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11 weird and unusual Nokia phone designs

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11 weird and unusual Nokia phone designs
The days when Nokia ruled the smartphone and mobile phone markets are long gone - we all know that. The Finnish company sold off its Devices and Services unit to Microsoft this year, so it’s no longer a phone maker. Still, we mustn’t forget all the great phones that Nokia released throughout the years. Right now, though, we’ll present you some of the company’s weirdest phone designs (which may, or may not have been great).

Just like Samsung, it seems that Nokia released its weirdest handsets in the mid 2000s. In fact, those were the years when most manufacturers made unusual phones. That’s because there were a lot of buttons that needed to be included on the front (or sides) of devices. Plus, there was no standard form factor for handsets. Flip phones, candybars, sliders, swiveling phones - everything was a go, and manufacturers often combined design elements from these form factors.

Obviously, many of our readers are already familiar with quite a few of the Nokia devices that we’ll present below. But newer generations of smartphone users may have not had the chance to see them. So, enjoy - and let us know if you have any favorites, or if any of these designs seem too ugly to you.

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posted on 25 May 2014, 10:13 6

1. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4054; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Nokia Nseries

Nokia 8series

Nokia Xseries

Nokia Eseries

Great design and quality

The rest looks fugly and weird

posted on 25 May 2014, 11:09 13

9. akki20892 (Posts: 3304; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


They were so classic, stylish, and innovative, and still they r.

Nokia knows service, design, quality, and innovation, that's why I love Nokia.

Was Nokia N8 owner and coming back to Nokia Lumia 930 soon....

posted on 25 May 2014, 11:28 11

15. Charlie_boy (Posts: 55; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)


Nokia wasn't afraid to experiment and make mistakes back in the days.. I give them that...

posted on 25 May 2014, 11:36 4

16. Ashoaib (Posts: 1412; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Nokia was great but ironically they entered touch screen phone market very late and with boring options... adding insult to injury, they didnt adopted android

posted on 25 May 2014, 12:43 6

20. Liveitup (Posts: 1076; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Not adopting Android was not adding insult to injury it was making a smart decision based on the circumstances of that moment. I think they made the right choice going with WP. Everyone is copying WP design language these days Nokia was smart enough to know this would happen.

posted on 25 May 2014, 12:55 8

22. Ashoaib (Posts: 1412; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Yes smart enough and ended up having no smart phone business... thats a really very smart move

posted on 25 May 2014, 15:00 1

28. corporateJP (Posts: 1548; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


LOL...way to own like a boss.

posted on 25 May 2014, 15:39 3

30. Liveitup (Posts: 1076; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


That makes little sense. Had Nokia gone with Android they would have died a long time ago, many Android OEM's not named Samsung is struggling to survive. With WP they had financial and other support which they would have lacked had they gone Android.

Its easy to see things the way they appear but its harder to see things the way it really is.

Also Nokia isn't dead in sure I just saw the Nokia Lumia 630 being released this week and much more planned for the future. You are wrong.

posted on 25 May 2014, 16:39 3

33. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4054; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Lmfao

60% Ex Nokia users are Android, migrated from Symbian S60, and the rest 4% are loyal Nokia users and Wp7 users

posted on 25 May 2014, 18:38

42. Liveitup (Posts: 1076; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


60% of Android users are on Android I haven't seen any evidence to say so, so provide evidence or shut and even if that was the case that doesn't mean that Nokia didn't make the right choice Nokia was growing when it was acquired the same can't be said for many Android OEM's.

posted on 26 May 2014, 00:38 1

49. sniperdroid (Posts: 114; Member since: 23 May 2013)


If Nokia had gone for Android they had the market and the capability to take control of it early on, but the fact that they wanted to curve their own OS niche led to their downfall.

posted on 08 Jun 2014, 13:45

60. leKoutei (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Oct 2013)


I have been using Nokia since 2003 (with my 3310), and i am still a nokia user with the Lumia 800, 820 and the 920 being the lastest i got. I may be part of the so-called "40%" then

posted on 25 May 2014, 12:57 1

23. techperson211 (Posts: 517; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Nokia=real innovation. Not so called innovator of mobile industry.

