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Nokia at 3GSM Congress

Judging by forums and the feedback circulating around the web, nobody expected much to come from Nokia at this exhibition, it seemed that there was nothing new to showcase in light of the recent launch of Nokia N76 and N93i. Although, some snaps and specs of a couple of enterprise solutions were floating around the Net specifically the mythical E90, semi-mythical E61i, a quarter-mythical handset with support for DVB-H and a handful of other devise. Just like always all these rumors have come true, to a certain extent, and as regards this extent we are about to find out. I have to warn you beforehand, that this article is nothing but a digest on what is interesting-boring, cool-dull, hot-or-not, more depth and analytics are to come in the reviews on these solutions. So, lets start with the arid things and then slowly move on to the main highlights of our show.

Nokia E65

A smartphone for the companys enterprise line-up, housed in slider-style form-factor and quite doubtful casing trim it is more likely that less flashy colors will make it to the market as well. You dont have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that the E65 is an attempt to sign up the audience of business-women; successful or not it is hard to tell. One thing is for sure inside they will find Symbian S60 3rd, FP1, but thats pretty much about it. For me personally this is the most tedious device of all announced as a matter of a fact it packs the same painfully familiar features in a new form-factor. The design was given satisfactory by a few women I asked, while men said it was run-of-the-mill, lacked some flavor. And I support them in this.

Nokia 3110 classic

This semi-entry solution is called SonyEricsson K750i-esque by many, right after they look at the shots. In practice, though, they share absolutely nothing in common these handsets are indeed totally different. Relatively low price they mentioned, may turn into 200 USD plus on our market, and lets see what kind of punch you can get for the money. First, it is a remake of formerly popular the 3110 purchasing it, you might feel nostalgia for the good-old days of your youth. Then, the casing is dubbed as durable and thats great, but apparently doesnt necessarily mean that there will be extra levels of proof, so we end up overlooking this spec. Third, the new 3110 comes included with music player, support for memory cards, radio, 1.3 Mpix camera and Bluetooth its nice to find all this in a relatively cheap device and really crucial, especially in Russia, where most consumers want to squeeze much out of the handset for little money. As for design, I find it appealing, as it seems the 3110 will be placed under Nokia 6233 in the line-up.

Nokia 6110 Navigator

Quite fetching device, whose major flavor is bundled GPS receiver. Much like Nokia 5500 Sport, this smartphone, coming not from the N-Series line-up, has its own codename. Im curious when we will see Nokia XXXX Telephone? Guess, never. What can we say looking at the 6110? It is a pretty bulky slider running on Symbian S60 3rd with somewhat display, which still proves to be insufficient for usage in car, to my mind. Maybe, it is all about my preference for tailored devices, and I dont deny combines, but only when it comes not to looking out for my route on a small-sized (for this particular situation) screen. On the other hand, if you happen to find yourself in a foreign country and rent a car, than the 6110 will definitely help you to make the way. The device will be retailed for 450 Euro.

Specifications:

  • One-key access to an integrated GPS navigation system
  • Local maps pre-installed on the memory card, allowing for a quick start
  • Support for high-speed data transfer technology HSPDA
  • Support for WCDMA 2100 HSDPA, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • 2 Mpix camera with flash, digital zoom and panoramic mode
  • 40 Mb of built-in memory, expandable with microSD cards up to 2 Gb
  • 2,2-inch TFT screen showing 16 mln colors at 240x320 pixels resolution

Nokia N77

Hey, it is Nokia N73! Yes, the N77 is indeed looks much like its photo-heavy predecessor. Apparently, the casing has undergone only minor shape-changes, but has become more appealing this way. Anyhow, it is not N73TV Nokia N77 is a wholly different model, so lets leave alone all these speculations. As you might have already found it out from our news posts, the handsets major attraction lies in Live TV when you want it motto, which implies an built-in DVB-H tuner, enabling you to watch telly on the go. For Europe it is all the rage, for Russia a waste. For the rest, the N77 is a typical N-Series offspring that can be used in many other ways: you can by a remote and listen to tunes, install required software and watch movies (by the way there is no word on hardware support for DivX). The camera module here is inferior to that found on the N73. Suggested price makes up 370 Euro. Briefly speaking, this is a Cheap TV receiver for those who are totally bored at work.

