Nokia are learning fast
I finally upgraded my contract yesterday because the Nokia E71 was available. It really is a super handset - GPS, FM radio, qwerty keyboard and more - but I had a couple of pleasant surprises when I opened the box. The accessories and software bundled with this phone are quite stunning and hopefully a portent of the future.
- Stereo headset is included. Not only do you get a really nice headset but the phone uses a 2mm jack. If you have nicer headphones, you can just plug them in. And because the jack is up on the side out of the way, you can use headphones and a bluetooth keyboard without doing any balancing acts.
- 2Gb SD card included - none of yer 128Mb cards here. 2Gb is a great capacity for the average user.
- A decent leather case is supplied.
- The voice recorder is no longer crippled to a few minutes. You can record high-quality WAVs for an hour or more.
- Nokia Maps is included. Navigating around Gauteng with just your cellphone using high detailed local map information is easy. In fact, I'm going to use the feature just now when I go to an unfamiliar area for a meeting.
- The Wifi chipset has been vastly improved. I can browse from practically anywhere at home at full speed now.
I loved my E61i (and still do) but the E71 has been improved by an order of magnitude and doesn't force me to go and buy additional accessories.