Here is how Nokia imagined touchscreen phones in 2006

Here is how Nokia imagined touchscreen phones in 2006
The video that we have embedded below - a creation of the Nokia Design team, was uploaded to YouTube way back in 2006. However, what makes it interesting today is that it showcases ideas that you might be well familiar with. In particular, the pattern lock screen is available on Android and the augmented reality stargazing functionality comes in the form of mobile apps, but back in the days, such concepts would have been revolutionary.

Also, note that the user interacts with the smartphone by using his thumbs only, not with a stylus. Not much physical or virtual keys are in sight either. And this was at a time when the iPhone had yet to be unveiled, let alone for Android to take off. There are even more interesting design concepts shown off in the video, and it only boggles the mind why Nokia could not implement any of them in its smartphones.

Now feel free to check out the video below and see what exactly we are talking about. Of course, if you would like to share your thoughts about it with us, do not hesitate to drop us a comment.



10. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Nokia: conceptually ahead of everyone else, they just don't always follow through, or when they do, it takes a long time because they're such perfectionists

9. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

this if introduced now would be the #1 smartphone

8. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Very confusing UI. Nokia, by what i see is falling in terms of UI, their new OS's have been the same with no improvement, not to say boring to look at. Thank god i have an android.

7. Hildy

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

At the time Nokia was working on the touchscreen N800 which was introduced the next January. Unfortunately, it was a PDA/PMP, not a phone. For whatever reason, neither Nokia nor Palm thought the market was ready for a touchscreen phone.

4. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

this phone could've been a game changer in 2006, and apple a small segment of Google. :b

3. ddxmms

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

its really shame they didn't use any of this ideas on the s**ty 5800 or any other devices for that matter,,it could saved nokia a lot of money and market share.

2. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I agree with some users. Nokia shows some pretty cool concept but they don't deliver. Either they will delivered when it is too late or they love wasting their time playing around with it.

11. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

i think nokia is on a new track... elop isnt a stupid man-- he sees how nokia needs to take over wp7 to be a player in the smartphone world... i give him credit for virtually abandoning symbian... and did anybody else see the android lock screen thing at the :36 mark?

1. rahulcena5565

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 01, 2010

Nokia - All talk, No Do!

5. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Actially Nokia is the source of most inventions in mobile business.

6. rex1213

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

Nokia has skillful engineers and designers. The main culprit is the poor execution of ideas by their management team.

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