Here’s an article made by a friend of mine who wishes to remain incog. He doesn’t blog although I believe flat out that he should. This is an engaging and delightful read that will surely take you to a trip down memory lane. I “butchered” it a bit to suit the blog style better as it was originally intended as a PPT thingy.
The Most Influential Mobile Phones in MY opinion
This is a rundown of what I think are the most influential mobile phones that I have come across and categorized and ranked through my own perspective and preference.
Gone are the days where cellphones were as big as your landline with some that even required a huge bulky mobile battery pack that you had to carry around with your cellphone. These were smaller, lighter and while still expensive, not as bank account depleting as their big brothers.
Before this, the mobile phone was seen as more than just a luxury item, it was just not seen as a mainstream device like a personal computer or a TV. It was more for businessmen and executives, something that a regular person just wont need. This of course changed because of…
The Nokia 5110
If the first cell phone was the wheel, this phone was the car. This was a monumental step in the world of cellphones as this paved the way for all other trendy and mass market cellphones to come. Almost everybody wanted one, and can you blame them? Interchangeable colored face covers, a “4 liner” screen, graphics editable sms, the Snake game, and whole bunch of other features that caught the world’s attention and interest. Suddenly, the mobile phone was no longer for just the corporate world and the businessmen, its for everone now and if you didnt own one, you’re a loser.
Special Mention – The Philips Genie. Why? because I didnt want to be part of the masses, I wanted to be different. I wanted a phone that was just as trendy and when the 5110’ers gave me grief about not being able to see the “graphic bears txt” or play the snake game, I would just turn on the voice dialing feature ( which was a first for any mobile phone ) and would shut them up and make them walk away. nyahahaha!
The Nokia 3210
Remember that commercial where they cutoff the antenna? Well that pretty much says it all about why this phone was a landmark, Its one of the first phones around with an internal antenna. Oh and of course, the other feature that made this phone the latest craze, just one word – COMPOSER.
The Nokia 7110
I remember seeing this phone on display at the mall and I said, Damn I want that phone. The best aesthetic feature? The auto-slide cover at the press of a button! I had to slave for 5 months as a telemarketer saving every commission and a picture of this phone cut out from a magazine ad and taped to my computer monitor was my motivation. In the end it was all worth it, that first button press with the cover automatically sliding down like Neo, gave me Matrix like goosebumps.
The Nokia 8210
This phone was a landmark phone simply because it was one of the most beautiful and smallest not to mention the priciest at the time. It became the first of what would later become a continous string of “status symbol” phones. If you had this phone, you were either rich or had parents that were.
The Nokia 7650
Lets go back to the invention of the wheel, after that the next big step in that direction would be the automobile and all was good and great until Wilbur and Orville Wright came along and said, hello “Man” we would like to introduce you to “the impossible”.
Much like how the Airplane changed the face of conventional travel, the 7650 rocked the world and forever changed the future of the mobile phone industry.
It was trailblazer and innovator, nevermind that it costs an arm and a leg, there’s just so many “firsts” on this phone that an entire article can be done on this separately. The first colored phone, the first camera phone, gone are the monophonic beeps and tones, this phone brandished the first polyphonic truetone sounds, suddenly your own voice or your favorite love song can be the message or ring tone. Back in the day when none of us understood what it meant, the 7650 introduced us all to Bluetooth technology. The list goes on and while there’s a good chance that other devices had one or two of the features mentioned here, the 7650 was the first that successfully intergrated all of these.
Sony Ericsson P800
Out of nowhere two electronic giants, Sony and Ericsson decided hey, lets join up and make phones! And then Nokia felt a very real cold shudder, and with good reason too. With the entry of the P800, suddenly your phone is no longer just a phone, it was now a very small very versatile mini computer. This phone was monumental because this was arguable the flagship that ushered in the age of the smartphones. I know that some of you will say that the P900, the P910i and a whole slew of other phones were better than the P800, but lets get it in perspective. The p800 was the mold. Plain and simple.
it was quiet for awhile after this, new phones kept popping up here and there, some were good, some not so much, others were complete flops. Phone features kept getting updated, improved and enhanced. And with every new feature these phones kept getting bulkier and bigger and heavier which is ok and it didnt really bother anyone.
That is until…
The Motorola RAZR
By far the most beautiful, sleek, stylish and revolutionary phone of its kind. Just like a supermodel, one look at this phone and its love at first sight regardless of age, gender or race. You almost wont care what the features were, the phone was just too damn fricking breathtaking. But with features that can go toe to toe with any smartphone around at the time, you cant help but yell WITCHCRAFT! WITCHCRAFT! How else could they have pulled off this feauture rich phone in that tiny little razor thin exterior. This phone was such a work of art that it reminded phone companies that bigger isnt always better. This was the last of the bunch, the last phone that I really lusted over for a long time.
Which brings us to the phones of today, The Age of the Blackberry’s and quickly succeeded by the Age and domination of the Iphones. Both Iconic and trailblazing in their own right but I know that there’s no longer a need to tell you why as these phones pretty much speak for themselves or at least – their ads that you can see literally everywhere – do.
Thanks for going down mobile phone memory lane with me. It was certainly a fun and very nostalgic ride. Lets watch out and wait what the next 10 or so years will bring.