Exactly 38 years ago, in March 1983, the world’s very first mobile phone was released: the Motorola DynaTac 8000. And it had nothing to do with the smartphones of 2021: it weighed almost 1 kilogram (783 grams precisely), was 25 centimeters high (not counting its antenna of almost 15 centimeters!) And only allowed to make a phone call. . Despite its limited functionality, the DynaTac 8000 was sold more expensive than today’s state-of-the-art iPhones: it took $ 3,995 to get your hands on it (nearly 27,000 French francs at the time – the euro does not yet exist).
For all these years, the mobile market has exploded and we now speak of “smartphones” rather than “cell phones”, as they are used more to go on the Internet, on social networks, to play games and to take photos. photos only to make phone calls. The fashion today is with ever larger touch screens and almost non-existent control buttons. But there was a time when banging loudly on the keys of your Blackberry or hanging up with a Motorola Razr V3 flip shut with a flick of the wrist was the height of cool.
Take a trip back in time with 10 iconic 2000s cell phones that will make you nostalgic.
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10. Nokia 6110
When it was released in 1998, Nokia’s new cell phone still had a retractable antenna and a black-and-white screen, like all mobile devices of the time. But the 6110 was smaller and more efficient than its competitors and, above all, it was equipped with the famous “Snake” game, a first on a Nokia. It is one of the first cell phones to be sold on a large scale.
9. Nokia 3310
Released in October 2000, the 3310 has become one of the best-selling phones in the world thanks to its reputation for withstanding all possible drops and shocks. Convenient for texting, the Nokia 3310 was also popular for playing Snake.
In 2017, Nokia released a re-released version of it, but the new, much slimmer and lighter design only bore a close resemblance to the old collector’s phone, sometimes dubbed “the brick”.
8. Samsung SGH T100
When it was released in 2002, the SGH T100 turned out to be a futuristic gem thanks to its “large” color screen (according to the standards of the time). It marked the debut of flip phone fashion and would mark a whole generation.
In 2021, Samsung will also pay tribute to the SGH T100 and SGH-E700 by releasing new noise-canceling wireless headphones, whose case will imitate the old rounded phones. These vintage cases will only be sold in South Korea.
7. Motorola Razr V3
“Mythical”, “unavoidable”, “legendary” … The Motorola Razr V3 will have marked its time and left its mark. Having a Razr in middle or high school immediately increased your popularity in the playground. The most famous clamshell cell phone was released from 2004 and Motorola has sold no less than 130 million copies.
To ride the wave of nostalgia for this trendy product from the early 2000s, Motorola launched a new generation Razr in 2020, with a single foldable screen. But many users have reported that the screen is peeling off, proving that sometimes it’s best to stick with the original.
6. Sony Ericsson W800
Launched in 2005, the Sony Ericsson W800 is the first cell phone to use the Walkmann brand. In addition to presenting itself as a phone doubled with an mp3, it had – for the time – a high-end camera, with a 2 megapixel lens equipped with a flash, autofocus and a video function.
5. Nokia 5200
Today, its red and white (or blue and white, your choice) plastic design and sliding opening make the Nokia 5200 look like a children’s toy, but in 2006, many French people adopted it.
It wasn’t the top-of-the-line phone at the time, but it still had bluetooth and infrared, FM radio, mp3 player and camera and video. Telephone operators, in particular Orange, have sold it a lot with their packages.
4. LG Shine
Almost fifteen years ago, the LG Shine served as both a cell phone and a pocket mirror, with its glossy coating. In 2007, it was a popular fashion accessory, like the LG Chocolate before it.
We particularly liked it for its metal navigation wheel, which could also be clicked – which was not very practical, by the way, but went well with the aesthetics of the LG Shine.
The very first iPhone, called iPhone 2G (we were still far from the 5G connection) or iPhone EDGE, was released in 2007. It was the first phone marketed by Apple but the reputation of the Apple brand was already well established. , in particular thanks to the success of his iPod.
In January 2007, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world as “an iPod, a phone, and a web browser” in one device and announced that “Apple will reinvent the phone”. The rest is history.
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2. Blackberry Bold
The first BlackBerry – the 850 – came out in 1999 and it already had what made the success of the brand: a full AZERTY or QWERTY keyboard, rather than a telephone keypad on which you had to press the “2” key three times. “to write the letter C (writing an SMS took much longer than today).
Before Apple and Samsung dominated the cellphone market, Blackberries were the high-tech cellphones in fashion, especially in the workplace. The Blackberry Bold, released in 2008, is surely the most famous model.
1. LG KS360
A full retractable and sliding keyboard, colors anything but discreet (also available in metallic sky blue, red and silver, in addition to pink), the LG KS360 was the symbol of a more joyful era. Its screen rotated automatically, depending on whether you used it horizontally with the keyboard, or vertically, while its large size made it possible to watch YouTube videos with others.
The LG KS360 was released in 2008 in the golden age of the touchscreen / sliding keyboard combo, which will disappear with the fashion of giant screen smartphones.
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