There has been a major upgrade in interface of the W880’s successor. W890 runs on the same software, which is used in the rest of the high-class phones of the manufacturer, including W910 and К850. If you have experience with those two, you will be sailing in familiar waters.

The Home screen has not been changed; the functions of the two soft buttons and of the D-pad central key can be seen in the bottom part. Here we have the cool option for background animated GIF support as well.

The menu is also the same, displayed as a 3x4 grid of icons with a vertical list for the sub-menus. By the way, this one features Flash themes for the main menu, which can change its icons and the overall appearance of the phone.


You can save up to 1000 contacts, while each of them can store several numbers (up to 7000 numbers in total), e-mails and web addresses, as well as a personal picture and ring tone, or video-tone for indication when you have an incoming call. You can add contacts to groups, but you cannot set a common ring tone or a caller ID for a given group. Overall, this function is planned to be used only when you want to send a message to more than one contact for example. Finding a contact is done by directly entering letters from the keypad, but unfortunately, only the first word of the name is considered during the search. An option we really liked was to sort the names both by first and last name. However, if you’ve done it by last name, you will not be able to search by First name, which now appears as second word.

When you start dialing a number directly from the standby screen, you will find one of the tweaks, coming with the new firmware. The phone will search the phonebook and the calling history for matching results (for both numbers and names), just as it is with any WM6 or BlackBerry device. The convenience here comes from the fact that it searches the names as you type them, by using a predictive input system. For instance, if you want to dial “Neo”, you have to dial 636 (6-MNO, 3-DEF, 6-MNO) and almost immediately the phone will show you all matching names. Unfortunately, like in the contacts menu, the system won’t search through the second word of a name.


Just as the Contacts, the Organizer menu has its own icon in the main menu. Its options include calendar, tasks, notes, alarms, calculator, timer, stopwatch, code memo, applications links, and synchronization option.

The Calendar can be viewed for a month, week, or a day; the latter option shows the events, set for the particular day, and it enables you to add new options. When you want to add appointments, you select the starting time, duration and the reminder’s time. You can include details about the venue of the event, as well as a description. You have the option of setting it as an All day event (all birth dates from the contacts list are added as such) and to include recurrence options (daily, weekly, monthly, yearly).

You can also save simple Tasks (reminder for Task or Phone Call) or write a plain note. The menu houses a Calculator with basic functionality, a Countdown timer, and a Stopwatch capable of storing up to nine results, as well. We think that the Code Memo option is useless and we will prefer to have a “safe” where we can save text information, LOCKED (not coded) by a password.

Additionally, in this menu is the file manager, which was found in the main menu of phones with the earlier software version. It sorts the content by type and offers an option to filter either the phone or the card memory, or to view both at the same time.

Instead of the manager, the main menu has icon for the five alarms. Each of them can be set on its own and has fields for time, recurrence, and signal type.

The voice commands are activated by holding down one of the volume keys, and if you don’t have any voice-tags recorded, the phone will prompt you to enter one. We think that this system is useless, since you must read what it says on the screen, but shortly after that hold the phone to your ear, as it has sound notifications but doesn’t utilize the speakerphone. This makes voice-tags absolutely inconvenient to use and we had a problem even with one contact saved only. There's no room for making a comparison with the system used in Symbian S60 phones or any other that have speaker-independent voice commands for making calls and opening applications. To sum it up, the one here simply does not work.

The phone has about 28 MB of internal memory that can be expanded through Memory Stick Micro (M2) cards.

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