Nokia E90 Communicator Review: Do-It-All Device Doesn’t Come Cheap

Nokia E90 Communicator
Nokia’s newest unlocked smartphone comes with dual screens and keyboards, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS, plus a suite of bundled apps that’s unmatched by any other smartphone out there. Brimming with features, this pricey beast of a device is strictly for those with extra large (and deep) pockets.

Inside are an 800-by-352 widescreen and a five-row QWERTY keyboard. A quad-band GSM phone, the E90 is a good choice for business travelers, although it supports only the 2,100-MHz band for 3G data speeds overseas. Here in the U.S., we’re stuck with EDGE, but over Wi-Fi, the E90 practically flies.

The E90 is one of the best-sounding cell phones I’ve ever reviewed. I could hear perfectly clearly, and folks on the other end thought I sounded great. You also get robust e-mail, messaging, and multimedia applications, and since the phone runs Symbian Series 60 3rd Edition it will work with thousands of third-party applications. In addition, Nokia bundles Quickoffice, which lets you create, edit, and save Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents— a boon given the E90’s incredibly comfortable input devices.

At an eye-popping $1,099, the E90 certainly isn’t for everyone. It’s larger and, at 7.4 ounces, heavier than just about any other smartphone on the market, but given the device’s extensive capabilities, I don’t mind a bit.

Nokia E90 Communicator Review
Price Range: $1,099 list
Network: (2G) GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, (3G) HSDPA 2100
Dimensions: 132 x 57 x 20 mm, 140 cc
Weight: 210 g
Display: TFT, 16M colors,800 x 352 pixels, 4 inches, Second external 16M colors display (240 x 320 pixels), 2 inches, Full QWERTY keyboard, Downloadable themes
OS: Symbian OS v9.2, S60 rel. 3.1
Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
Browser: WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
Colors: Red, Mocha
Camera: 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, autofocus, video(VGA 30fps), flash; secondary QCIF videocall camera
Audio: MP3/M4A/AAC/eAAC+/WMA player
Battery: Li-Ion 1500 mAh
Feature: Built-in GPS receiver (with preinstalled maps), Push to talk, Video calling, Java MIDP 2.0, FM radio, TV out, Voice command/dial, PIM including, calendar, to-do list and printing, Document viewer, Photo/video editor, Integrated handsfree, microSD (TransFlash), GPRS, HSCSD, EDGE, 3G, HSDPA (3.6 Mbps),WLAN, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g,Bluetooth (v2.0 with A2DP), Infrared port, v2.0, miniUSB

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