Short answer: My E61i has about 75% of the E90’s features for about 50% of the price, and thus for me is a better fit.
What, you want more? Ok, fine…
Long answer: The E90 is absolutely for you if you’re a comedy mogul and/or in need of an uncompromising business device. It’s not quite a laptop replacement but the vastly-wide screen allows for some serious work on spreadsheets, email and the like.
That said, it’s not without its flaws — namely:
The QWERTY Keypad
The keys themselves are nice and big, and have a nice “click” to them. The dedicated number row also comes in extremely handy. And the dedicated row of shortcuts above that? Well now you’re just spoiling me!
So what’s to complain about? Well, in my opinion the keypad is just too wide to use comfortably — and I’ve done a fair amount of research into QWERTY usability.
For the record I also tried the keypad with the E90 on a table, like a laptop. This didn’t work for me either — the keys are too small to touch-type with, which doesn’t matter anyway because whichever digits you use to input data will end up blocking the screen from view, as it’s very wide but not tall.
Oh, and the backlight is far too weak, and there doesn’t seem to be any settings to adjust it.
The E90 is entirely usable if you’re in a boardroom meeting or the executive lounge of an international airport, but on the move the horizontal clamshell becomes a bit too unwieldy for my tastes.
When closed it’s great to take calls on and honestly doesn’t even seem that big. But like my old hiptop, when opened up this monster makes for quite a challenge to hammer out a text with one hand — especially with the soft menu buttons positioned up on the screen portion of the device.
And there’s also the matter of that horrible camera button I previously wrote about…
You’ll also be treated to the best mobile operating system on the planet, but I’m biased that way…