We are so used to wanting more from our devices that we often forget how shocking the advancements in technology that we have made are.

2008-2014: Nokia Communicator E90 VS Nokia Lumia 1520

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Nokia E90 vs 1520

We are so used to wanting more from our devices that we often forget how shocking the advancements in technology that we have made are. It sure is a good thing to look back every now and then. This article is inspired by one from Nokia, Nokia Lumia 1520 vs The Tech Of Yesteryear. As a 1520 owner, I found the comparisons interesting. One of the things stated in the comparison is this:

Ten years ago, in 2004, the Apple Power Mac G5 offered a dual-core PowerPC 970FX processor, clocked at 2 x 2.5GHz. It would take two of these hulking beasts to surpass the processing power on offer in today’s Nokia Lumia 1520.

The Nokia Communicators were the biggest, meanest machines on the block before the touchscreen age, and I owned quite a few. The last of them (and my all-time favourite) was the E90. Forget that Nokia tried to pass off the E75 as a Communicator. Communicator fans didn’t bite. Duh. The E7 did not have the classic Communicator clamshell form, but came close and was loosely accepted as one. But then, we are talking of the pre-touchscreen age. The E90 was among the most powerful devices of the time. How powerful was the processor? A mere 330 MHz.

Yeah; you read that right: 330 MHz. In contrast, the Lumia 1520 has a 2.2 GHz quad-core processor. Truly mind boggling. The E90 had 128MB RAM. That means, one will need 16 inter-connected Nokia E90 Communicators to match up to the 2GB of RAM on the 1520. Yes; 16.

Camera? The 3.2 megapixel camera of the E90 was top of the game in its time, but even that brawny Communicator would cringe to behold the glory of the 20 megapixel camera on the Lumia 1520.

I got the E90 in 2008. That was a mere six years ago. Mobile computing has come a long way in six years. A very long way. Having the privilege of transiting from what was to what now is, I am fascinated by the leaps in resources now packed into these modern handhelds.

Which smartphone were you using in 2008, and which are you using now? How do they compare?


  1. Ok supposing your e90 were to be furnished with all the resources L1520 now has, which will you prefer? Because as for me my best nokia smart phone still remains N900. I bet,if it could be refurbished with just 2GB RAM, 2GHz cpu ,a capacitive screen,350ppi and may be a slimmer body, i will prefer it to any today’s phone even with fewer apps.

  2. Nice article. Really mind boggling. In 2012, i bought a blackberry bold 6 @64,000 naira which to me was value for money- a bargain really. Fast forward to dec 2013,when i got a lumia 520 for just 21,000 naira. To say the 520 feels like a highend device compared to the bold 6 is an understatement. I almost feel cheated. look how far we have come.

  3. In 2008, i was still using my first mobile phone (Nokia 1110 ) which i bought back in february 2006.

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