5 great smartphones from 10 years ago (2017 edition)


2007 was a very interesting year when it comes to mobile devices. Multiple GBs of storage space were slowly but surely becoming the norm for high-end phones, more connectivity options were being added, and, most important, touchscreens were about to become popular. Nevertheless, Nokia and Symbian were still leading the smartphone industry, as Apple's very first iPhone was just hitting the market, and Android was not yet ready for its commercial debut. 

After reviewing the greatest handsets of 2004, 2005, and 2006, we're now inviting you to join us in remembering some of the nicest and most memorable smartphones that were introduced throughout 2007. In case you're wondering, the smartphones are listed in alphabetical order, not chronologically.

If you have a favorite smartphone from a decade ago, feel free to let us know about it!
 

Apple iPhone


While it was announced by Steve Jobs on January 9, 2007, the original iPhone didn't hit shelves until half a year later, on June 29. This was the first (and last) time when an iPhone did not become available shortly after its announcement. Under development for over two years, the iPhone was envisioned as a 3-in-1 product: a widescreen iPod, a mobile phone, and a "breakthrough internet communications device." The handset became the world's first highly successful touch-only smartphone, as Apple sold more than 1 million units less than 3 months after launch. Like it or not, the iPhone seems to have represented a turning point in the history of mobile phones.

The original iPhone was praised for its user-friendly 3.5-inch multi-touch display with 320 x 480 pixels, plus its interface and multimedia/internet capabilities, while being criticized for the lack of features that other high-end smartphones already had (like 3G connectivity and built-in GPS). The iPhone was available in the US exclusively on AT&, first in 4 GB and 8 GB variants, then in 8 GB and 16 GB flavors.


BlackBerry Curve 8300 / 8310 / 8320


In 2007, BlackBerry continued its consumer-friendly approach started in 2006 (with the BlackBerry Pearl series) by launching the BlackBerry Curve family, starting with the Curve 8300. Compared to BlackBerry's previous full QWERTY smartphones, the Curve 8300 had a nicer design and various multimedia features, including a 2 MP rear camera, music player, and stereo Bluetooth. Subsequent Curve models released in 2007 even had GPS (Curve 8310) and Wi-Fi (Curve 8320).


HTC TyTN II


Succeeding the original TyTN from 2006, the HTC TyTN II was one of the best Windows Mobile handsets of its time. This was a pretty complete smartphone - besides the software features of Windows Mobile 6, it had stuff like 3G, GPS, Wi-Fi, and two cameras (rear and front). Plus, of course, the TyTN II offered a full QWERTY keyboard, and a tilting 2.8-inch touchscreen display with 240 x 320 pixels. Unlike today's touchscreens (or the one featured by the original iPhone), the display of the HTC TyTN II was resistive - that's why it worked best with the device's built-in stylus, and not with fingers.


Nokia N95


The Nokia N95 was announced in September 2006, but it only hit the market starting March 2007. Seen by many as one of the best smartphones ever (regardless of OS), the N95 was the most advanced Symbian device of its era. As a top of the line Nseries product, the N95 offered all the best features that Nokia had in its arsenal in 2007. While it's true that the phone was quite bulky even for 2007 standards, its two-way sliding mechanism was pretty cool, revealing either a numeric keypad, or a set of multimedia keys.

Geeky (in a good way) design aside, the highlight features of the Nokia N95 included a 5 MP rear camera with Carl Zeiss lens and 480p video at 30fps, stereo speakers, all the connectivity options available in 2007, and 4 GB / 8 GB of expandable storage space. Users also had Symbian's multi-tasking capabilities at hand, plus many applications, including Nokia Maps. The 2.6-inch, 240 x 320 pixels display of the N95 was not touch-sensitive, but that wasn't exactly a problem back then. Perhaps the sole issue with the Nokia N95 was its rather poor battery life.

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Sony Ericsson W960


Part of Sony Ericsson's Walkman series of phones, the W960 was a high-end Symbian handset aimed at multimedia buffs. The smartphone had a 2.6-inch, 240 x 320 pixels resistive touchscreen display (with stylus), touch-sensitive music keys, and a regular alphanumeric keypad. Other attractive features included 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, a 3.2 MP rear camera with dual LED flash, and 8 GB of storage space (not expandable). This was arguably one of the nicest smartphones made by Sony Ericsson before the joint venture ceased to exist in 2012 (when Sony bought Ericsson's share and created Sony Mobile). 

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27 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

"...highlight features of the Nokia N95 included a 5 MP rear camera with Carl Zeiss lens and 480p video at 30fps, stereo speakers, all the connectivity options available in 2007, and 4 GB / 8 GB of expandable storage space." How I wanted one back then. 480p at 30fps...lol. And 8GB was like 64GB during those early years. Moving in this pace, the next decade will be extraordinary.

