Back in the late 90’s and the 2000’s, Nokia was the in thing. They controlled an astounding portion of the phone and smartphone market with its remarkably sturdy S40 phones and intuitive S60 smartphones. Even though IBM beat everyone to the smartphone arena by launching Simon, the first amalgamation of a PDA and a cellphone in 1992, It wasn’t until Nokia broke the market with its compact and affordable S60 phones did people really begin embracing the smartphone concept.
Nokia 3650 (2003)
The Nokia 3650 stood at the very top of the Nokian smartphone revolution. Whether it is its unusual circular keypad or its ability to give regular consumers a true mix of a PDA and a phone, something that the then $US99 (an equivalent of $US1,435 today) Simon failed to deliver, very few could resist its 640×480 camera, RealOne video player and a web browser.
Nokia 6810 (2004)
This transformer was proof that someone somewhere in Nokia’s design room was a true comedian. With its fold-out QWERTY keyboard, this phone was arguably fast at typing, or should I say thumbing, texts and emails. A color screen, browser and support for BlackBerry email made it a sober-minded joke.
Nokia 6682 (2005)
If you wanted an excellent phone with a camera, a good music player and running on Symbian, you could count on the 6682 to deliver. Its acceptable entry price and access to famous S60 apps like Opera Mini browser and Microsoft Exchange Mail made it a darling to the mid-range market.
Nokia N90 (2005)
The Nseries phone were in themselves a thing out of the future. With its swivel color screen and a rather powerful camera, the N90 was the first true multipurpose smartphone that the world took and perfected over time to give us the modern day Xperia Zs, iPhones and Samsung Galaxy.
Nokia N95 (2007)
By 2007, everyone had embraced the need for a camera, a music player and a browser in a smartphone. With the ludicrous N70 having done the ground work by adding an external card slot, a secondary video call camera, and 2MP LED flash camera, the N95’s 5MPcamera, GPS mapping and 3-D gaming was an utter additive bearing in mind it came out a couple of months before the first iPhone.
Nokia E90 (2007)
This wasn’t a phone. It was a Communicator. Whatever that meant, it sure did give it some heft and power that could almost replace a laptop for the ever travelling executive. With a $1,049 price tag, it was as much of a trophy as it was of an assistant.
Nokia N82 (2008)
The Nokia N82 was an improvement of the already amazing N95. Replacing the ordinary flash with a Xenon flash gave the phone access to the decent-pictures-in-the-dark hall of fame. Couple this with a compact design and a tingly color display and you get a phone that was more than enough to the 2008 enthusiasts.
Nokia E71 (2008)
By now, Nokia had begun moving away from bulky designs and embraced the compact BlackBerry approach. Even though iPhones were already in the market, Nokia thought of BlackBerry as a better adversary. With thousands of third-party Symbian apps in the market, Google Maps, Gmail, Yahoo and the built-in Microsoft Exchange, the E71 was a must-have delicacy to the tech-savvy.
Nokia E7 (2011)
The E7 was an amazing piece of hardware. The touchscreen and slide-out keyboard was a manifestation of Nokia’s dilemma. While Symbian was undeniably a crappy OS for touchscreens, this 8-Megapixel camera phone was a desperate shot at redemption – a dream that died before it caught on.
Nokia 808 PureView (2012)
By then, the Symbian and Nokian dynasty was clearly on its deathbed. Did this stop Nokia from giving a parting gift to its 15-year-long loyal? No. It didn’t. The 41-Megapixel PureView was and still is the best cameraphone in history. By using satellite imaging technology and a massive Carl Zeiss sensor, Nokia created a perfect camera that could shoot the clearest of the photo. Too bad nobody thought of it with Android and iPhone already tearing the market into tatters.