The Nokia E90

Nokia announced officially today the E90. There is a lot to like in the device (e.g. GPS, 128 MB RAM, fast CPU, WiFi, A2DP etc), as you can see from the review here, but there is also a lot to dislike. A few of the negatives:

1. Screen resolution is totally oddball. The handset grabs video in 640×480 for example, but the 800×352 screen resolution is not suitable to watch the video correctly. Additionally, it’s not suitable for widescreen DVD rips either. The screen resolution should have been either 800×480 (like the N800) or 852×480 (480p HD).
2. No USB charging.
3. microSD instead of a miniSD. I mean, come on! This is a large device, at least put some miniSD-HC support in there!
4. Unnecessarily long device. The video-call camera could have been on the right-hand side and the hangup/call buttons on the keyboard itself. I bet that if I try to type on that keyboard my small fingers won’t be able to reach the middle keys.
5. I just re-encoded a sample VGA video captured by the device and re-encoded with proper MP4 compression rate (at the same resolution/fps, same quality). Nokia’s version: 8.4 MB. My version: 2 MBs.

Lastly, I would like to affirm everyone that the next major version of S60 (v4.0) will have touchscreen support. It’s an unavoidable market pressure for Nokia.


Ring Nokia wrote on February 13th, 2007 at 5:15 AM PST:

S60 4th edition will have touch screen support

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Steve Litchfield wrote on February 13th, 2007 at 12:42 PM PST:

On the subject of digital video, it’s a tricky area, it all depends on the exact codec being used and the bitrate in kbps for video and audio. Any clip can always be made smaller, I think we’ll have to trust Nokia here that they’ve optimised it for the optics and device.

diipadaapa wrote on February 16th, 2007 at 1:45 AM PST:

It seems that you are just not satisfied with anything. I read couple of your comments here and there and you seem to be complainig about everything – I’m sorry that you have so miserable life

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Eugenia wrote on February 16th, 2007 at 9:18 AM PST:

Of course and I am not satisfied with this product. It HAS problems and inconveniences. I don’t know if you are an easy to please person where every jerk can sell you snake oil, but I am not as gullible as you are.

Besides, it is MY JOB to find FLAWS on products. I am a reviewer.


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