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Qwerty smartphone showdown: BlackBerry Bold vs. Nokia E71

For those who want a smartphone with a full keyboard, the BlackBerry Bold and the Nokia E71 are two of the best choices on the market. CNET TV's Prizefightdid a no-holds-barred comparison of the two. See which one came out the winner.

For those who want a smartphone with a full keyboard, the BlackBerry Bold and the Nokia E71 are two of the best choices on the market. CNET TV's Prizefight did a no-holds-barred comparison of the two.

My colleague Bill Detwiler has been testing the Nokia E71 and I've been testing the BlackBerry Bold, so we've informally compared these two a number of times. I'm happy to say that CNET got it right in its evaluation.

The only things we would add are that the Bold doesn't have very good battery life and the E71 doesn't allow you to access any of the inbox subfolders in your Exchange mailbox.

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6 comments
JohnOfStony
JohnOfStony

I work in an open plan office and have no speakers connected to my computer. I have no need for sound in my work so I don't have any handy headphones. Videos use significantly more bandwidth than text & photos and take a fixed time to run whereas text and photos can be scanned for nuggets of information. Moreover, the resolution of videos is pathetic compared with still photos. Please can we have fewer videos, or preferably none, or can someone tell me the advantage of videos over text and photos?

naudi
naudi

At this company streaming video is not allowed due to bandwidth. Please use text.

chris.elvidge
chris.elvidge

Agreed. Text is so much better. D/L and read at leisure.

waltz
waltz

My primary client?s IT Dept. allow any type of Smartphone that their users prefer; the only limitations are $$ reimbursed. As a result we support anything except iPods; many are QWERTY types and quite a few are not. The lack of standardization is a real hemorrhoid! In regards to the article: I agree with most of the previous comments. Text/pictures are preferable in a business environment. WaltZ

joseph.johnson
joseph.johnson

Who has time to watch this much video? Give both a text and video choice. Keep both short and directly to the point so we get the info we need in the quickest time possible. If we want entertainment we can visit YouTube after work.

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