Product Type: Nokia Smartphone
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Not the Smartphone it could and should have been
Member Name: Jermani
Advantages: Smaller than its predecessor; handles e-mail well.
Disadvantages: Poor speakerphone/music playback, no fax facility, comparatively poor camera, internal keyboard poor
I've had a Nokia Communicator since the original Nokia 9000 Communicator in 1996, through the Nokia 9110, 9210 and 9500. When this came out I was looking forward to it, however sadly I was not as overawed as I had been with its forerunners.
The Nokia Communicator was the very first (as far as I know!) smartphone on which you could access the internet, send and receive e-mail and faxes, use a word processor, spreadsheet and diary functions. It predated Blackberry and was a true original hybrid phone. It was unique.
It was developed by Nokia over the years and was the elite Nokia phone, the pinnacle of Nokia's creations - the Nokia flagship. The 9500, the immediate predecessor to the E90, travelled around the world with me several times to various desinations and was a true workhorse, enabling me to check email and write reports and spreadsheets on the go. Surprisingly for such a small keyboard I found I could accurately touchtype on it to a decent speed.
The E90 is smaller, neater and faster. But by the time of its launch in May 2007, we already had the Nokia N95 which had really taken over as Nokia's flagship phone and had launched the modern/current smartphone era. So the E90 drew inevitable comparisons and sadly lost on a few fronts. The camera is 3.2 megapixels - the N95's was 5mp, with Carl Zeiss lens. The music playback and audio on the E90 was *okay*, but on the N95 was astounding.
Email was good and push e-mail could be easily configured. The keyboard however was a disappointment as the internal buttons were relatively hard to press. The software on the phone was Symbian 90 version 3 - the same as on the N95. A big disappointment was the removal of the ability to send and receive faxes. Despite advances in e-mail, faxes remain the only instant form of written communication - it's unexplained removal from Nokia's top business smartphone was a leap backward.
All in all, the phone did not feel like Nokia's best creation at the time. Given how much Blackberries have advanced and are directly competing in this field, Nokia's flagship handset could and should have been better.
Summary: A good enough smartphone, but several let-downs.