Nokia N90 Review
Review: February 2006. Updated July 2007.
The Nokia N90 is designed to offer the best imaging capabilities on
the market. It's a Series 60 Symbian smartphone with full 3G functionality,
including video calling and fast downloads. Its key selling points are
its camera and camcorder functions.
The Nokia N90 has the best camera on any Nokia phone so far released
- arguably better than any rival camera phone. The closest competitor
at the time of release is the Sony
Ericsson W900i. The N90 has a 2 megapixel camera with autofocus,
20x digital zoom, a flash and a macro mode (for close-ups). It uses
Carl Zeiss optics (an impressive name in the photographic world) to
deliver photos that are far superior to those found on other camera
phones, even those with a 2 megapixel resolution. This is a print quality
camera, and for the first time you can reasonably consider a camera
phone to be a replacement for a dedicated digital camera, although it
clearly can't compete with the more expensive digital cameras with several
times more megapixels. The camcorder capability is equally impressive.
The Nokia N90 has an innovative design - a variation on the clamshell
form factor. In addition to opening and closing, the screen can be rotated,
rather like a camcorder. In reality this is of marginal benefit. However,
we are pleased to see that Nokia are at last making best use of the
clamshell form by making the inner screen as large as physically possible
(2.1 inches) - a big improvement over the old Nokia
6260 which shared the same form factor, but failed to make good
use of it. The main display on the Nokia N90 is of outstanding quality.
Although it's the camera & camcorder functions that are the focus
of the N90, there is also an excellent MP3 player. A stereo headset
is supplied as part of the sales package. There's plenty of memory in
the N90, which is needed to make use of all the features. A reduced
size MultiMediaCard provides 64 Mbytes of storage - enough to hold a
good selection of MP3 tracks, or a full-size movie.
The N90 supports viewing of email attachments in the following formats:
jpg, 3gp, MP3, .ppt, .doc, excel and .pdf files. As already mentioned,
the operating system is Symbian, and this has both advantages and disadvantages.
The advantage is that a wide range of Symbian applications can be downloaded
and installed on the device. The disadvantages are threefold: 1) the
user interface is more complex; 2) the user interface can be slow, sometimes
too slow; and 3) series 60 phones tend to be prone to bugs, although
this doesn't seem to be a major issue with the N90. Overall it's a very
powerful device, although sometimes slow to respond and clunky to use.
The one major problem with the N90 is of course its size and weight.
It's even heavier than the Sony Ericsson
P910i. This is inevitable of course, and if you compare the N90
with a typical camcorder you can convince yourself that actually it's
not that bulky at all! It's horses for courses. Now replaced by the
Features of the Nokia N90 include:
- 3G functionality including video calling
- 2 megapixel camera (1600 x 1200 pixels) with autofocus, flash and
20x digital zoom
- Video and still image editors
- Print photos directly to a PictBridge compatible printer
- Video capture in MPEG4 CIF format (352 x 288 pixels)
- Main display: TFT, 262,144 colours, 352 x 416 pixels
- External display: TFT, 65,536 colours, 128 x 128 pixels
- RealPlayer Media Player (supports MPEG4, MP3, AAC, Real Audio &
- Integrated handsfree speaker
- Voice recorder
- Ringtones: True Tones, polyphonic ringtones
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, instant messaging, email
- Compatible with Nokia Wireless Keyboard (sold separately)
- Java & Symbian applications
- Graphics, icons, animations, logos, themes
- Push to talk
- Voice commands
- Speaker Independent Name Dialling
- Speed dialling
- Advanced contacts database with support for multiple phone and email
details per entry, thumbnail pictures and groups
- Personal Information Management (PIM)
- Memory: 27 Mbytes plus 64 Mbyte memory card (MMC)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 1.2, USB 2.0
- WAP 2.0 XHTML/HTML multimode browser
- Triband plus 3G (WCDMA 2100)
- Size: 112 x 51 x 24 mm
- Weight: 173g
- Talktime: 3 hours
- Battery standby: 288 hours
Nokia N90 User Reviews
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Average rating from 100 reviews:
Reviewed by TOBY from ENGLAND on 21st Jul 2007
GREAT PHONE PICS GOOD MUSIC GOOD PUT IN A 2 GIG CARD AND NOW ITS EVEN
Reviewed by Jamrocboy from England on 30th Jun
I own the Nokia N90 & its a good phone, abit too fragile but its a good
phone. You have to pet it up in order for it to last long, its not a
heavy duty phone.
