Features of the Nokia N71 include:
Nokia N71 review on allaboutsymbian.com
"First impressions of the N71 are good, the phone is certainly diminutive, measuring only 94mm long, including the bulky hinge, and weighing just 133g. It's nicely constructed in black and silver plastic and the hinge seems sturdy. There's no sprung flip action here, you'll need two hands to open the clamshell, which may be a problem for some people - single handed use is one advantage of the traditional candy bar design. Opening the device is enough to auto-answer an incoming call, an expected but still nice to have feature."
Nokia N71 review on My-Symbian
"The first thing you'll notice is that the phone is quite small. Being a clamshell, it is obviously still quite thick but its width and height are considerably smaller than e.g. Nokia N90's and it's slightly thinner, too. The dimensions are 98.6 x 51.2 x 23.0 mm and the phone weighs 139 grams, which is 35 grams less than the N90. N71 uses the BL5-C Li-Ion battery and with moderate use it should give about 2-3 days of standby time, but people browsing the Web and using organiser functions and 3rd party software may find it necessary to top up the accu daily."
What I liked:
What I didn't like:
Nokia N71 review on GsmArena
"A big surprise in N71 is that although it is a big phone and is supposed to be very stable, there are some construction mishaps in it. The most major one is the top part of the clamshell. When it is closed, it plays a bit to the both sides. Probably that comes from the poor hinging of the two parts."
Nokia N71 review on Mobile-Review
"The appearance of such clamshells is practically well-taken, as it widens the products line and provides choice to users, who love this form-factor. When speaking about Nokia N71, we can surely call the Nokia N70 its prototype. And a clamshell is a slightly improved version of this phone (and again, you should overlook technical details, consider the question from positioning point of view)."
The model shows no problems with connection. The interlocutor's voice is heard well, and yours also. The volume of the 64-tones polyphonic call is high, and if setting MP3 melodies, the polyphony quality plays the minor role. The power of the vibra is lower than average, and the signal can be missed. A great plus of the model is it is one of the first based on a renewed platform (S60 3d Edition) and provides all corresponding software advantages. The camera is quite comparable with Nokia N70 and has no advantages. In general, the handset is not positioned as a fashion phone; it is one of the first working horses of the N-series in this form-factor (like the N70). This model is not a good solution for ones who desire to distinguish with a product by a famous trade mark and show off with a new expensive phone. It is not as good as the N80 for worshipers of technical excess both considering the screen and the camera. The model is a compromise between Nokia N70 and Nokia N80 in another form-factor, which will also attract audience. You shouldn't expect this model to become a bestseller, it will have sure moderate sale, and the company counts on it (bestsellers are models with the last digit of the index equal to 0 or 5, for instance, the N95).
Nokia N71 review on TrustedReviews
"The keypad is the bigger disappointment, though. The number pad and control keys are separated by a design feature – a slightly curved indent in the casing which to my mind just consumes potentially useful space.
There are several things I just don’t like about the keypad design design. The softkeys are a long way from the softmenus they map onto, and while you will get used to this it is a little disconcerting at first.
The navigation key sits in the centre of a familiar group – Call, End, and those softmenu keys. It could easily be a third larger, and its raised select button feels only OK under the fingers. The whole thing needs an element of digit-precision to use effectively."
Despite the strong qualities of Symbian S60 v3 I can’t help feeling antipathy towards the N71 because of its poor hardware design. If Nokia intends to produce any more clamshell handset, it should think about the usability features that format lends itself to. Not least it should consider spring-loading the mechanism, which, as it stands on this large handset, feels very unwieldy and needs two hands to open.
Nokia N71 review on infosyncworld
"As we've come to expect from Nokia, wireless connectivity in the N71 performs superbly - even though it doesn't contain the maker's most extensive line-up. Tri-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE and 3G take care of the long haul, while Bluetooth brings up the rear for mono headset and laptop connectivity, among other things. The N71 does its best to exploit this setup with the contrast-filled browser, which excels at enabling navigation of full-size web pages through panning and zooming whilst simultaneously failing to provide readable versions of said pages due to its lack of layout optimization."
Nokia N71 review on mobile-phones-uk.org.uk
"The Nokia N71 is a 3G SmartPhone in a clamshell format. Best thought of as an N70 but in clamshell design, the N71 has many good features, but comes with a couple of health warnings too. "
"Downsides are the usual for a Symbian phone - a slow user interface and occasional freezing or software errors. All things considered, the N71 is a good-enough SmartPhone in a clamshell format, with good functionality and especially excellentmusic capabilities, but with a number of problems that prevent it from being an excellent phone."