Uh oh, Nokia is missing a vital feature in the N90

I had issues getting the latest version of the Nokia PC Suite to sync to the N90 on my Fujitsu Tablet PC for some reason and after a couple of system restores I still couldn’t get it to work. I decided to sync my Nokia 7610 with the Tablet and that worked fine. I then connected the via the USB cable and was finally good to go so I synced all my Outlook data onto the device, upgraded Opera to 8.5, and installed SplashBlog. BTW, the N90 has a removable plastic cover for the USB connection that people will probably lose in about 2 seconds and is basically worthless. I never had a connection cover on the 7610 and if I am going to use the USB cable I will leave the cover in the box. You can also sync via Bluetooth, which may be the preferred method with the device.

The N90 supports EDGE and I found surfing speeds to be very good using Opera. I am finding that the signal strength indicator shows a bar or two lower reception than my Treo 650. Granted, the bars on the phone are not a great way to compare RF strength between phones, but the N90 just doesn’t seem to have as strong a signal as my Treo 650.

Fingerprints show up all over the silver side pieces on the device and I keep wiping it clean with my shirt or optical cloth. I have take a couple photos so far and one or two appeared kind of foggy for some reason. I plan on taking some comparison shots with the N90, my Pentax camera, Treo 650, and Nokia 7610 to see how the shots compare.

One MAJOR feature I found missing on this phone is vibration. I missed a couple of calls this morning because in my very quite engineering office all phones must be set to vibrate/silent so they don’t disturb those around you. Thus, vibration is not just a luxury, but a requirement for me and every phone or smartphone I have tried has had vibration mode. I find it strange that Nokia did not include vibration in the N90 and I personally would not spend such a large amount ($700 unlocked) for a device without vibration.

  1. #1 by Alex on November 29, 2005 - 03:38

    On the side note. I wonder have you tried Opera Mini on your Treo 650? Would you recommend Opera Mini over Blazer? I am considering using it but the Java ME really is a memory hog.


  2. #2 by palmsolo on November 29, 2005 - 07:54


    I do have Opera Mini on my Treo 650. While it is fast, I find that many sites do not load unless I try twice so I really don’t use it much. I do have the JAVA utility loaded though to work with the Google Maps (KMaps) application. Granted I now only have about 8MB free with all the software I test and use on the Treo 650.

  3. #3 by Anonymous on November 29, 2005 - 11:17

    Hi Matt,
    This is off subject but I have a question for you and my outlook does not work and I use incredimail. Could you reply please.

  4. #4 by Craig on November 29, 2005 - 22:31

    Hey, Matt, I expect the N90 doesn’t offer vibrate (I, too, miss that a lot) due to the high-falootin’ optics and imaging sensors in the camera. Too much shaking is baaad for precise parts like that, but that’s just my guess.

    BTW, I posted a few comparison shots of the N90 vs. other cameras (and my Treo 650) over at GearBits….check it out if you get a chance. See ya.

  5. #5 by Anonymous on November 29, 2005 - 23:26

    Nokia left vibration out of both the 9300 and 9500 COmmunicators – this has been criticised in all reviews, and was part of the reason I sold my 9500. I find it odd that Nokia (IMOP the best of the mobile phone builders) left this feature out – in a noisy environment, you “feel” a phone more than heqar it ring. I hope they will change their mind in future 9xxx devices.


  6. #6 by palmsolo on November 30, 2005 - 06:29


    That’s exactly what I was thinking about why they didn’t have a vibrate feature. I haven’t heard if this is the real reason though and wonder if we can expect no vibration in other high end camera phones. I believe the 3 megapixel Nokia N80 does have vibration though and think this looks like a better choice, especially with 802.11g WiFi and FM radios included.

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