Sony Ericsson P990 Smartphone Review


P800 was the first in the row of Sony Ericsson's smartphones using the UIQ interface over Symbian operating system and touch screen as main navigation method, combining the latest technologies into a high-end mobile phone with functionality comparable to those of Pocket PCs. The touch screen is the main difference of the UIQ system when compared to S60 (Nokia's interface over Symbian) that is more similar to Windows Mobile Smartphones, which also don't support touch displays. Sony Ericsson's P800 looked like a Pocket PC, but unfortunately was not able to compare with one, and although it had bulky size, the features were not that impressive, neither was the phone implementation with its awful keypad that was one of the many things to be changed in future models. The latest phone now features full QWERTY hardware keyboard situated on the phone itself and not on a flip (there's one for numeric keypad though) as in the P910, and takes both the design and functionality of those smartphones to an entirely new level, featuring 3G UMTS support, wireless network via Wi-Fi and 2-megapixel camera.

The phone box contains:

  • P990
  • Battery
  • Cradle
  • Charger
  • USB Cable
  • Stereo headphones (handsfree)
  • Wrist strap
  • Additional Stylus
  • Memory Stick PRO Duo
  • Adapter for Memory Stick card
  • Tools for removing the numeric keypad flip
  • Extra cover if the flip is removed
  • CD with Sony Ericsson PC Suite
  • Manuals, etc


The cradle is totally uncomfortable! In order to plug the phone in it, you should use both hands, and the same goes for removing the P990. There is no “bed” for the phone and to put it in, you have to manually make sure the connector of the phone will “sits” on the cradle correctly, and then push the phone downwards. As the construction doesn't help you to direct the phone to the cradle's connector, you should do this every single time by touching it or looking at it, which is just not worth it – even inserting a cable is easier. It's the forth smartphone from the P-series of Sony Ericsson, and we think that they should have learned how a cradle should be done.  A nice thing is that it has ports for connecting USB cable and charger on the back, and one for connecting Sony Ericsson music accessories – headphones/adapter/or small speakers. We also liked that it has small neon lightning in poison green around the connector that both looks cool and helps you find it in the dark.

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