The construction and design of the phone are quite controversial; the N71 is bulky and somewhat unstable in the hand, but some people like the heftiness (we don’t, not in a clamshell). Minor niggles include a tiny On/Off button. But the display is good, the user interface response is fast, and we liked the two-position opening – a part-open mode allows the phone to sit on a flat surface for video recording. An audible click sound lets you know when you have reached the desired position.
Overall, the N71 definitely has its plus points and can offer much to the end users – but it lacks a sense of style, and its bulky size will certainly put off many would-be customers. Shame.
• Missed opportunity.
TFT, 256K colours, 320×240 pixels, 36×49 mm; secondary external screen
2 MP, 1600×1200 pixels, video(CIF), flash; secondary VGA video call camera
3G, triband GSM, Bluetooth, USB, IR
Standby 220h Talk time 4h
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