Reviewed by James Applebee from united kingdom on
23rd Jun 2007
sorry alex Mcnight not good enough to beat the rokr? as in the itunes
phone? it had a vga camera, limited memory, was very slow when filled
with music and being an old style motorola had the worst menu system
to grace the planet? the only thing the n90 lacks is wi-fi? its a symbian
running smartphone, it is still to this day one of best phones you can
Reviewed by Rohana Rajapakshe from Sri Lanka on
21st Jun 2007
Reviewed by Alex Mcnight from United States on
15th Jun 2007
I really think that it is a really cool phone and all but just is not
good enough to beat the motorola rokr. to my pal Rhondel 'what's up'
Reviewed by jacqueline from scotland on 2nd Jun
i love my nokia n90 its had a few probs though camera stopped working
and so did videoing then suddenly video started recording on its own
1 day and worked since camera still not working and also every now &
then the volume goes and i need to put it onto load speaker to hear
but nobody wanted to help company i bought it from, who i pay for my
contract or nokia themselves. but i still love my phone i now want the
Reviewed by Clare from UK on 15th May 2007
I love the N90. My only real problem is the silver colour coes off around
the very edges and makes it look shabby. This started about 4 months
after I got mine. I'll never again buy a phone with a similar silver
coating. The battery standby isn't great but otherwise it's a great
Reviewed by Emma Ehiemere from Nigeria on 28th
This phone is indeed a smartphone. i love the phone.
Reviewed by ANDY from UK on 21st Mar 2007
I love this phone. When a friend got his,I got one too. I'm so glad
I did, the camera, and video are outstanding. I have a few complaints,
the biggest being is that it turns itself off, at really annoying times,
i.e. half way through writting a text or scrolling through contacts,
then takes ages to turn back on. Sometimes it only half turns off, so
I'm often finding myself removing the battery so I can re-boot it, which
is not good. The other complaint is the music player, I cant get mine
to work either, no matter what format of song I try to download, and
one of the reasons I got this phone was to use a music player. Apart
from that, the phone is very very good, lots of cool functions that
I have not even found about yet. The battery charges really quickly
as well, and seems to last a decent amount of time before needing re-charging.
I can upgrade soon, and I'm thinking of going for newer version of this
(forget what its called)as I really like the twisting screen and cam
functions.I'm not to bothered about no vibrating function, as I find
this annoying, but each to their own. I would recomend this phone, but
would also warn people of the problems they may have.
Reviewed by claire from bootle on 18th Mar 2007
hi am 15 an my dad bought me this phone as a gift at first i thought
it was big but the amount of things the nokia n90 can do is amazing
the quality of the pictures aswelll are outstandingly cool and its every
teenagers dream to have a phone that everyone cant stop starring at...
Reviewed by Khaled Iqbal from Kuwait on 3rd Mar
I got this phone 5 months ago n its gr8...its easy in use n the cam
is gud too..but my music player doesnt work...But the cell is 1 of the
best from n series
Reviewed by Jones Anto from India on 6th Feb 2007
I don’t understand why many people saying it’s a bad phone
. let me say first it’s self there is no phone meets 100% . Different
people have different taste . this phone is meant for high profile .
I am using this for two months and I am happy with it . Its true that
its big and heavy more over no vibration , other than that I don’t
find any problems . I takes good pictures and videos . price has also
come down now . The people who say its bad I don’t think they
even have this phone . if you can afford buy it and enjoy !!!
Reviewed by Anne K. Harrison from Kenya on 2nd
My Nokia N90 is cool but my top screen is off and cant get it on
Reviewed by lydiaa from united states on 17th
this phone is a w e s o m e !! pros- good camera, long lasting battery,
recorder && videos are clear, has ALOT of cool features on it.! cons-
too big, no vibration andd thats pretty much it..... overall, coool
phone [: im impressed..
Reviewed by hamid from Afghanistan on 15th Jan
I bought this mobile ( n90) one month before it is a fantastic mobile
wiht everything nice camra and nice design i like it very much.
Reviewed by Dinah from Grenada on 12th Jan 2007
Nokia N90 phone is very powerful and I like it alot.
Reviewed by J from Uk on 10th Jan 2007
had this phone for a month or so (got it for xmas) and its still not
failing to impress! my friends all love the twisty screen and think
its the coolest thing even though its over a year old!! Love it!!!
Reviewed by Jake from UK on 10th Jan 2007
had this phone for 3 mths now. solid as a rock. has never failed me
to do its job. the camera is amazing. this is much better than my old
3650. highly recommended.
Reviewed by jak from gud ol'england on 21st Dec
got this phone a year ago and finaly writing review! absolutlry love
this phone! amazing! picture quality is fantastic! i waited for this
phone for months (im only 13 so my mum had to buy it :'( ) wen i got
it wow! i opend the box and just looked at it and thought, your mine!
every other phone ive had have been used by 1 family member at least,
so when i got this 1 of my own it was great! people comlain because
its big, but why would you want a small flimsy phone? not namine any
names cough krazr cough its a mans phone! well a thirteen year old in
my case but im tall and man sized. the design is flawles! the screen
is grate! but thats not all! the things you can do with it, i surf the
internet almost every day, and all i can say is WOW GRATE FONE! get
this phone get it now! sadly im saying goodbye to it soon as im getting
the n91 but heck, i didnt mind £430 for this beast!
Reviewed by Danny D from Scotland on 7th Nov 2006
Hey, I have had this phone for 11 hours and I am in love with it. Sadly
of course the previous post was right, it does not have Vibration and
it does have a slow interface but hey, we can't have it perfect can
we? The buttons are well spaced, the camera is superb, the features
are excellent and the style is out of this world. D ^^;
Reviewed by Oli from UK on 5th Nov 2006
The camera is pretty immense, and is only beaten by the samsung D900
and sony erricson K800i. The design, although big, is very nice and
a much better effort by nokia on producing a decent clamshell look.
