From the 3310 to the Lumia, here are some of the highlights.
The completion of Microsoft’s deal to by Nokia last week brought to an end one of the great titans of the mobile industry. From the beginning of its mobile device operations in the 1960’s, the Finnish company had constantly strived to be at the forefront of design and functionality, and created some truly iconic devices over the years. So to mark the company’s passing, here are three of our favourite Nokia devices, and three we’ll probably not remember so fondly…
The granddaddy of them all, the Nokia 3310 can arguably lay the strongest claim to being the greatest mobile phone of all time. Released in late 2000 as the successor to the revolutionary 3210 (whose antenna-less design won much attention), the 3310 sold 126 million units worldwide and has a huge online cult following to this day, gaining praise for its extensive battery life and near-indestructible construction.
Boasting many pioneering features, including a calculator, stopwatch and a reminder function, the 3310 also allowed interchangeable cases, letting you personalise your phone however you wanted. And of course, it also featured what many people consider to be the best mobile game of all time – Snake II.
The best-selling phone in Nokia’s NSeries, the N73 was released in late 2006. Acting as a key midpoint between the end of ‘classic’ mobile phones and the modern-day smartphone, the N73 offered a Microsoft Office document viewer, WAP browser, and background execution of apps, allowing for increased multi-tasking.
To capitalise on the success of the original, Nokia also released three other versions of N73, focusing on separate functions. The ‘Music Edition’ featured more storage and greater access to your tunes, the ‘Internet Edition’ (which didn’t really offer much else compared to the original except one redesigned button) , and the ‘Special Edition’, which was targeted at Muslim customers, coming with several dedicated Islamic applications.
Released in March 2007, three months before the original iPhone, its hard to remember what a revolutionary concept the N95 was. Truly one of the first smartphones, it featured a 5MP camera, a portable media player, and the ability to run several apps at once – all features we now expect as a minimum from our mobile devices.