Before I get into any answers, I just want to stress again that the E90 here is mainly for a hands-on with the form factor and for video previews - the hardware and software are NOT finished.... The questions I can answer are:
>>2. How good is the camera, compared to N70 or N73. I don't care about resolution, just sharpness and noise level.
VERY good camera, as good as the N73? Quite possibly! Here are some stills (full res, watch the file sizes!):
>>So, to kick things off, how is the keyboard?
About as good as the 9300's. Keys smaller and harder to push than on the 9500. Still better than the E61i.... just.
>>How does it sit on the desk? The number of keyboard based devices released recently that wobble when placed flat on the desk is infuriating!
It sits very solidly on the desk, but the hinges on the prototype weren't convincing and the screen rarely sat where I wanted it. This should improve with the real thing.
>>How much free memory is there on start up?
Almost 80MB of RAM
>>How "snappy" or otherwise does it feel? For example, you're on the home screen and want to start up the calendar
Same speed as the N93, the extra screen size doesn't seem to slow it much. So it's quite fast.
>>Comment: How does navigation with only 2 softkeys feel, compared to the 4 on previous communicators?
Awkward, but then it's different. I'm sure you'd get used to it.
>>Does Series 60.3rd ed. on the E90 support a files and folders structure?
Eh? it always has. For document/spreadsheets anyway.
>>Comment: 1. How do you manage to handle it without passing out in a technolust overdose? Is this possible?
I'm on heavy sedation.
>>2. How vulnerable does the camera seem to scratchs and dirt? Is the lack of cover an issue?
Seems ok. My E70 is the same and that's been fine for the last 6 months.
>>3. How do normal s60 apps run on the large screen? Are there huge black spaces, or are they somehow stretched?
Stretched and adapted quite well. Screens to follow tomorrow when I catch my breath.
>>5. Is the music player the same as normal s60 or the newer version?
>>Comment: Will you give it to me, please?
But of course. Address? 8-)
>>2. How useful is the full S60 functionality on the main screen (ie does it mean you don't need to open the cam shell as much)?
Having full S60 outside is wonderful - switching between displays takes a second or so, but then this hasn't been optimised yet - I daresay this will be near instantaneous once it's finished.
>>3. How fast is the UI. The Nokia 9500 was slow when compared to the SE P910.
Same speed as the Nokia N93 or N95 - fast.
>>4. How rubbish is the PIM functionality say compared to UIQ3 and WM5 (native)? Again some commentators say the PIM is very poor compared to other platforms
It'll do me. Psion Agenda lovers will still be crying, no doubt. No categories though, the other usual S60 omission.
>>well. just like use a theme from your n93 or a java game. also if they DO work on the external screen, does that mean they'll work on the internal screen too?
The same themes apply to both screens simultaneously.
>>3) Is the video center application present?
No, but then this isn't final firmware.
I may get round to some of the other questions when I start doing screenshots and playing with software.