"NOT BAD AT ALL"on by CTCCORP
Pros All you need in a PDA phone
Cons for the price I deserve a higher resolution camera and
Summary I had a P900 and enjoyed using it for 2 years until it broke after dropping it way too many times, I have to say the P990 surpassed P900 in many ways, however it's slower than the P900 and I was hoping for a higher resolution camera and probably a slimmer form factor, the keypad underneath the screen is a bit too small and my hands aren't big. I got the unlocked GSM version, not sure how it performs under 3G environment, but a great phone indeed. Oh but the business card reader is kinda lame, processing time is a bit too slow....
Pros New features (WLAN, camera, radio), bright screen
Cons Software quality not up to the P910, bugs and really annoying lack of personalisation options
Summary If you like the P900/910, you might be disappointed with the P990. The following small flaws all put together are turning to be quite frustrating:
- Access to the calendar or contact from the main screen (flip open) requires 2 clicks (not personalisable?)
- Calendar view is by default in week mode and cannot be set (personalised) to day view like in the P900
- It is not possible anymore to set the "private" flag for a calendar entry
- It is not possible anymore to turn the silent mode on in just 2 clicks
- The styletus is on the left and not on the right
- You cannot reuse the category (private, misc,...) available in the contact list of the P900/910 so you have to start classifying all your contacts again with the new system (folders)
- The "back" key which replaces the genius "5D JogDial" we had on the left doesn't work as nicely, you must move your thumb all the time...
- If you entered phone numbers with "-" in the P900/910, they won't work, you need to modify all of them which will in turn remove all the spaces and other "()" you had before...
- Very unstable connection manager; You can program access point, but the software is not capable of detecting AP connectivity (or absence thereof). So it is likely you'll lose all connectivity after a while (requires reboot to switch back to UMTS as the software seems to be lost)
- Powering the device on and off requires the user to wait for the menu and acknowledge the action
- In silent mode, the "mute" function doesn't turn of the vibrator
- Software glitches require a reboot from time to time (not possible to stop some programs)
- Absence of SIP stack for VoIP
- Battery life seems to be much shorter + you need a different charger than the P900 or 910.
- Infrared with another phone works only 1/2 of the time
Looks like some of the genius who participated in the initial P900 left the development team...
Good point; Most of these points are software related, so they can be solved with some effort from Sony-Ericsson. Can do better.
Pros Symbian UIQ 3, WiFi, 3G, 2MP Camera with Video, Business Card Scanner
Cons Interface a little slow yet, Phone re-boots itself a bit much for out of memory issues
Summary The P990i is a fantastic smart phone and a fantastic upgrade to the P910i/a and a huge leap from the P800/900. The qwerty keyboard while small is very responsive and as easy to use as those on blackberrys or treos (In my opinion anyway...and I have HUGE hands).
The upgraded screen is incredibly bright and easy to read, though it's a little harder to read in direct sunlight if you install a screen protector.
As for reception and data coverage the phone is awesome. Since the phone has the "i" designator, I realize that it is not intended for the US market, which is not it's intention. But like most early adopters...I didn't want to wait for a P990a which may never come. I get much better reception than I had with my P800 or P900, even with the missing 850Mhz band. As for data, the lack of EDGE isn't a big deal to me, as I am looking forward to the roll out of Cingular's 3G network. There are some nay sayers out there talking about how Cingular is rolling out 3G services on the 1900Mhz band, but it is still in the testing phases. If enough demand is shown for the same 1900 and 2100Mhz frequencies that the rest of the world use, Cingular and T-Mobile may finally quit being so proprietary and start getting with the rest of the world. That being said, the GPRS speeds seem to be better than with my P900i, but that may be due to a properly optimized version of the Opera browser.
All of the advertized features work incredibly well, including the business card scanner, which has already imported some very tricky custom cards for me. The only complaints I have are with the speed of the UIQ 3 interface, and the apparent memory leaks with the OS which requires the phone to reboot at random with heavy use. As in the P900 and 910, these issues will be fixed down the line with software upgrades from Sony. There is also no iSync support from Apple, but I expect that to change any day now.
I highly reccommend this phone to anyone, as long as they realize that some of the more advanced data features, including video calling, will not be available for a while yet.
Pros Good keyboard and nice phone quality if there is signal
Cons Lost signal due to missing one band and wifi slows the performance and cause screen freeze.
1. Good keyboard touch.
2. Good sound quality when talking.
3. Good build in interface.
4. Steady system if not using wifi
1. Wifi is not really working constantly.
2. Triband is causing problem with Singular in some area. In downtown Dallas, I can not get signal anywhere.
3. Battery and Sim card is very hard to take out due to the design of the cover.
Pros Excellent features Jack of all trades
Cons To many bugs. Need firmware fixing.
Summary 1. The phone reboots itself.
2.- Contacts aplication crashes,
3.- Sync aplication in the phone chrashes,
4.- Slower than Windows 98 to boot, and allow you to make a phne call.
5.- Have to remove the battery many times in orde to hard reset.
6.- I am still using my P910 for day to day, and waiting till the next firmware fixes all the bugs.
I have a p800, p900, p910 and every new phone was better, but this is a complete disaster for real business. The phone will be excellent in the future, but you can not have a phone that reboots itself without warning and stays waitng for user input, and you are missing all your calls sms-s and emails. No way...
Also you try to sync, and the only way, (latest firware installed), is to exclude tour inbox. ALso you can not backupo the main memory and the external card in the same backup, or the aplication in the phone will crash.