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Nokia e71 For the past three weeks I have been testing the new Nokia e71 and Apple’s iPhone 3g. Both phones are well built and deliver as promised in almost all areas. Below I will give a few tidbits about my experiences with each one. I am also at the same time working on deploying Microsoft’s System Center Mobile Device Manager (SCMDM). This will not come in to play with either of these devices though. Although they have licensed and support Exchange ActiveSync, SCMDM will only support devices running a minimum of Windows Mobile 6.1.

If you have specific questions about the functionality of each device, post it below in the comments and I will try my best to answer. I do not have expert level knowledge of the devices yet, so your best bet is general usage questions.

iPhone: the iPhone is the best device IMO for the consumer or business user that needs something that delivers entertainment options and applications that are easy to consume and install. It also delivers corporate email via Exchange ActiveSync, but as with the music, videos and apps, you “get what you get” with no customization options. There are preferences, but you cannot travel off the reservation. Apple wields total control over what you can do, right down to the apps you load. iTunes is the interface for managing data on the phone and synchronizing it with your library of music, videos, podcasts and applications.

apple-iphone iTunes will allow you to backup and restore your phone as well, but only the basic configuration information, accounts and preferences. It does not back up data such as music, photos and apps. You also use iTunes to upgrade the OS on your phone to the latest version.

Corporate email from an Exchange Server (Exchange 2003 SP2 or later) is supported and works very well. There are several limitations and hopefully the list will get shorter with each version update. The calendar is the weakest link, and unfortunately, this is an application that corporate executives are highly dependent on. You cannot create an appointment and invite others from your company. When an appointment is cancelled, there is no option to “remove from calendar” it stays there and in the body of the appointment says “cancelled.” You cannot forward appointments on to others in your company.

Email functions well but also has it own nits. HTML rendering is very small and you almost always need to zoom in and scroll sideways to read an email. Rendering an email with a large distribution times out often leaving you with a blank screen. There isn't an option to type in landscape orientation.

I had to wonder if Apple even threw up an Exchange server internally to use during the development of the enterprise email features. Obviously they do not use Exchange email at Apple, and this is evident in the way some things were thought out. They missed some very basic things Outlook users rely on.

I would also like to see an unread email count on the screen when locked. You have to unlock the screen in order to check on received emails. It shows appointments and missed calls without unlocking. There is a simple PIN lock you can employ from the device and if you run Exchange ActiveSync you may also employ a password policy for locking out the screen.

There is no full disk encryption if your information security team requires this.

And of course, you have to be down with the soft keyboard. They have the best one I have used but some people just cannot get used to it. I was capable on it after about a week. Your mileage may vary.

In a nutshell: it does everything you may want to do, but what you may want to do is limited by Apple.

Tomorrow part II: Nokia e71

Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 12:23 PM Mobility , Apple , iPhone , Mac OS X | Back to top

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I've set up Iphone's Exchange activeSync and Exchange2003 sp2, and it work well..
now I purchased nokia E71, but I can't make it work, I even cannot access OMA or OWA using the web browser from the E71, get error of authentication failed, unknown user or wrong password, so setting up the Email for Exchange(v2.7) also don't work, having the same error, and I'm sure that che username and the password are correct..
Under the Protection of the event view on Exchange server are logged all the attempts and failed authentications, the user and the domain are correct..

Access failed:
Cause: unknown user or password not valid
User: "myuser"
Domain: "mydomainname"
Access type: 8
Access process: Advapi
Authentication Packet: Negotiate

OWA or OMA are working well from a desktop computer, iphone and windows mobile emulator, the event logged for the successed authentications are differente in
Access type: 3
Access process: NtLmSsp
Authentication packet: NTLM

Could anyone help me, thanks
Left by Jinwu on Nov 17, 2008 9:39 AM

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1. if i send an appointment from my outlook calender by email to the nokia e71, can it be intergrated directly into the phone calender?

2. can attachments ascociated with appointments be retained in the calender?

3. can the e71 manage ppt and word files for editing

thank you
Left by bellone on Mar 18, 2009 5:21 PM

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Bellone -

1. I have not tried this but I believe it supports the standard .ics format.
2. Yes
3. Yes. If it is Office 2K3 or earlier then it can be done with the native app included on the phone. If it is Office 2K7 then you have to pay $5 US to upgrade to the latest version.
Left by Chris Haaker on Mar 19, 2009 2:17 PM

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I bought both last week and was just going to start the migration of my previous calender into one of the phones .. Thanks for easing the decision! :)

Also I've heard that the iPhone currently does not support copy/paste - which I use a lot.

Left by Kilian Güntner on Apr 27, 2009 7:36 AM

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Left by JJ on Jul 26, 2009 12:19 AM

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I have 2 questions.

Nokia E71:

I have configured my exchange mail account on my phone. My company enforces a security policy which forces users to select a 4 digit pin. When I try to synchronize my phone, it prompts me to enter the default pin before setting my new 4 digit pin. Depending on the firmware on the phone, this can be a variations of pin numbers. Is this normal behaviour for the E71?


I have configured my exchange account on my cell phone. I synchronize my calendar automatically, as my receptionist controls my diary entries at work. Many of the entries my receptionist makes on my calendar at work, do not appear on my cell phone, although my items are synchronized. Meeting reminders also do not appear. Is this normal behavious for the I-phone?
Left by Hanneliese Fouriw on Mar 07, 2010 9:59 PM

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