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10 of the greatest smartphones from 10 years ago (2015 edition)

10 of the greatest smartphones from 10 years ago (2015 edition)
Our first "10 great smartphones from 10 years ago" article was pretty well received, being appreciated by our readers for providing a nostalgic look at some of 2004's best handsets. Now that 2015 is here, it's time to move forward one year and check out the smartphones that were all the rage back in 2005.

Just like 2004, 2005 was the year of Symbian, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Palm (though, curious enough, there were no new Palm smartphones released in 2005). 20mm-thick handsets were not regarded as chunky abominations, and there was a wide variety of form factors to choose from.

Let's dive in and see what 2005 had to offer (manufacturers are listed in alphabetical order):

BlackBerry 7000

Including models like the 7000t, 7000r, 7000v and 7000x, this was BlackBerry's first family of smartphones to feature SureType QWERTY keyboards (which have two keys per button, and would later evolve to be included on the Pearl series). The new keyboard allowed BlackBerry to make the 7000 models significantly smaller than its previous handsets, thus gaining popularity among regular users, rather than businesses.


HP iPAQ hw6500

In the last decade, HP released quite many Windows Mobile devices. The iPAQ hw6500 series (including models with, and without a photo camera) was the company's offering for 2005. Manufactured by HTC, the HP iPAQ hw6500 had a square 3-inch, 240 x 240 pixels display, and a full QWERTY keyboard.


HTC Universal

The HTC Universal was the world's first smartphone to run Windows Mobile 5.0, and the first from the Pocket PC category to have 3G (UMTS) connectivity. Like all the other HTC-made handsets from back then, the Universal wasn't sold under the HTC brand. Depending on region and carrier, it was commercially available as the Dopod 900, I-mate JasJar, O2 XDA Exec, Orange SPV M5000, Qtek 9000, T-Mobile MDA Pro, and other names. The handset was very powerful for its time, featuring a 520 MHz Intel processor, a 3.6-inch swiveling touchscreen display with 480 x 640 pixels, full QWERTY keyboard, 1.3 MP rear camera, and a VGA front-facing camera.


HTC Wizard

Alternatively known as HTC Prodigy and HTC P4300, the HTC Wizard was also a Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard, though its display was smaller: 2.8 inches with 240 x 320 pixels. Its commercial names included Dopod 838, Cingular 8125, i-mate K-JAM, O2 Xda Mini Pro, Qtek 9100, and T-Mobile MDA.


Motorola E680i

Introduced as a slightly improved successor to the E680 from 2004, the Motorola E680i was a Linux smartphone. Its highlight features included 3D stereo speakers, a 2.5-inch QVGA (240 x 320) touchscreen display, stylus, VGA camera, a 300 MHz processor, and expandable internal memory.


Nokia 6680

The 6680 (with its 6681 and 6682 variants) was Nokia's first smartphone to offer a front-facing camera (VGA), and the first to have an LED flash next to the rear camera (1.3 MP). At launch, in early 2005, it ran Symbian 8.0 Series S60. Other features included a 2.1-inch display with 176 x 208 pixels, and just 10 MB of (expandable) internal memory.


Nokia N90

2005 was the year when Nokia introduced its highly-appreciated Nseries family of smartphones, with no less than six models being announced. However, only two of them became available that year. The first is the Nokia N90, a clamshell with a swivel design. Called by many a "futuristic" smartphone (who knew that clamshells would almost disappear by 2015?), the Nokia N90 ran Symbian 8.1 Series S60, and was powered by a 220 MHz processor. Its main, 2.1-inch display had 352 x 416 pixels, offering a very high pixel density for that time: 259 ppi. Another highlight of the N90 was its 2 MP Carl Zeiss camera.


Nokia N70

Also running Symbian 8.1 Series S60, the N70 had a more traditional design, being the successor to the aforementioned Nokia 6680. It's a candybar with a 2.1-inch, 176 x 208 pixels display, a 2 MP rear camera (without Carl Zeiss optics), and a VGA front-facing camera.


