My thoughts about the black E90

3. July 2008 at 10:11

I’ve used the black Nokia E90 communicator for over one week now. In this post I want to share my thoughts about this device with you.

The E90 was anounced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in early 2007 besides the E61i and the E65. Since the device is available there are quite a few problems like the internal keypad that is touching the screen. With the black E90 Nokia wanted to fix the problems – but have they successfully fixed all the problems? This post will find it out!


  • great Design
  • full QWERTY-keyboard
  • huge & sharp internal screen
  • keys on the front have a firm pressure-point
  • good camera with flash and autofocus
  • good loudspeakers
  • miniUSB
  • great build quality


  • small front-display
  • only 2.5mm headphone jack
  • bad camera-key
  • internal screen is a fingerprint-magnet
  • internal navigation key is too small

As you can see in the advantages/disadvantages lists above there are a some points I don’t like about this device.

Positive aspects:

The E90 features a full QWERTY-keypad that I very like. The new, flatter keys of this improved E90-version are just great. The have some kind of “soft” pressure-point nevertheless you can press them very well. They have a very low lightning, but in the dark you can see all the keys properly. You have to turn on the lightning of the QWERTY-keypad manually with a special key.

The internal screen is just great. It has a resolution of 800 x 352 pixels, so it is very sharp. I haven’t seen a sharper screen in a mobile phone before. The user-experience while surfing in the web is great. Because the screen is so wide you can see the websites almost as on your computer. The screen is also readable in bright conditions e.g. in the sun. The screen has no extra plastic-protection in front of the LCD – it is like the N95’s display.

The camera of the E90 is great. It has 3.2 Megapixels with autofocus. The pictures are sharp and clear. They even look good on a big computer-screen. I think you definitely can compare this business-device with the K800i from Sony Ericsson. The video recording is in VGA-resolution at 30 frames per second – very impressive for a business-device. You can find great image-samples here.

This business-device is a great allrounder: It also features very impressive stereo speakers. The speakers are placed on the backside of the device. They aren’t as good as the N95s’ loudspeakers, but just bear in mind that the E90 is designed for business-users. The sound of the loudspeakers is loud and clear and they are placed well.

Negative aspects:

Let’s start with the small front display. There are no doubts that the E90 is a big device. On the front there is so much free space Nokia could have used. I think that the display as well as the keys could be a little bit bigger, but especially the display.

The E90 features a 2.5 mm headphone jack. I like the idea of a “real” headphone jack, but I don’t like that it is a 2.5 mm. I would prefer a 3.5 mm headphone jack, because almost all the MP3-Players, iPods and other gadgets have such a 3.5 mm headphone jack. If you own a phone with such a 3.5 mm jack you will not need to buy new headphones if you want to use them with it.

The worst aspect of the whole phone is definetely the camera-key. Come on Nokia, what the hell should this camera-key be? First of all it is too small. It is very hard to capture a photo with it. You will need to press it half way down to use the autofocus, okay no problem here. But if you want to capture the focussed image you need to press the key exactly on an extremely small pressure-point. The other bad aspect is that you can only press the key aslope. This should be definitely fixed in the next communicator.

The last negative point about this device is the navigation key on the QWERTY-keyboard. I don’t like it very much because it is some kind of too small. I have small fingers although I can’t use it properly. I would prefer if it would be a little bit bigger, because sometimes I press the middle of the navipad instead of some direction.

At last I want to say that I like the black E90 communicator very much. All in all it is a great device with a perfect build-quality. There are some disadvantages but they aren’t that big – You can live with them. The only thing I really hate is definitely the camera-key.

If you have questions or suggestions about my thoughts leave a comment!