PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Nokia 3650
Before the sleek looking Motorola Q revolutionized the smartphone form factor, much like others during its time, the Nokia 3650 can be looked back as a titan in shape which could easily stand out when placed in the pockets. Being one-inch thick, the device was of course bulky, but naturally it didn't seem too out of the ordinary back them. Aside from its gargantuan size, the second thing people noticed from the start was its circular sized keypad which probably threw a curve ball to most users at first – making it one of the biggest complaints seen by owners. However, Nokia later listened to some of the criticism and reworked it with the Nokia 3620/3660 which opted for the normal keypad layout. It was actually believed at the time that the unique layout would've aided in speed typing, but there were still may out there who voiced their yearning for a conventional keypad. Some of its other features include a 176 x 208 pixel display with support for 4k colors, 850 mAh battery, 0.3-megapixel camera, WAP browser, email, 3MB of internal storage, infrared port, Bluetooth, and video support for MPEG4, H.263, and 3GPP. As we look towards the future with the Symbian^3 powered Nokia N8, we humbly can look back at the Nokia 3650 to witness the beginnings of Nokia's famous platform.
When it comes to sales figures, it may not have achieved some of the millions of units sold like what we see today with some of the current smartphone offerings. This easily managed to satisfy the gadget lover inside of certain individuals that wanted a high-end phone that packed some features that most phone owners were not accustomed to seeing. However, there were still some things that weren't perfect with the handset, but Nokia obviously improved some areas as we noted with the Nokia 3620/3660. Here in the US, the Nokia 3650 was sold through both T-Mobile and AT&T Wireless – it remains unseen if sales proved to be a hit. Looking back now, the Nokia 3650 can surely be commended for bringing forth the popularity of taking photos, in-depth applications on a phone, and the introduction of the long running Symbian Series 60 platform which spawned other memorable devices like the Nokia N95, Nokia E71, and Nokia 5800 XpressMusic.
Nokia 3600 Specifications
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1. sinfulta (Posts: 268; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Awe... I remember this device. We used to call it the birth control phone, cause the way the numbers went around in a circle. lol. Too funny.
3. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
LMAO I never would have thought about that! Creative I guess...but strange. Not something I would buy.
2. iheartblueberry (Posts: 78; Member since: 26 Apr 2010)
And anyone that saw you carrying this phone didnt wanna have sex with you anymore. ie.. birth control device.
4. ostranderterry (Posts: 61; Member since: 14 Apr 2010)
that guys hand is either really small or that phone is HUGE
6. NickC (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 May 2010)
I still have mine! I have a soft spot for it - being my 1st smartphone as I moved away from PDAs. Great as a backup phone plus still fun to play Bounce on it! :)