Revisionsnumber: 1.00 dated 09.05.2006
Nokia delivers another 3rd Edition Series60 mobile, the Nokia N71. This time they produced another clamshell. Featureside it is up to date: High-resolution QVGA display with 262.144 colors at a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, an integrated 2-megapixel camera (a second VGA camera for video telephony), triband GSM 900/1800/1900-Netze as well as UMTS. Unfortunately the quality of the camera is worse than at the N80. Also the display is not "state of the art". A harddrive - as found at the N91 - is also missing. All in all, nothing surprisingly or exciting. That does not have to mean "boring or "moderate". For the clamshell fans out there, it is surely a consideration worth. We'll see, if the N71 is worth the money, most of you have to earn with hard work.
What is one supposed to say to a clamshell? It can be opened. Because of his form factor, it is not particularly thick or large. With his measures of 98,6 mm x 51,2 mm x 25,8 mm and a weight of 139 g is it a relatively small, but bulky companion. It is as thick, as the N80, but smaller than the Nokia N90. To open the N71 with one hand is tricky. The opening mechanism stops fliping it open " the Star Trek way" (Scotty, beam me up). But it is not impossible. It stops in two steps, if it opens, it "klicks" audibly.
The N71 is equipped with 10 MByte of onboard memory. Photographs, ring tones, video-/music-clips, contact dates, calendar entries, task lists and E-Mail/SMS-/MMS have to share this relatively small amount of memory.
Whats in the box
Not really suprisingly, the N71 box (whichs is used nearly for all N-Sereis devices), contains the following
- Nokia N71 (silver black)
- Nokia Battery BL-5C
- Nokia Compact Charger AC-3
- Nokia Connectivity Cable CA-53
- Nokia Stereo Headset HS-23
- Nokia Audio Adapter AD-15
- 128 MB miniSD memory card
- CD-ROM (containing Nokia PC Suite 6.7 and Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition)
- User guide, Quick Start guide and Add-on Application guide
This time again with a 128MB miniSD to provide nearly infinite storage space (if the firmware will support more than 2GB in the near future). At the moment all miniSD cards up to 2GB are supported.
Look & feel
The N71 is held in silver black and is produced rock solid, with no visible weaknesses. The joystick is precise, well tactile and very well made. Nokia does use the same material mixed of metal and plastic as with the N80/E60. Both materials are well made. The device itself is sort of well build, with some minor flaws (Nokia will probably never learn it). You can still speak, however, of a good quality. Start difficulties, as with the Nokia N80, are not visible, or to expect. The keyboard of the N71 is a little bit small. In fact, below the keyboard, is still enough space available. A slightly bigger keyboard should not have been a problem. Perhaps this space will be used for provider brandings in the near future :-D
Navikey and buttons are big enough to write some SMS. Nevertheless, softkeys and multimedia key are also small. The power button, which is situated at the top of the device, is REALLY small. It should not become smaller anymore in the future ...
The main display (2,4-Zoll-Active matrix display, Display diagonal: 6 cm, 262.144 colors) using 320 x 240 pixels you may have seen in similar form already. Resolution and size of the icons are an excellent combination. The display itself looks large, can be read off well and is illuminated sufficiently brightly. Especially as one can manually readjust while modifying the light sensor.
The exterior display with a diagonal of 3,45 cm and 65.536 colors using a resolution of 96 x of 68 pixels is completely unspectacular. In standby mode a clock appears (white on blue) as well as the date. If you press the button below the exterior display, you can retrieve additional informations (signal strenght, battery strenght, missed call/SMS/MMS).
Because of the 3rd Edition S60 and Symbian 9.1 new themes and new software are necessary. The old S60 themes can not be used anymore. You'll find plenty of them in the net.
Start me up
After you switch your N71 on and after the usual - S60 typical - longer startup time, the N71 is ready to serve you as a mobile office. Some settings wizards as well as a short introduction to every important point (made with the new flash Player lite (slightly sluggish)) will help you to get you accustomed to the N71.
After you press the small menu key on the N71, Nokias 3rd Edition of Series 60 shows up with 12 menu items. In total the functions of the 3rd Edition were pimped up easily. All the Series60 functions have been developed well. The usual PIM applications are on board, as well as some new ones. The contact application is as usual, fields can be filled with a lot of entries (e.g. company, position, telephone, first names, last names, mobile number, video call, Internet phone, PTT, pager, fax, E-Mail). Contacts can be sorted by last name as well as first name. Additional informations, e.g. name addition, titles, aliases, position, memos and birthday are also possible.
Pictures and/or photos can be used as background or caller pictures. Profiles (General, Mute, Meeting, Music, Outside, Off-Line, Pager) can't be time-controlled but changed to your personal needs..
Also the Active Standby is on board. It lets you activate functions on the main screen.
The N71 is equipped with a radio and a "visual radio" named, net-based service.
On the N71 Quickoffice (lite) is pre-installed. It is a attachment viewer supporting the most common features of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel (Microsoft Office 97, 2000, XP and 2003). Editing these documents is not possible.
