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Nokia E90 Communicator

Nokia E90 Communicator

26 February 2007
Written by Mike Meers

It’s been a while since we saw the last Nokia Communicator handset, but the wait is now over! The Nokia E90 communicator all of the latest technologies including HSDPA compatibility, two 16 million colour displays, a 3.2mpx digital camera, 128MB of internal memory, integrated WLAN, GPS, and advanced PIM applications.

The E90 follows the original design of the old Communicator handsets, folding open at the right hand side to reveal a large LCD and keyboard. From the front the E90 looks like a regular candy bar handset (although a bit larger than the average). A 240 x 320 pixel TFT LCD capable of 16 million colours can be found on the front of the E90.

Inside the E90 is the second LCD display, a 16 million colour TFT LCD measuring 800 x 352 pixels. You won’t find a display on a mobile phone that is larger or of higher quality than this one. Inside is also a keyboard with navigational pad and additional keys.

Aimed for the business market, the E90 does not come without its share of productivity applications. The e-mail client supports POP3, IMAP4, and SMTP protocols along with push e-mail services (including Nokia IntelliSync Wireless Email). QuickOffice allows you to open and edit attachments on downloaded e-mails. Zip Manager and Adobe Acrobat Reader are also pre-installed on the E90. In terms of PIM applications there is the Nokia Team Suite application which can be used to organize conference calls, push-to-talk sessions, mass messages, and more with user created ‘teams’. The in built calendar has attachment support and plug ins are also available for third party email applications.

Quad-band compatibility is common with E-series devices, and the E90 supports the GSM 850, 900, 1800, and 1900MHz network bands. Although the HSDPA protocol is supported on the E90 (up to 3.6Mbps), only the WCDMA 2100MHz network is supported. The only public HSDPA network in Australia at the moment is Telstra’s Next-G network, which operates on the 850MHz network band. GPRS, EDGE, and WCDMA data protocols are also included which provide relatively high-speed data transfer.

The E90 can communicate with WLAN devices using the 802.11g standard, saving on data costs. WLAN is generally much faster than over the air data protocols which is another advantage of the technology. When connected to a WLAN hot spot all applications will utilize that connection. The Nokia web browser supports xHTML and HTML scripting languages, as well as JavaScript (1.3 and 1.5), and Flash Lite 2.0.

Full speed USB version 2.0, Bluetooth version 2.0, and infrared connectivity options can be used to connect the E90 to a computer or transfer files direct to another device.

Surprisingly Nokia have included a camera module in the E60, and a good one at that. The 3.2mpx camera has a dedicated flash and is auto focusing. Up to 128MB of internal memory can be used to store pictures, videos, and other file formats. The E60 also has microSD memory card support, and a 512MB card will be included in the sales package (operator dependant).

Like the older Communicator models the E90 is not a small handset, measuring 132 x 57 x 20 mm and weighing over 200 grams. For many the features of the E90 will out weigh (no pun intended) the dimensions of the handset.

The Nokia E90 Communicator is expected for the third quarter of 2007.

FYI .:. Nokia E90 Communicator
(ETA 3rd quarter 2007)

Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz (quad-band)
3G: WCDMA 2100MHz
Form factor Standard (with 180º hinge on left)
Size 132 x 57 x 20mm
Weight 210 grams
Display Internal: 16 million colour TFT LCD @ 800 x 352 pixels
External: 16 million colour TFT LCD @ 320 x 240 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ 1500mAh
Talk/usage time* 2G: Up to 300 minutes*
Standby time* 2G: Up to 14 days*
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth version 2.0, USB version 2.0, Infrared, and 2.5mm Nokia A/V
Camera support 3.2mpx digital camera with auto focus and flash
Additional QCIF camera for video caling
Data support GPRS, EGDE, WCDMA, HSDPA (up to 3.6Mbps) and WLAN data
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications Nokia HTML and xHTML browser with JavaScript and Flash support
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, 128MB
Yes, microSD (up to 2GB)
Messaging capabilities SMS/EMS, MMS, and (push) e-mail
Ringing tones MP3, AAC, and polyphonic ring tones
Synchronisation with PC Yes, via PC Suite
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Symbian 9.1 OS with Nokia Series 60 platform
Extras supported
(not listed above)
WLAN 802.11g connectivity
Stereo FM radio
Integrated GPS module

* As per manufacturer's specifications (with supplied battery)
^ Final specifications to be confirmed

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