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Review: Nokia E71

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The E71 is a messaging powerhouse. Email, SMS, MMS, audio messages, IM, PTT — it's got it all. If you need to send someone a message, the E71 provides every possible avenue to do so.

First, email. The E71 has a dedicated email key on the front. Press it, and, if you haven't already set up an email inbox, it will walk you through the steps to do so. This includes push email from your company, or IMAP or POP3 email from other types of accounts. You can also set up the dock in Active Standby mode to jump directly into your inbox, or initiate a new email. You can email to bulk addresses, add attachments, and address messages to your contacts directly from the mail application.

One thing to note, Nokia no longer supports BlackBerry connect. Previous E Series devices could syn corporate email with BlackBerry servers. The E71 (and the E66) cannot. They require Microsoft servers.

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SMS and MMS are similar to email, though stripped down to 160 character limits. One thing we wish Nokia would get on board with is threaded SMS conversations. The iPhone does it. The Instinct does it. Most Palm devices do it. Threaded messaging has been around for years, and is an absolute must for a messaging device. Quite a shame that Nokia hasn't been able to work this issue out. Nokia's beta labs offers a test version of a threaded SMS application that is free to download, but it is not a native app for S60. In fact, rather than part of the messaging applications, Nokia's "Conversations" is an add on to the Contacts application. It does give user a threaded SMS option, but not a very good one.

New messages will show up on the E71's screen in a little bubble along the bottom. Scrolling over that bubble will open a dialog box and you can scan the contents of whatever messages are in your inbox without having to fully open your inbox. This is useful if you're in a hurry and want to determine if the message is important enough to open all the way.


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