Did you know which was the first phone with a color display?
posted by Nick T. / Oct 05, 2014, 4:58 PM
It wasn't until 1998 when a company called Siemens decided to try something different. The year marked the debut of the Siemens S10, which is regarded as the first phone with a color display. Now, we won't blame you if you don't remember this particular model. After all, it couldn't spark a revolution with its rather primitive color screen. It could reproduce just four colors – red, green, blue, and white – and while it was an innovation for its time, it wasn't something you'd call pretty or practical.
The Nokia 9210 Communicator, on the other hand, put its color display to good use. Launched in 2000, the phone offered a 640 by 200 pixel LCD screen and a user interface that took advantage of it. One could access the web, play games, and view images with a 4096 color palette.
Then in 2001 came the first phone with a color screen to be offered in the US – the Sanyo SCP-5000 for Sprint PCS. The display was 2 inches in size – quite large for its time – and could display up to 256 colors. Yet owning a gadget this fancy had its price. The Sanyo SCP-5000 sold for $500 at launch, which could make many have a second thought and settle with something not so colorful.
This article would be incomplete if we don't include the first color display phone that actually became popular. We're talking about the Ericsson T68, of course, which launched in late 2001. Sure, at over $600 apiece, it was expensive, but it was money well spent. The phone was compact, beautiful, and packed with cool features, including a 256-color screen screen with a resolution of 101 by 80 pixels.
Which was the first phone with a color display you ever owned or used? Let us know in the comments!
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Ah Nokia Communicator... The last i saw was in 2008 ... miss it
posted on Oct 05, 2014, 5:01 PM 8
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Dude it was time....it was time......I'm still missing those days.
posted on Oct 05, 2014, 7:29 PM 4
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that's what i call a crisp and vivid display LOL
posted on Oct 05, 2014, 5:02 PM 3
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Hmmm worked at Sprint in '03. I believe it was called the Sanyo 5300. I could be wrong. Those Sanyo phones were an exclusive to Sprint. Sanyo 4500 was the 1st video camera phone also. My 1st color screen & Sprint phone was the Samsung N400(the good old days). :)
posted on Oct 05, 2014, 5:35 PM 1
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I remember when my uncle bought the T68 in 2001. My eyes popped out every time at the vivid, beautiful colours, 'small' pixels and the directional stick thing. Nowadays, I look at 1000 nit, 8K resolution, Adobe RGB displays and say "meh".
posted on Oct 05, 2014, 5:37 PM 6
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A trip dowm memory lane :) I remember my Sony Ericcson T68i, not only did it have a color screen but it had an external attachable(!) 0.3MP camera! It was a beast in those days even though saving a picture took about 20-30s.... those were the days :)
posted on Oct 05, 2014, 5:42 PM 4
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I still keep my t68 just because... :) But at that time I had it with attachable camera, attachable MP3 player, and played games with my best friend over Bluetooth. It was also first phone capable of MMS at my country and so on... Exceptional device! There's no device that excites me more after that.
posted on Oct 06, 2014, 12:08 AM 0
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Ha! I had the SCP-5000. Loved that phone. Thought I was hot sh!t with my color screened clam-shell phone in my senior year of high school while everyone still rocked their monochrome Nokia's and Motorola's. That phone started a 6.5 year long love affair with Sanyo for me until the Palm Pre came along...
posted on Oct 05, 2014, 9:32 PM 1
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i actuallt had the chance to play with my friend's siemens s10. I didn't realize it had color screen in the beginning. My first color screen phone was samsung true i, the sgh-t100. It was breathtaking.
posted on Oct 05, 2014, 9:36 PM 0
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I had a T68i back in the day and it was the most fragile phone that I have ever owned. The joystick became completely unusable after 3 months, my colleagues' T68i's lasted a little bit longer before it broke down but we all shared the same problem, that iffy brittle joystick!
posted on Oct 05, 2014, 11:16 PM 0
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My first phone with colour display was Sony Ericsson T610 in 2003. Beautiful phone, it was love on first site when I saw it on the magazine. Before that I had Ericsson T65, despite I always wished Ericsson T68 which was too expensive for me these days... Miss those times..
posted on Oct 06, 2014, 1:22 AM 0
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I'm no fan on the company but Samsung deserves a mention for the T100 - the first TFT display. It could manage over 400 colours where the Ericsson could only do 256 - and the technology used in the Ericsson was abandoned in a few years.
posted on Oct 06, 2014, 2:59 AM 0
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