And smartphones are unreliable, yes, but I have owned two in the past
and I have had no problems with either. The reason it loses 5 stars
is for me the slow user interface, but all in all a very good phone!!!
Reviewed by myki from - on 29th Oct 2006
good mobile but 1 thing i didnt understand a nokia n series without
Reviewed by Gary T. from - on 28th Sep 2006
This phone is great, i'm Disabled and i find the phone very good, the
buttons are well spaced and of a good size, it is easy to hold and easy
to use, but the battery is so good, it needs more LIFE! The camera is
first rate and the sound quality is good but a bit tinny. Thanks Nokia
for a great phone!!!
Reviewed by kate from england on 31st Aug 2006
The phone is just great. It has loads of good stuff on it and it looks
s cool. You must have it.The front looks the best.
Reviewed by Vanessa from Philippines on 27th Aug
this phone has been on the market here in the philippines for a long
time now and it has really been my dream phone.. now, I lost interest
in it.. TOTALLY.. people say it's cool because of the twisting screen..
all I can say is: if that is the feature you want then just buy a nokia
6260. it has a twisting screen too. and it works a lot better. N90 is
very, and I mean VERY, hard to work with. like it has a mind of its
own.. it switces on even if you dont want it too.. i hate it. now I
have a 6260.. it doean't have much internal memory.. but I think it's
Reviewed by Shahaban from india on 11th Aug 2006
carl zeiss camera makes N90 more appealing.It has good functions like
auto focus but it lacks vibration and radio but still i love this phone
cuz of its image quality.
Reviewed by Ivan from Croatia on 28th Jul 2006
This phone is awesome.The best camera on the phones ever. 3,2 mpx, Cral
Zeiss optics. Really awesome.
Reviewed by Mr. Peterson from UK on 24th Jul 2006
This phone is alright but it's very annoying! The camera is quite alright
but when I'm on the underground, the camera twists, thus launching the
viewfinder app. It even happens when your on keypad lock. The menus
and all are ultra-slow, the battery is drained so fast, a 970mh runs
out in about 5 days on standby. It's very large and bulky, it weighs
a ton. Not very impressed here. I wouldn't buy it, I'm returning it
as soon as I get a better phone.
Reviewed by Faisal Ramzi from Malaysia on 13th
I've been using the N90 for 3 months. I had the option of purchsing
an N91, but opted for this phone instead for it's imaging features and
the addition of Carl-Zeiss lenses as well as auto-focus. Man, I'm glad
I chose this phone coz the images are crystal clear, image mode and
video mode. The audio speakers are acceptable although I think the Samsung
X700's is better. The reliable camera is useful for those instant moments
where you want to take photos of those rare moments. Camera response
time is acceptable. In bright and sunny conditions, the camera is superb!
It practically replaced my 7.1MP digital camera, although the phone
is not the best substitute. In poor lighting conditions, the photos
are blurry and the in flash-mode, there tends to be a yellow spot, especially
objects at close-range. User interface is good and the keypad is great
for typing messages. The bad side is it lacks vibrating mode so I have
to crank up the ringtone volume to maximum and I miss calls while in
silent mode. It's pretty big too, so I have to use both hands to open
it. Luckily I can answer the phone using the speakerphone which saves
half the trouble. It occasioanlly hangs and there are limited applications
for its series 60 platform. And the photos's tend to be yellowish at
times. Besides these drawbacks, the phone is definately a state-of-the-art
imaging phone which was the true purpose I purchased it. Get it for
the camera functions. Aside that, it's impressive, but there's some
tings left to be desired. Still, I give it 5 stars coz I love it!
Reviewed by leony cruz from philippines on 11th
the performance of nokia n 90 was excellent. i love to use it everyday
specially in parties you can take picture or video and you dont have
to bring big camera to have a souvenir in different occasion. i reall
satisfied with the performance of my celphone .use nokia n 90 then tell
me if i am saying is true. god bless the inventors of nokia n 90
Reviewed by Unhappy from UK on 27th Jun 2006
Only one word needs to be said ... BRICK
Reviewed by bill twinkle from england on 25th
i av ad this phone 4 1 day and its GREAT!!! go and get it NOW!!!
Reviewed by Sid from Bangladesh on 23rd Jun 2006
i almost gave this phone 1 star but I will consider giving it 2 stars
only for its camera.Right now I have This brick of a phone,A SE K750i
and a Moto V3i.The V3i is the smartest looking of them all and the K750i
fetures the best functionality and Mp3 Player.The N90 only has a very
good camera,besides that,its soo soo heavy and worst of all it doesent
even have a vibrator.Even the cheapest chineese phones in the market
have a vibrator these days n this phone reminds you of the time when
vibrators were considered a luxury,I am still trying to sell my N90
off to some poor sucker like me,Stay Away,ITS NOT WORTH IT!Go for SE
K750i or W810 if you can afford it
Reviewed by tam b from scotland edinburgh on 23rd
Phone was good to start with,but 6mnths down the line,buttons stopped
working due to main board malfunction,had replaced,1 day later same
again,awaiting the return of phone. very poor
Reviewed by Mark from uk on 20th May 2006
I got this phone 2 days ago and it is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!. It has a 2
megapixel camera, beautiful camera quality and a very good MP3 player
two. I love it. I advise you to get one staright away
Reviewed by Joshua King-Smith from Australia on
20th May 2006
Hi everyone, I have had this phone now for around 3 months. This phone
is quite possibly the best phone i have ever had. The camera is outstanding,
good enough that it replaced my dedicated digital camera. Video recording
is good too, it it great for quick videos, but not good enough for actual
movie making. The screen is definately the BEST on the market, you can
barely even se the pixels they ar that fine. I reccomend this phone
to anyone who wants the best phone available at the moment.
