Traditional cellular phones are now known as feature phones, deprecated by the advanced “smart phone”, which allows one to install feature rich, operating system applications. With the advanced computer opportunities, comes great security risks, your cell phone can now be cracked just as a personal computer can, as a result. That being said, most people seem to upgrade to a smart phone once given the opportunity.
You’ll notice many techies care more for technical specs than for marketing. As a result, you will often get a significantly superior product. While we were using the E71 for months while other friends awaited the iphone, we were using some of these stock features that come with the SymbianOS based E71:
* Can send Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
* Customize ringtones with your mp3s
* Removable storage device
* Replaceable battery that typically lasts a week between charges
* Removable SIM card
* 3.2M digital camera with flash that can record video
* Small video camera on the front for video conferencing
* Voice dialling
* Voice recording
* Bevelled Qwerty keyboard (touchscreen keyboards = ugh)
* Opensource operating system
* Instant messaging (Facebook, Twitter, MSN, Yahoo!, Skype etc)
* Encryption (internal flash disk and/or memory card)
* Can copy and paste
* Built in SIP (VoIP) client!
While we’ve not been compensated to recommend this cell phone, we’ve used it and enjoy it compared to the others we’ve tried. If you have one that you feel is superior to this, don’t hesitate to contact us with the technical reasons why!
The biggest issues we have with the E71:
* Calendaring requires Microsoft Outlook (why not an open standard like iCalendar (.ics)?)
* While the removable storage device shows up on Linux, there is no PC Suite like client for open source operating systems and the format used is proprietary.