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I am feeling much better now that I am back to my Nokia E61. Yes, I only used the N95 for just a day and I already miss the good old QWERTY keyboard so dearly that I had to switch back. I guess I am the type of mobile user who just can’t live without a keyboard on his mobile device. 

There was numerous things I noticed to be different, and annoying, on the N95. I noticed that you can’t display your messages or email on the active standby screen. On my E61, I can easily set a default mailbox to be displayed under the active standby applications. I could choose either one of my email mailboxes or my SMS inbox. On the other hand, the N95 doesn’t have this feature.

Another thing I noticed was the bahviour of the end call button (the red button). When you press the button while using one of the built in applications that comes with the phone, it doesn’t necessarily mean you shutdown the application. A quick press-and-hold on the menu key will clearly show that the application is still running in the background. The only way to close those applications is through the application’s menu (Options -> Exit).

Another thing that was mind boggling is the device’s screensaver (or powersaver). It will only be displayed in landscape mode. There isn’t a way to change it to portrait. Now why on earth would people have to rotate the device to clearly read the time or any notices on the screensaver? I just thought it was so retarted for a screensaver to behave in this way.

One more thing I hated about the N95 is how cheap the device felt in my hand. The buttons felt somewhat loose and the sliding screen wasn’t as strong as I thought it would be. There is no doubt that the device will easily slide open accidentally just by trying to slip it into your pocket. Plus, Nokia decided to place the headphone jack on the left side of their “multimedia computer” instead of on top making it difficult to get a good grip of the device when using the headphones.

I can certainly go on and on about other things I didn’t like, but the main point here is the fact that the device failed to meet my expectations (considering the price tag) and managed, in a way or another, to make me further appreciate my E61.

So as it turns out, I am more of an E-Series than an N-Series guy.

That’s right, and I am using my new Nokia N95 8GB right now to type out this blog post. The phone’s build quality isn’t as good as I thought or imagined. What I did notice is the phone’s speedy performance compared to the E61. Nevertheless, it certainly serves it’s main and only purpose as a multimedia phone.

Honestly, using the phone’s numpad to blog or type a message or a web address is frustrating, painfull and extremely time consuming. It definitly makes me miss using my E61’s QWERTY keyboard. I don’t think I will be using this phone for a long time since I do a lot of typing. That being said, the phone did impress me with its kick ass camera as well as the loud and clear stereo speakers.

Whenever I get the opportunity to buy a new cellphone, I always look for that QWERTY keyboard. I just don’t think I can do the many things I do daily on my cellphone without it. I blog, write notes, surf the web and schedule appointments all on my cellphone. And without a QWERTY keyboard it will certainly take me longer to perform any of these tasks. Not to mention the frustration that comes from not hitting the right button a certain number of times to get that special or numeric character on a numpad. 

One of the reasons why I am still attached to my Nokia E61 is for the fact that I can type fast on it. The keyboard buttons feel great and anyone can quickly get used to it. Believe it or not, I bought numerous phones and kept switching back and forth between devices but I always end up going back to my Nokia E61. I have had this device for years now and I still see no reason to completely replace it. If anything, I might replace it with its latest successor, the Nokia E71. Hmmm, now that I mentioned it, that wouldn’t be a bad idea.

I have researched the web high and low to find the best camera phone and one phone in particular keeps showing up. The Nokia N95

Nokia Ovi and flickr has thousands, if not more, of photos take by Nokia N95 owners all around the globe and all of them prove the fact that it is the best and most popular camera phone in the market so far. The photos are vibrant and full of colour. Even videos taken by the phone look so professional and crystal clear.

So there you have it. If you are looking for the best camera and video phone out there, then look no further than the Nokia N95. It certainly won’t disappoint you. You might even end up ditching your digital camera.

I have always been fond of Nokia’s E series phone lineup so I was excited when I read that Nokia officially announced the new E71. It’s certainly a pretty device with pretty much all the high end features a business user could ask for. 

What surprised me is the phone’s new size. Apparently it’s a bit smaller and a lot thinner than the E61 but still manages to pack more features. The E71 has built in GPS/A-GPS, 3.2 MP camera with flash, front VGA video camera, and runs the latest S60 Symbian OS. As well as the usual QWERTY keyboard, WiFi, and Bluetooth.

I was disappointed to see the same screen size though. Honestly, I was hoping for a total makeover for the phone’s form factor. I am not saying that I didn’t like the E61’s design (I wouldn’t be using it right now to blog if it was true) but I was hoping for Nokia to come up with a slide out QWERTY keyboard phone with a large screen that covers most of the phone’s size. And I thought this would be the E71. I am positive that I am not the only one who is waiting for a Nokia phone with a screen larger than N95’s screen.

Nevertheless, the E71 is an attractive, slim, and feature packed phone with lots to offer and it certainly proves the E61’s success in the mobile market.


Well it has certainly been an interesting experience switching back and forth between mobile devices especially when it’s a huge leap. I have to admit that selling the HTC Advantage and going back to my Nokia E61 was the right thing to do. I guess I am not ready yet for a Windows Mobile device, not until it gets a whole UI make over.

Anyway, for the meantime I will continue blogging and surfing the web on my E61 using Opera Mini which is to date the best internet browser for any mobile device.


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