11 weird and unusual Nokia phone designs

11 weird and unusual Nokia phone designs
The days when Nokia ruled the smartphone and mobile phone markets are long gone - we all know that. The Finnish company sold off its Devices and Services unit to Microsoft this year, so it’s no longer a phone maker. Still, we mustn’t forget all the great phones that Nokia released throughout the years. Right now, though, we’ll present you some of the company’s weirdest phone designs (which may, or may not have been great).

Just like Samsung, it seems that Nokia released its weirdest handsets in the mid 2000s. In fact, those were the years when most manufacturers made unusual phones. That’s because there were a lot of buttons that needed to be included on the front (or sides) of devices. Plus, there was no standard form factor for handsets. Flip phones, candybars, sliders, swiveling phones - everything was a go, and manufacturers often combined design elements from these form factors.

Obviously, many of our readers are already familiar with quite a few of the Nokia devices that we’ll present below. But newer generations of smartphone users may have not had the chance to see them. So, enjoy - and let us know if you have any favorites, or if any of these designs seem too ugly to you.

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62 Comments

1. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Nokia Nseries Nokia 8series Nokia Xseries Nokia Eseries Great design and quality The rest looks fugly and weird

9. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

They were so classic, stylish, and innovative, and still they r. Nokia knows service, design, quality, and innovation, that's why I love Nokia. Was Nokia N8 owner and coming back to Nokia Lumia 930 soon....

15. Charlie_boy

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

Nokia wasn't afraid to experiment and make mistakes back in the days.. I give them that...

16. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Nokia was great but ironically they entered touch screen phone market very late and with boring options... adding insult to injury, they didnt adopted android

20. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Not adopting Android was not adding insult to injury it was making a smart decision based on the circumstances of that moment. I think they made the right choice going with WP. Everyone is copying WP design language these days Nokia was smart enough to know this would happen.

22. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Yes smart enough and ended up having no smart phone business... thats a really very smart move

28. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

LOL...way to own like a boss.

30. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

That makes little sense. Had Nokia gone with Android they would have died a long time ago, many Android OEM's not named Samsung is struggling to survive. With WP they had financial and other support which they would have lacked had they gone Android. Its easy to see things the way they appear but its harder to see things the way it really is. Also Nokia isn't dead in sure I just saw the Nokia Lumia 630 being released this week and much more planned for the future. You are wrong.

33. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lmfao 60% Ex Nokia users are Android, migrated from Symbian S60, and the rest 4% are loyal Nokia users and Wp7 users

42. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

60% of Android users are on Android I haven't seen any evidence to say so, so provide evidence or shut and even if that was the case that doesn't mean that Nokia didn't make the right choice Nokia was growing when it was acquired the same can't be said for many Android OEM's.

49. sniperdroid

Posts: 146; Member since: May 23, 2013

If Nokia had gone for Android they had the market and the capability to take control of it early on, but the fact that they wanted to curve their own OS niche led to their downfall.

60. leKoutei

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 19, 2013

I have been using Nokia since 2003 (with my 3310), and i am still a nokia user with the Lumia 800, 820 and the 920 being the lastest i got. I may be part of the so-called "40%" then

23. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Nokia=real innovation. Not so called innovator of mobile industry.

36. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Lumia lines are some of the most beautiful hardware with the smartphone industry, matter of fact Nokia hardware changed the industry as in becoming more colorful thanks to Lumia 800/920 etc. Lumia 925 os undoubtedly one of the sexiest smartphones ever Lumia 930 with colorful backplates are sexy. Lumia phones are boss.

46. 8logic

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

colorful is not hardware...... lol

50. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Yes agree the L925 is Lumias sexiest phone, which looks way much better than all lumias

63. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

What about the 6 series? The 6300 was a great phone during its time.

2. Moodi

Posts: 38; Member since: May 11, 2013

i Love Nokia

6. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I Love Nokia 8series

3. csoulr666

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

Those were the days! Seeing freakishly designed phones all around............... This shows how far we have come when it comes to design. First we wanted crazy, now we prefer simplistic

10. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Those phones are real 007. Made for James Bond.

4. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

My favorite lookin nokia feature phone was the 6300. It was also my first phone and i loved it! It was from 2006/7 but had voice command, file manager, 200ppi display, 2mp camera... And it was indistructable as well.

5. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Symbian 3/Anna/Belle Nokias had best design. X7, N8, E7, C7, E6 :D

14. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

I owned an E7 .. it was a great phone .. it had a perfect keyboard for texting ..

17. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I had C7. OS was bit so and so, but that phone was sexy and well-built. I actually just looked some old photos I took with it and they weren't bad at all. Overall, fantastic phone.

48. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Yes, the C7 was a great phone too.. I wanted it too.. but ended up with an E7 because of the fantastic keyboard.. unrivaled by anyone and this includes the awful blackberry.. had the best texting experience ever...

7. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Does anyone remember the N900? It was a beast, if Nokia had developed Maemo (now known as Meego) it could have been a very good operating system, it had real multitasking in 2009 it was truly a geek's phone.

34. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Certainly do remember that phone and owning it, and then sold it. Mine was rooted and overclocked

61. leKoutei

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 19, 2013

I DOOO!! I loved that phone, i dreamed of more phones with Maemo, the phone was very well built, superb keyboard, very good OS .....We all know how that ended. Geek phone? Not sure, my girlfriend grab mine ( she loved it)

11. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

i had all of them. i miss the old days when nokia phones ruled the world with their beautiful designs.

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