I just wanted to post my initial thoughts of the Nokia 6590 after a week's usage. So far, this phone has been perfect in almost every aspect. I wanted an upgrade to my 8290 (that's still one of my favorite phones) but the 8390 felt too cheap to me. I also wanted to upgrade the features, without downgrading the size of the phone. Overall, the phone is definitely a keeper and will be my every day phone. Here are some pro's I'd like to stress:
Reception: The signal on this phone has been nothing but AWESOME! Every weak spot I go to, even in fringe areas, I still get one bar. I am able to hold calls while talking and have not dropped a call yet! Also, when I walk down into a basement of an area that does not have reception, and I go back to an area that does, it only takes a couple seconds for the 6590 to regain signal! Additionally, I can hold a WAP CSD connection throughout the high rise buildings I go to, on every floor that I visit, and even in the elevator shafts!!! I would say the reception on the 6590 is almost equal to that of the 6310i.
Size and Feel: If you love the size of the 82xx/88xx/83xx you'll love the 6590. It's the exact same size as the 8390, but definitely feels more solid. In fact, my initial
impression was the casing felt like the 8890 (just made out of plastic). The 8390, you can definitely feel that it feels like plastic because of its light weight; the 6590's faceplates are heavier.
WAP Browser: I don't have GPRS enabled on my account so I just use CSD. If you're used to Nokia's interface, it's definitely something you'll like. I have no problems surfing WAP sites and it seems a lot faster then the other phones I've used.
Call Log: Now holds 20 numbers, great improvement!
Backlight: I really like the backlight and how it fades in and out
FM Radio: By FAR one of the greatest features of the phone, separating it apart from the 8390. I commute to work by bus sometimes to work, and the FM radio allows me to bring one less gadget while I'm on the road. The volume is a little loud when I'm listening to the radio in a silent office on its lowest setting, however, when walking in downtown I have no problems!
Areas I have minor gripes about:
Alarm Clock: I have ALWAYS used my Nokia phones as an alarm clock while traveling. Ericssons are way too quiet, but unfortunately, the 6590's alarm plain sucks. It does start off quiet and gets louder and louder, but it doesn't get as loud as an 8290/8390, etc...
Text Messaging: I *REALLY* like how the 8290 handles text messages. Unfortunately on the 6590 when you press and hold the CLEAR button it deletes one character at a time rather then erasing the whole screen. I know you can go to options --> clear text, but that is just annoying. I guess those days are over anyway since all the newer phones utilize this method.
Button Location: I don't like it how the softkeys are so close to the talk and end buttons. Sometimes I inadvertently hit the end key when I want to hit the soft key (and vice versa) when I'm calling someone!
Calling Cards: I cannot find a way to store pre-paid calling cards on the 6590!!! I really hope Nokia did not leave out this feature because I used it all the time on my 8290! Where is it?
Current Call Timer: Why in the world did Nokia leave this feature off?! I HATE not being able to know how long I've been talking to someone, but they also left this feature off the 8390's...
OVERALL: I have had no major problems to make me go back to my other phones - which is why I'm selling most of them now. All of the other features (ie: Infrared, calendar, etc..) all work great - I just wanted to stress the major pro's and con's I had about the phone.