The built-in MP3 Player with his sound sections ((Standard, Acoustic, bass Booster, Hip Hop, pop, R&B, Rock) own ones are also possible) in connection with a Koss Porta headset sounds very well. However it does not match the quality you'll find on the Nokia N91. The N71 does include a Stereo headset and a headphones adapter. So you'll not have to buy one extra.
The MP3 Player supports play lists as well as it reacts fast and in connection with the actve standby, it is very good to handle.
The sound of the MP3 Player is balanced, however, there is no big bass. This shortcoming, however, can balance easily using some Koss Porta headsets. In total the sound of the N71 is - compared with that of the Nokia 6270 - very good. The N80/E60/6230(i) is not better. Nokias' N91, however, sounds better.
They are two old games installed - snake and card deck. There are also a few useful applications
- Personal shortcuts
- Customizable profiles
- Alarm clock
- Music Player (MP3/AAC)
- Real Player
- Flash Player
- Notepad for short notes
- Device lock
- Converter: Converts currencies, measurements, temperature, etc.
- World Clock II
- Quickoffice (Tables, Documents, Presentations)
On board is the Push-to-talk-Funktion for mobile networks, with a specific push-to-talk button. The PoC-service (Push to talk over Cellular) allows direct speech connections to individuals or groups - similar as at a Walkie-talkie. The changes made with Symbian 9.1 are hardly visible to the user. They are more "wihin" the system core.
The sound qualities during a call do not match a Nokia 6230i(i) or Nokia E60. From which reasons i do not know, but the conversation partners voice is heared duller, than on the above mentioned devices. The reception and sending quality are on low Smartphone level. In this discipline, E60 and Nokia 6230(i) are better. The 6230i(i) outdoes, however, almost all newer Nokia models.
The sound qualities of the built-in loudspeaker in radio and/or MP3 Player mode are completely sufficient. With higher tones it tends, however, to sound a bit stressed.
The Triband-Mobile (GSM 900/1800/1900) has good reception and sending quality in both D1 or O² nets. Dual Mode UMTS is not offered, however, there will be two different models. BT 1.2 transfer are rapid. The N71 can be used as a storage device if connected via Connectivity cable CA-53. Thanks to USB 2.0 the transfer speed is very good. A2DP however is not supported. It offers furthermore an external SIM-Access mode. The O² Homezone icon is shown correctly.
The E60 offers Nokias Pop-Port™ interface, this time it is secured with a plastic protector. After you connect using the USB Connectivity cable, the N71 offers modes as Media player, PC Suite and Data transfer. While using the Data transfer/Media player mode the N71 switches off-line and your are not able to receive or make calls. There is no external docking station and the N71 can not be loaded via Connectivity cable.
The new S60 browser is based on Safari's WebCore. The 'minimap' function will show a full page at a glance and you may zoom in individual steps. Support for RSS is offered also, however, still expandable.
The new browser is much faster than Nokias older solutions. The N71 browser seems to be as stable and fast, as on the N80. The E60 browser is in my opinion better.
The N71 is equipped with an integrated 2-Megapixel camera with up to 20-times digitalzoom as well as a flashlight. It is on the usual level, however, it does not match the quality of Sony Ericssons K750i/D750/W800/W810i and Co. The camera itself offers three quality stages at a maximum resolution of 1.600 pixels in print mode. There is no autofocus at all. The N71 offers again a great number of photo options as well as modes. This time these modes remain permanently visible in the cam viewer. Because of that, the cam viewer seems to look smaller. But the options are also faster attainable.
The camera on the front (VGA-resolution) offers 2-times Digitalzoom in moderate quality, but sufficient for video telephony. Videos can be recorded and played in resolution of 352 x 288 pixels (CIF), 176 x 144 pixels (QCIF) or 128 x to 96 pixels (SubQCIF) with 15 frames per second and of course fullscreen.
The N71 has three themes installed (Thema 1 (former Nokia), Glass, Metal). But there are plenty of other 3rd Edition themes available on the net.
Themes for S60
Here is a short list of websites, which offer compatible 3rd Edition Symbian 9.1 software.
Mobile2day mobilreview Symbian9 my-symbian
How long can you go?
The battery is very good for a Series60. In case of intense use of the functions, you can use the N71 more than a whole working day. (Surley not, if you make calss the whole day. If you only use the MP3 Player, you will come up with a respectable time of about 16 hours. In case of moderate use, you can save yourself for about 3 days before recharging and in standby mode with good reception, it will last 4-5 days (in GSM mode). The battery of the N71 is stronger than on the N80/N91, for that the display is brighter.
Do i have to buy it asap?
In fact, the N71 does not offer anything new or surprisingly. The existing PIM/Office functions were taken over to 3rd Edition of the N71 1:1. The display size in relation to the display solution is chosen optimally. The icons as well as texts are really big and in total, the display is well visble and readable.
The N71 does not offer new or exciting features. It looks like a "striiped" N80 sold as a clamshell. It still has some minor problems with its firmware, as in fact all newer Nokia have. Weaknesses in the quality of build, as at the beginning of the N80 or as at the 6280 are not visibile. I can recommend the N71 only in case somebody is looking for the latest 3rd Edition Symbian in clamshell form factor. The N71 does not has the charm of a N80 or N91. It does not offer the business features of the E60 either. In my eyes it is rather a kind of niche product.