Well, not really a blog - I'm updating this as I find things rather than just appending to the bottom...
Note that details of services, data plans, coverage etc. are
probably not up-to-date. The page was written in 2010 and only sporadically
Acquire a Nokia E71 smartphone from Rogers Wireless
after losing my
Nokia 6820 which I'd had since 2005.
over a replacement that would do everything the 6820 would, but better - specifically, talk to my Nokia N810.
Lots of things. The phone is loaded with features, some of which I hadn't
- Voice calling - obviously
- Text messaging (ditto)
- Web browsing - now standard cf. when I bought the 6820. Preset defaults
for the access points on Rogers that can't be changed. The homepage
defaults to Rogers mobile portal, but can be overridden - at least for the "web"
icon if not the "internet" button.
- GPS. Not unsurprisingly faster than the chip in the N810. The settings
allow AGPS. There does not seem to be any 3D data (height information).
- The camera - decent resolution, much much better than the
camera in the 6820 or N810. Has a flash.
- Bluetooth from N810. I can browse the E71 memory from the N810.
- USB mass storage access from Linux. Shows up automounted in /media/disk
- Downloading apps from the Ovi store
- Accessing the Internet from the N810 using Bluetooth DUN
- The FM radio. Somewhat annoyingly, it refuses to work unless the wired headset
is connected, although sound can be directed to the speaker or, I believe, BT headset.
This is I believe because the radio uses the headset wire for an antenna -
but I would prefer that it at least try to work without. Maybe if there's
a strong VHF signal it would not need an antenna.
- E71 + Linux
- Pairing my Ubiquio Bluetooth keyboard. It was a bit tricky to pair on the N810
as I recall - on the E71 it shows up as "KEYBOARD" but won't pair properly.
The E71 has 3 non-volatile storage areas:
These can be accessed in various somewhat confusing ways.
- The phone memory
- The SIM card
- A removable microSD card
The zoom buttons for the preloaded map application are "3" and "6" - which require holding down
the function key.