• Harrison Jones

Old mobile phones you'll remember from the 2000s

It's the 21st century, more importantly, it's now 2020, and the era of the smartphone is well and truly in its peak.

As we know, the two major mobile phone makers now are Apple and Samsung - The latter of the two being the main manufacturer of Android based phones. Before these, and before full touchscreen phones became the normal thing to buy, there was an era of phones that 90s kids especially will remember, as they were the mobiles we grew to love, the phones we began texting with, using the camera with, and most importantly, accessing social media and the internet through them. Here's a couple brands you might get a feeling of nostalgia from...

Nokia


Dominating the market share for the mobile phone market for basically the whole period between 2000-2010, Nokia went from strength to strength. Starting out early on with the Nokia 3310, aka the Nokia brick as people call it today, mainly due to how durable the phone actually was, albeit it was very basic...


Old mobile phones you'll remember from the 2000s

The 3310 model could do something which, at the time, was very new - Send texts to anyone with another mobile phone - This is now actually unpopular, as people use applications and social media to text, instead of using SMS. The Nokia 3310 allowed up to 4.5 hours talk time, and its battery seemed to last forever, working on standby for literal days. You could play 4 games on this beauty, yes, 4 - These were Snake II, Pairs II, Space Impact, Bantumi), again a quick reminder

that at the time, this was a BIG THING.


Nokia has since lost its monopoly to Apple, Samsung and Huawei, and now sits at a measly 1% share, although they still release new phones, most importantly, 5G enabled mobile phones.

Blackberry


Old mobile phones you'll remember from the 2000s

Remember those days on BBM (Blackberry messenger) when you would share your BBM pin with your friends the day you got your Blackberry curve?


Blackberry took a good while to reach its peak, and by 2013 had over 85 million units sold of its phones, the most notable model that 90s kids will remember is the Blackberry curve 9320. It is the phone all the girls had, and it really made typing a whole lot faster, with a wider design in mind, the QWERTY keyboard was enhanced, to allow for faster messaging.


Sadly, BBM doesn't exist anymore, and Blackberry announced earlier this year that they are going to stop making their own phones in August 2020, so please don't buy one. If you get a fault or need a data upgrade, you won't be able to get anything.




Motorola


Motorola was a key player in the 2000s, revolutionising the flip phone, it outperformed the vast majority of its competitors. Motorola's original Razr model was one of, if not its best selling phone. Sadly, flip phones aren't that popular nowadays, but that didn't stop Motorola rolling out a touchscreen flip phone.


Old mobile phones you'll remember from the 2000s

The price doesn't really appeal either, and at $1500 (US dollars), it is much more expensive than even market-leading smartphones. It is still only a phone, and such a price tag for just the folding feature doesn't really sell it as a market leader, especially when it has features not even as advanced as the newest series of Samsung and iPhone.


Motorola barely holds 1/40th of the smartphone market share these days, compare this to 15 years ago, and it was a totally different story.



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