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Nokia E90 Review

 
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Switchingbetween the screens couldn't be simpler: open the lid and theapplication you worked with on the small screen becomes visible on thelarge screen, and vice versa. There is also a setting that lets youconfigure the device to always automatically switch to the Activity(standby) screen when you close the lid so that you can quickly dial anumber without having to switch to the Activity screen manually.Switching between screens is almost instantaneous - one second or so.The user interface is fully scalable and all applications and UIelements adjust themselves to different screen sizes and proportionsfully automatic and almost imperceptibly. My dreams have just cametrue! It's also worth mentioning that the screen is bright and pixelsare very small providing high picture quality. Using the "Bulb" key onthe internal keyboard you can adjust the brightness of the internalscreen (4 levels). The brightness of the external screen can beconfigured in Settings using a slider (4 levels).

The external phone keypad has large rectangular keys, very slightlyconvex in the centre. They are much better than 9500's shaky andirregularly shaped keys but IMHO slightly worse than 9300/9300i keypadhaving larger keys and more space between them. But overall it's a goodkeypad with decent tactile feedback. The Zero key has a wirelessinternet symbol (long press activates Web browser). The hash key letsyou quickly switch between the currently enabled and the silentprofile. It also serves as the Edit button letting you highlight (usingthe rocker key) and Copy/Paste text. On the right side of the externaldisplay there is a small light sensor controlling backlight of thephone keypad.

Right below the screen there are two soft keys, menu and "C" buttons,the usual Green/Red Send and End buttons and a 5-way rocker in thecentre. The 5-way rocker button consists of a square silver frame and alarge black central button. It's very convenient to use, definitelymuch better than on previous Communicators and also much better thanjoysticks found on most of  S60 smartphones.

The Power button located right above the external display is used to switch profiles and to turn the device on and off.

Unlike in previous Communicators, now the Power key turns on/off BOTHparts. If you want to only switch off the GSM radio and keep workingwith the PDA, select the "Offline" profile instead (you can stillenable Bluetooth and WLAN in the Offline mode and the external displaywill remain fully functional).

The back side of the E90 is mostly occupied by the battery cover. Thebattery is the new 1500 mAh BP-4L providing 5 hours of talk time and upto 14 days of standby. And it does its job very well: one hour of Webbrowsing or GPS navigation on the large screen with max brightness willonly consume one bar (out of seven) on the battery indicator. It'sworth mentioning that unlike in 9500, you don't need any specialtechniques or tools to remove the cover and the battery; now they canbe removed quickly and easily. The battery cover is made of metal.

Above the battery cover there is a 3.2 Megapixel autofocus camera withLED flash, and two stereo speakers. The camera provides VERY HIGHquality of both still pictures (2048x1536 pixels) and video (VGA,640x480 pixels @ 30 frames per second).

Shortly speaking, you can expect dig cam quality of pictures and trueTV quality of video clips. For more details and sample images andvideos please check the 'Multimedia' section of this review.

The bottom part of the phone is occupied by USB Mini-B slot (USB 2.0Full Speed, no USB charging), charger connector and audio connector(2.5 mm jack). Even though called A/V connector in some official Nokiapress releases, the connector only provides audio output and the E90does not have TV out, which is a real shame, especially on a device ofthis kind. Right below the connectors there is a MicroSD memory cardslot (with hot swap support) protected with a spring-loaded cover. Onthe right side of the phone there is an infrared port and two buttons:Voice dialling/Push-to-Talk button and the camera button.

OK, let's open the lid and take a look at the heart of the Communicator- the internal screen and the full QWERTY keyboard.

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