Reviewed by saddam dogar from pakistan on 18th
Hi my name is saddam.i have this phone since 4 months and this phone
still ROCKS!!.This is the greatest mobile in every angle specially CARL
Reviewed by Kelly from Japan on 30th Apr 2006
Not a very good phone at all. extremely disappointed with the sytle
and its features
Reviewed by Johon from France on 30th Apr 2006
This is a good phone, but the price tag on it is not so good. I've had
this phone for 6 months and its done reasonable service, Nokia have
actually got something right for once. The only bad thing is that occasionally,
the swivel system does get a bit jammed, but overal a good 3 stars!
Reviewed by Aisling from England on 30th Apr 2006
This is the best phone i have ever had! It looks great and its' features
are brill! recommend u get 1 coz u'll fall straight in love wiv it like
Reviewed by gwendoline from indonesia on 26th
I've used d fone a month! It's totally cool!!
Reviewed by Tom Lord from England on 24th Apr
Best phone in the world. Amazing camera and so unigue
Reviewed by Kristofer Ramkisson from trinidad and tobago
on 24th Apr 2006
this phone is dred.this is d best buy you can get jed.
Reviewed by Miss P from UK on 17th Apr 2006
Ive had the phone a few weeks now and i love it! The camera is amazing,lots
of memory space plus memory card, Yes its a bit of a handful/rubex cube!
It is slow on starting up,but what mobile isnt?!definately worth all
the pennies i paid for it!
Reviewed by trish from England on 12th Apr 2006
Had this phone 1st March was ok 2start with then the problems started!
It takes ages boot up when you've turned it on, then the Camera comes
on whenever it feels like it and you have2 turn it off 2get the camera
off display. Slow on opening Applications, Memory is not very big in
this day an age, gotta 1gig Dual MMC great now. Otherwise great pic,
video, sound etc. Hopefully the N91 is better have already pre-ordered
Reviewed by sepb from england on 9th Apr 2006
very poor phone. i had it only for 3 days before selling it for a nokia
8800. the n90 is far to big, slow and awkward to use. you cant even
open the phone with one hand. but possibly the biggest fall back is
when in your pocket, the camera is easily turned on, draining battery
life very quickly. on the plus side....not much. excellent camera but
i would rather have a decent phone plus a digital camera....(the two
taped together would probably still be smaller) anyway....get a p910i!
best phone ever!
Reviewed by Ovie from Omoku, Nigeria on 3rd Apr
i think that I have written one or two reviews here, but I wonder why
it wasn't placed on this site. Nevermind, the Nokia N90 is a phone to
behold and experience. It is not okay to just see it. My experience
when i beholded it was that it took my breath away. I had to pause to
catch my breath before proceeding. The screen display is something from
the future. bright and vivid with a cool saturation of colours. The
main screen display is 352 by 416pixels, 256k colours, I thought nokia
had poor colour display until i saw this. It could match any from samsung.
i use a samsung d600 with vivid colours, but this N90 matches it in
coulour display. the odd point here is the weight. It is too heavy even
for a man!! Could you imagine that it is even heavier than the Sony
ericsson P910? Apart from this it has perfect qualities. Document viewer,
Crstal clear video In CIF (352 x 288 pixels) resolution. Which is as
good as many camcorders. voice dialling, Wap, Edge, Bluetooth, speaker
independent voice dialling, integrated hands free is some of its features.
And then Java and symbian operating system; version 60... If you do
not mind the weight, then the Nokia N90 is a phone that I would prescribe
for any high end high tech phone users who believe in a good phone!
Reviewed by debs from england on 3rd Apr 2006
This phone is really cool, lots of people have went and bought one because
they've tested mine, its outstanding, nad so many people want it! if
you're planning to get this hurry up because the amount of people who've
told me they're getting 1 are pretty high!!!! i'm sure they'll run out
so hurry up and get the best phone of the year!!!
