Nokia e90 communicator review

Hardware review of the Nokia e90 communicator, this was the last of the communicator series back in 2007
Nokia E90 Communicator is a 3G smartphone from Nokia, the fifth generation Communicator, and also part of the Eseries. It was announced on February 11, 2007 at the 3GSM show in Barcelona. It succeeded the Nokia 9500 Communicator.

Unlike its predecessors, the E90 runs on the S60 platform of Symbian OS (3rd Edition Feature Pack 1 and v9.2 respectively). Previous Communicators meanwhile have been based on either GeOS or Symbian-based Series 80. The move to the common S60 was good for software compatibility, but it did get rid of some exclusive Series 80 UI behaviours. The E90 is also the first Communicator to have UMTS/HSDPA connectivity and integrated GPS. It features OSGi and eRCP, Eclipse RCP for embedded systems.

The first Nokia E90 unit was sold in an auction in Jakarta, Indonesia on 17 May 2007 for Rp. 45,000,000 (5,000 US$). Indonesia being one of the largest market share for Nokia’s communicator series is cited as a reason for the unit’s first launch location.

Early user-feedback and reviews highlighted a defect in the microphone of the Communicator. Nokia initially denied the existence of the defect, but Nokia Europe later acknowledged it in the Q3 earnings report released on 18 October 2007,[3] and stated that the issue had been fully resolved.

The Communicator’s firmware version, released in late October 2007, added support for A-GPS and improved GPS performance. This version also upgraded the Maps application. As of June 2009, the Communicator’s most recent firmware version is 400.34.93. The free navigation program Ovi Maps is also available for this Communicator (currently just without the free navigation itself.

Specification sheet

Platform Operating System Symbian OS v9.2 S60 Platform, 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 1
CPU ARM11 (OMAP2420 @ 330 MHz)
RAM (built in) 128 MB shared
Expandable memory
Originally stated as 2 GB maximum- this has now been changed to 4 GB on the nokia website specifications. microSD/microSDHC hot-swappable [1] [2]. However, 16GB has been observed to work [3]. Tested working with 32GB

Phone Features
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email (IMAP4, POP3, SMTP), Instant Messaging
Voice Recognition Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Video calls Yes (QCIF camera)
Push to talk Yes
Vibration Yes
Call log Yes (maximum of 30 days)

GSM Yes (Quadband 850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
CDMA Yes (WCDMA 2100 MHz with simultaneous voice and packet data)
3G Yes (UMTS 2100 with HSDPA of 3.6 Mbit/s).
WLAN Yes (Wi-Fi 802.11b/g)
GPS Yes (integrated)
FM radio Yes (requires included headset)
Bluetooth Yes (v2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate & A2DP)
Infrared Yes
USB Yes (v2.0 miniUSB)
Fax No
BlackBerry Yes (with BlackBerry Connect v4.0 Software, including over the air activation)
Offline mode Yes, However Bluetooth and WiFi may be switched on independently.
Office Suite Quickoffice (Microsoft Office compatible)
Web browser WAP 2.0, xHTML, HTML (limited Adobe Flash support)
Java support Yes (MIDP 2.0, CLDC 1.1)
PDF viewer Yes (Adobe Acrobat Reader LE 1.5.0)
GPS Integration

Nokia Maps
Google Maps

Camera 3.2 megapixels (with autofocus and LED flash), video at (up to) VGA (640×480), up to 30 frame/s
Video player Yes (built-in RealPlayer)
Exterior screen TFT, 16M colors, 240×320 pixels, 2 inch
Internal screen TFT, 16.7M colors, 800×352 pixels, 4 inch
Removable battery Yes
Battery Type BP-4L, Li-Ion 1500 mAh
Stand-by time Up to 14 days
Talk time Up to 5.8 hours
Form factor Clamshell with full QWERTY keyboard
Dimensions 132 × 57 × 20 mm
Weight 210 gram

The Nokia E90 does not support fax as fax services are not included in the 3G Specifications. It does however support fax through Content Beamer application.

Supports Microsoft Exchange email via the Nokia “Mail for Exchange” software application. This program does not support folders or native HTML mail.

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