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Samsung Nokia E71x First Look  

The Nokia E71 is one of Nokia's most critically-acclaimed and popular smartphones of all time, right up there with the N95. It hits a sweet spot of features, size, and design for many, many people.

The E71x is the long-rumored version for AT&T. Fortunately, and contrary to some rumors, the hardware exactly the same. This includes WiFi, GPS, the sleek metal casing (including the back cover) and the 3-megapixel auto-focus camera.

So what makes the E71x different enough to warrant that "x" tacked on to the model name? Check out our video, or read on the text continued below.

The differences are in software. As one might expect, AT&T has placed its chosen application icons on the main menu, and disabled the ability to deleted them or hide them in folders. However, you can move AT&T apps to the bottom of the main menu.

As on all S60 phones, most other apps can be re-arranged and flexibly sorted into folders however you like, with the notable exception of the "My Stuff" folder, which seems to be completely locked down for some odd reason. The gallery application is located here, and can't be moved out to the main menu, for example. Fortunately, the "Tools" menu is not crippled this way, so you can move important apps like the Calendar out to the main menu.

The E71x also upgrades to the newer version of S30: S60 Third Edition Feature Pack 2. (The stock E71 only comes with the preview Feature Pack 1 version.) Feature Pack 2 adds a handy "Show open apps" option to every Options menu throughout all apps. This makes it easy to discover and access the multi-tasking abilities of S60.

The E71x also moves the clock and status icons to the bottom bar of the interface, (next to the soft key labels,) so you can see the time even when you're not on the home screen.

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