While Nokia is making a comeback with its popular 3310 handsets, in today’s world of fancy smartphones, we must remember where they all came from. Every device that we use these days, from the basic devices to the most premium ones, they were not born out of thin air. Every phone today learnt from the success and failure of ancient handsets to incorporate within themselves, amazing new technology. What seemed like science fiction a few years back, is now a reality which will become obsolete in a few years; that is technology for you today. The old devices may not look like much, in today’s age where technology and design have merged like art. Yet, there are some iconic devices which we still miss. While many of the young people may not remember some of these phones, the older ones will vouch for how some of the old phones changed the world of technology. Here is a list of 5 phones which became a pioneer in the tech world in their own ways – either by introducing a new technology or by making devices affordable to the common people. So next time you use your apps on your smartphones and take some of the inbuilt features for granted, take some time to remember which phones made it possible.
Nokia in the year 2003, challenged the Nintendo Game Boy Advance, by taking a foot forward into the mobile gaming area. It released with massive fanfare all around the world as it for the first time merged a gaming device and a mobile phone into one device. Additionally, Nokia showed that there was no one way to design and shape a phone body. While there are so many gaming apps these days, each earning millions due to downloads, one must remember which was the first device which made all of it possible.
Blackberry defined business communication in the 2000s. Period. From a super cool keypad to the trackball navigation, the Blackberry also showcased the possibilities of the phone. While companies may come and go, Blackberry will forever be remembered, especially by the tech geeks. The lasting legacy of Blackberry phones will always have a mark no matter where smartphone technology goes from here. It changed the way for modern communication from the late 90s to early 2000s. It single-handedly made executives and businesses more efficient.
Motorola Razr V3
Motorola Razr V3 appeared to be futuristic when it was launched, and for the first time, design features took precedent over other specifications. Motorola’s new phone, when it came out became the epitome of cool. It was thin, it was light and it was sexy. If you were not living under a rock in the mid-2000s you just couldn’t ignore this flip phone. Motorola in itself have been a pioneer in mobile technology and has been known for arguably the first phone in 1973.
Steve Jobs the popular Apple’s CEO, in the year 2007, had something new to show to the world. Jobs on January 9, announced a new product which the company had been developing since 2004. It was called the iPhone. Jobs, during the launch, made fun of the present smartphones as they were cumbersome to use with the QWERTY keyboards and were only used to make calls and use the internet. The audience was flabbergasted. They would give expressions of shock and awe, as Jobs showed even the simplest of things like sliding bar unlock and scrolling through music. Apple’s form factor of being a GSM smartphone started in the original version itself and that has stayed. A few fans of the first version named it the ‘Jesus phone.’
Samsung Galaxy Note
The smartphone by Samsung called the Galaxy Note started the display screen revolution. While, earlier phones achieved to pack everything and bring it to the small screens in your pockets, Samsung showed what bigger screens could do. It was the beginning of the big phone wave. The Samsung Galaxy Note was massive. With 5.3 inch screen, it turned many heads. It also introduced a new word, called the ‘phablet’. Like Apple did with the iPhone, Samsung’s innovation became a common feature of smartphones, and it continues till now.