Nokia E90 Communicator in-depth review -

Look and Feel

The Nokia E90 Is a large phone, although build quality is very good, with a solid protective casing. The clamshell locks at 90 degrees, and a gentle nudge lets you open it further to whatever angle works for you, right up to 180 degrees.

Features

Among the myriad feature onthe Nokia E90 are quad-band, 3G, video calling, a 3.2-megapixel camera, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, music player, FM radio, media player, web browser, mobile email including a push-email options, QuickOffice and expandable memory.

Ease of Use

Windows Mobile users may feel the lack of a touch-screen, but Symbian has been tweaked to suit the wide-screen format, and softmenu key options and shortcut keys mean it's easy to get around.

Performance

The wide screen format provides a great platform for viewing web pages, and downloading over Wi-Fi is speedy. The route planning app can take a while to get a fix, but works well after. Photos are nice, and music sounds good when streamed over Bluetooth speakers.

Battery Life

The Nokia E90 Communicator has 300 minutes of talktime, which is a goodly amount of time to make the most of its capabilities between charges.

 Nokia E90 Communicator Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:49:59 PM

10

out of 10

Performance

8

out of 5

Look and feel

8

out of 5

Ease of use

10

out of 5

Features

6

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

This smartphone is absolutely crammed with the latest business and multimedia functionality.

Cons:

Okay, so it's larger than your average, but the Communicator has been around for long enough now for this not to be a surprise.

The Nokia E90 is the latest in a long line of Communicators, all of them relatively large with clamshell designs that protect a built-in keyboard and a large screen. With every new Communicator, Nokia adds more features, and the E90 Communicator is packed with capabilities.

Wide screen

At first glance, the Nokia E90 looks like a large, retro Nokia mobile phone. The size and weight could put you off, but build quality is very good indeed, with a solid protective casing. The front holds a small keypad and a screen for quick access, but lift the lid and you find a screen measuring about 3.3 inches wide and 1.6 inches tall, enough to show web pages in their full width. The clamshell locks at 90 degrees. A gentle nudge lets you open it further to whatever angle works for you, right up to 180 degrees.
The screen isn't touch sensitive, which may disappoint people who are used to Windows Mobile devices. But Symbian S60 has been tweaked to suit the wide-screen format. It includes the familiar softmenu key options and there are many shortcut keys, so getting around the E90 shouldn't be a problem.

Smartphone features

We mentioned earlier that the Nokia E90 is stuffed with features. Here is a list of those that grab the headlines: quad-band, 3G, video calling, 3.2-megapixel -camera, built-in GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, music player, FM radio, media player, web browser, mobile email including a push-email options. You also get applications for diary and contact management, Nokia's barcode reader, Adobe PDF reader and QuickOffice.

MP3 player

The Nokia E90 music player can send stereo to a Bluetooth headset as well as using two speakers on the device itself to deliver loud sound. It is a pity the headset jack is a 2.5mm one, though, and there are no hardware controls for music. There is also an FM radio, and RealPlayer for video playback. You can store your music and multimedia using the 128MB on-board memory and provided 512MB microSD card.

3.2-megapixel camera

The 3.2 megapixel camera has autofocus and an LED flash and it shoots pretty nice pictures. There is no button dedicated to starting the camera, though a side button takes shots for you. You can capture video at VGA resolution and at up to 30 fps too. When it comes to viewing images and videos you can use either the outer or the inner screen, and Nokia's Gallery application is present for the task.

Route planner

The Nokia E90's GPS antenna isn't the best so can take a while to get a location fix. But the built-in Nokia Maps application can pinpoint your position and cater for route planning. You can even get it to provide turn- by-turn navigation if you are prepared to pay a subscription. There is something about the Communicator that grabs the attention, and for all its size and weight, we've enjoyed carrying it around.