PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Nokia 6800
By the time the Nokia 6800 was released here in the US, most manufacturers relied heavily on the usual candybar form factor – but then again, there were the obvious flip handsets around as well. There are only a finite amount of ways these kinds of phones were able to differentiate themselves, but the Nokia 6800 sported a unique fold out QWERTY keyboard that was discreetly tucked away. Thanks to the onset of continuing SMS usage among consumers, this device capitalized itself by offering users the flexibility of a physical keyboard as opposed to relying on the usual numeric keypad. In addition, it sported some modest specs at the time such as a 128 x 128 pixel display with support for 4,096 colors, GPRS “high-speed” data, polyphonic ring tones, speaker phone, internet browser, voice dialing, and an email client. On the outside, it looked like any other typical candybar phone – but its innovation was found in its fold out QWERTY keyboard design. Naturally, Nokia was already seeing some key trends developing at that time and readily jumped on the opportunity. Ultimately, the Nokia 6800 goes to showcase the kind of ingenuity required to liven up or innovate a device to differentiate itself from the usual pack.
It's okay to keep on recycling the same old ideas being used on previous handset designs, but in order to stand prominently above others, it's required to think outside of the box and reinvent the wheel. We're at that point with the eclectic mix of touchscreen smartphones out there that seemingly look similar to one another. Granted there are few that are able to stand head above the water over other handsets, but they should follow suit in how the designers for the Nokia 6800 actually went about redesigning an existing form factor. Not only was the phone crafted to adapt to the rising usage of texting as a rising form of communication, it distinctively reminded people how one clever device was able to incorporate an idea that almost seemed too far-fetched at the time.
Nokia 6800 Specifications