Nokia E61i

Spy photos of this model have been around on gadget-related sites for a long while, and this update comes as no surprise, one could even say wed asked for it we got it. Faced-off against the E61, the new Nokia E61i wins by having revamped design, camera (ok, we wont mention how many mpix it packs), but regrettably the operating system version has remained untouched. The foremost rival of the E61 SonyEricsson M600 now loses to Nokias offspring in the sense of both the feature craved for by many users (we mean camera, of course), and looks. However the rumor has it that the M600 is being updated soon with an offering boasting WLAN support and imaging capabilities. What is my personal opinion on the E61i? They have patched up the things that used to ward many off, but more importantly, the business aim has gradually given its place to the multimedia, which seems to be still vital for enterprise users.

Incidentally, it is good to see that the design revamp has touched not only the casings color (to me, this combination is truly alluring), but controls as well, specifically addition of new buttons onto the faceplate take a look for yourself at the keys flanking the joystick. Now, instead of two functional keys we have no less than four whats the upside I hear you ask? This reduces the time you might spend for calling up a specific application. Over and above the joysticks design has been changed as well, so that in its present state it is handier than that found on the original model.

And of course we cant just overlook the brilliant sales package we only wish it wouldnt be spoiled with that mono-headset. Since the E61i comes boxed with a 2 Gb memory card, why wont they just allow us to listen to music right after pulling the handset out of the box?

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 117 x 70 x 13,9 mm;
  • Weight: 150 grams;
  • Display: 2,8 QVGA, 16 mln colors, active area - 56,9 x 42,7 mm;
  • Platform: S60 3rd Edition 9.1a;
  • QWERTY-keyboard with backlighting;
  • Dedicated key for sending email messages and LED status indicator for new messages;
  • 2 megapixel camera for taking pictures;
  • Email: supports POP/IMAP and SMTP protocols;
  • Media player supporting MP3, AAC, 3GPP and RealMedia formats ;
  • 60 MB of internal user memory, Hot swappable microSD memory card support up to 2 GB;
  • Support for WCDMA , GPRS/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz);
  • USB 2.0, WLAN, Bluetooth 1.2, Infrared;
  • HTML and XHTML browsers, Nokia Web browser with Mini Map;
  • Battery capacity: 1500 mAh;
  • Sales package: Nokia E61i, Nokia Battery BP-4L, Nokia Travel Charger AC-4, Nokia Headset HS-5, Nokia Connectivity Cable CA-53, Nokia microSD Card 2GB MU-37.

Nokia E90 Communicator

Wrapping up a digest with its major highlight is, to tell the truth, a very unoriginal move. Im most positive that you have missed everything written above and scrolled straight down to this part at least I would do that. Because the E90 couldnt not die on the vine, not a single fan of Nokias bulky communicators didnt believe that after the 9300i there wouldnt be any folding powerhouses. And the company simply couldnt leave a narrow circle of rich techi and gadget-addicts, seeking the ideal wherever they can, without a brick-shaped solution. But this was only a gas, now lets check out the facts about the E90 and its photos, of course:

- Dimensions-wise it is more comparable with Nokia 9500 (personally I say hooray), rather than with the 9300. Brick-esque forms are on place, nothing to worry about.

- The internal screen is NOT touch-sensitive, dont even dream of that. In return, its widescreen setup is better than that of the 9500 (bigger resolution), so watching movies will be a great experience.

- miniUSB socket. It is good, but what accessories employing this jack will come boxed with the E90? Basing on the previous experience and the E90s, I could say there would be a cradle, charger, mono-headset and a memory card. I would really love to find a stereo-headset and a pouch (even the simplest one) in there as well.

- microSD memory expansion slot with all this bulk, the E90 could easily handle full-size SD. Nevertheless this one is good too thinking of average price for 2 Gb cards, you can buy three of them at once and have fun.

