Is Nokia E90 an upgrade for Nokia 9210i users?

Yesterday I met Erez and he demonstrated to me his new Nokia E90.
I am a Nokia 9210i user, and it still serves me well, after several years.
The Nokia E90 is good looking. It features a full keyboard – very useful for writing SMS messages. It has a built in camera, so I would not need to carry with me also a digital camera. It is capable of storing hundreds of MB of digital data. There is even a barcode reading and decoding application!


  • It does not have a FAX application, which Nokia 9210i has and which I consider to be essential, even though nowadays I do not use it frequently.
  • In the SMS application, it is very awkward to enter textual data, which mixes Hebrew and Latin letters.
    • Switching between those two keyboards is a 3-key operation rather than a single-key operation, as in Nokia 9210i (or 2 keys pressed simultaneously in personal computers).
    • If you press the Shift key while you are in Hebrew keyboard mode, you still get Hebrew letter – rather than uppercase Latin letter, as in all personal computer keyboards and in Nokia 9210i.

Conclusion: I’ll pass on it, and wait for the next model with similar features.

Author: Omer Zak

I am deaf since birth. I played with big computers which eat punched cards and spew out printouts since age 12. Ever since they became available, I work and play with desktop size computers which eat keyboard keypresses and spew out display pixels. Among other things, I developed software which helped the deaf in Israel use the telephone network, by means of home computers equipped with modems. Several years later, I developed Hebrew localizations for some cellular phones, which helped the deaf in Israel utilize the cellular phone networks. I am interested in entrepreneurship, Science Fiction and making the world more accessible to people with disabilities.

3 thoughts on “Is Nokia E90 an upgrade for Nokia 9210i users?”

  1. According to my source of information, E90 is not going to be discontinued.
    However, the 9300 and 9500 will probably be discontinued.

  2. The E-90, I was told, is being discontinued. after 9300 and 9500 models were also problematic, I’m actually surprised the E-90 even began to sell at all (I only saw it at mobile developers’ labs).

    since all smartphones today come with Email apps, I think faxes can finally die in piece and stop hurting the environment.

  3. Never mind the E90, this one (Nokia N95) is way superior and also has built in GPS facility!
    I could not see if it has a fax facility but, correct me if I am wrong, could you not just the message facility and send to a fax number in the same way as you would send a text or email?

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