MY NOKIA E90 is the most valuable item of technology in my life for the year 2008. I consider this ultraportable computer to be well-capable as my main office connection during the day and as the primary connection to my extended family at night. Unlike my laptop, it doesn't hang, leak memory, or get attacked by virus infections. Part of the reason my Nokia E90 works so well is that I keep a tight rein on its applications. Once I have a dependable, stable device, I keep it running that way. After using this phone for more than a year, I've learned how to eke out a full day's use from it without flattening the battery. I've got a little recharging cable that hooks into my laptop (see photo) but even when I'm on the road, I know how to minimise the processes that suck its battery. Knowing that my text messages are waiting for me when I come back online and confident that normal voice mail often suffices for most of my work, I often switch off the phone's antenna for hours at a time and use it as an MP3 player, an audio recorder or as a video playback device.
By reading stories from others, I know those who accept the large form factor of the Nokia E90 differ from people who want slim or bling. I'd rather have a durable, dependable and long-lasting piece of technology because as I've seen, the E90 stands up to hard use and keeps on working.
Previously on Inside View -- "2008 Second Most Valuable Technology Item".
TomH -- "E71 replaces E90 in one blogger's heart" on WOM Nokia, 7 January 2009.