Nokia’s then and now photos remind us how mobile tech has impacted our lives

Nokia’s then and now photos remind us how mobile tech has impacted our lives
Today’s mobile technology is an intricate part of many our lives. Sometimes when we look back, it is hard to image how we ever got along without it, but we did. Nokia published a series of photos on its Facebook page today comparing the then and now for several common tasks and activities.


Remember when you had to actually know where you were going? GPS assistance in our pockets has made it easier than ever to explore new places and rediscover familiar favorites.

Video Games:

We’ve come a long way from the cumbersome gaming consoles of the past. Many of today’s phones house libraries of games with stunning visuals, immersive sound, and compelling gameplay.


From pen and paper to email only on computers, in a short amount of time our phones have evolved to keep us connected to whomever we want, whenever we want.

TV and Movies:

Color TV was introduced in the U.S. in 1953 and it wasn’t until 1972 that all programming was broadcast in color. If you would of said then, after just making the big switch to all colorcasts, that only 40 years later people would be watching TV and movies with brilliant color, clarity, and definition on devices that fit in their pocket, well, we’re pretty sure that would of been a tough sell.


The days of mix tapes recorded from the radio are almost completely extinct, and fumbling with CDs in the car is beginning to head out as well. Mobile technology has made it common place to carry 100s or 1000s of songs with you everywhere you go and be able to quickly play that content on headphones, home speakers, or in your car.


The trend is evident: Bigger screen, less body.


Notepads, pens, desk phones, paperclips, CDs, rolodex cards, post-it notes, and pocket calendars? Our desks have never looked so good. Not only is most of the clutter gone, everything you need is with you all the time and easily synced between all your devices.

source: Nokia



1. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

whatever device people are using now this post will remind most of them their early love for nokia.mine was 3315

2. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

How I used to love my sexy 7610.... I think I had used that phone more than my current GS2.... Memories....

3. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

My main phone was a Nokia 6610 for 8 years on TMo then I upgraded to an HTC HD2. Now I'm just waiting for a new Nokia WP phone at least 4 or 4.3in on TMo then I'll be back home to the best phones made. Though I luv my HD2 - I'd still prefer a Nokia device.

30. thelegend6657 unregistered

Hello whodaboss you can always buy a unlocked lumia 900 and use it on tmobile's network

4. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

the best pic is the one above the nokia maps one

5. sheepygalaxy

Posts: 68; Member since: Mar 10, 2012

I personally think the defining moment for nokia was the n95 and since then they have gone from strength to strength

7. ilia1986 unregistered

N95 was the peak. After that it all started to go horribly horribly wrong.

19. thelegend6657 unregistered

Like my n97 . The reason I bought I over the iPhone 3GS is that I thought that it still have soul of the n95 that I always wanted + I also think that the n97 is a improved version of the n95 . Turn out that it wasn't and its more related to the Nokia 5800 ! What about the n96 ? It sucks too ?

6. chapizzo

Posts: 116; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

you just had to squeeze the iphone in somewhere, didn't you, iphonearena.

21. thelegend6657 unregistered

Not happy go to another site .

8. xmusicianguy

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

I want that Ghetto Blaster Boombox!

20. thelegend6657 unregistered

No way music in a smartphone can beat that ! Except maybe HTC surround

9. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

My first Cell phone was a Nokia and it was great I am debating on buying a AT & T Nokia 900 or buying a Nokia Apollo Class Windows phone 8 smart phone. the Nokia 900 is so good it's Kinda hard to wait for the more Powerful Apollo class Windows 8 smart phones. What's a guy to do?

14. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

I hear you on that one. I'm glad TMo is making it easy for me at this moment. There's no dilemma for the time being, since it doesn't seem like TMo will be releasing a 900 anytime soon. I'm just hoping in the fall they will release an Apollo device that's at least the size of the 900. I'm also hoping they'll have a tablet ready to be released by then too.

10. ffaarrooqq

Posts: 65; Member since: May 26, 2011

Missing my Nokia 3310.

26. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Yet Nokia 3310 is missing in phonearena's database! I can't add it to my previous phones list :(

11. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Ah memories... Had a Nokia 3310 with blue light instead of green.. Anybody remember those great games? - Snake - Space Impact - Bounce They were great mobile games at that time!

12. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

My first phone was nokia 5610 then i switch to 3310 then "upgraded" to 3315. Im miss composing ringtones in my nokia phones. Sad to say but i love now samsung phones especially my galaxy tab 7.7 :-). If i will buy windows phone, i will prefer nokia.

22. thelegend6657 unregistered

Not Samsung or HTC ? Why ? It's not like I hate Nokia but I wanna know

28. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Nokia has the best hardwares in phone and windows phone os really compliment it. Nokia has its own applications like nokia maps and nokia drive which other manufacturers doesnt have, its an advantage for nokia. Samsung and HTC good for Android only. : p

29. thelegend6657 unregistered

After played with the lumia 800 instantly i love it ! But after playing with the Titan I found that it is that snappy too just you don't get the amoled screen and nokia apps but you do get a larger display

13. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

My first phone was a Nokia 3310 with VIBRATION and SNAKE 2 and the spaceship game. I got to the PUK code screen and thought I broke it lol.

15. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

indestructible nokia!

16. sheepygalaxy

Posts: 68; Member since: Mar 10, 2012

how the hell did nokia go down hill from the n95 plz explain just because they didn't rush loads of handsets out every couple of mths.The n8 was and at this moment the best camera phone out (until 808>) the lumia 800 is doing what htc wishes it could do with window7.

17. azri05 unregistered

The skill of navigating using the map is disappearing fast.. Pretty sad. My kid never be able to learn it

18. webOSlove unregistered

My first phone was a Nokia phone :) What's wrong with having an old phone ? My current main phone is a Palm Pixi Plus (which I love so much) . I wish Windows Phone the best because it needs marketshare . Well I love webOS Much more , but I'm open minded about other OSes . ( NOT A fan of the iPhone . . . AT ALL)

23. thelegend6657 unregistered

Really ? Not even a little ?

32. webOSlove unregistered

Nope not even a little . Apple just imitates ideas from other OSes , throws a little glitter on it , & calls it theirs . Then they go out of their way to patent it , & take out anyone who " violates " it . Screw Apple :) I'm in love with HP/Palm

33. thelegend6657 unregistered

honestly i like webOS too . They are way better than symbian on my Nokia n97 . Problem is there isnt much choice on the hardware and apps . + they wasnt for sale in Malaysia here .

24. Bluedroid

Posts: 57; Member since: Sep 12, 2011

My first phone was a Nokia 5610 Express Music , a very cool slider phone back then, I was a devoted Nokia fan till Nokia cheated and went with Microsoft, tried Nokia Lumina 800 and it's sucks bigtime and it's nothing compared to good old Symbian...

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