 6 months now, a record for me at staying with one device!) how do you see the E75 against the whole E55/E71 thing?

  5. How does the keypad work? Do you actually have to press a key twice to get the other character or is it like with the SE M600i/P1 where you can press the left or right end of the button to type the desired character?

  6. About the screen… Is it not possible to just turn your phone on the side and read the messages in landscape with the same view as e71.

    I don’t see that as such a bad thing when you get a smaller phone instead.

  7. There’s even more: the E75 and E55 both are the first phone’s with the renewed mail application. I’m not talking about Nokia Messaging, but I mean the built-in mail application has been renewed totally. Some of the improvements: better looks, better html support, smoother scrolling through your inbox, easier switching between different mail accounts, nicer integration of different services like Nokia Messaging and Mail for Exchange, and last but not least: finally you can replace your emails to another folder (I might be wrong, but I hope that that means that Gmail imap users will be able to put emails in their ‘delete’ folder, which wasn’t possible on a nokia phone until now).

  8. Oops, after watching that vid for the second time I think maybe I have to … well, review my mail review a bit 😉 but hey, it still LOOKS gorgeous, doesn’t it? 😉

  9. I have a E71, however no amount of effort will get it to synch with my office server, any ideas please?

    Also, I sometimes get the message, ‘remove memory card’ when there is no memory card inserted?

  10. I don’t think it will “dethrone” the E71. They are just two different class of devices. Is a Volvo station wagon better than a Volvo coupe? No. They might have a few features here and there but they are both Volvos and they just fit different lifestyles.

  11. 1.) why is it that nokia e55 has 60mb internal memory while the nokia e51 has it bigger 130mb?
    2.) why did they made the nokia e55’s internal memory capacity more than half smaller than e51?
    3.) what is/are the advantages and disadvantages of these different memory capacities?
    4.) what if i have many softwares? where should i install it so it will still run fast?
    5.) will that 60mb internal memory decrease/be affected still if i install in the external memory many softwares as much as i like?
    6.) what is NAND/RAM for?

    i hope to get answers soon. thanks!

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