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

IKR nokia was the s**t.

12. Bankz

Posts: 2539; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This is the very meaning of nostalgia! The N95, N82 and N73 back then were pure Monsters. It was all about Nokia and they were in a different league all by themselves. Their designs are still way ahead of others currently IMO even far better than their own Lumia designs as well. The N95/N96 were pure Mayhem back then with their spec and Ngage capabilities while the black N82 was just pure camera craziness. This was the true meaning of domination and innovation back then. I had the N82, N96, N95, N70 and really wanted the N73 badly but it was so scarce that I just couldn't see past 3 people owning them in my country..

27. daniyal_05

Posts: 93; Member since: Nov 15, 2017

Such a nice comment; summarized all the nostalgia i am going throught right now

3. Andrew0811

Posts: 9; Member since: May 09, 2014

Nokia was great, until it decided that sharing was a bad thing.

20. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

it's not Nokia, it's Flop. Nokia is back, and you will see its true colors again ;)

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21989; Member since: May 28, 2014

I have a lot fond memories of Nokia, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile handsets, and Sony Ericsson phones from back then. I actually owned every phone that's featured in this article. I still have my Nokia N95, BlackBerry Curve 8300, and HTC TyTN2.

16. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

meanest! I haven't seen you around here lately! glad to see you're not banned man!

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21989; Member since: May 28, 2014

What's up, Bernoulli! I've been around, just mostly on BlackBerry and Nokia articles. Good to hear from you!

5. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

I still remember when I first purchased my Nokia N95 silver how every friend of mine was so amazed by the great camera. Still have this legend phone. I still have BlackBerry 8300. Love it.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

that old time when 2cm thickness isn't really matter..

7. monoke

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Aww my little chunky monkey, N95-8. These were great times cuz very few people own smartphones then. So when i showed them n-gage games, watching downloaded movies, even live tv thru slingbox, etc, even people with the og iphone were easily blown away! lol. Damn, those were the gud old days!

8. monoke

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Oh and wired tv-out which i used frequently. They're like "Damn, ur phone is doing all that!? How?" lol

21. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Haha I can remember, I was using the N86 with a bluetooth keyboard and plugged in TV. So much people were amazed, even in 2017 there is no phone with all the cutting edge technology concentrated in those 10 years old phone. I can't believe a Shamesung Galaxy S7 doesn't even have FM radio :'( I have a S5 and I really, really, really regret it. Now out Shamesung, I am only waiting for the Father of Phones to realease the High-End Android Smartphone with all the cutting edge tech like back in 2006 and 2007 ! :)

9. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Nokia N95= Greatness!

10. SIGPRO

Posts: 2816; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Why is the iphone on top? The first iphone was crap, just an ipod that could make phone calls! Nokia N95 was far superior!

14. Bankz

Posts: 2539; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This. I doubt they ever used the N95.. it was on a different level playing field. Imagine the Galaxy Note 7 against the Lg G3, Galaxy S4, Apple iPhone 5s, lol..

18. Florin.T

Posts: 315; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

As the article says: "In case you're wondering, the smartphones are listed in alphabetical order, not chronologically." But who has time for reading before commenting, right?

19. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Savage...... Straight savage, Florin..... In all honesty though, you have to understand that a very large sum (embarrassingly massive) of your readers are.....in fact, incapable of reading. Sad, I know, but you have to adapt to this cruel reality! Bold that s**t......do it for the children (who apparently can't be bothered to read before posting)!

22. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

So naturally iPhonearena have sorted it alphabetically just to put this useless iPhone first on the list. Time for iPhonearena to stop this non-sense.

23. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

See this Florin? This is the average poster's rationale. Shockingly retarded? Yep. Unjustifiably rhetorical? Damn straight. Utterly ridiculous? Sure it is. However, you have to adapt to your fanbase, even if a great deal of then are secretly illiterate.

11. ushoda

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

Gosh! I still have my pictures showing off my silver N95 on FOTOLOG... Yeah, FOTOLOG.

13. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3103; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Apple's introduction of the original iPhone in 2007 was one of the most important tech events in history. Just compare the smartphones before the iPhone and after the iPhone. Steve Jobs is a visionary.

15. Firenze91

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

i loved Nokia phones especially the N96 which is still one of the best phone ever made...it literally is perfect to me...

24. Acdc1a

Posts: 473; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

iPhone was the worst of the bunch up there. iPhone 3G on the other hand...well...

25. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I had a Nokia E51 back then; I wanted the E71 when it came next year, but I ended up with a HTC (with Android and touch screen).

26. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3134; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Had a Treo 650 back then along with a T/X PDA. Remember those? Matter of fact, I still use that T/X to this very day. Can't beat Graffiti.

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