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Did you know what was the largest and heaviest cell phone ever built?

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Did you know what was the largest and heaviest cell phone ever built?

Remember the days when having the smallest cell phone was all the rage? We sure do. Things have definitely changed since then, and the trend seems to have shifted in the opposite direction. The largest cell phone, however, is not some kind of a phablet with a gargantuan display. It isn't a cell phone made to be built into those luxury saloon cars either. It is this one-of-a-kind, scaled-up version of the Samsung SCH-r450 for Cricket Wireless, also known as the Samsung Messenger. 

Clearly, this phone was not something you'd call "mobile". Presented in Chicago on March 11, 2009, the gargantuan gadget was 15 feet wide, 11.2 feet tall, and 2.5 feet thick (4.57 by 3.42 by 0.74 meters). The LED display alone had a diagonal size of 7.46 feet (2.27 meters) and weighed 350 pounds (158.8 kg). Instead of plastic, the contraption's shell was built mostly of wood and metal. 

And yes, the phone worked, as you can see in the video below. It could be used for making calls, for sending text messages, and for most other operations that could be performed with a regular-sized Samsung Messenger. The phone was on display for several days in Chicago, where anyone could go and give it a try. What do you think, is there another phone worthy of being supersized, just for fun? Let us know down in the comments!  


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posted on 10 Apr 2014, 10:11 16

1. Duketytz (Posts: 523; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Still better build quality than current Samsung smartphones!

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 10:14 8

2. Duketytz (Posts: 523; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


But still an awesome marketing strategy from Samsung! They have some of the best marketing people!

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 10:18 12

3. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


S5 is actually high build quality and durable though? Just because its plastic doesn't mean its bad.

I consider the 5S/HTC One low build quality because the metal is not durable at all.

Oppo Find 7 has the best balanced build quality IMO right now, titanium a alumnium alloy frame and a carbon fiber back.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 10:58 1

5. true1984 (Posts: 593; Member since: 23 May 2012)


how do you know the m8 isnt durable? from the drop tests i've see it actually is.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 11:10 2

6. papss (unregistered)


I've seen both the s5 and m8 fail and win those test so I think both are durable.. One just looks a million times better than the other.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 11:10 1

7. icyrock1 (Posts: 306; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


I've dropped my 5S more times than I like to admit; and I haven't yet gotten any dents/scratches/defects. Here's hoping that this post doesn't jinx it, though. >_>

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 12:11 1

16. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3618; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I bet it wasnt naked. You must have put a 'handcrafted' case like a bulky otterbox. Dont say no, be honest.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 11:57 1

12. Bernoulli (Posts: 1608; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


I still prefer the polycarbonate fiber used in stuff like mclaren cars, be implemented in mobiles like the lumia range

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 21:26

19. asun2 (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Mar 2014)


People are confusing build quality with premium feel...

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 10:54

4. draconic1991 (Posts: 176; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Seriously...That they make of metal...

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 11:19

8. sniperdroid (Posts: 128; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Ain't that the phone your mama has?

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 11:31

11. skinny95black (Posts: 113; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)


No it's not big enough

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 11:23 2

9. palmguy (Posts: 322; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


Does it include a standard1.21 gigawatts battery?

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 11:27 2

10. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Nothing beats a Nokia in durability and strength.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 12:01 2

14. Bernoulli (Posts: 1608; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Actually yes, another Nokia does, ever heard the term "only a diamond can scratch another diamond " same applies to Nokia phones, only a Nokia can beat another Nokia, except for the 3310, that one is diamond + nuclear proof

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 11:59

13. deewinc (Posts: 192; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Wall huggers trolling all over! SMH!

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 12:08 2

15. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3618; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I thought it was z ultra lol.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 01:18

24. tech2 (Posts: 2464; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


lol......ouch !

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 18:11 1

17. gigaraga (Posts: 1381; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


That's awesome. I bet no other manufacturers can come up with this awesome...beating the Nokia 3310 ~~~

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 20:15

18. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 796; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Too bad the phone is stuck in landscape mode

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 22:03

20. express77 (unregistered)


its larger than current phones. and lg g10 will be larger than that.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 22:34

21. Taters (Posts: 3600; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Nice, almost as big as the Xperia Z2 and HTC One M8. The super brick award still goes to the Lumia 920. That thing was freaking huge for a phone with a 4.5 inch screen. Lol

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 22:36

22. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Galaxy Note 99

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 00:07 1

23. andynaija (Posts: 485; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Haha I remember when I wanted that phone so bad, especially the red one. :D

That phone sold really well during its time. A lot of my friends had it. Ohh the years of the feature phones...

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 08:02

25. gd761 (Posts: 110; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


The Cellphone that I would like to Suggest to be Supersized would be the HTC ONE.
It can then be called the HTC ONE SUPERMAX.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 09:06

26. tokuzumi (Posts: 351; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


Are we sure this is heavier than the old cell phones with the battery that would need to be carried around in the suitcase?

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 13:04

27. kanagadeepan (Posts: 725; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Wait till Galaxy S10 or Note6.. It will be surely bigger than this phone...

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