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PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Sony Ericsson t68i

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PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Sony Ericsson t68i
Sometimes we take for granted all the features that are packed into the most basic of cell phones nowadays – specifically when you gauge the depth of the technology that smartphones posses. Take for example the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 and X10 – two high-end smartphones that may overwhelm the technologically challenged individuals out there with their tantalizing looks. When you look at it closely, most of today's current entry level phones were categorized at some point as part of the high end portion of the spectrum. Although features on phones such as having a color screen, Bluetooth, text messaging, and camera maybe considered common amenities found on every phone, it was something almost unheard of something possessing so much earlier in the decade. And that's where we plan on taking you back with our Retro-Rewind focusing on one of the original top of the line phones – the Sony Ericsson t68i.

PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Sony Ericsson t68i
PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Sony Ericsson t68i


Looking back at it, the transformation of cell phones during the early part of the decade gave birth to all the common features we all  have known to love – such as wireless Bluetooth technology and emailing capabilities. The t68i was a landmark device and was the perfect offspring of two companies that merged to form what we all know know today; Sony Ericsson. After many years of crafting handsets, such as the t68 that came before it, Ericsson finally achieved a monumental pinnacle as they made refinements that ultimately led to the minor refreshed design of the t68i. Even to this day, there are some owners who still call this handset their own, despite having the option to always upgrade to an alternative modern handset for free – you can sense it was masterfully manufactured with the utmost attention to detail. Candybar phones have long been considered more durable than their flip phone counterparts, but the Sony Ericsson t68i was light years ahead of its time due to some of the technological advances it was able to provide users during that time and evenly sized form.

PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Sony Ericsson t68i
PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Sony Ericsson t68i


First, it is considered by many in the industry to be the first handset to offer a 256 color screen at a resolution of 101 x 80 pixels  – something that was deemed as a luxury during the time. Sure there maybe people out there that would argue its validity, but one thing is certain about it – it was the first color screen phone to be mass-produced and marketed ingeniously; eventually making a name out of itself. Bluetooth technology didn't have the following it has now, but it still was able to give users an option of being able to transfer information wirelessly – despite a time when Bluetooth headsets were not prevalent. The “i” in the name stood for international – meaning that it was crafted to be used worldwide in almost any market available. One could simply travel around the world and still expect the handset to be fully compatible with most cellular networks at the time. Text messaging and emailing on mobile phones was still a relatively luxury feature that was isolated to the upper-echelon of phone users, but the t68i was able to introduce the concept of MMS – this was supplemented with an attachable camera made available later during its shelf life. People could actually send messages with various multimedia attachments in them – it truly was something extraordinary when you look back at it.

Even to this day, we still remember that commercial featuring the handset and detachable camera – something we'd be surprised for anyone to find on YouTube. As we've said before, every phone in some way pays homage to what the Sony Ericsson t68i has managed to accomplish – it stood the test of time and really ushered in a new era. So if you happen to find a handset, you may want to see if you can snatch it up and preserve one memory for the ages; especially that camera attachment which is almost non-existent now.

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PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Sony Ericsson t68i

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:45

1. tflex (Posts: 146; Member since: 24 Oct 2008)


Ahhhh i remember wanting this phone badly. It came out sometime in 2002 through at&t wireless and i couldnt get it because i wasnt 18 and couldnt put the service under my name. Crazy how this phone was soooo amazing to me at one point.

posted on 13 Feb 2010, 08:06

2. fsjon (Posts: 119; Member since: 03 Sep 2009)


I remembered I had that phone for like 2 weeks. It was solidly built and the color screen was AWESOME. The only downfall was it camera attachment...which I am not a fan of carrying attachment. I think this was a James Bond phone if I remembered correctly.

posted on 13 Feb 2010, 11:04

3. Mateo8326 (Posts: 472; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)


Wow how far have we come in technology that phone what hot stuff back then omg! hey is that a trackball lol

posted on 13 Feb 2010, 14:49

4. Dadler22 (Posts: 161; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


i used to have one of these, its a joystick, its key feature was it had GPRS internet. the camera attachment was like $109 so i didnt get it. the build was nice though, had a good feel to it.

posted on 13 Feb 2010, 16:16

5. nghtwng68 (Posts: 81; Member since: 26 Nov 2009)


I still have this phone in my house and it was so revolutionary back then and way ahead of it's time. Today's mobile phones have all spring boarded from the SE T68i. So small and good features for that time. Excellent for Phone Arena to make it the second phone into the Retro-Rewind line-up.

posted on 13 Feb 2010, 17:18

6. krusenkevin (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Oct 2009)


I remember owning the T68i. As I recall, the color display and the UI were real standouts for me. I thought it was the coolest little phone in sooo many ways... save ONE: It couldn't hold a signal to save its life. Between dropped calls -- and the inability to get a signal at all -- the T68i's charms paled quickly. Shame.

posted on 13 Feb 2010, 19:42

7. KArkhon (Posts: 5; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


I owned this one too, the color screen was amazing at the time. And the design was light-years ahead of anything else on the market. Of all the phones I owned this one probably impressed me most.

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