Nokia E90 Communicator

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Nokia E90 Communicator
Compatible networksWCDMA 2100
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
PredecessorNokia 9500 Communicator
SuccessorNokia N97
Nokia E75
Nokia E7-00
Dimensions132 × 57 × 20 mm
Mass210 g
Memory256 MB Internal NAND flash
128 MB RAM (80–90 MB user accessible)
DisplayMain display: 800 × 352 pixels, 4-inch, with 16.7 million colours
Cover display: 240 × 320 pixels, 2 inch, with 16 million colours
ConnectivityBluetooth 2.0
USB 2.0 Compliant
Nokia E90, when closed
Nokia 9210i, 9500 and E90 Communicators

Nokia E90 Communicator is a high-end 3G mobile phone from Nokia, the fifth generation and final Communicator, also part of the Eseries. It was announced on 11 February 2007 at the 3GSM show in Barcelona. It succeeded the Nokia 9500 Communicator as the company's flagship business-oriented device. Its clamshell form and design are reminiscent of older palmtop computers.

Unlike its predecessors, the E90 runs on the S60 platform of Symbian OS (3rd Edition Feature Pack 1 and v9.2 respectively). Previous Communicators meanwhile have been based on either GeOS or Symbian-based Series 80. The move to the common S60 was essential for software compatibility, but it did get rid of some exclusive Series 80 UI behaviours. The E90 is also the first Communicator to have UMTS/HSDPA connectivity and integrated GPS. It features OSGi and eRCP, Eclipse RCP for embedded systems.

The first Nokia E90 unit was sold in an auction in Jakarta, Indonesia on 17 May 2007 for Rp. 45,000,000 (5,000 US$).[1] Indonesia being one of the largest market share for Nokia's communicator series is cited as a reason for the unit's first launch location.[2]

Early user-feedback and reviews highlighted a defect in the microphone of the Communicator. Nokia initially denied the existence of the defect, but Nokia Europe later acknowledged it in the Q3 earnings report released on 18 October 2007,[3] and stated that the issue had been fully resolved.

The replacement of the QWERTY-ridden interface of Series 80 with the S60 software, which is designed to be used with one thumb, was criticised by some people.[4][5]

The Communicator's firmware version, released in late October 2007, added support for A-GPS and improved GPS performance. This version also upgraded the Maps application. As of June 2009, the Communicator's most recent firmware version is 400.34.93. The free navigation program Ovi Maps is also available for this Communicator (currently just without the free navigation itself).

Specification sheet[edit]

(Source Archived 18 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine)

Operating System Symbian OS v9.2 S60 Platform, 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 1
CPU ARM11 (OMAP2420 @ 330 MHz)
RAM (built in) 128 MB shared
Expandable memory Originally stated as 2 GB maximum- this has now been changed to 4 GB on the Nokia website specifications. microSD/microSDHC hot-swappable [1] [2]. However, 16GB has been observed to work [3]. Tested working with 32GB
Phone Features
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email (IMAP4, POP3, SMTP), Instant Messaging
Voice Recognition Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Video calls Yes (QCIF camera)
Push to talk Yes
Vibration Yes
Call log Yes (maximum of 30 days)
GSM Yes (Quadband 850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
CDMA Yes (WCDMA 2100 MHz with simultaneous voice and packet data)
3G Yes (UMTS 2100 with HSDPA of 3.6 Mbit/s).
WLAN Yes (Wi-Fi 802.11b/g)
GPS Yes (integrated)
FM radio Yes (requires included headset)
Bluetooth Yes (v2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate & A2DP)
Infrared Yes
USB Yes (v2.0 miniUSB)
Fax No
BlackBerry Yes (with BlackBerry Connect v4.0 Software, including over the air activation)
Offline mode Yes, However Bluetooth and WiFi may be switched on independently.
Office Suite Quickoffice (Microsoft Office compatible)
Web browser WAP 2.0, xHTML, HTML (limited Adobe Flash support)
Java support Yes (MIDP 2.0, CLDC 1.1)
PDF viewer Yes (Adobe Acrobat Reader LE 1.5.0)
GPS Integration
Camera 3.2 megapixels (with autofocus and LED flash), video at (up to) VGA (640 × 480), up to 30 frame/s
Video player Yes (built-in RealPlayer)
Exterior screen TFT, 16M colours, 240 × 320 pixels, 2 inch
Internal screen TFT, 16.7M colours, 800 × 352 pixels, 4 inch
Removable battery Yes
Battery Type BP-4L, Li-Ion 1500 mAh
Stand-by time Up to 14 days
Talk time Up to 5.8 hours
Form factor Clamshell with full QWERTY keyboard
Dimensions 132 × 57 × 20 mm
Weight 210 gram
  • The Nokia E90 does not support fax as fax services are not included in the 3G Specifications. It does however support fax through Content Beamer application.
  • Supports Microsoft Exchange email via the Nokia "Mail for Exchange" software application. This program does not support folders or native HTML mail.


  1. ^ "The First Nokia E90 Communicator Sold –". Archived from the original on 9 February 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2007.
  2. ^ Ringing Up Sales in Indonesia –
  3. ^ Nokia Q32007 Earnings Call Transcript – Seeking Alpha
  4. ^ "Nokia E90 Communicator reviewed".
  5. ^ "Nokia's New Coke moment?". The Register.

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