Author and widely read tech blogger (Joel on Software), Joel Spolsky published a rave review today of Nokia's newest QWERTY business phone, the E71. Ever since this phone was announced, I've thought it would be a huge success. Smaller, thinner and lighter than the Blackberry Curve or iPhone; tons of memory; fast, stable, expandable S60 OS and a keyboard that just about every reviewer seems to like in spite of what appear to be minuscule keys.
Joel certainly seems to agree, explaining why he chose it over the iPhone 3G and saying things like "... the best phone I’ve ever had and I’m loving it." He does have a few complaints, mostly about the bundled Nokia software, specifically the WebKit browser, Nokia Maps and Nokia's Mail for Exchange preferring to use Opera Mini, Google Maps and DataViz RoadSync respectively.
I wonder why ATT and T-Mobile USA are seeming ignoring this phone? Nokia really needs to make some deals to put the E71 on US carriers at an attractive, subsidized price. I think this phone would open the eyes of a lot of dedicated Blackberry, Windows Mobile and even iPhone users to the joy of S60's openness, huge software library, great multitasking and GPS support and industry leading voice quality and reception. Though I've heard some rumblings that the E71's reception isn't up Nokia's usual standards. On the other hand, Gear Diary's Michael Oke says the E71's reception is as good as the N95's, which if true would be very good indeed.
How about you? If you have an E71 let us know about your likes and dislikes and especially how you find the reception in marginal areas.