Technical specifications

Nokia 9210

Weight:244 g
Measurements:158 x 56 x 27 mm
Talk time:4-10 hours
Standby time:up to 230 hours
Frequency bands:EGSM 900 / 1800
Data transmission:HSCSD (up to 43.2 kb/s)
Communications:IrDA, IrTran-P and serial interface (used by the data cable DLR-2L)
Display:640 x 200 pixel TFT screen with 4096 colors
CPU:32-bit RISC, based on ARM-9, running at 52 MHz
Memory:4 MB internal drive for user data
8 MB SDRAM for programs (~ 4 MB available for user after cold boot)
12 MB Flash ROM for the read-only operating system files
additional storage with MMC cards (up to 256 MB; can be removed while the device is on)
Operating system:Symbian OS version 6.0
User interface:Series 80 version 1.0
Supported text file formats:EPOC Word, Microsoft Word 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/97/98/2000 DOC, WRI, Rich Text Format RTF, Text TXT and WordPerfect 4/5/6/7/8 WPD
Supported spreadsheet file formats:EPOC Sheet, Microsoft Excel 2/3/4/5/7/97/98/2000 XLS, XLC, Lotus 1-2-3 v.1/2/3/4/5/97/Millenium WQ1, WKU, WK1, WK3, WK4, WK5, WK6 and 123
Supported presentation file formats:Corel/ Novell Presentations SHW and Microsoft PowerPoint 3/4/7/97/98/2000 PPT, POT, PPS
Supported audio file formats:WAV, AU, WVE, RA
Supported graphics file formats:GIF, CGM, MBM, PCX, DCX, PNG, TIFF, TIF, JPG, JIF, VSD, BMP, RLE, ICO, CUR, WMF, EMF and SDW
Supported video file formats:NIM, RM
Supported compression file formats:ZIP (PKZIP format), UNIX Compress (Z), TAR, TAZ, TGZ
Other supported file formats:HTML, HTM, Microsoft Project MPP, Ringing Tones MG, vCard VCF, Symbian EXE
Supported e-mail protocols:IMAP4, POP3 and SMTP
Supported e-mail servers:Cyrus IMAPD Mail Server
HP OpenMail
Lotus Domino Mail R5
Microsoft Exchange
Netscape Messaging Server
Stalker CommuniGate Pro Mail Server
Sun Internet Mail Server
University of Washington IMAP4 Server
E-mail, contacts and calendar synchronisation with PC:Microsoft Schedule+
Microsoft Outlook 97/98/2000/2002
Lotus Notes 4.5, 4.6, 5.0 and 6.0
Lotus Organizer 5.0, 6.0, 97 and GS/4.0
OtherFax support
WAP support
Changeable desk wallpaper
QWERTY keyboard
Speakerphone functionality

Nokia 9210i

Nokia 9210i is an updated version of Nokia 9210. Its appearance is identical except for the silver-coloured cover keypad:

It features some additional storage space for the user: the internal drive is now 16 MB in size, and also the ROM drive containing the OS is 16 MB (the Java runtime is located here which means that it is a lot faster than on 9210 which houses the JRE on the memory card). It also contains a new Internet browser which is based on Opera 6 (supports e.g HTML 4.01, Macromedia Flash 5.0, CSS, SSL and Javascript) and has a support for picture messages and audio/ video streaming via HSCSD. It is also able to lock the memory card with a password.

Nokia 9210i also has the overall system speed increased due to faster memory: file writing is 40% faster, CPU intensive operations (contacts search etc.) is 30% faster and HSCSD e-mail header download is 3 times faster. File management is up to 10 times faster than on 9210.

In 92xx's golden years it was frequently asked if Nokia 9210 could be updated to 9210i, and the answer was and will always be no. In fact none of Nokia's Symbian OS devices can be updated to their i models.

Nokia 9290

Nokia 9290 is basically the same device as 9210, but it's targeted at American markets. It uses the GSM frequency band of 1900, and is named after that.

Nokia 9210c

Nokia 9210c is the same device as 9210, but it's targeted for Chinese users. It has its own PC Suite version and features Chinese character input in Changjei, quick Changjei, Pin Yin, simplified Pin Yin and stroke (traditional and simplified) and an English-Chinese dictionary. Like 9290 it uses the GSM frequency band of 1900.

Nokia 9210e

Nokia 9210e is a Nokia 9210 locked to Orange network. It's not an official model of Nokia because it's named by Orange.


Nokia 92xx models have some bad sides in them, mainly because the underlying OS version was not mature enough when the devices were launched. For one, the models didn't have Bluetooth or GPRS unlike many of the models released at the same time. The reason is that the Symbian OS version which the 9210 houses - v6.0 - doesn't support these data transmission methods. The 92xx models had to settle with infrared connectivity and HSCSD (High-Speed Circuit Switched Data, superior to Circuit Switched Data) data transmission.

Also a slight con was that the device's PC data cable's interface was serial (RS-232) and not USB which would've boosted up the connectivity between the PC counterpart noticeably. The maximum data transmission rate for an RS-232 cable between 9120 and PC is 115200 bit/s and in USB (v1.1 which was launched in 1998) it is 12 Mbit/s - that's over 104 times more data per second. The difference between these two interfaces is outstanding.

It's a pity that a model designed specifically for data-intensive applications and purposes had such bad connectivity interfaces put into it.

The 92xx Communicator models also suffered from rather sluggish processors - Nokia 7650 which was launched a year after 9210 had a processor precisely twice as fast - 104 MHz. This is not just the 92xx models' problem: Nokia 9500, 9300 and 9300i also had slower CPUs compared to the Series 60 models which were launched at the same time.