OK. Verbose stream-of-consciousness follows. You have been cautioned! I'm pretty sure I'm not representative of most people, but it looks like I'm finally going to ditch my Palm TX for my Nokia E71. I've been carrying both for entirely too long. I'll explain what I like and dislike about the E71, but first a brief chronology: HP100LX->HP200LX->Treo 180 -> Tungsten E2 -> Palm TX -> Nokia E71. I first used a PIM called PC Tools on my desktop back in the 1980s. I managed to move those data to the HP100LX and on to each successive device, including my E71 – had that not been possible, the switch would have been a non-starter. So, the origins of my PIM data are over 20 years old. What do I like about the E71 as a stand-alone device? 1) It's just one device. That really is nice. 2) Great WiFi features, with reliable connection to my hidden WPA networks. 3) VPN capability, but I had to purchase a PPTP client because the Nokia-based IPSec is too complicated for me to sort just now...in theory it can be argued into connecting to my IPSec VPN Router. 4) Great phone 5) VoIP features really work, over both 3G (European, for me) and WiFi. 6) Skype runs natively on the E71. 7) Built-in GPS with your choice of subscription or free Turn-by-Turn Navigation. The subscription-enabled older Maps software is, IMO, superior to the later free navigation version of Maps. 8) Syncs (mostly) with Lotus Organizer and MS Outlook (I've not tried the latter). 9) Add-on software options are actually pretty decent right now. Opera web browsers are available, so you've got a choice. Between the built-in browser and Opera, there are few website that can't be viewed/used. Some of the add-on software is freeware, but most isn’t. However, all but a few vendors offer full-featured but expiring trial versions. 10) Seemingly good encryption capabilities for phone memory and SDHC cards. Other security features are well thought out. 11) It takes (so far) as large of a microSDHC as you can purchase. 12) Good music player, but I don't sync it with anything. 13) Runs Slingplayer mobile nicely 14) Mobipocket Reader runs on this platform so all of my Mobipocket books could be transferred w/o additional cost. With the PPTP VPN client, I can retrieve my daily newspaper from my home PC in Mobipocket format. 15) It has a great battery life, and a replaceable battery. 16) Camera is functional. 17) QWERTY keyboard with good keys which allow for one-hand use. 18) Interface layout is highly customizable. 19) The phone was included as part of a relatively inexpensive 18 month service plan. The carrier unlocked the phone upon request, and I've been able to de-brand it and upgrade firmware w/o being restricted to the carrier-provided versions. 20) So far, this phone has been far more reliable than the Nokia E60, E61 & E65 and as good as the very different N95. 21) It works as a BT modem or tethers (more easily) via USB Cable to other devices, including my Palm TX and my netbook, running both Ubuntu & W7. 22) I can actually beam most data between the E71 and my TX. This proved crucial as I was having trouble migrating my appointment from the TX to the E71 using sync software. But the IR beam took care of things elegantly. What do I dislike about the E71 as a stand-alone device? 1) It's a Nokia SymbianOS device. Nokia so predictably abandons devices by releasing a new one that you're left with a warm receipt and yet a stale product. And, now that Nokia has announced a move away from SymbianOS for their high-end phones, one can't expect much in the way of future SymbianOS development, can one? 2) It's a Nokia SymbianOS device. There are some very frustrating aspects about Nokia phones. I was used to one nice feature on my N95 (tabbed Contact Groups), only to find that this was missing from the E71 and similar, later models. I did just find a nice work-around, but I had to figure it out myself. The older version was BETTER. 3) It's a Nokia SymbianOS device. Some applications are not available for this platform and never will be (e.g., ePocrates) and some which are available have substantially less functionality than on the PalmOS platform (e.g., WorldMate Pro). 4) It’s a Nokia. Someone decided that those of use with nice ear buds didn’t really want to use them with our Nokias. So they came up with a 2.5mm headphone jack which is compatible with nothing you’d care to use. So you’re left trying to find a genuine Nokia adapter (good luck) or trying a third-party adapter which is usually terrible. 5) It’s a Nokia. Someone (possibly the same person as in 4 above) decided that the perfectly adequate mini-USB cable used on the N95 and on many, many other devices, was too large, so a new cable was needed, one that, for me, is necessary only on my E71. To keep it ridiculous, this device does not use the USB port for charging, which means that you’ve always got to carry a separate charger, while other phones can charge from the USB port of a computer. The voltage, BTW, is the same. 6) It’s a Nokia. The interface for some PIM features is much harder to navigate than on the Palm devices. But, to be fair, I’m finding a number of satisfactory work-arounds as things progress. I only this week decided to see if I could make the switch as success. More time will tell, but I’m encouraged. 7) It’s a Nokia. Everyone thinks it’s a Blackberry, and no one thinks I’ve got something cool… 8) It’s a European model, meaning that it will work only with European 3G frequencies. I knew that when I got it, so that’s no one’s fault, but I wish that a true “World Phone” would emerge which could handle all of the many permutations. A challenge, I admit, especially with T-Mobile USA’s dual-band transmit/receive gambit. 9) It's not an E72. But, at least it's not an E71x from AT&T! 10) It's not an Android. But, neither am I. Am I going to be able to do w/o my TX? We’ll see. I’ll miss it, but I won’t miss carrying two devices.