Samsung SGH-D720

The SGH-D720 was one of Samsung's first Symbian-based smartphones (and one that was hard to find). It was a small, though thick slider - a very popular form factor in the mid 2000s - featuring a 1.8-inch, 176 x 220 pixels display, a 1.3 MP rear camera with LED flash, and a 192 MHz processor.


Samsung SGH-i750

The SGH-i750 is another slider, but it's larger than the D720, and - more importantly - it's not based on Symbian, but on Windows Mobile 2003 SE PocketPC. Powered by a 416 MHz Intel processor, the SGH-i750 had a 2.6-inch QVGA display, 2 MP rear camera, and microSD card support.


There are several other very interesting handsets that were announced in 2005, but were'nt released until 2006. We will make sure to mention them next year! Until then, let us know if you've used any of the smartphones listed above, or if you know other great models from 2005.

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posted on 18 Jan 2015, 18:00 1

1. maherk (Posts: 3799; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


No Nokia N95? Seriously???

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 18:02 16

2. Florin.T (Posts: 226; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)


The N95 was seriously released in 2007 :)

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 18:09 1

7. kshnik (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Jan 2015)


Was the Motorola Razr old enough? I can't remember, that phone was the real deal back then.

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 18:19 1

9. Florin.T (Posts: 226; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)


There were some Razr models available 10 years ago, yes. However, they were not smartphones.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 11:41

55. deewinc (Posts: 272; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


How about the Motorola A1000 and SonyEricsson P1000?

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 18:20

11. maherk (Posts: 3799; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I guess i should ve read the title carefully before jumping into the list.

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 18:30 4

15. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1175; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


What about the Nokia 9300? The communicator series was arguably one of the greatest smartphone series of the early years.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 11:42

56. deewinc (Posts: 272; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


It was like a MacBook Air of those days. Costed an Arm and a leg

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 15:19

58. Florin.T (Posts: 226; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)


From what I know, the 9300 was released in late 2004, not long after the Nokia 9500 Communicator (both were certainly great devices). The 9500 is included in this article:http://www.phonearena.com/news/10-great-smartphones-from-10-years-ago_id61630

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 18:03 1

3. lcsolvr (Posts: 4; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


You didn't read the article one bit, did you ?

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 18:08 2

6. Max_Boost (Posts: 101; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


People would stupidly comment first BEFORE reading. That's how it goes. LOL

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 19:31

22. Gp_Customs (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 14 Jan 2015)


N70
6680
N90

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 23:36 1

42. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Where is LG Prada? LG is the frst to inspire touchscreen smartphone. This is injustice for Korean tech!

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 00:04

44. tiara6918 (Posts: 2036; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


only less than 10% of korean celebrities use lg, samsung about 20% and apple 70%. they will switch to android for sometime but in the end they choose the iphone. so stop being a koreaboo

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 00:20 2

45. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Proof?

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 08:01 1

51. Jango_Fred (Posts: 58; Member since: 17 Dec 2008)


Not a smart phone

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 09:12

52. zachki17 (Posts: 261; Member since: 14 Sep 2014)


The Problem with lg they don pay much for publicity .. That's the problem .. Apple its only brand .. Samsung to .. Lg innovation but .. Les popularity .. To bad ..

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 18:07 1

4. Cyagocaliz (unregistered)


Where is iPhone?

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 18:08

5. kshnik (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Jan 2015)


"From 10 years ago"

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 18:28 9

12. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Nevermind him, his love for Apple and Sony doesn't even let him read the article's title properly let alone the article.

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 18:29

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 21359; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Cmon dude, really?

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 18:34 1

16. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


Maybe he's a reverse troll trying to make Apple and Sony fanboys look bad.

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 19:44 5

24. tedkord (Posts: 11712; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Then he's doing a hell of a job.

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 18:12 1

8. aksa123 (Posts: 320; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Old model >> today's design. Way more lively and diverse.