Reviewed by McGuirk from UK on 30th Mar 2006
I have had many many phones over the past couple of years (i get very
bored VERY quick) for months i have waited for the N90 and when i finally
i got it i got that rush down your spine of cold, ice cold fear WHAT
HAVE I SPENT £400+ pounds on!!!!! The only things i can say thats good
is the camera is class,the loudspeakers fab,the movie editor is cool
and NOKIA is the only phones that allows your MP3 ringtone to be played
in your ear via bluetooth headset but other than that all i can say
is ITS TOO BIG,WAY TOO SLOW,DOES NOT VIBRATE,CAMERA CRASHES REGULAR,TEXTING
IS A NIGHTMARE AND DONT EVEEERRRRRRRRRRRR GET ME STARTED on the worst
thing of all ENHANCED VOICE DIALLING is going to cost Nokia a lot of
custom because i bet in 24hours the phone has got about 250 voice commands
WRONG, you have to sound like Stephen Hawkins to get it to understand
you and if you have people in your phonebook like i have called dean,jean,lee
then boy you will have fun explaining why you have called them. Anyway
the phone is going back and im reverting back to my D600 or W800i all
i want is a cool looking phone that has Voice Tags,2mp+camera,plays
mp3's with good memory and has Nokia's ability to play your ringtone
in your ear, does anybody know of this handset????
Reviewed by Andrew Burton from Australia on 27th
dis fone is class, great display and camera sure it is a bit bulky but
that makes space for all dis classy stuff, da twisting screen is amazing
Reviewed by SHAHYRAJ MAHMUD from BANGLADESH on
16th Mar 2006
O! WAHT A SET NOKIA N90'S PHONE RATING IS 6 STAR NOT FIVE STAR.
Reviewed by joel Townley from uk on 14th Mar 2006
hi this phone is overall a good phone, it has some things that i love,
like the camra an mp3. but the 1 thing i hate is that when u open it
it dosent flip all the way, and u carnt open it with 1 hand but im not
complaining as i only payed 50 pound 4 it anyway. i would be gutterd
if i went out and payed 450 pound 4 it
Reviewed by Rhondel Lewis from Trinidad &Tobago on
11th Mar 2006
big up to my boys in trinidad and tobago. yo this fone is da bomb .
it has everything . everything about the fone is totally the best. bandnessssssssssssssss
Reviewed by Amna Saleem Ahmed from Pakistan on
7th Mar 2006
Very very sexyyy...i love the phone....has the craziest picture quality
ever....i dont think im ever getting bored with it...one of nokia's
best phones....simply the coolest...
Reviewed by Kane Butters from UK on 27th Feb 2006
I have had the Nokia N90 2 week now and it is outstanding it is a lot
better then the Samsung D600 very good Video Capture and MP3 AN the
Screen is Outstanding XX I LUV IT XX
Reviewed by skull horse from england on 24th Feb
brilliant phone and the best nokia in the market the nokia n70 is good
but this is better! it has all the features you need. but there is one
downside the camera it is fantastic at times but sometimes i wish i
got the panasonic vs6 because my mate has it and the camera is better
in my point of view. Also this goes to all new phones- the technology
on them are getting better and better and soon you dont need to get
a digital camera because you got the phones megapixels.
Reviewed by john from UK on 24th Feb 2006
iT IS AN EXTRAORDINARY PHONE. well Done NOKIA... whO'S THE BEST? NOKIA...
Reviewed by 3styler from Romania on 24th Feb 2006
Wow! What a magnificent phone. I think this is the best phone money
can buy at this moment! It's camera is fantastic, the main screen is
huge (you can watch movies without a problem) and the S60 OS is pretty
good (no problem with it yet).
Reviewed by asfand from pakistan on 17th Feb 2006
this is da best fone ive ever had....even better dan motorazer v3i
Reviewed by david from austrlia on 17th Feb 2006
THIS FONE ROCKS I LOVE IT. i got as a present the camera in A+++++ it
is the best fone out by nokia
Reviewed by maisy from pakistan on 16th Feb 2006
n90 has many advantages and disadvantages.firstly all the features are
worth its price but the design of n90 is not recomended by many buyers.They
say that it is not easy to open it and when talking on phone you have
to turn the phone so features are good but design is not recomended.n70
is more good than n90
Reviewed by Alexis from UK on 15th Feb 2006
Had the phone over a week now. Other examples of the poorly designed
interface (to add to those below). If you play music in the background
with ear-phones on, the button on your headpiece wire does nothing and
neither do the external buttons on the phone. So to change - say - the
volume you must take the phone out of your pocket, open it, scroll through
and find gallery, open the music player and then lower the volume. There
is honestly no other way! And that's not all. If someone speaks to you,
you have to go through this procedure to switch off the music. Even
if you pull out the headset, the just music blares out loudly from the
phone's speaker. In fact, the quickest way to shut off the music player
is to shut down the phone or start making a call. What a basic design
flaw. Another example: when you get to a letter on your address book,
you cannot move on to the next letter by backspacing the name - this
takes you back to 'A'. So to call "Simon" you have to press '7' four
times to get to 'S' and then wade through a longer list that includes
all second names and first names beginning with 'S'. On old nokias you
press '8' for 'T' backspace and scroll up a few. Making a call, like
most simple things, now takes longer with this phone. They haven't spent
much time designing this. It's a shame basic operations are less intuitive
when you otherwise might enjoy the amazing features and great video
camera. Nokia have got complacent in their operating system designs,
just when others like Sony Eriksson have improved theirs. I suspect
Nokia's sales will suffer sooner or later.
