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Nokia E71 Battery Life

I’ve just noticed that the battery level on my E71 is down to just one bar. This doesn’t worry me, as I’ll be charging it in about an hour’s time. I wouldn’t normally blog about something as mundane as my battery being low, if it weren’t for the fact that the last time I charged it was Sunday evening.

Since today is Thursday, it means that my E71 has lasted a full four days. I am impressed. Thinking back to what I have done with my phone since Sunday evening, it’s been used rather a lot. I’ve listened to internet radio for about 15 minutes each morning, surfed the web, made phone calls, used a bit of Skype, taken a short video, taken some photos, sent some text messages, checked my email, used the alarm each day, and used Twitter via Twibble.

The E71 is quite a workhorse. It’s stuffed full of features, and, unlike the N95, I don’t have to worry about using them all.

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Life with the Nokia E71

I’ve had my E71 for about 6 weeks now, and I thought that I’d write a few words here to let people know how I’m getting along. Would I recommend the E71 to anyone who is looking for a smartphone? Absolutely. Would I recommend it over the iPhone? That depends. If battery life is important to you, then certainly. If productivity software such as word processing, spreadsheets, etc, then yes again. I’d even say that the camera on the E71 is better than that of the iPhone (based on shots that I’ve seen on Flickr).

However, I have found the breadth of software available for S60 series smartphones to be somewhat lacking. I’ve spent ages looking for a native Twitter client (not J2ME) and I’ve only found one (WirelessIRC + Twitter), which is an add-on to an IRC client. The iPhone has lots of clients, many with their own twists on user interface. [Update:¬†As of May 2009, there are a few more options, one of which, Gravity, is superb!]

Without going in to great detail of packages that I have tried and disliked, I do have an iPod Touch with which I can compare some apps. Generally, apps on the Touch are much nicer in terms of user interface. But I do know that battery life and a lacklustre camera on an iPhone would annoy me too.

However, I have a nice core of software on my phone that do most things that I would want to do whilst mobile. I have a phone whose battery lasts me 3 days of normal use (web browsing, Twittering, some music, some photos, updating the calendar, email) and I can coax more days out of it with less use.

So on the whole, I’m a happy E71 user, and hope that the phone lasts me a good 18 months or so before the next best thing is released!