Another day, another slider phone. But as they’re the fashionista’s phone of choice right now, that’s no bad thing. The latest candidate for your cash is the BenQ-Siemens EL71, a very slim phone with a decent specification behind the looks.
BenQ-Siemens describe it as "the cutting edge of design" with its compact shape, brushed aluminium finish and stainless steel keypad. It’s certainly an attractive handset, but it’s also got some nice features. There’s a 2-inch QVGA display (262,144 colours). a decent integrated 1.3mp digital camera with LED flash and a video function for shooting and replaying short movie sequences. There’s also a music player on board, which plays MP3 and AAC+ music files and by using the Music Cable IHM-100 (available sepearately), the EL71 can be connected to any hi-fi system. Memory is a less-than-great 16MB internal memory, but this can be increased up to 1GB by microSD cards.
The BenQ-Siemens EL71 will be available in July in the UK in "Quartz Anthracite" and "Opal Black" from free on contract and from £250 sim-free.