The Nokia E71’s Workable Keyboard
I say workable, because even if it takes some time to get used to the QWERTY keyboard of the Nokia E71, it’s still decent enough to allow the input of an appreciable amount of text quickly. This very post was composed on the said smartphone.
The E71’s keypad features rounded and slightly raised buttons that are easy to distinguish from each other after some practice, but don’t require an extraordinary effort to push. Right now, I’m literally blazing through this part of the post, gaining confidence with each press and committing virtually no mistakes. I guess the only way to move faster would be to use a full-size keyboard—and the E71 supports wireless ones through Bluetooth. Once again, my love for real and actual physical buttons, over virtual keyboards, is justified.
The only thumboard experience that’s better than the E71 are the current generation Treos. But the latter don’t possess the versatility of this business-oriented gadget from the Finns. The E71 literally has everything you’ll need from a high-end phone, including multiple ways to go online (WiFi for hotspots, 3G for on-the-go). Bluetooth allows easy file transfers, and heck, there’s even IR to support those older work-related electronics.
I honestly have no idea how Nokia pulled this off, cramming additional features like GPS and a 3.2 megapixel camera with flash in a relatively thin and compact frame. It’s also worth noting that the E71 also improves on its predecessors’ respective thumboards, and supplies lots of power via a 1800mAh battery. You will appreciate its capacity as you spend the whole day listening to music, surfing the web, and taking pictures—and find that you haven’t even drained the battery halfway.
To make a long story short, I’m seriously considering getting this phone. It’s a matter of finding the cash to indulge this desire.