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Topic # 9838 17-Oct-2006 15:01
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Does anyone know if Vodafone is going to get these in:

Sony Ericsson P990i

This phone looks seriously sweet AND is 3G.

I need this phone. Wink

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  Reply # 48859 17-Oct-2006 15:05
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The phone seems to infamous at present for the number of bugs in the firmware!

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  Reply # 48865 17-Oct-2006 15:22
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What sort of bugs we looking at?

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  Reply # 48866 17-Oct-2006 15:49
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Few flys and and some beatles

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  Reply # 48945 18-Oct-2006 08:18
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Is that all? I eat those for breakfast although I have been known to partake of these at lunch and tea as well.

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Reply # 48949 18-Oct-2006 08:44
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my friend has a p990 (import) and it works mint

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  Reply # 49254 22-Oct-2006 12:07
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Highly awaited as it is, Sony Ericsson P990 is going to be the flagship of the Sony Ericsson product line. Equipped with every possible current connectivity features, an autofocus 2 megapixel camera, a second video calls camera, a conventional keypad and a QWERTY keyboard, Memory Stick slot, FM radio with RDS, the latest Symbian 9.1 OS, and last, but not least with a large 2.76" TFT touchscreen with a QVGA (240x320 pixels) resolution it surely made the news for many impatiently waiting fans when it finally hit the market. The handset has a lot to offer, our job is to see if it's got what it takes to become a bestseller among the sophisticated smartphones which are now offered on the mobile market.

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  Reply # 49292 22-Oct-2006 19:32
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@lowededwookie: Have a look at the Esato Symbian forum about this phone.

I recently blew my P910i up and was thinking about getting this phone (they're available import) but after having read they're up to firmware version 7 already and still have a major amount of bugs (phone restarting mostly) and not that much software released, I decided to wait. I just got another P910i instead.

I think once the 2nd version of the P990 is out I'll buy one.

Anyway, don't let me put you off getting one, they do seem nice. Just be aware they don't seem very stable yet. Read up on the Esato forums ( and then make up your mind.


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  Reply # 49310 22-Oct-2006 21:11
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I guess once they are released here officially by Vodafone then the bugs would have been sorted out.

It's still a phone that I would persue, although whether or not the unit synchs with iSync is a bit up in the air as it's not listed on Apple's site but then it is a new phone isn't it.

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  Reply # 49663 25-Oct-2006 16:03
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Incompatible with older Symbian UIQ applications
No EDGE support
Records video with a QVGA 320x240 pixels resolution
Display not very legible under direct sun light
User interface is not always user-friendly

Traditional competitors of the Sony Ericsson P-series smartphones are the Nokia Communicators such 9300 and 9500. Some Windows Mobile-based devices however such as the HTC TyTN (a.k.a. Qtek 9600) which has been previewed on not while ago are also really strong contenders for the communicator class title. Windows mobile devices have begun to earn their own place in the hearts of the smartphone fans and in some cases they offer even better functionality over the similar Symbian-based devices. Lately the Nokia Symbian S60 smartphones are also becoming a strong competition - one of the rivals of the Sony Ericsson handset would most definitely be Nokia E70 which we reviewed not long ago and. It doesn't have a touchscreen, but it comes equipped with a great folding QWERTY keypad and on functional level and pure speed it comes to equal terms with P990.

As is the case right now, both the latest versions of the Symbian S60 UI and the Symbian UIQ 3.0 have a limited amount of third-party software available. That is of course expected to change in the course of this year, but nevertheless it is a fact that must be noted because it is one of the most crucial aspects when making a buying decision. And that may definitely tip the scales in favor of the Windows Mobile OS for PocketPC which traditionally has a wide fan base supplying it with tons of software - both free and paid.

We were very excited when we got the opportunity to make a review of the eagerly awaited Sony Ericsson smartphone P990. It turned out though that the test handset is obviously a rather early prototype since we experienced frequent crashes in various situations and applications. Nevertheless, we decided to go on with the review since we realized how interesting a material like that would be to the fans of the P-series smartphones all over the world. We would mention the bugs we encountered while using the phone but we have a good deal of confidence that these would be fixed in the final version.

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  Reply # 49666 25-Oct-2006 16:27
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Aaron, if you are going to quote from other sites, you need to make sure you link back to them in your post, and clearly identify any quoted text, perhaps by using the quote tags - [ quote ] and [ /quote ] without the gaps.

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Reply # 49669 25-Oct-2006 17:15
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The first P series phones were released when I worked for VF and though they have a lot of quality features they seem to lack the simplicity of interface that SE usually do very well. We had them for 2 months and then swapped most of our team over to iMate smartphones with cradles.....

The more features a mobile device has - the more there is to go wrong so you have to expect a few bugs and whatnot - damn good devices though :o)

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  Reply # 49678 25-Oct-2006 19:16
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For me the big issue is does it synch with my Mac?

While the Nokia 9300i does I don't like it. One of my workmates has one as a personal phone and it's bulky and clunky compared to Sony's.

The only other ones that I know do work are the Palm devices but they don't have any 3G phones at the moment.

I can get Windows Mobile devices working if I get third party software but I want something that works right out of the box and I also don't like Windows Mobile. ;-)

As for apps. Well I don't have any Symbian apps, I don't even care about apps unless they are things that allow me to edit word and excel docs like I can on my Palm T|X.

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