The mobile phones we wish we still had
Smartphones have changed our lives forever. There isn’t much they can’t do, and we’re glued to them from morning to night. But, before the new era of super intuitive smartphones, we had simple old mobile phones that held a place in our hearts – and still do.
Here are some of the best phones from back in the day that we desperately wish we could resurrect.
Motorola RAZR V3
Before the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phones became dominant forces in the tech world, the Motorola Razr series was king. It began with the V3, released back in 2004, which would go on to become the best selling clamshell phone to date.
The super slim flip phone was the stuff of dreams, and if you were lucky enough to get your hands on one, you were envied. It was made popular by the likes of Paris Hilton, who is seemingly still rocking one.
Happy New Year! 🎉🎉👸🏼🎉🎉 Wishing you all an incredible 2019 full of love, fun, success & happiness! 🥰 pic.twitter.com/buzXvSOwkP
— Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) December 31, 2018
missing my motorola razr v3, what a flip phone
— ̛ (@chewandspitit) November 12, 2018
Flashback to when Motorola Razr V3 was life
— Ya Amie (@Innocentuss) December 27, 2017
All I want for Christmas is a black Motorola Razr
— kevin (@kevv_luke) December 24, 2018
A full QWERTY keyboard may have been eradicated from the smartphone market, but 10 years ago, BlackBerry made it cool. Originally marketed as a key business tool, it soon became a highly sought after piece of kit that probably never lived to its full potential as we were too busy pinging each other on BBM.
Honestly wish I had another blackberry bold lol
— Ayy (@Otf_ton) January 2, 2019
I want my blackberry bold 8900 back and creeping through Twitter all day.
— Justin Nyce (@JustinNyce) December 27, 2018
It’s 2010. The cursor on your blackberry bold is broken & your little Just Do It bag is full of air bcus you’re only doing it for the trend. Also u used your Orange Wednesday to go cinema just so u could get 3D glasses to & poke out the lenses. Bedrock just dropped. Life is good
— Murray (@Rmar_Murray) July 30, 2018
Kids nowadays with their iPhones will never know the struggles of trying to text with cold fingers with a blackberry bold
— Cei Evans (@cei_evans) November 29, 2018
It was a phone but it was also a handheld gaming device. It didn’t really make much sense, but we loved it anyway! The Nokia N-Gage probably came out way too soon, faced teething problems and struggled to get off the ground but it’s become somewhat of a cultural icon in later years.
The Nokia N-Gage was ahead of its time. Now is the time that a phone geared toward gamers could take off.
— 🦊Dan Aurora: Commander of the Armies of the North (@DanAuroraX) January 2, 2019
9. Nokia N-Gage. Half a game console, half a cell phone. It was actually pretty cool, I used it as a cell phone, music player and to play Tony Hawk Pro Skater. Making phone calls was pretty weird though. pic.twitter.com/QRStJfZiJo
— Miguel Carranza (@elwatto) December 25, 2018
Remember that the best way to win over a girl’s heart is to tell them that you own a Nokia N-Gage
— Nick Wolfhard (@Nick__Wolfhard) May 25, 2018
The Nokia N-Gage, released in 2003. Attempted to combine a handheld gaming device with a cell phone. Users quickly realized the buttons were bad for gaming and the battery needed to be removed to swap out game cards pic.twitter.com/Nl5SZoVhaE
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) September 21, 2018
A hybrid of sliding technology and touch screen, the LG Chocolate (or, the LG VX8500) was one of the sleekest phones you could get your hands on. Available in black, white, light green, pink and red, the models were dubbed Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Mint Chocolate, Strawberry Chocolate and Cherry Chocolate. The LG Marketing team deserved a raise on that alone.
Bring back LG Chocolate
— Justin (@JLOW_L) January 1, 2019
kids out here with iPads & iPhones, I had to wait till highshool for an LG chocolate… would prob still take that chocolate today
— Brice Grissom (@bricegrissom) December 27, 2018
I can’t believe Gossip Girl was filmed in a time where the enV2 and LG Chocolate were the most deluxe phones on the market for these millionaire families. A simpler life
— danielle (@faheey) September 15, 2018
Promiscuous is playing at this Starbucks and now I want the LG Chocolate and a Ringback tooooone.
— Michael King 🤟🏼🎄 (@HeyMichaelKing) September 9, 2018
Sony Ericsson Walkman phones
Released over a six year period, between 2005 and 2011, the Sony Ericsson W series – the Walkman phones – were revolutionary. It covered a number of different phone styles including clamshell, slider and candy bar, and you could shake the phone to change the song (model depending).
Sony Ericsson W580 was the best phone I ever had
— alicia ❄ (@allliciiaa) October 21, 2017
I still can’t believe T2 dropped heartbroken 10 yrs ago. TEN. YEARS. AGO. I still remember blasting it from my sony ericsson walkman lol wow
— sarah (@HeySar4h) January 4, 2017
And if you didn’t have the black and orange Sony Ericsson Walkman, you weren’t poppin’.
— troy mcclure (@fionabaileyox) December 28, 2016
Sony Ericsson walkman W810i https://t.co/uJ69MBfwUk
— Gilbert Grape (@CALMDOWNLAD) December 28, 2016
Samsung’s thin slider phones began with the entry of the E250, before the D900 came along. The E250 was released in early 2006 with a 750 mAh battery, 0.3 megapixel camera and 10MB storage – but there was space of a SD card. How times have changed!
Moreso when you bump it on your Samsung E250 https://t.co/Z5KIxk9lZx
— Linda Motaung (@The_DonHimself) November 7, 2018
I miss sliding phone like samsung E250 🤔🤔
— kuda dengedza (@Kay4dee9) October 25, 2018
Samsung E250😭😭 https://t.co/XkhNKlWoOt
— Butho (@Blxck_Pho3nix) October 22, 2018
That Samsung E250 was THE phone back then😂🔥
— Funny Guy🙂 (@MountainBoago) October 19, 2018
What’s your favourite pre-iPhone mobile phone?
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