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 18:29 2

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 21359; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I had a couple of those. Man the pre iPhone/android days were something else lol. My last pre iPhone was the Palm Treo 750 on sprint.

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 19:12

17. Phooey506 (Posts: 85; Member since: 24 Sep 2014)


Palm's were for people who couldn't afford BlackBerry's

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 19:15 2

18. NexusPhan (Posts: 625; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Douche much?

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 19:30 1

21. Gp_Customs (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 14 Jan 2015)


iDouche

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 19:23 2

19. darkkjedii (Posts: 21359; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Don't know why you posted that, but mmmmk.

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 19:30 2

20. Gp_Customs (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 14 Jan 2015)


You no why, cause everyone says you are one.
Also you admitting to it.

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 20:59

39. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1647; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Palms (PalmOS or WinMo) were for people who wanted apps. BlackBerry OS4 was awful back then and the devices didn't have 3G until the Pearl which was barely more than a feature phone. I'm a huge fan of BB but they were garbage compared to Treos.

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 19:55

28. Mercedes-Benz (banned) (Posts: 403; Member since: 18 Jan 2015)


I had a HTC universal . That thing is has a cr@ppy battery life and camera only 1.3 megapixels .

Worse part is if it completely runs out of battery you will lose your data . We came a long way since then .

Please visit mbusa.com to check out the Mercedes Benz CLA , its affordable and sexy .

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 19:33 2

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 21359; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Off topic, but what the hell happened to the Packers? They had that game in the bag.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 07:32

49. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1647; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Field goals. 1 TD and 5 FGs won't cut it in a title game. Maybe in the 70s when you could win a Super Bowl throwing just 7 times (Bob Griese SB VIII vs. Vikings) but not today. They let the crowd back in the game after the fake FG try.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 11:07

54. darkkjedii (Posts: 21359; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I'm still in disbelief lol

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 17:43 1

59. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1647; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I wonder if they even let that Tight End who muffed the onside kick on the team plane? His name wasn't Steve Bartman was it? Sorry, that was wrong of me. My apologies if you're a Cubs fan too, I'm in Miami.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 22:30

60. darkkjedii (Posts: 21359; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Now that was funny. +1 Bartman still can't go to Wrigley field.

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 19:46

25. Supraman21 (Posts: 323; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)


Look at all those phones with a big centered "home" button.

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 19:49 2

27. Mobilephile (Posts: 149; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


Who the hell comes up with these lists seriously!!?? What about the iconic Moto Razor flip phone or wildly successful Sony Ericsson T28 world phone, or gamechanging PDA qwerty-flip P1, or Palm Treo's? Those Nokia's aren't the greatest then... Get a new writer, your street cred is dwindling PA

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 08:00

50. Jango_Fred (Posts: 58; Member since: 17 Dec 2008)


Moto Razr is not a smart phone and there was no Treo released in 2005.

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 19:55

29. darkkjedii (Posts: 21359; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


What ever happened to Sanyo cell phones? There's was the first phone I had with video recording.

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 19:55 3

30. chocowii (Posts: 447; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Those days when specs arent the selling points but functions were.

posted on 18 Jan 2015, 21:37

41. aksa123 (Posts: 320; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Sooo trueee.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 12:26

57. znellu (Posts: 74; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Exactly!

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 05:39

48. techsavvy.jaz (Posts: 153; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


I had the O2 version of HTC Wizard, it was called O2 XDA Mini S, not pro. And I soooo wanted the Nokia N93 even after a year of its release!

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 10:59

53. uRiBiTo666 (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)


Even these had expandable memory? But iPhones don't? One of Apple's many fails

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 07:27

61. simoco (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)


i had the nokia N70.... i loved so much :D texting with my crush back in high school was awesome
if only i found a new one...

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 13:10

62. cdgoin (Posts: 533; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


I loved my HTC Universal.. I wish they still made something like it.

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