After Microsoft completed the acquisition of Finnish mobile company, Nokia, in April 2014, for an estimated $7.2billion, it soon became apparent that the famous Nokia brand name would no longer appear on its mobile phones. The last phones to bear the Nokia name will be the Nokia Lumia 730 and Nokia Lumia 830, spelling the end of an era that helped change mobile technology history and changed the average user’s expectations from their handheld devices!
Here we take a look at 10 of the most iconic mobile phones produced by Nokia during its glory days, some of which completely changed the mobile phone industry forever.
1) Nokia 1011
Although not the first phone produced by Nokia, the Nokia 1011, produced in 1992, was the first phone to run on the GSM network, making it the first ‘modern’ phone by Nokia.
2) Nokia 6110
Nokia 6110 was one of the first Nokia phones to feature the now-famous Nokia ringtone, and was the phone that popularized the ‘Snake’ game.
3) Nokia 8110
Nokia’s take on a business-oriented phone, with a mechanical slider, the Nokia 8110 was made popular by its extensive use in the 1999 blockbuster movie, The Matrix.
4) Nokia Communicator 9000
Complete with a QWERTY keyboard, a 4.5-inch screen, and a 24MHz processor, the Nokia Communicator 9000 came as a surprise to many users. The Communicator was the first phone ever made for business users. Needless to say, it was every businessman’s dream!
5) Nokia 3310
Perhaps the most popular phone ever produced by Nokia, the Nokia 3310 combined increased usability and affordability and sold more than 125 million sets worldwide, reaching unprecedented, legendary status as a result.
6) Nokia 7650
The first Nokia phone to run Symbian, an OS that was to be used to run all of Nokia’s smartphones, the Nokia 7650 was also the first phone to feature a camera.
7) Nokia N-Gage
A phone that was made purely for gaming purposes, the N-gage series was a direct attack on the Nintendo Gameboy devices.
8) Nokia 6600
One of the earliest smartphones by Nokia, and by far the most popular, the Nokia 6600 belonged to the Nokia 6xxx Classic Business Series mobile phones. With a VGA camera, Bluetooth, music and video players, the 6600 also supported Java games, which was the main reason of its popularity.
9) Nokia N95
One of the most beautifully crafted mobile phones ever made by Nokia, the N95 was the phone that came with all the features that made it the ‘phone to beat’ for Apple’s iPhone. It came with a brilliant 5MP camera, equipped with the Carl-Zeiss lens, a movie player, a music player, and a lot more, the N95 had everything that made it one of the most brilliant phones ever created by Nokia.
10) Nokia E71
One of the most elegantly designed phones of the Nokia E-series; the E71 was a business smartphone that rivaled Blackberry phones for quite some time upon its release. It featured Wi-fi and 3G networks and a 3.2MP camera.
Do you think we missed out on a phone? Which of the phones did you own? Have your say in the comments below.