posted on 25 May 2014, 16:49 3

36. Liveitup (Posts: 1076; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Lumia lines are some of the most beautiful hardware with the smartphone industry, matter of fact Nokia hardware changed the industry as in becoming more colorful thanks to Lumia 800/920 etc. Lumia 925 os undoubtedly one of the sexiest smartphones ever Lumia 930 with colorful backplates are sexy. Lumia phones are boss.

posted on 25 May 2014, 20:33 2

46. 8logic (Posts: 130; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


colorful is not hardware...... lol

posted on 26 May 2014, 06:48

50. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4054; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Yes agree the L925 is Lumias sexiest phone, which looks way much better than all lumias

posted on 25 May 2014, 10:15 7

2. Moodi (Posts: 38; Member since: 11 May 2013)


i Love Nokia

posted on 25 May 2014, 10:28 1

6. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4054; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I Love Nokia 8series

posted on 25 May 2014, 10:22 7

3. csoulr666 (Posts: 75; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


Those were the days! Seeing freakishly designed phones all around...............

This shows how far we have come when it comes to design. First we wanted crazy, now we prefer simplistic

posted on 25 May 2014, 11:11 3

10. akki20892 (Posts: 3304; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Those phones are real 007. Made for James Bond.

posted on 25 May 2014, 10:22 3

4. N-fanboy (Posts: 536; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


My favorite lookin nokia feature phone was the 6300. It was also my first phone and i loved it! It was from 2006/7 but had voice command, file manager, 200ppi display, 2mp camera... And it was indistructable as well.

posted on 25 May 2014, 10:28 4

5. aco96 (Posts: 189; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Symbian 3/Anna/Belle Nokias had best design. X7, N8, E7, C7, E6 :D

posted on 25 May 2014, 11:27 4

14. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


I owned an E7 .. it was a great phone .. it had a perfect keyboard for texting ..

posted on 25 May 2014, 11:42 3

17. ihavenoname (Posts: 1326; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


I had C7. OS was bit so and so, but that phone was sexy and well-built. I actually just looked some old photos I took with it and they weren't bad at all. Overall, fantastic phone.

posted on 26 May 2014, 00:04 1

48. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Yes, the C7 was a great phone too.. I wanted it too.. but ended up with an E7 because of the fantastic keyboard.. unrivaled by anyone and this includes the awful blackberry.. had the best texting experience ever...

posted on 25 May 2014, 10:37 5

7. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 770; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Does anyone remember the N900? It was a beast, if Nokia had developed Maemo (now known as Meego) it could have been a very good operating system, it had real multitasking in 2009 it was truly a geek's phone.

posted on 25 May 2014, 16:41

34. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4054; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Certainly do remember that phone and owning it, and then sold it.

Mine was rooted and overclocked

posted on 08 Jun 2014, 13:49

61. leKoutei (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Oct 2013)


I DOOO!! I loved that phone, i dreamed of more phones with Maemo, the phone was very well built, superb keyboard, very good OS .....We all know how that ended.
Geek phone? Not sure, my girlfriend grab mine ( she loved it)

posted on 25 May 2014, 11:12 5

11. dratomic (Posts: 458; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


i had all of them. i miss the old days when nokia phones ruled the world with their beautiful designs.

posted on 25 May 2014, 11:13 1

12. dratomic (Posts: 458; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


except the last one and 7700.

posted on 25 May 2014, 11:25 1

13. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


N93 N91 xpress music are phones I remember ..

posted on 25 May 2014, 12:28 1

18. GJanee (Posts: 211; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


PA and the usual daily Nokia bashing article. you guys are ridiculous...

posted on 25 May 2014, 12:47 6

21. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 199; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


Phone Arena isn't bashing Nokia here. Merely pointing out interesting and strange phone designs from Nokia over the years. This isn't a hard news story, this is soft journalism, a human interest story of sorts.

posted on 25 May 2014, 12:31 2

19. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 194; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


The prism phones were gorgeous.

posted on 25 May 2014, 13:49 2

24. HildyJ (Posts: 95; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Worthy of mention are Nokia's Internet tablets starting with the 770 in 2005 and followed by the N800 and N810. They didn't have voice capabilities but had WiFi, large touch screens, and a smart OS based on Linux.

