Ask people what their favourite mobile phone of all time is and chances are very good that you’ll get a broad variety of answers, with a choice few being selected by many people. Everyone has a particular device that they remember, however what devices have defined mobile phones as we know and love them?
The word iconic has been attached to a variety of devices and innovations however is there a specific device that has withstood the test of time to remain as iconic today as the day it was first released? Here are some of the phones (some of which you probably know of) which have defined the mobile industry as we know it.
Nokia 2650 – 35 Million Units Sold
Nokia 2650 became available in October 2004. Owing to its low price, this clamshell model became very popular at the time. It included features such as a 128×128 colour display, LED light for alerts, MMS as well as a calendar. The company sold 35 million units.
Motorola StarTAC (1996)
The StarTAC wasn’t the only first clamshell phone. It was – without a doubt – the first cool phone. In the same way that the intrinsic coolness of the iPod fuelled the popularity of MP3 players, so the StarTAC’s jazzy design assisted with establishing mobiles as a must-have.
Released in 2000, the pinnacle of Nokia’s incredible user-focused design, the 3310 was the mobile phone which anyone could use.
There was a period of time in the early noughties when it was as pervasive as the iPhone is today. To date Nokia has sold more than 126 million of these phones, making it one of the most celebrated cellphones of all time.
The handset was practically indestructible, packed a great battery life as well as decent call quality. In addition, it also shipped with Snake 2, which was awesome. However, perhaps its biggest drawcard was that you were able swap the cover of the phone for a custom face and backplate!
To combat the new obligatory iOS, the Open Handset Alliance (with Google as its leader) debuted the Android-powered T-Mobile G1, which was made by Taiwanese manufacturer HTC. As the first real Android handset, the G1 was the initial step in the rise of Android, with the platform now strongly dominating the smartphone market.
The G1 was legendary not just for being the first Android handset but also as it aimed to cater for those who may not be quite ready to give up the keyboard. The bespoke slide-out keyboard was a concept that faded with time – even though some manufacturers are trying to bring it back through unique accessories – however Android certainly hasn’t and shows no signs of lessening for years to come.
Samsung Galaxy S II – 40 Million Phones Sold
Samsung announced this Android smartphone in 2011. At this point in time, Samsung Galaxy S II was one of the thinnest smartphones available on the market. It boasted an 8-megapixel camera, 1GB of RAM as well as a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. There have since been several iterations of the Galaxy and many of them have ben ideal for playing NZ roulette online, taking amazing photos and simply using as a day to day tech tool.