- Size (LWH): 4.17 inches, 1.79 inches, 0.71 inches
- Weight: 4 ounces
Sony Ericsson P990i Unlocked Cell Phone with 2 MP Camera, 3G, MP3/Video Player, Memory Stick Pro Duo Slot--International Version with No Warranty (Premium Silver)
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- Unlocked cell phones are compatible with GSM carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile, but are not compatible with CDMA carriers such as Verizon and Sprint.
- Tri-band GSM cell phone compatible with 900/1800/1900 frequencies and International 3G compatibility via 2100 UMTS plus GPRS capabilities
- Flip-down keypad opens to reveal full QWERTY keyboard; 2.8-inch touchscreen display
- Wi-Fi networking; 2-megapixel camera/camcorder; Memory Stick Duo expansion; Bluetooth stereo music; access to personal email
- Up to 9 hours of talk time, up to 340 hours (14+ days) of standby time
- This cell phone may not include a US warranty as some manufacturers do not honor warranties for international version phones. Please contact the seller for specific warranty information.
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The P990i is a candy bar phone on steroids. The slim form factor makes the P990i easy to carry, hold and use. You can carry it comfortably in your pocket or in a bag. The touchscreen and Jog Dial navigation make using the P990i easy and intuitive, and a large, 240 x 320 screen that supports 262,000 colors is excellent for watching video, viewing images, and reading email and other messages. A full QWERTY keyboard is located below the screen. The keyboard is revealed by flipping down the P990i's dialpad, which is removable if you just want to use the touchscreen dialpad. Meanwhile, the phone's touchscreen navigation is intuitive, allowing you to tap any function icon on the P990i desktop to open an application.
The P990i features 60 MB of internal memory, and a 64MB Memory Stick PRO Duo is included. Of course, you can always augment this with larger Memory Stick Micro media. The phone also features connectivity via USB (USB mass storage is supported), a Sony Ericsson "fast-port" for high-speed data transfers and power charging, and infrared. Bluetooth is also built-in, enabling wireless communication with other wireless devices, such as headsets, laptops, and PDAs. Plus, you also get Wi-Fi capabilities allowing you to tap into a fast Internet connection whenever you're in range of an 802.11b Wi-Fi network.
Because the P990i is a Symbian UIQ smartphone, it features solid integration of phone, contacts, and calendar applications, making it very easy to bring your office with you wherever you roam. The phone supports polyphonic ringtones, as well as musical ringers in MP3 or AAC format. For times when you want to be discreet, there's a vibrating alert. A built-in speakerphone makes it easy to talk without having the phone to your ear. Video calling via a UMTS high speed wireless data connection is also supported, thanks to the video camera located on the front of the device.
Messaging, Internet, and Tools
When it comes to important tools, the Symbian operating system has you covered. Easily edit documents you receive as attachments to emails, or that you have stored on memory card. Or use other tools, such as the alarm clock, a stopwatch, task and notes applications, a sound recorder, a and a file manager. As mentioned, fully-functional contacts and calendar applications are included, and they can be easily synchronized with other devices and services. You can also save time by using the handy business card scanner.
The P990i shines as a music player, offering a great way to listen and organize your digital tunes on the go. The in-phone media player supports video and audio playback--supported audio formats include MP3 and AAC. There's even an application, Music DJ, that allows you to compose your own musical ringtones. Mega Bass sound enhancement makes your low notes really thump, while support for stereo Bluetooth headsets means you can jam out to tunes wirelessly, or just listen to your favorite radio station with the P990i's built in FM radio.
And don't forget gaming! The P990i supports Java-based games, as well as sophisticated 3D games that make the P990i great to have along when you need to turn downtime into fun time.
The Sony Ericsson P990i weighs 5.3 ounces and measures 4.4 x 2.2 x 1 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 7.5 hours of digital talk time, and up to 340 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the 900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS and 2100 MHz UMTS frequencies.
Top Customer Reviews
Amazing little device with a lot of innovative features. For example, the phone notifies the user of failure to connect to a WiFi network by crashing and rebooting. A dialog box pops up after the reboot to tell me that the phone restarted to "improve performance." Same thing happened when I tried to scan in a friend's business card, tried to fetch my email, take a photo, sync by bluetooth... the list continues. In fact, in just one day the phone restarted itself to 'improve performance' so many times, the performance must be getting really great by now.
Maybe a firmware update will help? Downloaded the Sony Ericsson Update Service (22.214.171.124). Ran it on my XP box at work - once installed, it played a Sony Ericsson eyecatch animation, then crashed with a 'java.lang.reflect.InvocationTargetException', but at least it kept planing the eyecatch over and over. Ahhhh. Tried it on my XP box at home - this time the installer came up with an empty window which stayed empty. No luck there. Finally tried it on an old Windows 200 laptop - this time it worked, recognised the phone, downloaded about 150M of something from the internet, pretended to flash the phone with new firmware. The result - same firmware, and more 'improving performance' messages.
