The N71 is another Nokia smartphone based on Symbian 9.1 and the S60 3rd edition user interface. It’s a 3G phone, and as well as the high-quality 2mp camera there’s a VGA one for video calls. A 128 MB miniSD card is included in the box.

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.

The display is ok and performs very well both in good and bad light conditions, though it’s not as good as on other Nokias – the N90 and N80, for example. The body of the phone is made out of metallic plastic, and the display has a mirror-like finish to improve legibility under direct sunlight.
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.


Length 98.6mm
Width 51mm
Depth 25.8mm
Main display   
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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