- 1500 mAh battery is more capacious than that of the 9500 and keeps the E90 up and running for about a day at frequent usage of the internal screen, which is much like the 9500. And if you tend to do without the inner display, the charge may last for a good 2-3 days (the 9500 once managed to stay on for four full days in this mode without overnight turns-offs at minimal amount of calls).

- As you can see, the controls of the phones interior have undergone some changes. The keys flanking the display are well-spaced, I feel better about the joystick now, the thumbboard is easy to use as well.

- On the 9500 you could unfold only to the right angle, while the E90 shows off three positions: closed, 90 degrees and 180 degrees all these positions get fixed smoothly. How good the mechanism will do and how long it will last we will tell you when you get our hands on the E90.

- The E90s design is pretty appealing; it seems that dark brown has gotten to be Nokias trade-mark color in 2007. Developers once again went into various tricks to make the E90 appear visually smaller edging of the front panel, a sort of color sandwich, if you look at it sideways. The E90 has better looks to it than the 9500 make no doubt about that.

- The E90 comes included with an FM transmitter, whose absence was the reason why many didnt even put the 9500 or the 9300 on their shortlist. On top of that the communicator carries a 3,2 Mpix camera (which is a breakthrough compared to the 9500) with auto-focus (which is surprising), and a forward-facing camera for video calls onboard, as well as a GPS module. The only question remains: what is the downside? Since the 9500s lackluster performance in multimedia department was the talk of the town back then, and now here comes the E90, featuring up-to-date functionality Are we dreaming or what?

- GSM, WCDMA, HSDPA, WLAN. All joys of life for a real business-professional. This offering will definitely make it to gadgets-related glossies with for well-off gentlemen phrase in the preamble. Personally, I think such do-it-all functionality is all we could every wish for.

- We are pleased to see that with the clam closed, we have a run-of-the-mill Symbian 60 3Rd based smartphone standing before us, which has a full-size, rather than rudimentary, display. Being able to perform on the external screen the same functions as on the internal one, is a great thing as well. What is more, the inner smartphone is powered by the same OS version, rather than a variation incompatible with other applications. But when it comes to working out the scenario of usage, everyone is on his/her own, since you will inevitably encounter the issue of the extremely power-hungry internal display. In other words, mediocre battery life is a price to pay for viewing photos, watching films, reading books on the widescreen. But these things can be done on the outer display as well. I hope you have caught my idea.

- Announced price 750-800 Euro. In Russia, though, the E90s price tag will be a tad heftier (1000 USD and a little over 200 USD or so), and one more time forums will get overloaded with messages such as: For this much money I can buy a handset, player, home stereo, second-hand notebook and a bag to put all this stuff in and throw it out. But, naturally, the E90 will have its own audience, for example if a CEO will go for it, then all his deputies will go and get it too at the end of the day it is an enterprise device for imposing business-users. As regards others who have some coins in their wallets the scenario will be pretty much the same, when someones neighbor buys it and then it spreads all over the place like a plague. And when the price falls down, then techi, craving for a replacement for their 9500, will step onto the scene as well.

- Is the E90 worth picking up as a replacement for the 9500, for those who just dont accept any other sort of communicators? Absolutely, after all, are there any other options?

Specifications for Nokia E90 Communicator:

  • GSM/GPRS/EGPRS (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and WCDMA/HSDPA (2100 MHz)
  • Inner: Active matrix color display (800 x 352 pixels), 16 million true colors
  • Outer: Active matrix color display (240 x 320 pixels), 16 million true colors
  • 3,2 Mpix and QCIF-camera
  • GPS-module
  • FM-radio
  • Wi-Fi (802.11g), Bluetooth 2.0
  • Mini USB, USB 2.0 full-speed
  • 128 Mb of user-manageable memory
  • microSD memory expansion
  • S60 3.1 Edition, Symbian OS 9.2
  • Java MIDP 2.0
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • Dimensions - 132x57x20 mm
  • Weight - 210 grams

Also, Nokia showcased Nokia Bluetooth Display Car Kit CK-15W, due out in Q2 at a price of 180 Euro or so.

Sergey Kuzmin (skuzmin@mobile-review.com)
Translated by Oleg Kononosov (oleg.kononosov@mobile-review.com)

Published — 16 February 2007

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