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Messaging:

For a phone to function as a mobile office, it must be able to handle messages very well. Like the other Symbian phones, in the Messaging menu you will find everything arranged. By the New Message button you can start writing a text/multimedia or e-mail message. The T9 system can help you input text faster. It works very easy which is typical of Nokia phones.


Inbox is a shared box for the received text and multimedia messages as well as for messages received via Bluetooth. Unlike the N-series, here the headings of the individual letters are visualized by smaller font so that more can be fitted on a single screen. This is so because it is assumed that the business users use/receive lots of messages and should be able to view them faster.

The email is set by means of a Wizard which saves you a lot of writing by automatically ‘completing’ part of the settings. If you know how to configure your e-mail, this will take one to two minutes and then you will be able to use it in your phone. You can preset your phone to download headers only and then a whole message when you want to view it, or download up to a fixed limit (a limit in KB set by you) or directly download the whole letters together with the attached files. We made the settings using the first possibility and downloaded separate messages via WiFi or using the UMTS operator’s net.

Connectivity:

The Nokia E90 Communicator is a quad-band GSM phone, allowing it to work in any network around the globe and use internet connection through EDGE data. When it comes to higher-speed data, the E90 offers 3G (UMTS) and HSDPA, also known as 3.5G. HSDPA is divided into a few classes: up to 1.8Mbps, up to 3.6Mbps and up to 7.6Mbps. The E90 supports the 3.6Mbps which is the second level, but sadly it works only in 2100MHz, so the 3G won’t work in America.

For local connectivity the Communicator offers anything one could expect: wired connection through standard miniUSB, old-school Infrared, Stereo Bluetooth v2.0 + EDR and WiFi (Wireless LAN) 802.11b/g. While rarely someone will use Infrared, the miniUSB and Bluetooth are used for high-speed synchronization and file transfer, between the Communicator and other phones, computers or compatible devices. Keep in mind that in order to achieve high speed data transfers through Bluetooth, both devices must be EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) capable. As A2DP and AVRCP profiles are supported, stereo audio can be transmitted.

After the Nokia PC Suite is installed from the CD in the box, the E90 synchronized with outlook in less than a minute. The software is well done and didn’t cause us any trouble. If you want just to transfer files between the computer and the phone, it can act as mass storage device.

Wi-Fi is very convenient extra for browsing the internet, using local wireless networks as a source of connection. If you are in the range of such network and have access to it, internet can be used independently from the cellular carrier.

Internet:

The Symbian Internet Browser is just brilliant! We like it since we first saw it the first time, but now we love it. It is the most convenient when it comes to small displays but when we use it on the 800-pixels-wide monster, we feel almost as comfortable as on a standard computer, without a mouse but with optimized keyboard-controlled interface. The pages are visualized correctly almost always and the wide display will help you limit the scrolling in horizontal orientation.


Some of the features we like most about the browser are the Minimap which indicates which part of the page is viewed at the moment, after you move around it and the history that shows the last previewed pages when you select the “back” button.

If we compare the E90 to the Toshiba G900 which also has 800 pixels wide display, the Symbian browser feels better than both IE and Opera on the WM-powered Toshiba.

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