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Review: Nokia N90

Nokia N90

If you are one of the throngs of people who consider the camera quality on your cellphone as a major selling point, you may be interested in checking out the Nokia N90. But keep in mind that high quality doesn’t come cheap (currently $700 -$800.)


CNET: “It’s a startling combination of image capture, music playback, and communications capabilities in a clever but bulky Transformers-like package. However, at more than $900 for an unlocked model, the Nokia N90 is not for the faint of wallet.”

MobileBurn: “With all the hype surrounding the N-series from Nokia, I had expected a more stellar performance from the N90. I’m not saying that it’s not good. I’m just saying that the Nokia N90 is a capable mobile phone, not a great one. It does take some great looking photos, it has a slew of features, and a multi-config clamshell design that would make any Transformers fan go wild. However, the N90’s unstable software, hefty bulk, and price tag just doesn’t justify its image taking capabilities and glorious hi-res screen.”

PC Magazine: “When is a phone just too big to handle? The Nokia N90 is loaded with features, including a 2-megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens and an amazingly high-resolution screen, but it’s just too big and heavy to rock the camera-phone world.”

InfoSync World: “An epitomy of compromise, the N90 shows that Nokia is still capable of delivering products with cutting edge features that can’t be beat. Yet, the superb imaging capabilities and glorious screen of this smartphone are countered by its hefty bulk and minor issues with its external display. As always, however, the Finnish maker hits the sweet spots with reliability and connectivity, and also delivers a broad software suite which – with the exception of synchronization – is certain to keep future owners content.”

Bottom Line: The Nokia N90 comes with Nerd Approval – but only for those who focus heavily on camera functionality. If you are willing to spend the money on a product that is loaded with features but may be a little impratical as an every day phone, the Nokia N90 may be worth picking up.

Product Information:


Phone Features

Integrated handsfree speaker Two-way video call capability
Dedicated key for voice dialing and voice commands
Speed dialing, automatic redial
Contacts: advanced contacts database with support for multiple phone and email details per entry, also supports thumbnail pictures and groups
Logs: keeps lists of your dialed, received, and missed calls when your phone is on and in your home network
Automatic answer (works with compatible headset or car kit only)
Supports Fixed Dialing Number, which allows calls only to predefined numbers
Conference call

Multimedia Messaging Service
Instant Messaging1
Predictive text input
Text messaging: supports concatenated SMS, picture messaging, SMS distribution list1
Multimedia messaging: combine image, video, text, and audio clip and send as MMS to a compatible phone or PC; use MMS to tell your story with a multi-slide presentation1,14
Convenient push email client with attachment support (view jpg, 3gp, MP3, .ppt, .doc, excel and .pdf files) and periodic polling functionality1
Compatible with Nokia SU-8W Wireless Keyboard (sold separately)
Automatic resizing of your megapixel images to fit MMS (max. 300 KB attachment size depending on the network)

Dedicated key for image capture and video record
Six possible capture scene settings including Scenery, Portrait, Night and Sports, Landscape
Flash modes: on, off, automatic and anti red-eye
Advanced camera modes: still, sequence, video
Adjustments: brightness, image quality, self-timer, white balance settings and color tones
2 megapixel camera (1600 x 1200 pixels) with autofocus 20x digital zoom
Integrated flash (operating range up to 1.5m)

Video sharing for one-way live video or video clip sharing within the voice call
Video capturing in MP4 format (MPEG-4 video, AAC-LC audio) CIF resolution (352×288 pixels)
Movie Director for automated video production
Video and still image editors

Nokia XpressPrint Printing Solution
Print digital photos directly from the device:
Transfer photos directly to compatible printer or kiosk via Bluetooth wireless technology, MultiMediaCard (MMC) or to PictBridge-compliant printer via USB connectivity cable
Built-in application is quick and easy to use; no installation, no fuss
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Display and User Interface
Main Display:
2.1 inch active matrix 262,144 colors (352 x 416 pixels)
Automatic brightness control
Active standby screen
Mini Display:
Active matrix 65,536 colors (128 x 128 pixels)
Rotating gallery
Five-way scroll key, two soft keys, application key, edit and clear keys, send and end keys, additional softkeys for Side joystick

USB 2.0 full speed via Pop-Port™ interface
Nokia PC Suite connectivity with USB and Bluetooth wireless technology4,22
Local synchronization of contacts and calendar to a compatible PC using compatible connection
Remote over-the-air synchronization
Send and receive images, video clips, graphics, and business cards via Bluetooth wireless technology22
WAP 2.0 XHTML/HTML multimode browser1,2,12
Over-the-air download of Java™-based applications and games1
Improved Web compatibility with support for HTML 4.01, including support for elements such as image maps, background images, and frames1
Support for a subset of JavaScript 1.5, which includes the most commonly used functions found on the Internet
File upload over HTTP using standard HTML forms1
Small screen rendering option including a faster page-up/page-down scrolling style
Full-screen mode, download progress bar, and adaptive history list
3GPP video streaming1
OMA DRM 1.0 – including forward lock for content protection, combined delivery, separate delivery and superdistribution
Wallet: convenient online use and storage of your numbers and passwords
Offline mode for using imaging and productivity features in areas where the radio must be switched off

Advanced Series 60 PIM (Personal Information Manager) features including calendar, contacts, to-do list, and PIM printing
Up to 27 MB of internal dynamic memory for contacts, text messages, multimedia messages, ringing tones, images, video clips, calendar notes, to-do list and applications†
Expandable memory: Compatible with 64 MB Reduced Size Dual Voltage (1.8/3V) Multimedia Memory Card (MMC) sold separately
Hot swap slot for easy MMC card insertion and removal

Personalization & Fun

Image and video clip uploading to the web1
RealPlayer Media Player
Download and play multimedia files (video and music)1
Stream media files from compatible media portals1
Full-screen video playback on the phone to view downloaded, streamed or recorded video clips in larger size
Played formats (decoding): MP3, AAC, Real Audio, WAV, Nokia Ring Tones, AMR, AMR-WB, AMR-NB, AU, MIDI, H.263, JPEG, JPEG2000, EXIF 2.2, GIF 87/89, PNG, BMP (W-BMP), MBM and MPEG-4

Weight: 6.1 ounces
Dimensions: 4.41 x 2.0 x 0.94 inches
Display – up to 65,536 colors (176 x 208 pixels)
Internal antenna
Dedicated function keys
5-way navigation key

GSM/EGPRS 900/1800/1900 MHz

N90 Battery Life

Standard Li-Ion Battery 760 mAh
— Digital Talk Time up to 3 hour*
— Digital Standby Time up to 12 days*


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