The phones before the iPhone: 10 iconic devices
posted by Victor H. / Oct 26, 2014, 7:52 AM
We all know what has followed in the years after the original iPhone: Google was the quickest to come up with a great rival (remember, the T-Mobile G1 aka HTC Dream?), but even the deniers like Microsoft and Nokia followed with their own smartphones and platforms not too long after. But what did phones look before the original iPhone changed the landscape so drastically? Yes, they had buttons, and yes, most of them lasted multiple times longer than your modern smartphone.
Join us right below as we take a walk down memory lane, looking at 10 iconic phones (smartphones included) before the iPhone.
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Nokia N82 with its Xenon flash still takes better pictures than most phones today in low light & at night.
posted on Oct 26, 2014, 8:05 AM 6
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I had #5 (spiderman edition), #6 and #8. The N95 was the perfect phone when it was released. If Nokia stubborn CEO went with Android in 2010 istead of WP, i bet they were still on top and Samsung, HTC and Sony were far, far behind.
posted on Oct 26, 2014, 8:12 AM 3
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I am very sure Samsung would never be what it is today if Nokia had gone Android. Samsung was a very normal phone maker before. Samsung did strike at the good moment with no competition (WP will never be competition). People wanted an alternative to expensive and closed iPhones, and with only Galaxies on the market, Samsung just got their reputation from this time.
posted on Oct 27, 2014, 3:56 AM 0
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It's a pity the Nokia N97 didn't make it here. Its design & slide-out keyboard is really unique
posted on Oct 26, 2014, 8:22 AM 1
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And they tell you the iPhone was nothing except a copy .....
posted on Oct 26, 2014, 8:31 AM 2
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The iPhone is a revolutionary device, that was copied/emulated, and remains one of the very best devices on the market. There's no more "King of the hill" phones, just a bunch of excellent ones that more than do the job.
posted on Oct 26, 2014, 9:41 AM 4
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it was revolutionary, but not innovative. LG Prada was released almost a year before it. It's the brilliant marketing strategy, powerful brand and faitful-till-death followers that made the iPhone revolutionary and Prada forgotten.
posted on Oct 26, 2014, 4:35 PM 1
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Nokia N95 8GB was my first 3G phone. 8 gigs was huge back then. I thought those music buttons were from the future. Sending SMSs without looking at the keypad made life so much easier. Loved it to death. Oh, there's something in my eye...
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posted on Oct 26, 2014, 9:45 AM 4
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How is the Startac left off this list??? That was THE phone. Probably never had a phone since that met or exceeded all of my expectations like this phone did. It was the undisputed coolest phone around in its time. Plus being able to slam it closed when you hang up was so much more gratifying than touching a red bar on my screen.
posted on Oct 26, 2014, 11:40 AM 4
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Where is LG Prada?
posted on Oct 26, 2014, 9:55 AM 1
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"Iconic." Nobody bought it, nobody emulated it, nobody adopted its OS, and it might have sold 10k units. That is the exact opposite of "iconic."
posted on Oct 26, 2014, 10:45 AM 3
"His statement is true." Well let's see. 1. Nobody bought it, may have sold 10k units - The KE850 sold 1 million units in the first 18 months. (Thats 2 x false statements). 2. Nobody emulated it - It is the first mobile phone with a capacitive touchscreen. 3. Nobody adopted it's OS - No, they adopted its design after it won a design award in 2006. Iconic = "widely known and acknowledged especially for distinctive excellence" ....you obviously know what it is, and see previous comment regarding design award...aka "acknowledged for distinctive excellence."
posted on Oct 26, 2014, 3:14 PM 3
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