Reviewed by RIFKI from indonesia on 14th Feb 2006
i bought this phone 5 days ago, and i'm very disappoint to this ponsel,
because the feature is not complete compare the price, this phone can't
give me vibrate tone to know incoming calls
Reviewed by G MAN from SCOTLAND on 13th Feb 2006
HI FOLKS GOT MY N90 WAY BEFORE ANYONE IN THE UK,THATS LAST YEAR AUGUST
WHICH I WAS QUITE LUCKY AND I MUST SAY GREAT PHONE.OK THERE ARE DRAWBACKS
BUT I CAN SAY THERE IS NO PHONE OUT THERE WITHOUT DRAWBACKS.FEW FOLK
COMPLAINT ABOUT SIZE AND WEIGHT BUT I SAY GET ANOTHER PHONE AS IT SUITS
ALOT OF PEOPLE AND I DON'T MIND IT SIZE AS IT CAN DO QUITE ALOT MORE
THAN THE POPULAR PHONES OUT THERE.SONY K750I,W800I,W900I ALL RUBBISH
AS I TESTED EACH ONE OF THEM.NOKIA RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by alfonso from Jamaica on 13th Feb 2006
Yow mi lie di phone bad star it kinda (huge / big) but u dun know it
really bring out the qualities in a phone a yesterday mi buy mine and
trust mi, i man nuh sleep yet bcuz mi stay up all night a play wid it
jus 2 know it inside out straight a one a di badess phone bout the place
big up nokia fi life u rule nuh phone wicket like a u al sey dat real
way, proper way bless up.
Reviewed by Alex from UK on 12th Feb 2006
This phone is to bulky and too big!Nokia seem too be makin really big
and bulking phones at the moment which i hate! Nokia should try harder
and think a bit more before releasing any more phones!But i still like
using nokias but if they keep on making them like this then i will change.
The only good thing about it is the camera quality! Poor:(
Reviewed by Samantha from UK on 11th Feb 2006
I felt this fone was not good because i soon as i got it home practically
and tryed out the facilitys on it the screen when it twists snaped on
me i was very disapointed so took it back! it was sorted but i was still
Reviewed by Alexis from UK on 8th Feb 2006
On, balance I am glad I splashed out on this phone. But this purely
a function of the video facility - it is advanced, flexible and, most
importantly, excellent quality (even on a computer at full-screen the
video pixilation is minor). This makes the phone. Otherwise, other basic
features are poor for the money paid (though I readily accept I am not
using this phone anything like close to its specification limits, so
if you are a web-surfing, chat-room junky fond of video-conferencing
you will probably get a lot more out of it than I). Otherwise the secular
decline in Nokia's operating system continues. More and more key pressing
is required for basic acts earlier nokia phones were cleverly programmed
to anticipate. Part if this is due to the fact that the phone does more,
but part of it is Nokia's deteriorating operating system design. Examples
- No quick link possible to my text inbox wihch I use all the time.
To reply to text I can't press reply, write and send like old phones.
With this phone it's click \scroll down to and click\select
\write message\select \select . For
too long for such a basic action. And there are many examples like this.
(It reminds me of an old sony eriksson I had, which made me swear never
to leave Nokia, now I think SE have come a long way and probably overtaken
nokia on their opperating systems!) The compatiability of symbian with
the nokia pc suite is poor. Transfering contacts from my pc was a nightmare.
Writing text messages from my pc is not allowed. It's a great phone
for the video and camera technology, that can't be denied. It is also
packed with features (some more useful than others) But on the basics,
I think Nokia continue to loose their lead.
Reviewed by Acidr8yne from UK on 7th Feb 2006
In 1 word toilet!! I got mine a few days ago, and had to send it back.......
This thing is huge!! and severe problems with connectivity on bluetooth
and usb cable. This thing has lots of bugs in the o/s, and the nokia
software which it needs to run on has lots more....! i'm a qualified
pc technician it took me 3 days to even try and get this running somewhere
near ok..... didn't happen!! Dissapointing from nokia......!
Reviewed by Saqib from UK on 4th Feb 2006
OK I know this phone is a little new so it might not work best first
time but hey this is the best camera phone on the market over here.But
if anyone thinks its not then ok.Come on guys, nokia took a lot of time
to make this fone. Its not just a 2 minute job like the old nokia phones.
EG Nokia 3310. I know the new nokia n80 is going to be 3 megapixels
but in my opinion id rather go for this one because of the stylish design
and carl zeiss optics. Nokia needs some respect for this thing. Long
live nokia!!!!! Long live Nokia!!!!!
Reviewed by Amie from uk on 3rd Feb 2006
Great way of opening! Like a digital camera! Great phone, I was jumping
for joy when I received it for my birthday last week. Great phone, I
recommend it, but it dosn't come cheap!
Reviewed by Saqqs from England on 2nd Feb 2006
come on! whats the matter with you? havent you heard this is a really
popular phone in the us and it came here Jan 06. come on guys give nokia
some respect for this fone. also include respect on the carl zeiss lense.
Just prove me wrong by telling me a phone which is already released
which has that type of lense. Cant find 1? well thats because its the
first foe to have it. ps. sony camcorders have this lense so it should
be something similar to those
Reviewed by AFAQ YOUSAFZAI from PAKISTAN on 1st
I M AFAQ FROM PAKISTAN AND I M USING THIS CELL PHONE FROM ATLEAST 3
MONTHS.AND IT IS VERY GOOD FUNCTION
Reviewed by fernando from portugal on 31st Jan
it´s the best phone.
