I have been using the E71 for a very long time now. After all the weeks with it I’m very happy with the phone and its features. Unfortunately there are also some huge cons compared to Nseries-devices. In this post I want to show you what Nokia could make better in a possible successor for the phone.
The thing I hate most about the E71 is its camera. The device has a 3.2 megapixel camera with a crappy LED-flash and no special camera-key. The noise in the pictures is very bad and you can almost compare the camera to the N81’s. A successor definitely should feature a 5 megapixel camera and a special camera-key on the side of the device.
3,5mm headphone jack
One of the most annoying aspects of the E71 is the 2,5mm headphone jack. Nokia, why do you build in those 2,5mm jacks if nobody uses headphones with a 2,5mm connector? This is just annoying, the user needs to buy an adapter to use his 3,5mm headphones or he needs to use the crappy headset which comes with the phone.
Bigger keys or touchscreen
Lots of my friends had problems with using the small keys of the E71. To use the small keyboard correct you need to get used to it and you also should have thin fingers. If you don’t have thin fingers or if you’re using the E71 for the first time typing in something definitely is a problem. To solve this problem a possible successor should get bigger keys or even a touchscreen all over the front of the device.
Not so many business keys
As an Eseries-device the E71 needs all those special business-keys, e.g. for accessing the calender or your contacts quickly. But a multimedia-user don’t need all those special keys. Without those keys there’s enough free space for bigger keys which are needed by many users with big fingers, as mentioned before. Another option would be a touchscreen.
Non Eseries device
Since the E71 is an Eseries-device it’s especially designed for the business-users. A successor with all the features above shouldn’t be Eseries but Nseries because of its huge amount of multimedia-features.
In my opinion a device with the E71’s measurements, its chromed housing, a good camera and a touchscreen would be perfect. Because of the multimedia-features it shouldn’t be an Eseries, but the device would perfectly fit with the Nokia Nseries.