“A square-shaped phone? Has BlackBerry finally gone mad?”
, might ask someone who has only heard that the BlackBerry Passport
will be employing the square shape and not seen its intricate and more-than-curious lines
. We have hardly seen such devices in the past couple of years, but the just-unveiled BlackBerry Passport
surely reminds us about a number of these older feature phones. Fortunately, the Passport will pack more-than-adequate hardware specs.
It comes with a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 1,440 x 1,440 pixels, a quad-core Snapdragon under the hood, 3GB of RAM, a large 3,450mAh battery at the back, and a 13MP camera with optical stabilization to further sweeten the deal. The QWERTY keyboard with trackpad-like
capabilities is surely among the most curious features of the device.
Yes, the unorthodox device that will be officially announced this September
will certainly not appeal to just everyone, but we have to admit that the Passport will surely turn a lot of heads. After all, from their inception onward, the majority of all phones and smartphones have mostly adopted the candy bar shape. Then again, some maverick devices did not conform to the established doctrine, broke the chains and embraced such a unorthodox square-ish shape.
We decided to soothe our curiosity and find out what other square-ish phones have saw the light of day over the years. Check out our pick and feel free to share which one of these is the most unorthodox device you've ever laid your eyes upon!
It's hip to be square-ish
It's hip to be square-ish
1. LG Lotus
Enter the LG Lotus
- a square-ish flip phone from the Far East, which came with a 2.4-inch TFT display, a 2MP camera, and a full QWERTY keyboard. A 900mAh juicer, rather puny by today's standards, keeps the Lotus Elite kicking and ticking.
2. Motorola FLIPOUT
Motorola had also jumped on the square-phone bandwagon several years ago. Its square-shaped FLIPOUT
came with a QWERTY keyboard, which was hidden below the phone display. In order to get it out, the user has to twist the FLIPOUT and the keyboard... flipps out. The curious device ran Android 2.1 Eclair and was powered by a single-core TI SoC, humming at 720MHz.
3. Nokia 7705 Twist
With its thickness of 0.6 inches, the Nokia 7705 Twist
is not among the thinnest square-shaped devices that we've seen. The phone is pretty similar to the previous entry, as it also hides a full QWERTY keyboard, which goes out after you twist the phone. On top of it all, one of its most curious features is the hole ring at the right bottom of the device - you can actually put a pencil, for example, and use it as a stand.
4. Nokia X5-01
The once-dominant player on the market, Nokia, seems to have a thing for square-shaped phones. The Nokia X5-01
is yet another boxy smartphone, which ran Symbian, an already-obsolete OS. The phone was endowed with a full QWERTY keyboard and packed 600MHz ARM 11 CPU, 256MB RAM, and a 5MP rear camera.
5. Samsung Cleo
This square-ish Samsung phone is among the thickest entries in this pick - 0.82 inches! It's a clamshell feature phone, which came with a 2.2-inch display with a resolution of 220 x 176 pixels and a 1.3MP camera at the back. All in all, the Samsung Cleo
nothing to write home about.
6. Alcatel OT-808
The Alcatel OT-808
is the result of Alcatel's journey into Squarephone-land. The hardware specs of this QWERTY-enabled flip phone perfectly represent the pre-smartphone era - a 2.4-inch screen display with the ability to reproduce 262 144 different colors, a 2MP snapper at the back, and a 850mAh battery, which probably kept the Alcatel OT-808 running for days.
7. BenQ Z2
Almost a decade ago, BenQ, a Taiwan-based manufacturer, released this rather curious feature phone - the BenQ Z2
. It does not look like your average phone, does it? Apart from shape, the even weirder keyboard on the right side, and the 1,000mAh battery in the back, the Z2 has nothing else to woo us with, but isn't that more than enough?
8. Zen Mobile Z90
The Zen Mobile Z90
is a another swivel phone that employs the square-ish shape. Apart from similar phones, however, the Z90 did not come with a full QWERTY keyboard, but a more traditional one. It's one of the few square-shaped phones with dual-SIM support.