Reviewed by Peter from UK on 24th Jan 2006
After receiving the N90, I was compelled to return the phone after trying
it out for 1 day. Although the phone is media functionality packed,
with a great camera lens. The negative points that forced me to return
the N90 was the bulkiness of the phone and the lack of the vibrating
call-alert. For such a large phone, I would have expected such feature
to be available.
Reviewed by BigT from Wales on 19th Jan 2006
I have had the N90 for three months and i hate it..It is just to big
and chuncky.Sure the camera is A1 but i have problems using the blue
tooth it does not want to find other phones and you can not save that
many long ring tones..... back to using my old 6670.
Reviewed by Nicholas from Kwek on 14th Jan 2006
I love my bestie's phone! It's so kool! It's so twisty and all! I love
Reviewed by Elliot from - on 4th Jan 2006
NOT IMPRESSED!!! It just keeps on failing on me.......i heve already
sent it back twice in 3 weeks. The Sony Ericssons are alot better.
Reviewed by Varun from India on 1st Jan 2006
Excellent! amazing! the rotating screen and the extra-ordinary image
quality with the Carl Zeiss Lens just makes all the difference. Although
the phone lacks memory space, and the absence of a vibrator are some
drawbacks. Its elegant looks make it even more attractive to mobile
snatchers, so possession of a phone like this in third world countries
like India is a big risk. It is also really expensive, and comes with
no security software. If you can protect your phone, get it ASAP!
Reviewed by RT from UK on 29th Dec 2005
This phone is great when it comes to images and videos, it looks great
too. the idea of the twistable camera is awsome. but the main disadvantage
about the n90 is the size and the price. they both need to be a little
Reviewed by Dr Sujathan Somadas from England on
23rd Dec 2005
this is the best phone out now.
Reviewed by Kieran from U.K on 23rd Dec 2005
SO COOL + FEATURE PACKED CAM NOT AS GOOD AS K750i BUT SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Reviewed by Vivek Kumar Rohra from Pakistan on
21st Dec 2005
This phone was gifted to me by me uncle, because I got the highest percentage
in my class. I would like to state advantages and disadvantages of this
phone in separate categories. Advantages: 1. It has a twisting screen,
which impresses your friends too much. Its an excellent screen with
high-quality Graphics. 2. The camera quality that is 2 megapixel (1200
X 1600 pixels), seemes more than it. As compared with the Sony Ericsson's
K750i (2 Megapixel Camera)or W800i (2 Megapixel Camera), the quality
is better because of Carl Zeiss optics. 3. It has a very impressive
and stunning design, which makes you proud that you have this smartphone.
As stated in other reviews that it is very heavy, I do not think so,
because it is not heavier than Nokia's 3310. 4. It is also stated in
one of the reviews that it has 542 MB memory, but for your kind information
there isn't any memory unit like that. The memory varies from, 2 MB-4
MB-8 MB-16 MB-32 MB-64 MB-128 MB-256 MB-512 MB-1 GB-2GB-3GB. N-90 has
512 MB of the memory, but if you want more memory than it is extendable
by inserting Multimedia Cards in it. 5. It has Symbian Operating System,
which is famous for its Software Support. Disadvatanges: 1. Its Symbian
Operaating System, when used quickly becomes slow. It feels like that
you are running Microsoft Windows XP on the 64 MB RAM Computer. But
it does slow downs forever, its the matter of just not operating it
for 1 minute. 2. As stated in other reviews that it has an Integrated
Flash, but for your kind information, it is of use in Dark areas not
for complete Dark. When you take a picture at any Dark area, where is
some light not completely dark, with the help of Flash, it is difficult
to recognize that it has been taken at any dark area. But if its completely
dark, there is no use of Flash, because the Flash has a limited light
to produce, and in completely dark area you can see the person or thing
whose photo you are taking but it looks like a dull picture. 3. I agree
that its heavier and larger than the competitor mobiles. 4. Its keys
are difficult to use because they are just like Nokia's 6610 or 6610i.
But when you will touch them, you will feel very comfortable. 5. Because
it is an expensive Handset, there is a danger of being stolen the phone,
in Third World Countries such as Pakistan. Even people who are very
much wealthy, use very cheap handsets such as Nokia's 1100, Samsung's
X100, Sony Ericsson's T290, etc. If you are capable of taking care of
an expensive set, then Nokia is welcoming you to buy its set.
