nokia e71

Nokia E71 firmware update

About every 2 weeks I backup my phone and in the same effort see if there is a firmware update from Nokia. Because of a few glitches in the current (original) firmware I was hopeful Nokia was listening.

  • 5 to 10 sec unresponsiveness (once or twice a week)
  • spontaneous reboot when using mostly in addressbook (once a month)
  • inability to enter addressbook, quits immediately (3 times in 6 months)
  • WPA and WPA2 authentication does not work (luckily dd-wrt can have different auth on a single AP)

And today I found the shiny new v110.07.127 firmware update ready to be installed. Time will tell if those glitches are gone. (The WPA problem still exists for me) Does the new firmware feel much more interactive, or is my mind playing tricks on me again ?

After the firmware upgrade and restoring the backup I did loose some applications. I don't know why exactly, it seems that the applications on my phone's memory were either not backupped, or not restored :-(

Skype for Symbian

In a recent conversation someone told me he believed there was a Skype for Symbian devices and I could not believe I missed it while looking for it.

So I did the obvious and typed in Google "Skype for Symbian" and the first sponsored link invites to download it directly from skype.com.

Great ! Not really. It does not exist. Or at least Skype is making it very hard to find :-)

My rationale for the Nokia E71

Last week I bought a Nokia E71, a few days before the iPhone 3G was available in stores. You may think I must be crazy for not giving into Apple, but I have my reasons.

I had the following list of requirements:

  • Full keyboard (and not an on-screen keyboard)
  • OS that I could develop for (Symbian ?)
  • Not based on Windows
  • Needed Wifi, GPRS, UMTS
  • Wanted an SSH client (preferably putty)
  • USB connection and bluetooth
  • Small enough to fit well in my pocket