9 beautiful phones from the past (2000-2007) that we wouldn't mind being seen with today

9 beautiful phones from the past (2000-2007) that we wouldn't mind being seen with today
As the industry entered maturity a few years ago, so did we arrive at a winning form factor. Unlike in the past, today smartphones are generally very similar in terms of their overall looks and shape, with relatively little variance. This isn't to say that companies like Apple and HTC, for example, aren't crafting some really unique and great-looking devices, but the current status-quo is definitely a far-cry from the phone industry heydays of wonder.

Back in the day, a phone could be candybar-shaped, a "flip", a "clam", or a "QWERTY". Sizes varied just as wildly, not to mention that emphasis was put on compactness, which is the very opposite of what we're seeing today. This much creative freedom led to the conception of some truly amazing-looking devices, some of which, to our surprise, still look absolutely tempting today. So we decided to look back, and chose between phones released within the 2000-2007 window, and then picked our favorites for you to see. Take a look!

Vertu Signature S


Released in 2007, the Vertu Signature S looks just as dazzling as it did the day it was put on the market. Known for its luxurious takes on phones, Vertu really outdid itself with the Signature S, and this 8.4 oz (238 g) piece of tech definitely deserves a place in the annals of phone design history.



Mobiado 350PRL


The Mobiado Grand 350PRL was the manufacturer's first QWERTY phone and closely resembled the Nokia E71's form. The Grand 350PRL added some quite expensive materials to the build, such as machined aircraft metal and black nickel. They keys are made out of sapphire crystal and stainless steel, and so is the back. Fancy!



Nokia 8800 Sirocco Edition


Named after powerful desert wind (even hurricane!), the Nokia 8800 Sirocco Edition, released in 2006, is one dashing phone. Among the hardware highlights there were the likes of sapphire coating for the 262k color display, stainless steel polish for the surfaces, and a 2-megapixel camera.



BenQ A520


It's more likely that you know BenQ for its monitors, not phones, but back in 2005, it released the dashing A520. A tri-band GSM phone, the A520 featured dual 65k color OLED displays, a built-in VGA (640 x 480) camera, 2MB of storage, and WAP 2.0-compatible browser.


Samsung SGH-E910


Samsung's SGH-E910 was quite unique, even back in the weird wild-west-like days of the phone industry, and we attribute that to the company's collaboration with Bang & Olufsen. The phone has a 262k display, a VGA (640 x 480) camera, support for internet browsing, a circular keypad, and the ability to rotate at 180-degrees.


Vertu Ascent


Another classic, the original Vertu Ascent was so popular that the company felt compelled to come out with at least 5 other variations of the design. We've got the Ascent TI, the Ascent 2010, Ascent Ferrari GT, and many more, all of which draw inspiration from this beautiful piece of design work.


Siemens SX1


We can't say that design was Siemens strongest suite back in the day, but we definitely ended up loving the SX1. It may not look like much by today's standards, but back then (the distant 2003), we considered it a groundbreaking device.


Motorola RAZR V3


The original Motorola RAZR phone, the V3 deserved every bit of its name. At 0.5-inches thick, it was among the most stylish devices available on the market, and this led to widespread adoption. Motorola answered demand with a number of subsequent variants of the original.


Nokia 2651 / 2650


Back in 2004, the Nokia 2650 (2651 in the US) was considered an entry-level model, but its well thought-out design made it a compelling choice nevertheless. 





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34 Comments

1. ravipotter

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 27, 2012

Ah! Good old Motorola RAZR V3.

7. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

The era lives on

33. ravipotter

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 27, 2012

It was an instant love when I first saw it. It felt different in the hand, in a very good way.

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Ya and we won't mind Nokia being seen again.

22. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Thin as a razor (yea, right!)...

23. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Gillette mach 3

29. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

I miss my Razr. I still have a slvr.

2. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

LG P7200 should be in this list too. it a Awesome device for its time.

3. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

l think the Siemens Xelibri series should be added to the list.

5. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

And also LG KE800

4. hypertonik

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 17, 2014

If they are beautiful, I'm Jennifer Lopez.

9. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Do you like tacos and burritos?

24. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

J-Lo's Puerto Rican. Pernil and Arroz con Gandules.

6. hugoprh

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

The SX1 was my first smartphone and paid €600 for it, loool, I was no well in the head xD but it was awesome at the time, I admit it. Now rocking a 2 day old ZTE Nubia Z7 Max, that costed me €250 and it's a beast and still turns heads =)

10. android_hitman unregistered

Siemens SX1, I always wanted one but I couldn't afford it :(

11. nenadmitrovic

Posts: 64; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

Nokia 8800 arte, almost every 8800 model

12. nenadmitrovic

Posts: 64; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

And 8600 luna

13. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

RAZR, Best flip cell phone ever made! Tough, loud, stylish an sleek an lasted all day.

14. walkman800

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

Siemens SX1. Wow, I always wanted one!

15. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

This one http://www.imonfox.it/images/Motorola_V70_max.jpg topped them all! Still own two, and both are working great.

16. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Nokia 8850. I had one and still would want one.

17. skymitch89

Posts: 1451; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Is it odd, or sad, that I've never heard of 8 of these phones until I looked at this article? The only phone I've heard, and I actually had one, of is the Moto Razr v3.

18. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

Proud owner of the sirocco edition! these take me back

19. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

only douchehammers would actually use a vertu or similar phone if premium materials = class rather than just tasteless ostentation, then maybe, but basically any luxury phone and any luxury edition of a phone ends up being ridiculously ugly i'm still not sure why no one has figured out that plating something in 24k gold is nauseating, it is such a vile color also, not sure why most other phone manufacturers can put in premium silicon, cameras, and other accessories for less than $700 in most cases, but manufacturers like vertu with budgets in the $5000-$15000 range struggle to purchase parts that are less than a year and a half out of date vertu is pathetic, i'm not sure why they still exist.

20. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Tradesman? Post is dripping with common man sense IMO. In other words, I can relate.

21. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

i don't really have a problem with premium materials or luxury phones, i just take issue with the fact that for all that money, they tend to be unfailingly repulsive

25. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

There is a fine line between ostentatiousness and gaudy. Ostentatious is a 26' Sea Ray. Gaudy is the Escalade pulling it.

26. HildyJ

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

How about some love for the Nokia 7280 a.k.a. the Lipstick Phone. If Zoolander had to carry a real phone, it's the one he would have picked. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_7280

27. hemihauler20

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 12, 2014

I have the Motorola Razr 2 V9 GSM that was an unlocked version that I had bought a long time ago and paid a pretty penny for. I still have it to this day and it's being used on T-Mobile. It's a great phone. I had a few other Motorola products in my day. As a matter of fact, I have a Advisor Elite pager (remember those? haha), had a Talkabout T900 2 Way pager, owned another pager that I can't remember the name of off hand but it was a Motorola, owned a Krzr K1, owned a i776 flip phone from Boost when Sprint still had iDEN, it was the biggest piece of crap ever, and the last one was the Renegade V950 hybrid military spec phone through Sprint, one of my other favorite phones and the best besides my current Razr 2 V9 GSM.

28. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

What about the Motorola Aura or Rokr? The Nokia n8 and the LG chocolate.

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