As technology changes everyday, we tend to forget where it came from. The old classic “brick” cellphones used to be the craze, and then we moved to smaller phones, and then the flip phones. Cellphones got smaller, and now they are bigger than ever.
Nokia 3310 – 2000
The Nokia 3310 is probably the most iconic cellphone on this list. Released in 2000, everyone knows it, and everyone who owned one knows how indestructible it was. It was the dawn of the next generation of cellphones, that brought with it a lit-up screen, Snake, and for the first time, a sturdy design.
Nokia 1011 – 1993
The Nokia 1011 was the first ever GSM phone released to the public in 1993. It was the first cellphone to send and receive SMSs, and had a 2-line, 8-character monochrome LCD display. It weighed 0.5Kgs, and could store 99 numbers. It was the most standard phone on the market, but without it, we would have never had the Nokia 2010 and Nokia 2110, which lead to the Nokia 3310.
Nokia 7210 – 2002
Fast forward a few years after the release of the 3310, and Nokia had been pumping out cellphones on a monthly basis. The “hip” 8290, the 6310 which was the first ever Bluetooth cellphone, and the 8310. The only thing was that all these cellphones still had old-school displays, and if you wanted a color LCD, you would have to fork out a few thousand for the 7210, which was the elite Nokia cellphone of its day. The 7210 came along and changed all that, as it was the first cellphone to make a few hardware features mainstream like color LCD, WAP browser, Stereo FM radio, and of course the iconic Polyphonic ringtones.
Motorola Razr – 2004
The most iconic Motorola of all time was the Razr. The Motorola Razr V3, was the most popular in the series, selling over 130 million units. The device was something out of the future with its 176×220 pixel TFT LCD, and its 13.5MB of internal memory. The biggest feature, however, was the design of the cellphone itself, as the name states, it’s as thin as a razor. It was also one of the first cellphones to include a MicroSD slot, which at the time went up to 1GB max.
Nokia N-Gage – 2004
Gaming was at a peak in 2004, with everyone jumping on board. People wanted to game everywhere, so Nokia developed a dedicated gaming cellphone, the Nokia N-Gage. It was the first of its kind, as past cellphones came with a few games, but nothing as detailed as the games we saw on this phone. It had a separate port for a card slot, which was the gaming port to insert cartridge-like games into it. Games like Sonic, Tomb Raider and more, all made an appearance on the phone.
Nokia N90 -2005
Welcome to the age of mobile cameras, as Nokia released its first ever cellphone that included a 2MP camera. It was cumbersome, but it had autofocus, and a LED flash. It was able to rotate its screen, so the camera moved into a camcorder position. This was a massive feature back then, plus the phone had 128MB of storage, and the ability to transfer photos to the PC through a USB cable.
Samsung D500 – 2005
Why would anyone want a clunky camcorder phone when they can have a sexy slide up device? This was Samsung’s thoughts when the company designed the “world best cellphone” according to the 3GSM world congress in Cannes. The SGH-D500 was popular with consumers, thanks to its sleek sliding action, great flash, and good sound and video quality. It was something fresh in a world of flip cellphones, and it was the stepping stones to Samsung’s D range, which led to the highly successful D900, a thinner and sleeker version of the D500, that released a year later.
Sony Ericsson K800i – 2006
Sony’s K800i was the next step in the cellphone giants lineup and was the beginning of the Cybershot range, that was met with huge success. Its 3.2MP camera, complete with Xenon Flash and dedicated protective lens cover, was a great feature on the phone. It was able to take 9 pictures in quick succession, and choose the best one for you. It was also dubbed as a media device thanks to its MP3 support, and MicroSD slot for extra storage, up to 16GB back then.
LG Chocolate KG800 – 2006
The LG Chocolate, was a sleek and sexy slide phone that was powerful, had a great camera, and was dubbed as a media player too. The Chocolate range was born, which lead to better and more advanced cellphones, which gave way to the LG KF510, one of the most successful LG phones before the smartphone era arrived.
Sony Ericsson W910 – 2007
Before Sony and Ericsson was combined into the Sony we know today, the Walkman range was one of the best cellphones on the market. Everyone wanted to have one device, to listen to music, and have a cellphone at the same time, and Sony created the Walkman range to cater for this. The W910, was the phone to do so. Its 2.4-inch display had high-res of its time at 240×320 pixels, and a 2MP camera too. The phone’s biggest feature was the great media support and media player which gave users a dedicated way to play music in the best way possible. We know this sounds like something we take for granted today, but back then it was a big deal.
iPhone – 2007
Everything that ever came before was the building blocks for the iPhone. Cellphones had great media players, web browers, and cameras, but it was always so far and few between that you could not get it all at once. Apple found a way to create this all in one device, with the ability to download apps for what you want to do when you want to do it. The iPhone changed the landscape in 2007 forever. Gone were buttons, and enter the touchscreen, with a stunning display and great camera to show off it all off on. It was the cellphone that gave birth to the smartphone.
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