10 years ago these were the phones people used

10 years ago these were the phones people used
Ask teens these days what phones people used just 10 years ago, and you might find the answers are far from reality. Indeed, there’s been a profound change in technology, a gigantic leap forward that has completely overhauled the mobile phone landscapes.

In this article, we go back 10 years in time to 2005, the dark ages of phones. No, not even smartphones: there were none of those (by today's definition with a fully developed app store and an ecosystem), instead people talked about PDAs and communicators. Hilarious from the point of view of today, isn't it?

Clamshell phones? You rarely see them today, but they were all the rage back in 2005. Push-to-talk? Revolutionary 10 years ago. 4G LTE? Forget about it, people were happy if they had connectivity to the Internet at all, and have EDGE was considered great (3G was a luxury).

So what were the hot phones in 2005? Let’s waste no time and go back in history.

Motorola Moto RAZR V3 (Matte Black)


The Moto Razr took the phone world by surprise in 2004 when the V3 version was selling like hotcakes, and in 2005, Motorola followed up on the success with a matte black edition of the likable thin clamshell phone. Tiny screen, all buttons, no real smarts, but sleek and good looking.


Sony Ericsson K750


The Sony Ericsson K750 was a little wonder in 2005 that hinted for a great future for camera phones. What was the excitement all about? A 2-megapixel camera! Don’t laugh, it was all the rage, spurring a bunch of camera comparisons, tests, and thoughts whether the days of point-and-shoots are numbered. We all know how that turned out, don’t we?


Nokia N70


Call it a communicator, call it a PDA, the Nokia N70 was the great-great-great grandfather of the modern smartphone. Boy did it have a huge (2.1 inches!) display, running the super advanced Series 60 UI on a whopping 220MHz TI OMAP 1710 system chip. Don’t ask how many cores were in it.


BlackBerry 7100


2005 was right in the midst of the golden age for BlackBerry. Everyone was on the Crackberry, and despite this little 7100 series wonder having merely 65K colors (less than the 256K others flagship of the time sported), its advanced BlackBerry OS with support for email was the real hit.

Nokia 8800


A stainless steel piece of beauty that draws inspiration from the very successful slide-phones of days past 2005, the Nokia 8800 features a 1.7” display and an SVGA camera. Its color display also sports 256K colors, plenty for the time, but a far cry from today’s 16 million standard on phones.


Motorola Q8


Motorola was also playing in the game of communicators/PDAs, and the Q8 was its most advanced model for the time with a 5-way navigation button and a full physical QWERTY keyboard that business users could not live without. The star of the show, however, was the advanced Windows Mobile version 6.0.


Nokia 1110


Finally, the Nokia 1100 might not have been among the most advanced phones of the time, but when people were conisdered priviliged to even have a cell phone, the 1100 was a blessing. As such, it was the best selling phone of the year with sales of 150 million units, far above all other technological wonders of 2005.

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53 Comments

1. IT-Engineer

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Aaah, the good old days... Sony Ericsson and Nokia were the best brands!

13. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Nokia sold 250 million 1100 phones .. Not 150M

31. edelxander

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

yup.. its 1100

42. Phonecall01 unregistered

The days when people use to "talk" to each other.

48. Tanujtiwari

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Anyone remember that tennis game and the spiderman game on Sony Ericsson phones?

2. hemedans

Posts: 758; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

phonearena, symbian was smartphone os and has some great features which todays os lack. even by todays standard symbian phones are smartphones

3. IT-Engineer

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

" has some great features which todays os lack" Can you tell me about those features that are missing in Android and IOS?

7. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

True multitasking. Android doesn't do a bad job of multitasking, but it still limits what can be running in the background at any given time and regularly annoys the hell out of me, something Symbian didn't do.

10. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Native file manager, theme support are two that come to my mind. I'm sure there is more if someone has better memory or working Symbian phone nearby.

12. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

1.) Frugal battery usage for longer standby and talk time; 2.) Single core maximum efficiency on Spartan hardware configuration (try running modern apps on a single core 1.2GHz 256Mb system RAM on Android and iOS5); 3.) Control 41MP via dedicated co-processor ISP to produce a snappy natural looking golden standard for benchmark PureView Pro supersampling cameraphone wonder with lossless digital zoom / crop.

15. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8lm-4iPAMs Nokia 808 multitasking 48 apps

17. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Python was the Symbian's version of Xposed.

18. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

Lol. an alarm that can alert you even if the phone was off!!! :)

38. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3151; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I'll give you one, PC sync. The only OS that has PC/Mac sync software today is BlackBerry.

49. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Could you explain what you mean by pc sync? Cause my sony phone has pc sync but i guess you mean something different.

51. Zaryab.14 unregistered

Ok let me step in : 1-Physical Handsets 10 years back were better off physically and structural shocks and sudden shocks and drops didn't scratch much on the functionality of a mobile. Something you cant fathom in Android or ios 2-Battery Battery life according to the standard and need of usage a decade ago was by far leagues ahead of android and ios 3-Functionality There was less to remember :-) Now we're overpoured with memories and information Quick screens and toggles are diminishing capacity of human brains to retain much

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I remember getting my N73, Symbian seemed so amazing back then.

27. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Yep. I had Music edition N73. I think it is still in some drawer in the house...

29. nenadmitrovic

Posts: 64; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

I still have it, it works, just volume up is broken. 2 gb mini sd card with the phone, that was huge at the time. N73 ME had most powerful spekers ever.

5. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

I loved my Nokia 6233. Amazing build quality, stereo speakers and battery life.

6. mrochester

Posts: 1021; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Loved my 8800.

8. KamozZze

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Oh...the old days...my Sony Ericsson W610i and Nokia E72 are still alive!! But my first ever phone was Siemens CX70 - a real monster then! With a VGA camera it was a big thing...back then it was a luxury to have a camera, no matter how many Megapixels. When I replaced my Siemens with SE W610i it was a big change, because my old Siemens lacks camera flash, Bluetooth and many other things. The phone was a big deal - 2 MP camera with flash AND AF! Oh...and Walkman...the best music experience from a mobile phone!! One of the things i loved in that phone then was the Bluetooth!! Don't ask how slow it was to sent a song with infrared. I was 10 yrs old, no mobile internet (it was SO expensive then), the only way to get a song for my phone was through my friends (BIG thanks for Bluetooth). This was the way we exchange songs then! Someone has an interesting and new song...send it to all for something (food, drink, etc.). The phone had an 512MB M2 Card...never get full And then...the smartphones came out! Everyone had a 3G...the phones changed. I miss the old experience to have a PHONE!

9. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 941; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

V3 worst phone ever! That phone had no memory.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31308; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I had the Razr, loved it too.

14. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Loved the k750 but the w800 is the phone i enjoyed most. the t630 was also very nice and it was the phone that made me forget about nokia. I also liked the samsung flip phones the e700 if im correct but the 1 with the music controls.

16. Mxgmubashir

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

. Victor it's 1100. :)

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I remember back in the day when everyone had a Blackberry. Fast forward today, probably less than 10% of the smartphone populous use the Blackberry.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31308; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I remember BB being the bomb, it was in every video, the had to have device.

20. Tommy-Ka

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

In 2005 I had a Motorola V600. I went for an aluminum body instead of the RAZR wow effect ;) After that one I got a Moto SLVR L7 that had the same kind of laser-cut keyboard as V3.

22. gaming64 unregistered

Ah those were the days of glory. I really miss my phones from Sony Ericcson. They were really great phones.

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