|Nokia E71 makes its US debut at the Nokia Flagship Store in New York|
An eager crowd greeted the official arrival of the highly anticipated Americas version (GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 850/1900) of the Nokia E71 at a private event in the Nokia Flagship Store in midtown Manhattan on the evening of Thursday, July 24th. Attracted by its balance of style, features and services, the invited guests had each signed up to ensure that they would be among the first people in the United States to bring home this exciting new device. The Nokia E71, which at .39 inches thick, is the slimmest QWERTY device on the market, is now available to the general public through a variety of consumer electronics, wireless and online retailers, and at the Nokia Flagship Stores in Chicago and New York"Every aspect of the Nokia E71 is designed to deliver a superior mobile experience. From the flowing stainless steel design, large brilliant screen, and QWERTY keyboard to a wide selection of messaging applications and services, this smartphone is already receiving rave reviews from consumers and business users alike." said Bill Plummer, Vice President of Go-To-Market for Nokia Americas. "Personal and professional lives are becoming increasingly connected and the Nokia E71 is a stylish and powerful way to balance both, including through its unique one-click 'switch mode' function which adjusts the E71's look, feel and featured application-set from work-focused to personal-focused."
One guest at Nokia's manhattan preview event, Alan Mitchell, said "I've been waiting for the E71 for a long time; I've followed every bit of information about its release. The reason I waited so long is that this device has everything I want my smartphone to have - style, GPS, Wi-Fi, camera that can take video, 3G and a full keyboard - competitors devices don't compare."
The Nokia E71 also includes a number of entertainment features and supports many of the latest Ovi services including Nokia Maps and Share on Ovi. With integrated A-GPS and Nokia Maps 2.0, the Nokia E71 can easily pinpoint locations and provide optional turn-by-turn navigation information. The device also captures high-quality images and videos with its 3.2 megapixel camera, which can be quickly uploaded and shared with friends and family around the world using the fun and easy Share on Ovi service.
Easy-to-configure email, including support for both enterprise-grade email including Mail for Exchange and Intellisync as well as the most popular consumer email services like Gmail, Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail, combined with real-time access to calendar information, contacts and to-do lists make the Nokia E71 a perfect productivity tool. Built-in encryption technology for both the device memory and an optional microSD memory card is also included with the Nokia E71.
"Despite its compact size, the Nokia E71 manages to integrate an extremely comfortable and usable QWERTY keyboard. E-mail setup is also a strong point for the Nokia E71. Whether using a corporate Exchange server or a personal e-mail account, the built-in setup wizard makes setup quick and easy for both IT professionals and end consumers alike," said Andrew Brown, Director of Wireless Enterprise Strategies for Strategy Analytics.
Another guest, Dean Hamilton, shared, "I previously owned the Nokia E61i so upgrading was a natural choice. The E71 is the only device that does everything I need it to do - VPN access, VoIP, sync my calendar and contacts. Also, I don't carry a separate camera so the 3.2 megapixel is something I needed."
The new Nokia E71 is now available for an unsubsidized retail price of approximately USD 500.