The bottom line is - it is a very promising device. The hardware is good, the software is not even a public beta quality - proof of concept prototype at best. Not ready for public consumption in any shape or form. This seems to be a trend among smartphone manufacturers - release the product once the hardware is finished, promise to finish the software in new firmware releases, stop releasing firmware updates as a superseding model is in the works - leaving the consumer with a kind of working device. Sort of. Sometimes.
So far, I don't think reception with Cingular is quite as good as I was gettng with the Razr.
Putting it in or out of my horizontal belt case opens the camara lens twist door on the back of the unit. This in turn, for some reason, deactivates the "keys locked" feature which is a pain because when closed, the flip open keyboard sticks out from the rest of the phone and the slightest bump starts things happening.
FM radio will only function with wired headphones as it needs the wire for an antenna.
On Razr, during a call I could push a button to activate speaker phone. On this phone you must go into a menu during the call and select the appropriate two options. This seems to be a step backward in functionality. Sony support confirmed there is no other way.
I like the way the software handles contacts, calendar tasks and all other data entry. Easy to input and access data in a variety of useful ways.
For me, the size and weight of this phone is perfect as before I could not accept carrying around the Palm and Blackberry sized units.
Ranking high on the list of reasons I made the move was the Wi-Fi capability. I haven't tried this yet as my router is on order. If it works, it will be very useful for me.
Bottom line, all the phones I've had before have had inconveniences to get used to. The Sony P990i is no different, but I don't see any show stoppers.
I'm glad I made the purchase. Biggest advantage is total functionality in a good looking "regular" sized phone. (No question, it is a looker)
UPDATE, October 31: I take everything negative back. In the last four weeks I've learned more about how to use the phone and have to say it is awesome. No complaints.
My first impressions on the first couple days were absolutely DISMAL from the numerous crashes that required taking out the battery to cut off the phone. After the 15th crash, I called SE customer service and calmly gave my opinion on the performance of this phone. By suggestion from the operator I downloaded the firmware upgrade from the SE website and must say that all is well. The technology packed into this phone is amazing, and not mention the eye-catching looks of the silver covering.
The ability to input info via the qwerty keypad and the touchscreen/stylus is a HUGE draw for me, a former Palm pda/Treo 680 owner.
Accessing WiFi and setting up bluetooth with my MacBook Pro was pretty simple, but synching the address book and calendar is a different story. In lieu of no Mac iSync support I am using a third party software called p990iCal to sync my calendar data and using bluetooth transfers for my address book vcards, and both methods work just fine.
Navigating the phone does take some patience and time, but using the manual with good common sense is usually enough to suffice.
The bright, crisp screen is relatively large compared to the Nokia E70 and the qwerty keyboard, though small, is a joy to type on with my thumbnails. There is one gripe about typing on this keyboard: I love the support for Quickoffice on the smartphone, for I am addicted to writing on the go with Word. Where the Nokia E70 and E62 shines concerning text processing on the qwerty is where the SE p990i rests on its laurels. The SE cannot keep up with my typing speed whereas the Nokias could without a doubt. After pressing each button there is a taskbar that pops up at the top of the screen showing the selected character being highlighted and then placed into the document body. This truly slows up the typing process...and if you keep typing as the p990 tries to catch up, it gets lost and inputs jumbled letters. I have disabled the predictive text feature, but that apparently only handles the words and not the individual characters.
I have deducted one star for this reason alone.
The screen that shows spectacular imagery in clear color cannot be seen at all in outside sunlight, so be aware of using this outdoors. The photo quality is amazing and the flash is very strong while the video quality is great but not stellar. The media player application plays mpeg4 video files that my Nokias were unable to play, and the music player and FM radio is great as long as you have good headphones(the speaker is in mono). I surely took advantage of the space I had in a 2GB memory stick I had used with my previous W810i model.
The task manager is an absolute godsend! Instead if having to go through the menus to access recent apps you can go here and reopen them again! Voice dialing is good but must be programmed for each contact entry which the Nokias did not require at all. Handwriting recognition on the touchscreen appears to be the same as any other Palm device.
This is definitely a neat little tech package for those who love gadgets. Downloading the firmware upgrade should alleviate any problems concerning its performance.
Update for May 2007:
I have long since this review sold my p990 device and returned to Nokia. I am currently using the E61i until my preorder for the E90 Communicator is fulfilled. The p990 was and is still a great device, but just not for my purposes. This is a real shame, for I will always have a soft spot in my techie heart for touchscreens and styli in navigating that p990. I just couldn't tolerate the inconvenience of no Apple iSync support and a slow Quickoffice Word interface in writing my poetry and blog entries. Nokia has provided reliable stability in both these areas and I plan to remain with them as a loyal customer. The p990 is still a capable device for what it can do, only as long as it is updated to the current firmware and can adequately meet one's needs.
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