Nokia's legacy [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) A slew of new products will be featured at the Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi tomorrow, Nicholas King takes us through the company's game changers.
1. Back in 1996, the 8110 was Nokia's first high-end mobile phone. Dubbed the "banana phone" the 8110 is iconic for its appearance in the 1999 sci-fi movie The Matrix.
Nokia 9000 Communicator
2. In 1996, the 9000 Communicator was your version of today's high-end mobile smartphone. It weighed 397g, was driven by an Intel 24 MHz i386 CPU, had 8MB of memory divided between applications (4MB), program memory (2MB) and user data (2MB) using GEOS 3.0 operating system.
3. The phone that signalled in the new era, the 3210 had customisable covers and ringtones and was also one of the first- ever mobile phones to feature an internal antenna. It sold 160 million units when it came out in 1999, making it one of the most successful mobile phones in history.
4. In 2000, the successor to the legendary 3210 sold 126 million units and has since become an unforgettable icon for both Nokia and the mobile phone industry. It was particularly popular for texting as SMSes allowed three times more text than the standard 459 characters.
5. Released in 2003, the N-Gage was conceived to woo the growing handheld gaming market. Despite not being very successful, the N- Gage's vision of contemporary trend of mobile phone gaming was not a why but when.
6. A solid competitor in 2007, the N95 has gained praises since it was first launched as "the complete package smartphone" with specs that are still relevant today in some circles. It was noted for its two-way slide, 5MP Carl Zeiss optic lens camera with flash, GPRS and 3.5G support.
7. Touchscreens may be currently dominant but for many, the keypad or Qwerty experience can never be replaced. The E71 offers one of the best Qwerty experiences in ergonomics and design for smartphones from 2008 until today.
Nokia Lumia 800
8. The N9's design may have been adopted for Nokia's Windows Lumia series but the company's first foray into the smartphone market took the cake - the Lumia 800 which was unveiled in 2011. It was Nokia's first use of the Windows Phone OS.
Nokia Lumia 1020
9. A beast of a smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is the latest in the Lumia series and a successor to the Nokia PureView 808. Priced at RM2,499, it has a 41-megapixel camera and an optional PD-95G camera grip.
10. Featuring a 12-megapixel camera and a HDMI output, the N8 was a photo and videographer's joy packed into a smartphone back in 2010. It was the first Nokia device to run on the Symbian 3 mobile operating system and was Nokia's flagship phone at the time it was launched.
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