Flip back to the 2000s

Smartphones have been taking the world by storm since it was introduced years ago. Ever since then, regular phones slowly became less popular and needed because of the lack of technology built into it. It is a rare sight to see someone operating a phone that is not a smartphone these days. This is expected since a regular phone can never keep up with a smartphone. However, let’s embrace some of the phones that were popular before smartphones were born.

Motorola RAZR

Motorola RAZR was very famous during its glory days thanks to its design in particular. It has one the most intrigued design to be featured in a clamshell phone. The thin design with a flat keypad is still one the best design in my opinion. Interestingly enough, the keypad is made out of a single metal wafer with an electroluminescent backlight. Still stressing on the design of the phone, it feels so futuristic to be greeted with the keypad and its backlight as soon as you flip open the phone. The camera is mounted at the top of the phone, just above the secondary screen.

The first Motorola RAZR is the V3 introduced back in July 2004. It went several revisions with the last revision unveiled in 2008 as the RAZR2 V9x.

Nokia N-Gage

Nokia N-Gage was once a sweetheart to many youngsters back in the day. It was a move by Nokia to steal away gamers’ attention away from the Game Boy Advance and yes, this phone can game. What makes the N-Gage stand out from the other phones is the design. The design cue is a mix of a handheld game console and a phone. Buttons were laid out on the sides of the phone with the display in the middle. To the left of the phone is where the D-pad sits, where as to the right are the numeric keypad. Multiplayer gaming was possible on the N-Gage using Bluetooth or N-Gage Arena service, in other words, online gaming. However, it didn’t have a camera but this wasn’t a major drawback in the early 2000s.

There are two versions of the N-Gage. The first N-Gage Classic was introduced in October 2003 and the successor, N-Gage QD was unveiled in May 2004. Nokia found that the N-Gage were not making many sales eventually and had to discontinue the phone in November 2005.

Sony Ericsson Walkman

Sony Ericsson was one of the giants which manufactured phones before Sony took over. One of their strongest lines of phones is the Walkman series. You might associate the word “Walkman” with portable cassette players. For the new generation, if you don’t know what a cassette is, let me show you how it looks like.

Some of the first ever Sony Ericsson’s Walkman phones walked on the face of the earth is the W800. It was the most popular choice of the Walkman phones introduced to the public. The design of the phone is nothing fancy really. However, the orange accents around the phone make it look funky. There is a 2MP rear camera which has a camera lens cover and LED flash. For music playback, there’s a dedicated play/pause button which instantly controls the music player. Sony Ericsson unveiled their first line of Walkman phones in 2005 but later discontinued in 2011.

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