Nokia's forgotten smartphones


Being one of the forefathers of the handset industry, Nokia had a pretty large portfolio of devices in its heyday. Apart from unleashing some of the most popular and bestselling feature and basic phones onto the world, Nokia also had a large number of smartphone contenders that dominated the mass market for a brief time. 

Without any particular reason, the summer of 2015 is having a noticeable nostalgic effect upon us, making us reminisce about the state of the smartphone market before Apple, Google, and many others took it by storm. We took a plunge into our vast database... And voila! We quickly found a handful of proud bearers of the Nokia logo that qualify as smartphones. 

Check them out right below.

Its first smartphone - Nokia 9000 Communicator (1996)


What is universally considered Nokia's first smartphone ever, the Nokia 9000 Communicator, was basically a 2-in-1 device - a cell phone on the outside paired with a PDA communicator on the inside. The latter ran on GEOS v3.0 and allowed users to enjoy basic email functionalities, organize their schedule with the built-in calendar, surf the web thanks to the web-based on-board browser, as well as send/receive faxes. In the meantime, the not-so-smart aspect of the device — the cell phone at the front. 



Its first Symbian smartphone - Nokia 7650 (2002)


Apart from being the first Nokia device to come with a sophisticated mobile OS (Symbian 6.1), the 7650 was also its first device to come with a camera. True, it was a measly 0.3MP snapper, but hey, but you've got to start somewhere, right? The 7650 was a slider that came with a 32-bit RISC (which stands for "reduced instruction set computing") CPU clocked at 104MHz, 4MB of RAM, and 16MB of on-board storage. The handset allowed you to send and receive emails and MMS messages, had data sync support, and allowed its users to sideload Java and EPOC apps.



Its first smartphone with a touchscreen - Nokia 7710 (2004)


Although shy of 100% of all current smartphones come with a touchscreen display, these were a rarity in the old days. In fact, Nokia's first smartphone to come with such a screen — the Nokia 7710 — popped up in 2004, 8 years after the 9000 Communicator made a debut. It had a 640x320-pixel touchscreen display that was able to exhibit up to 65,536 different colors, some 90MB of native storage, and a MMC card slot that supported 2GB memory cards at best. The 7710 ran on Symbian Series 90 UI, and interestingly enough, it's the sole device in history to do so. Oh, and it also had a stylus!



Its first smartphone with a megapixel camera - Nokia 7610 (2004)


The first Nokia smartphone to come with a 1MP camera at the back was the Nokia 7610, a Symbian OS 7.0 Series 60 FP1 device that was pretty unorthodox design-wise. The stylish handset made the rounds in early 2004 and is considered to be one of the more memorable Nokia devices from the past decade. 



Its first smartphone with a xenon flash - Nokia N82 (2007)


The 5MP camera was definitely one of the highlights of the N82, as it was equipped with Carl Zeiss optics, an assisting light, a sliding camera cover, and a xenon flash at the back, which turned out to be a first for Nokia. This member of the Nseries was a well-equipped powerhouse that had 128MB of RAM, a single core ARM11 processor, and despite its hate-it-or-love-it physical keypad, the N82 was a pretty good device when put next to its contenders.


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32 Comments

1. FluffyBled unregistered

In the other hand ... there's the 3310 which will never be forgotten! The first Everythingproof and everythingresistant phone!

14. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

it is called "Legendary Phone"

2. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

The Nokia N9 should also be added in the list. Btw, I hope Nokia would reunite with their former team from Jolla, and help them to develop the spiritual successor of Meego, the Sailfish OS.

4. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Quite interesting, maybe the Jolla team won't be reunite with Nokia again, but Sailfish OS based Nokia branded smartphone might be possible.

6. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

And also the 6650 as Nokia's first 3G phone.

8. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Ooopss, l forgot that it's should be a smartphone, my bad.

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Ssssshhhh, quiet. It's Nokia's top secret right now.

3. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

N82 also has stereo speakers

11. walkman800

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

yeah, but sound quality and loudness were mediocre at best.

5. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

The Nokia 9000 and 7710 looks like a very advanced device at the first time l see it.

9. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Always ahead of their time...

10. JayBEE

Posts: 179; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Someone please make a 5" to 6" version of the Nokia N900 so I can give my Note 3 a proper burial.

22. monoke

Posts: 1157; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

N900 with today's hardware would murder all android and ios. That phone was a true computer/phone.

12. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Nokia N8, the camera on this phone is good! Still it kills many current phones camera wise!

13. LuckySwitz

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Still rockin my N82.. :)

15. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

I have N9, still the most beautiful device I have ever seen! Such a masterpiece! Then comes the design of iPhone 5 Black and Lumia 925!

28. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

What about the Lumia 730? It has virtually the same design, except it's thinner, has a larger screen, & smaller bezels

16. aReefer

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 21, 2015

I still use my old N95, which was also pretty iconic in its day. Of course today the battery cover is just 'sitting' loosely over the battery and I have a few dead lines on the display - but it still works, and the stereo speakers still kick @$$ relative to most modern slabs.

23. monoke

Posts: 1157; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Those speakers were beastly indeed. It was my tiny boom box when I had it. True multimedia device for its day.

17. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

So ahead they were overtaken. Btw where's the nokia 808?

21. killerpollo

Posts: 89; Member since: May 15, 2015

Pretty fresh in my memory, it had a lot of impact on the media, how the hell that could make the list?...

24. Plutonium239

Posts: 1199; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Or the Nokia Lumia 1020?

26. Blazers

Posts: 733; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

This list is for Symbian or pre-wp handsets.

29. Plutonium239

Posts: 1199; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The 1020 is still forgotten. While its camera is still best for daylight photography out of any phone camera, many are trying to hype the G4's camera as best or that of the S6, even the Iphone 6 camera(which isn't even as good as that of the 1520). The 1020 is still king of daylight photography, the G4 is better for low light photography however(except if the subject is close, in which case the xenon flash of the 1020 is better).

32. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Being ahead of their time doesnt guarentee you will stay there. Nokia, BB, MS know thos. Palm too... Still doesnt take away from the fact that Nokia were ahead of their time.

18. yourmom

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

7610 my first phone .. I miss you dearly :(

19. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

N-gage - the first gaming smartphone 6680 - the first smartphone to house a front facing camera

20. killerpollo

Posts: 89; Member since: May 15, 2015

The N82 was the best camera phone of its time, and the black version was gorgeous, enough said...

25. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Still got my Nokia N82,a super camera phone with the xenon flash,which no one seems to offer with there cameras now days ,night photos with the xenon flash are just amazing,N8 was a super camera phone as well,Mr Elop made me switch away from Nokia after he announced Symbian is Dead,just wish Nokia would have been able to Advance Symbian further but never did,an Google seems to have made Android like Symbian

27. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 575; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

I loved the N82. I bought the same phone twice because when I got another phone (N85), I wasn't a fan of it and the camera on N82 was just outstanding.

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