Nokia E90 Unboxing
1st August 2007
If you're not interested in lots
of pictures of us unboxing the Nokia E90, then perhaps
you should skip to part one of our Nokia
This is the Nokia E90 Communicator.
Possibly the one Nokia phone that can challenge the
N95 when it comes to squeezing in features.. and
the best thing about the E90 is that it's always going
to be a pretty exclusive handset as it is primarily
aimed at business users.
Our Nokia E90 comes from Vodafone, and
arrived in a nice red box:
You'll notice that it says "Vodafone
Email Solutions". Of course, the E90 is much more
Now to the back of the box..
My.. what a lot of features!
Let's open it up..
The first thing to notice is that the
Nokia E90 looks very.. well, conventional. Without the
benefit of something to compare it with, it looks rather
like a normal E-series business phone. At least the
manual hints that this is something more.
Like a box of chocolates, there's a
Useful if you ever have to pack one
up, I suppose! Vodafone quick start on the top.
Underneath the quick start guide is
The warning says that if you are using
an HSDPA (3.5G) connection then people might not be
able to call you. That's a problem we didn't know about:
When you have a 3G broadband connection [i.e. HSDPA],
there may be instances where you cannot make or receive
calls. You might use these connections when accessing
services such as push email, instant messaging or browsing
the internet. Your device has been optimised for combines
voice and data use and Vodafone would therefore recommend
that this data connection [i.e. HSDPA] remains disabled
when using these services.
Just for reference, the guide says that
you enable HSDPA (3G broadband)
- Select Tools
- Select Settings
- Select Connection
- Select Packet Data
- Select High speed packet access
- Change the setting to Enabled
When in an HSDPA coverage area, the
screen will show a 3.5G icon.
And finally there's a manual..
Included is a Nokia DKE-2 USB
cable which is fairly standard and has been around for
a few years.
The UK charger is a Nokia AC-4X,
which is a standard charger for all recent Nokias with
the new "small" connector. If you have an
old-style Nokia charger, you can get an adapter model
Nokia CA-44 for around £3.50 / €6.00 which
is worth having. There's an EnergyStar label on this
Take the phone off the top layer, and
you can see the large 1500mAh Nokia BP-41 battery and
a 512MB microSD card with an SD adapter. There's a CD-ROM
on the top too.
Underneath the CD-ROM is a wired stereo
headset, a Nokia HS-47.
It's a nice touch to include an adapter
with the microSD card, not all phones have this. However,
9500 uses thinner MMC cards, so you can't put the
microSD in the 9500 if you want to transfer files.
A front-and-back shot of the Nokia E90.
You can see the camera, flash and memory card slot on
the back. Note that it also has 4 small feet so that
it can sit on a table.
You can also see the very conventional
arrangement for the front of the phone.
The Nokia E90's party piece is the keyboard.
This is a UK keyboard, of course. One
thing to notice is that the E90 only has two buttons
to the right of the screen, the 9500 had four.
Open up the Nokia E90.. and you find
that it's made in Finland, presumably the Nokia factory
in Espoo. Nice to see something not made in China for
The SIM card goes in a slightly unusual
Now for the BIG battery. There's a hologram
on it to show that it is genuine.
Is the battery charged? Yes! Always
a nice touch, that.
The microSD card fits in a hot-swappable
slot. Again, this is better than many phones because
you don't need to take the battery out. Although on
the E90, the slot is a little fiddly to use at first.
Does it power on? Yes it does!
There are some setup screens to go through.
One feature of the Nokia E90 is that the external and
internal screens are both fully featured, and applications
will automatically adjust. In this case, the very first
setup screens can work on either the internal or external
display. On the 9500, the external display could only
be used for the most basic functions.
So.. it works, from here on it you can
go on to the main