This is one huge surprise for me. When I bought the E90 I thought to myself that I would have to make a compromise on music and camera capabilities. Turns out – I was wrong! The E90 packs great music playing abilities but it is as if Nokia is trying to keep them in the shade. All we hear about the Eseries is business devices, business devices, business devices. Even businessmen have lives in the evening, even they have holidays its time to stop hiding things Nokia (Accelerometer ring any bells?).
The reason I say hiding is that the headphones that come with this devices are disgusting to listen to music with. The day I bought it, I tried them and since that day they have not left their box. Second, Nokia does not ship a 2.5mm to 3.5mm adapter with the E90 which is a 800$ phone. But guess what, the adapter comes with the 5300 which costs just about 130$. What is the logic behind that? I fail to understand.
This is the small piece of equipment that changes everything for the E90. I was able to snag one off a friend (they don’t seem to be available separately in the market in the region I live) and it worked wonders for me. I plugged in the standard iPod headphones, tweaked the equalizer a little to my liking and the music was beautiful. The E90 seems to be a very powerful device with the headphones almost giving way at full volume. The phone is LOUD. Much louder than the N95 series or the N82. It comes very close to the N91 level or may be even touches it.
The quality is even better with Nokia’s own HS-28 headphones that are sold with the music edition phones, they originally debuted with the N91 but now seem to have vanished.
The Music Player might suffer on the software side a little bit. There is no inbuilt Podcast support, no ability to edit ID3 tags. I personally like podcasts as a separate application and ID3 tag editing on the Nseries also is a joke. One refresh and all the changes disappear. That needs to be worked on, we need real editing not some pseudo temporary file that stores changes. So that brings us pretty much level.
To conclude, I’d say the E90 is a great music phone once you overcome the 2.5mm jack (if you can’t find one, I’d recommend making one, its not tough). It will with a good pair of headphones beat most high end Nseries devices, even if they used the same headphones. Yes, its that good.