Despite the fact that reviews of the E90 have been mixed at best, I’ve been thinking about getting one. The E90 might not be as great of a multipurpose device for the business warrior as previous communicators were, but I’ve come to accept that I’m just not a normal user. If it has good Putty support (and the most recent Putty releases mention fixing issues with E90 screen swapping, so it sounds like someone is paying attention to it at least), can run Python (even if Nokia has decided to cripple it’s own implementation of the scripting language, I just can NOT grok what they’re up to with this security thing), and has usable IRC and IM clients, I can done what I want to. The GPS is just gravy. It’s the keyboard and the big screen that I’m after.
But while reading that register article I see that there are production issues. And sure enough, the Dell page for the E90 says 6+ weeks for when it usually ships. As if the never-confirmed/never-denied possibility of an E90 that actually would work with US 3G weren’t enough to stay my hand on this nearly thousand dollar purchase. Even if I decided to do it, I might get one in a few months. And it may or may not have production issues still.
So what device can I get? I like the iPhone, I respect the iPhone, it’s just not the device for me. The Palm devices have keyboards at least, but actually using a Palm device these days is pretty frustrating now that I’ve become accustomed to multiprocessing. I’m definitely off in an odd and small niche, but it’s one that’s really willing to self-service when possible. I want an N800, but with a cellular interface, and hopefully with a hardware keyboard. Please. I’m asking nice, not even going to put in the backhanded commentary. Just please can I have viable open mobile platform. I’ll be your best friend forever.