posted on 25 May 2014, 13:53 2

25. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I find it interesting hoe many of their phones, even back in 2003, had 3.5" screens. No wonder apple chose that size for their imitator wannabe phones.

posted on 25 May 2014, 14:14 1

26. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Really missed my 3250,
Sound quality was great :(

posted on 25 May 2014, 14:45 1

27. SAIDH0 (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 May 2014)


NOKIA 7610 FTW xD

posted on 25 May 2014, 15:10 1

29. corporateJP (Posts: 1548; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


I sold Nokia analog phones back in the late 90's against Motorola counterparts, there was no comparison. Slim, sleek 252's were leaps and bounds better than those nasty brick Microtacs. I remember when the 282 flip came out, it was so hot. Couldn't keep them in stock, demand outweighed supply. A 282 next to a Startac was like putting a pocket PC next to a dollar-store calculator. Nokia were those guys.

I will personally miss Nokia phones.

All good things...

posted on 25 May 2014, 16:04 3

31. Credo (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Incredible Nokia, i love this company ... I always owned a Nokia, N900 few years back, also a C6, then i switched to the Windows Phone 7.5 running Lumia 900, and now i have the 8.1 running 920.... But somehow i don't want a Nokia anymore ... The real brand is gone, and i feel like Microsoft isn't taking Windows Phone seriously, 8.1 didn't offered enough for me .... And to be honest, Samsung has convinced me for the first time to buy one of their products, and my next phone will be the Samsung Galaxy S5 Electric Blue, i just can't wait to have it, to be finally a power user ..... Windows Phone 8.1 isn't enough for me, it got boring ... Just my opinion :)

posted on 25 May 2014, 16:44 1

35. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4054; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


We can wait for Wp9 to become what we are hoping and wish it to be….

posted on 25 May 2014, 16:55 2

37. Liveitup (Posts: 1076; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


WP 8.1 is arguably the best OS on the market, its design language has influenced Android and iOS to go flat. It is the only OS with a native file manager, Cortana is badass, HTC one Blinkfeed copied Windows phone live Tiles interface, Android is moving towards simplicity, cleanest etc. Its in essence an imitation of WP interface, iOS looks like the uglier version of WP on the litebackground. WP 8.1 is what we wish it could be and more . If only you would stop trolling and give WP device an unbiased chance you will love it.

You are not treating yourself you're treating yourself when you're that close minded.

posted on 25 May 2014, 16:57

38. Liveitup (Posts: 1076; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Meant to say don't cheat yourself when you could treat yourself. That is what you and others do when you're that close minded.

posted on 25 May 2014, 18:28

41. muhsen (Posts: 243; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


it's abit funny that someone complains about WP8.1 not being enough for them...specially for someone who had a WP7.5 device. All people, reviewers and consumers alike, are in love with WP8.1, with all pointing that WP8.1 is now neck and neck with android and iOS and Android in terms of features and it even has some exclusive ones. Having a galaxy note 10.1 and a Lumia 920 with WP8.1, I agree with all that. It is a proof of Microsoft taking WP seriously. BTW, even though the Galaxy S5 is an awesome device, owning one doesn't make u a power user. An iphone user can be a more power user than u with a Note 3 or an S5, it depends on how u use ur phone, and u can be a power user with ur 920 running WP8.1 that u claim u have.....if u bother.
It seems that u liked Nokia just for "NOKIA", all the people behind the awesome products that NOKIA made have now a new source of money..maybe "NOKIA" will be gone from the devices.....but they will still be awesome because they r made by the same people and that's what's relevant. Also, if anyone notices, Sony is doing alot better (in terms of how good their products r and sales) than Sony Ericsson, so who knows? maybe, better products r coming.
Anyway, good luck with whatever device u have or will buy. It's not the brand that makes a phone perfect, it's the phone itself. If u see a Huawei better than a Galaxy or a Lumia, then let it be

posted on 26 May 2014, 06:52

51. Credo (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Yes i have a 920, it's more then a year old by now ... And i do loved Windows Phone 8.1, but something is missing .... The battery life is awful, i even replaced it with a brand new one and it didn't did better, even on 8.0 the battery was bad.. I have to agree that the 920 is the best phone i've ever owned because i never owned an iOS/Android device but i hate the stupid app gap, and you can't disagree with that, there is a real app gap, Instagram isn't doing anything anymore, after 7 months it's still in beta, that's just unacceptable, others apps from my region are missing, etc etc, my 920 is restarting every day after the last 8.1 update previous week, i just want to be able to use apps that are updated, and not way behind, you can't deny that. Just to be clear, Windows Phone is getting boring for me, that's just the way it is, i can't control that, but i will still keep using my 920 when i got the S5, the 920 is still a gorgeous device ...

