Who knew that Nokia will meet its untimely demise with the rise of Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android smartphones? There was a time when Nokia was the top choice for a mobile phone. It even innovated and experimented with various designs and features. With a plethora of choices, you can be as unique as you want with your own Nokia device – remember when you can easily change the case or even change the back light?
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and see our list of the most iconic Nokia mobile phones.
Nokia 3210 – Released in 1999, the Nokia 3210 was one of the first mobile phones to have an internal antenna. It also included Composer, a way for you to make your own custom ringtone.
Nokia 3310 – The Nokia 3310 gained popularity as a faster version of the 3210. It also featured a plethora of features that made it stand out from other phones, including the ability to write a longer SMS message. It also gained a reputation of being indestructible (no kidding).
Nokia 5110 – The Nokia 5110 was one of the company’s first smartphones. It gained popularity as SMS messaging was introduced. The large keys allow for an easier texting and battery life lasted for more about a week.
Nokia 6810 – As part of the line of mobile phones that showcased a unique design, the 6810 came with a fold out QWERTY keyboard for easier typing. It even included EDGE support, and lets you check your emails on the go.
Nokia 7280 – Most commonly known as the lipstick phone, the Nokia 7280 was geared towards the ladies. It featured a VGA camera along with a screen that turns into a mirror when it is off.
Nokia 7650 – The first mobile phone that ran the Symbian OS, the Nokia 7650 was also the first Nokia device to feature a built-in camera.
Nokia 8110 – You may remember this mobile phone as the one being used by Neo in the movie The Matrix. It was one of the early versions of a mobile phone that featured a slider form factor. It also had a slight curved design to it, thus gaining the nickname ‘banana phone’.
Nokia 8210 – I used to own one of this and is probably my most favorite Nokia mobile phone. Impressively light and small and even lets you change the covers for better personalization.
Nokia N-Gage – In a bid to dominate handheld gaming, Nokia introduced the N-Gage, a Symbian-based mobile phone that’s designed like a game controller. Developers gave support to the device, distributing games on an SD card. It only gained criticism on its form factor especially when answering a call – it looks like you’re talking to a taco shell.
Nokia 9110 Communicator – The Communicator series gained popularity since it somehow replaced desktop computers with its features. It can send fax, messages, email, and even featured a web browser.
Nokia N93 – A mobile phone aimed for the amateur videographer, the Nokia N93 featured a form factor that makes it look like a small camcorder. It has Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar optics that lets you capture DVD quality videos.
Nokia N95 – The Nokia N95 was a premium smartphone that featured a sliding design the hid its keyboard underneath. Alternatively you can use the touch screen to operate the device, which also includes a built-in GPS receiver that supports turn-by-turn navigation.
Nokia E71 – Built to compete with the rising popularity of the BlackBerry, the Nokia E71 includes a full QWERTY keyboard running on a Symbian OS. It also supported an HSDPA connection which was the fastest available data speed at that time.
Nokia 808 PureView – The Symbian-powered Nokia 808 PureView camera phone gained popularity thanks to its 41 megapixel sensor and a high-resolution f/2.4 Zeiss all-aspherical 1-group lens. It delivered high quality images that matches (or at times even better) the quality of point-and-shoot cameras.
Nokia Lumia 1020 – Probably the last awesome smartphone that Nokia made, the Lumia 1020 featured a 41 megapixel sensor and ran on Windows Phone. The intuitive software features also lets you tweak the camera settings from the ISO to the white balance, and produces on of the best looking low-light shots from a camera phone.
Did we miss anything on the list? What’s your favorite Nokia smartphone? Let us know in the comments below!