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Remember when Motorola, Siemens, and Sony Ericsson offered camera attachments for their best phones?

0. phoneArena 18 May 2014, 20:04 posted on

Cameraphones have become ubiquitous. Nearly all of the phones on sale today, even many of the dirt cheap ones, have a camera of some kind. It hasn't been always like this, however. Remember how in the early 2000's, a built-in digital camera was something that only the best phones could brag with?...

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posted on 18 May 2014, 20:19 2

1. fzacek (Posts: 1242; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Wow, technology sure was pathetic back then...

posted on 18 May 2014, 20:38 41

3. baldilocks (Posts: 494; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


No. Technology was rapidly improving. Your comment, however, will always be pathetic.

posted on 18 May 2014, 21:42

8. fzacek (Posts: 1242; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


It was definitely improving, but at that point it was pretty pathetic compared to today's technology. It's blatantly obvious...

posted on 18 May 2014, 21:44 3

9. Johnnokia (Posts: 464; Member since: 27 May 2012)


This first smartphone with camera was Nokia 6600

posted on 18 May 2014, 22:26

13. Arte-8800 (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


What an ugly curve in shaped weird looking Symbian S60 phone

posted on 18 May 2014, 23:16 2

18. akki20892 (Posts: 3255; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


It was huge hit in that timed. And it wasn't bad looking phone though.

posted on 18 May 2014, 23:42

20. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2672; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


6600? that fatty was a "smart"phone.

posted on 19 May 2014, 00:44 6

23. Blazers (Posts: 187; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Actually the first was the Nokia 7650. It was a dual band 900/1800 S60 handset, that was only available in Europe, Africa, and Asia. The first for the US was the 3650 S60 handset with its strange circular keypad layout. The 6600/6620 followed next, with its unique barrel shape, but at least had a normal keypad.

posted on 19 May 2014, 02:11 1

24. techperson211 (Posts: 442; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


I think it was Nokia phone in the movie minority report of Tom cruise that was the first camera phone. Not sure if its 7650?

posted on 19 May 2014, 03:33 2

25. dratomic (Posts: 436; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


no it was nokia 7650

posted on 20 May 2014, 01:42

33. Piotrek007 (Posts: 80; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


The first one to RECORD A VIDEO was Nokia 6600. 7650 was the first Nokia with camera

posted on 18 May 2014, 21:57 2

10. baldilocks (Posts: 494; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


'Pathetic' is the wrong term. Could you do better?

posted on 18 May 2014, 23:08 1

16. AntiFanBoyz (Posts: 70; Member since: 30 Nov 2013)


Agreed that 'pathetic' is a weird way to look at it. Was the first Apple computer pathetic? Was the first airplane, or automobile, or bicycle, etc, etc, pathetic? Seems to me 'revolutionary' or 'disruptive' or 'innovative' are much better terms for these early phone cameras.

posted on 18 May 2014, 23:15

17. fzacek (Posts: 1242; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


If you put any of those phones next to one of today's high-end smartphones, it sure would be "pathetic". There is no doubt that it was revolutionary technology at the time, but now it is also pretty pathetic compared to today's technology. I don't want to fight; that's just my opinion...

posted on 18 May 2014, 23:49 3

22. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2672; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Because those phones were the base for today's smartphones. If they didnt exist, then we wouldnt have cameras on our phones. Thats called evolution. Dont disrespect them by calling it pathetic.

posted on 19 May 2014, 06:58 2

27. AntiFanBoyz (Posts: 70; Member since: 30 Nov 2013)


He just doesn't get it. Sad when someone doesn't know how to maintain the context of history and thinks all past innovation is pathetic because it's, you know, old and stuff.

posted on 18 May 2014, 23:29 1

19. akki20892 (Posts: 3255; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Nokia 7280 is still unique........familiar with 007

posted on 19 May 2014, 18:15

31. nghtwng68 (Posts: 73; Member since: 26 Nov 2009)


Very well put baldilocks!

posted on 19 May 2014, 03:58 1

26. alumoyo (Posts: 142; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)


That is a very negative way of looking at the world - so what we are NOW is just the PATHETIC OF TOMORROW? Pretty bleak world view dude!

posted on 18 May 2014, 20:38

2. fsalto98 (Posts: 29; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


Yeah i know needing to push one button to get the letter you want

posted on 18 May 2014, 20:45 4

4. maccess (Posts: 576; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


I was a hardcore SE fan back then.. especialy their walkman phones the w550i.. that was the loudest speaker phone i ever had.. and their first autofocus 2mp camera the k750.. but since they come with android i hate them more than any other manufacture.. their xperia x10 was a total crap.. and yes i remember how cool the t68i in one of james bond movie back then.. kudos sony ericsson..

posted on 18 May 2014, 21:22 1

5. MacWiNux (Posts: 52; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


i still love their K750 aside being a camera its a useful torch light because of its twin led flash :D

posted on 18 May 2014, 21:39 1

7. blingblingthing (Posts: 419; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Loved my T68i. Loved my W800i even more. Liked the P1i

posted on 18 May 2014, 21:58 1

11. Arte-8800 (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I remember my GH388 Sony Ericsson Motorola Tac2 Sony Mars bar from 1990

posted on 18 May 2014, 21:30

6. joey_sfb (Posts: 2565; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


If its 2 piece items to carry I rather bring a dedicated pocket camera.

posted on 18 May 2014, 21:59

12. drunkenjay (Posts: 58; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


my first phone was the s55

posted on 18 May 2014, 22:27

14. Arte-8800 (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Are you referring to Siemens S55 phone

I had one of those phone

posted on 18 May 2014, 23:05

15. AntiFanBoyz (Posts: 70; Member since: 30 Nov 2013)


I had the Samsung A500 with the separate Magic A100 vision camera for Sprint. It was... a great phone and an awkward camera.

posted on 18 May 2014, 23:48 1

21. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2672; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Because those phones were the base for today's smartphones. If they didnt exist, then we wouldnt have cameras on our phones. Thats called evolution. Dont disrespect them by calling it pathetic.

posted on 19 May 2014, 07:23

28. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5461; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I remember when back in ~2003 I had my Siemens M55, it also had camera attachment. :)

posted on 19 May 2014, 16:25

29. Blaz86 (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


I still have the T68i with the camera! :)

posted on 19 May 2014, 18:02

30. SupermanayrB (Posts: 146; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


I had the Motorola T720i. Very heavily pixelated but that was the first step in having a camera on a phone. Had the V300 after that & snapped pics daily with that mug.

posted on 19 May 2014, 18:17

32. nghtwng68 (Posts: 73; Member since: 26 Nov 2009)


I had the T68i with the camera attachments.
That phone was only a taste of what was to come.

posted on 20 May 2014, 10:33

34. lefti696 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 May 2014)


haha, i still habe t68 with camera, qwerty keyboard and radio :) photo flic.kr/p/np1JYZ

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