posted on 08 Jun 2014, 13:54

62. leKoutei (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Oct 2013)


I own a 920 (after a 820), i like the 920. I disagree regarding the app gap. I had Android phones, but now except for dropbox i believe the apps argument is invalid. The store if filling up slowly but i do find apps there. U can't say you need 200 apps on your phone. You can't always microsoft when developpers don't want to create apps on WP8

posted on 26 May 2014, 19:13 1

55. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4054; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Great post

Neutral nonbiased
+1

posted on 25 May 2014, 20:19

45. Damo579 (Posts: 165; Member since: 18 May 2013)


You have the developer like I do on my 1020. The problem os that the apps are not updated with the new features of 8.1. I say give it some time until the apps are updated. If you aren't happy then I say get something different,

posted on 26 May 2014, 06:56

52. Credo (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Yes i know, but it's not just that, it's the appn gap, apps are not updates with features like on other OS's, do you see what i mean? I just want to be able to use fully updated apps, when i get the S5 i can finally use all the apps for my bankaccounts, Windows Phone only offered me one for a year, so i thank that Bank for making atleast for my primairy account an app. But for now i'm done with Windows Phone, altrough i'm still going to use my 920, i am looking forward to use the gorgeous S5.... Battery life is amazing, i don't have to toggle connections off when i'm not using them, if i did that with my 920, 2 hours and the battery is dead, litterally :)

posted on 25 May 2014, 16:28

32. user996 (Posts: 181; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


E70, 5700 and N91 are my favorite and i had 5320 XpressMusic which i love since then, also i had N8, love it because of its camera

posted on 25 May 2014, 17:18

39. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 692; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Proud former owner of the Nokia 3250 Xpressmusic here :D

posted on 25 May 2014, 18:18

40. gigaraga (Posts: 689; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Wow... nokia phones are even more uglier than the not - even - ugly ones of Samsung...

posted on 25 May 2014, 18:42

43. redmd (Posts: 868; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Nokia nostalgia. But as of now what phones do you guys use?

posted on 25 May 2014, 19:26

44. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Those were the days when not everything looked the same. Now everything is just a slab of rectangle of some sort. Not complaining as everything is done via a screen so there's only so much fancy stuff you can do.

posted on 25 May 2014, 22:18

47. osaFromJava (Posts: 34; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Nokia N91>>>>>>>Samsung galaxy S5
in term of design

posted on 26 May 2014, 08:55

53. orielwindow (Posts: 92; Member since: 23 Sep 2010)


A long time ago I used a 7380 for about a year and to this day, no phone I've ever had got so many comments. People LOVED it. Sure, texting was a pain but once you got used to it, it didn't matter so much. Of course by today's standards you couldn't really browse with it and the camera wouldn't be the best but for the time that I had it, I really loved it. The cool lighting design on it, the mirror effect.....Sigh. Kinda miss it to be honest.

posted on 26 May 2014, 12:29

54. RandomUsername (Posts: 424; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Pic 11: Waht a twist!

posted on 26 May 2014, 19:55

56. retronig (Posts: 17; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


I had both the nokia 6800 and E70 and I loved both phones. I had the E70 for about 4 or 5 years. I loved the phone so much I bought 3 of them when they 1st came out. I did that because when it came out it was sold out at the nokia store and the only place I could buy it was from amazon. So I used one and had 2 backups. I remember connecting the phone to my computer to download apps and it used mini sd cards. Things sure have changed.

posted on 27 May 2014, 02:29

57. jshan (Posts: 172; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)


nokia n8 is the worst mobile phone ever ... beside its camera there is nothing good ....

posted on 31 May 2014, 10:13

58. pinkdolphins (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 May 2014)


If only I had known about these phones (especially the last one) when I got my first phone. It would've made my first experience of phones more enjoyable!

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