8 classic Android smartphones that blew our minds back in the day
0. phoneArena 06 Aug 2014, 03:33 posted on
Like most other things in the world, Android had a bumpy start. It took a great amount of software enhancement, hardware experimentation and, not of lesser importance, Verizon's huge marketing budget, in order to finally get things going...
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1. M5OOO (Posts: 11; Member since: 15 May 2013)
and in the continue...
it's when my live walkman was the flagship!
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32. madmikepr (Posts: 136; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)
Back in that Days HTC And Motorola Rule The World ...
44. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
They ruled the android world. At the same time, Nokia was selling more phones alone than almost every other OEM combined.
2. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2071; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
The Motorola DROID/MILESTONE is the only Android phone I have really loved. Its one of my favorite phones of all time. Wish Motorola continue that legendary line up with a DROID 5.
43. JC557 (Posts: 1321; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I still have my Motorola Droid (v1) and it still works. It's also pretty smooth with the Gingerbread ROM installed on it. I always loved the design but the camera was not that great (good for those days I guess).
I never cared for the design of the Droid 2 and 3 with the Droid 4 needed some time to grow on me. I do hope they release a Droid 5 with a slide out keyboard with a body similar to the Droid 1.
3. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
These classics are all legends...especially the Samsung Galaxy S!
31. SamDroid (unregistered)
Just had to troll, didja?
4. rahul.niks (Posts: 86; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
That was the time Nokia didn't even expect it's reign to end like this, but then question is how htc killed itself even with such a good start?
42. JC557 (Posts: 1321; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Yup, quite a few hits along with quite a few misses. Then there was also tainting of some of their phones by people who never even had much experience with them writing reviews that were easily refuted by actual owners but the damage was already done. This was before the HTC One.
I liked the Droid Incredible but the Incredibles after that weren't that great.
48. mschmal (Posts: 18; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)
Nokia never learned Henry Ford's lesson. "If I had asked people what kind of car they wanted, they would have told me that wanted a faster horse."
45. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Too many phones too quickly, burning users out and causing confusion among shippers and sellers both. Plus trying to out-do other OEMs with untested or undeployable features, like the Thunderbolt, Verizon's first LTE (and dual-core?) phone when they hardly had any LTE coverage, and it had completely crap battery life to boot, plus goofy firmware. The start of the fall, really
5. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
The other meaningful contribution the Droid X made was that it, along with the HTC Evo, started the arms race for significantly larger screens. I remember at the time how blown away I was by its size. The first thing my dad said when he saw it was "is that a tablet?!"
My dad still uses my Droid X, and as far as I know it still runs perfectly. :) I'm considering sending him my Droid Mini sometime in the near future, since it's a lot newer and has the same screen size despite being a smaller phone overall.
I think this is a very good list overall. :) It was a fun read. I think the original Droid was also the first Android phone to really prioritize having a good camera on board; I remember its camera was pretty well received in the original review.
22. snowgator (Posts: 3556; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
I can remember still owning a simple little feature phone, and a friends wife owned that X. Sure made me envious. That thing was a smooth phone that worked amazingly well. I agree that this "massive" 4.3" monster made people want big screens. The next thing, Samsung testes the waters with the 4.5" Epic, and people raved about that one. It was on after that, and keyboards were dead and didn't even know it.
Think it is kinda cool you have an"X" still alive in the family.
46. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Don't forget the Dell Streak 5". Lower volume but it helped break the ice for larger (but small compared to now) screens to become mainstream.
47. marteaga83 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Aug 2014)
thank you for mentioning the evo why is that phone not on this list it had a 4.3" screen when every one had 3" 8 megapixel camera when every one else had 2 first 4g first front camera great phone what htc did wrong was not offer this phone on at&t and Verizon instead they made different phones for each carrier Samsung and apple are successful because they offer the same phone across carriers
6. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Also, you might want to consider splitting the galleries and phone list up into like 4 pages. Having it all on one page almost gave my work computer a damn heart attack.
9. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Then you might want to upgrade you PC/Mac, cause it isn't even a strain for a mid-end phone to load this xD.
11. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Yeah, like I said: WORK computer. Not allowed to touch it. :P
21. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
oh ok :p. but still that has to be an old one :/
41. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Lol yeah, I think it only has a single gig of RAM.
37. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11384; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Working doesn't mean browse phonearena.
40. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
It does when you work as a security guard on an overnight shift at a quiet location where nothing happens. :)
7. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
The Droid OG was my first taste of Android and I never looked back. Next was the Droid X. Hard to believe that those were my only 2 Motorola phones. Samsung just started to steamroll the competition.
10. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Small mistake here, Android 2.1's name is Eclair not Froyo, but overall very good read thx PA.
12. Ray.S (Posts: 312; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)
Oh boy, I've fixed it, but I could really do with some nice frozen yoghurt right now...
13. gorkapr (Posts: 73; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
We need to mention the HTC Evo 4g, first BIG screen on Android, First 4G phone on the US.
15. tokuzumi (Posts: 935; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)
Like gorkapr said, no love for the Evo 4G? Granted, the Evo 4G was only available on sprint, but that phone actually helped Sprint gain customers during the last two quarters of 2010. To this day, I think the Evo 4G was my favorite phone.
17. iampayne (Posts: 322; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
Was hoping the Droid Incredible made the list.
18. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
My friend still owns the HTC Legend (albeit with a missing cover), and it's currently running Android 4.1.2 in the form of MIUI
19. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i'm kind of surprised that the HTC Evo isn't in this list. o:
38. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3104; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I was thinking the exact same thing. While OG Moto Droid and SGS1 were awesome phones, IMO the HTC EVO had it all back then. It had a huge wide display, a more powerful processor, better camera, and great design. My only nag was it was only on Sprint and by the time Verizon got The Thunderbolt, they were just getting LTE going and it was a disaster period for original LTE phones.
20. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3794; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
Something else that might be a mistake. Htc's Sense interface was technically around before the HTC Hero. They were using it on WinMo phones, only it was called Touchflo. IIRC Sense was just Touchflo on the android platform.
23. Jason78 (Posts: 237; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)
I sometimes wonder if early smartphones will have collector status in 20-30 years like the first personal computer do today. Will someone in 2050 be willing to pay thousands for a first generation iPhone like they will today for an early Apple computer?
24. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
The Galaxy S wasn't very good and it didn't even sell much until everyone wanted the GS2. I guess people that couldn't afford the GS2 ended up buying the S.
The GS2 was the real legend. That thing beat the crap out of all of its peers so badly it wasn't funny.
36. TheGenius (Posts: 339; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)
Yeah .. Gs2 is what took samsung to throne.
It still is the most beautiful device by samsung.
And that extremely over saturated screen.!!
Oh god.. I still love that screen.!
Samsung did an amazing job on that device and they deserve that success.!
39. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3104; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
When the SGS2 first came out, it was unmatched when it came to speed and responsiveness, I still remember being blown away how smooth the web browsing was and how awesome it was to game on it.
25. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)
HTC Legend is still my dream phone. I wanted it so badly but it went out of stock everywhere, so I ended up with HTC Desire. But I will buy legend someday.
26. foreverjin08 (Posts: 73; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)
HTC Hero, my first smartphone, is still my favorite phone among everything.
29. shy2papa (Posts: 296; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)
HTC has always known how to make quality phones
30. Kwiss1200 (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 Apr 2014)
Samsung Infuse 4G, had the best camera at, that time.. Still have it and the pictures are great...
33. javy108 (Posts: 1004; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)
I just had Galaxy S, and I hate it D: It was so sloooow! :C
35. skymitch89 (Posts: 1291; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
Where's the HTC Evo 4G? Seeing that it came out before the Droid X, was the first 4G device, and was one of the first phones to break the 4in mark in screen size.
50. OdysseasP (Posts: 60; Member since: 08 Aug 2014)
Samsung Galaxy S2? The only smartphone to combine a Super Amoled screen with a RGB subpixel layout. Also the first android smartphone considered to be a real competitor to the iPhone that was in the market at the time.