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Nokia N90

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  • User Score (184)
    8.3 8.3 from 184 reviewers
  • Expert Score (10)
    7.1 7.1 from 10 reviewers
  • Design (4)
    4.9 4.9 from 4 reviewers
  • Value for money (12)
    3.9 3.9 from 12 reviewers
  • Features (21)
    5.1 5.1 from 21 reviewers
  • Ease of use (5)
    4.7 4.7 from 5 reviewers
  • Sound quality (17)
    5.8 5.8 from 17 reviewers
  • Durability (15)
    5.6 5.6 from 15 reviewers
  • Reliability (2)
    6.4 6.4 from 2 reviewers
  • Looks (12)
    5.6 5.6 from 12 reviewers
  • Battery performance (14)
    5.2 5.2 from 14 reviewers
  • Display (7)
    5.0 5.0 from 7 reviewers
  • Reception (6)
    4.5 4.5 from 6 reviewers
  • Photo quality (4)
    6.1 6.1 from 4 reviewers
  • Ergonomics (7)
    5.7 5.7 from 7 reviewers
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Users:
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  • WikiFreak Description

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 for the average user. It weighs 6 ounces and doesn't really fit into a pocket. Flipping it open reveals a decent-size flat keypad and a beautiful 352- by 416-pixel color screen. To activate the camera/camcorder the user must swivel the screen or the camera module. Using the N90 as a phone is not comfortable, and, although sound quality was a…

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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 for the average user. It weighs 6 ounces and doesn't really fit into a pocket. Flipping it open reveals a decent-size flat keypad and a beautiful 352- by 416-pixel color screen. To activate the camera/camcorder the user must swivel the screen or the camera module. Using the N90 as a phone is not comfortable, and, although sound quality was acceptable, with a lot of treble and some volume fluctuations; reception was only so-so. The speakerphone was also somewhat fuzzy but had acceptable volume indoors. Speaker-independent voice dialing worked fine. Battery life was 6 hours, 43 minutes of talk time, which isn't great for a GSM phone. The Opera browser and Class 10 EDGE modem make for a great Web experience. The phone comes with a USB cable, and there's also a full Bluetooth 1.2 implementation supporting headsets, file transfer, dial-up networking, and connection to Nokia's free PC Suite program for syncing the phone with Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes.

The N90's best feature is a 2-megapixel camera with a professional Carl Zeiss lens that produces great quality 1600x1200 resolution pictures. The camera's 0.4-second shutter lag and 3.7-second shot-to-shot time would be acceptable for a standalone camera. The flash is unusually bright—it can even illuminate a dim scene. However, focusing time is noticeable, and pictures weren't particularly high-resolution..Video clips record to MPEG-4 format as a smooth 352 by 288 pixels at 15 frames per second, putting the N90 on a par with the best videophones. MP3 and unprotected AAC music files played on the N90 sound terrific through headphones but tinny through the single mono speaker, and the high-resolution screen can play sharp videos. Users can add more programs into the N90's 27MB of internal memory or onto an RS-MMC (Reduced Size Multimedia Card) card that is inserted into a slot on the side. The Nokia N90 has impressive multimedia features, but its bulky, large size makes it impractical for everyday phone use.

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