Reviewed by Malcolm Christie from UK on 21st Dec
This phone is totally amazing. The Carl Zeiss optics certainly set this
phone much higher than the rest of them on the market at present. I
usually get a new mobile every year and my last phone was a Samsung
D500 which was good until all the chavs got hold of em. This man hand
sized mobile is bulkier than the norm which puts it in good stead for
a robust and adventurous session of snaps. The pre-loaded memory card
(64mb) has some very usefull files and for a symbian 60 phone this really
Reviewed by Mia from UK on 19th Dec 2005
i bought it last week and it is already acting funny it isnt the best
for the price i paid for it....i should have bought the 6260...it looks
better but the picture is great on the N90 but i would not recommend
Reviewed by virgoptrex from India on 9th Dec 2005
Got to say the phone has astonishing looks with movable dynamic screen
"Twist and Shoot" Technology.OS bit slower and needs to be improved
dramatically.Excellent photo quality with Carl Zeiss Lens comparable
to SONY Camcorder DCR-42E.Good optical zoom 20X.Basically meant for
high end users and dedicated to photography.2 megapixel camera (1600
x 1200 pixels) with autofocus 20x digital zoom.Integrated flash (operating
range up to 1.5m).MS Office and PDF files support. No VIB SYNC function.Won't
recommend this handset for regular railway commuters in INDIA, Since
the handset is extremely delicate and bulky too.MP3 player good.But
nothing to beat the O/P quality of MOTOROLA E398 and SONY Walkman phone
D500 [One in its CLass -> The purity of acoustics]. Conclusion: High
end users have it.Not meant for layman.
Reviewed by Rohan Seth from India on 6th Dec 2005
This is the best phone nokia has taken out.. i mean ive had this phone
for a week and no problems yet..the carl zeiss lens is stunning and
plus the battery life is good .. the only reger is the laidout of buttons
it takes a while to get used to them .. a stunning smart phone
Reviewed by Arvind from UK on 2nd Dec 2005
A very good phone I would say. But its slow. The operating system is
slower than the other nokia smartphones. Takes quite some time to preview
images and about the same time to open them - so 4/5. Looks 5/5. With
a Carl Zeiss lens and 20x zoom, photo quality is good. Doesnt come with
security software while other N-series phones do - 4/5.
Reviewed by Ben from Uk on 25th Nov 2005
Good phone, but shame about the size and no vibration function, quality
phone, camera and music player tho :-)
Reviewed by Farish from Mauritius on 12th Nov
I have used this phone and its really good. Its got a lot of features
and a really good and stable smartphone. It takes high quality pictures,
even in low light conditions. Its got advanced camera features(Carl
Zeiss Optics). Main disadvantages:Quite heavy and biq. THE NOKIA N90
IS THE BEST!
Reviewed by Tom from England on 12th Nov 2005
Cool phone. Everything about it is cool. Not the best phone in my opinion,
though. It still gets 5 stars though, cos it' such an outstanding phone
Reviewed by rastaphari from uk on 4th Nov 2005
The nokia n90 is a superb phone. I recommend this phone to persons who
like to take pictures short movies and also want the flexability of
a cellular phone. The n90 takes gr8 fotos and also nice quality videos.
Having a phone like this u can afford to leave the digital camera and
the video camera at home. The downside is the battery life which only
holds up for about 2days depending on the usage, and the fact that it
dont vibrate but with all the wonderful features packed into it u will
be able to live with it. Nokia as usual on top of the market.
Reviewed by jacen from virgin islands/uk on 3rd
I've had this fone now for 2wks, and I find this fone to an awesome
fone. From taking pictures and movies and everything else in between
it performs on a high standard. Nokia has again taken the mobile standard
to another level. The only negative remark about the n90 is its battery
life, but I can live with charging it every 2days. If u can afford it
then go for it u will not regret that u did
Reviewed by neil from england on 22nd Oct 2005
hey its me again. sorry for all the spelling mistakes from last time.
but anyway i have acualy purchesed the phone now . so i want to edit
my last review. i thught it was exellent but i found that it was outstanding.
thepicture quality is very good i have compered it to alot of other
phones. i think the only other on i would choose instead of this is
the motorola ravr v3.i loved the desighn(mostly the thinness). but its
a little weak on the memory factor.
Reviewed by Emanuele from Italy on 9th Sep 2005
I saw the phone for the first time today... It it a really good phone
and in tha hand is not so big. Only write sms you will need two hands.
In the reality the phone is smaller and more fat..
Reviewed by Ricky from South Africa on 7th Sep
The N90 is one awesome handset. Size to me does not really matter, I
have always used many handsets which are big in size, the only disappointment
of teh N90 is Nokia forgot to put in a vibrator, which I really miss.
The camera is what it says to be, excellent. I have loaded many series
sixty apps on the handset which works awesome. All I can say for people
who don't worry about size, it's the phone to get.
Reviewed by Jon Notts from England on 6th Sep
Quality phone although very large. The main problem, which in fact stops
it really being a phone is its battery life. If you take 20 odd pics
and a movie clip you can pretty much bet that the battery will NOT last
a day. Using the phone for a phone will allow the battery to last approx
2 days before a charge is needed. At the time of writing Nokia have
no plans for an increased life battery - WHICH THIS PHONE NEEDS. This
is the only fault, but unfortunately its quite a big one which is why
I have to give it 4/5
Reviewed by Calvin from UK on 24th Jul 2005
This phone simply rocks! It has everything that i was ever looking out
for in my phone.It's AWESOMe. Even my girlfriend likes or should i say
Reviewed by Jason from Greece on 15th Jul 2005
the phone is very good . it's sympian OS , has an excellent camera and
an amazing screen (a lot of pixels) it also has a big memory (up to
542mb) . you can download applications easy, as it,s 3g with 384kb modem.