For the past couple of weeks I have been getting used to my new gadget - the Nokia E90 Communicator. I had wanted one for quite a few months and even though my Nokia E61i did pretty much everything I want from a phone, the E90 was just too desirable (and had quite a few extra features not present in the E61i).
Rather than giving you a rundown of all the features here is my list of pros and cons.
# Large screen capable of displaying most pages without horizontal scrolling.
# Plenty of memory that allows you to run many applications at the same time without them crashing. My Nokia E61i did do a fairly good job at running many applications concurrently, especially compared with the Nokia N80, but the E90 can easily run 6-10 with ease.
# A usable keyboard.
# The smaller outside screen is great for quick access to the phone plus it's 240x320 resolution means that I am able to play a lot more games than I was able to on the E61i.
# Excellent 3.2mp camera that takes pictures that are on a par with those taken with an N73 or N93i and the 30fps videos it takes are of cracking quality (see here).
# GPS. Using GPS with Google Maps on the widescreen is really useful and doesn't take too long to kick in. Users of the N95 complained about it taking an age to lock on to satellites (I think this has been improved in the N95 8GB) but the E90 takes around 3-5mins to start pinpointing your location. This is around the same time that my bluetooth GPS receiver took whilst connected to the E61i.
# I like how the Symbian OS makes use of the extra screen real estate in some of its apps (e.g. Messaging, music player and gallery).
# The ability to seamlessly switch between the inside and outside screens.
# GPS could be faster (this has already been addressed in a firmware update).
# No email/SMS indication light like on the E61i.
# Form factor - phone is way too big for most people. (not an issue for me)
# Weight - phone is too heavy for most people. (not an issue for me)
# Despite oodles of memory, you still get 'Out of Memory' errors on apps like Messaging. This appears to be an S60 problem as I've experienced it on my N80 and E61i.
Together with my Nokia N800, I have a set of devices that will allow me to do pretty much anything anywhere. I'm looking forward to taking them with me to London to see how much 'regular' blogging I can do.