A look back at some of the Nokia’s best phones.

best nokia phones

NOKIA is a name that is about to be phased off from the smartphone industry. As Microsoft takes over Nokia’s phone and service division, we take a look at some of the best phones launched by Nokia over the past years.

Nokia 3315

NOKIA 3315

Not everyone owned a mobile phone in the early 2000s, but if you did, chances were it was a Nokia 3315. The phone was powerful, versatile, and a pleasure to use.

Nokia Ngage

NOKIA N.GAGE QD

The short-lived N-Gage line was Nokia’s attempt at handheld gaming devices. N-Gage did not drive huge sales for Nokia but it was definitely a great gaming experience. The first N-Gage had its microphone and earpiece mounted on the side of the device. With the release of the N-Gage QD, Nokia mounted the earpiece on the device’s front.

Nokia E71

Nokia E71

Nokia’s E71 was unmistakably an attempt to defeat BlackBerry. The E71 included a full Qwerty keyboard, and support for Wi-Fi, dedicated keys for functions like calendar, contacts and e-mail. It also included a 3.2-megapixel rear camera and Nokia’s mapping software.

Nokia N93

NOKIA N93

This phone came out in July 2006 and had a 3.15 MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics. One cool feature of the phone was 3x optical zoom but the camera app took lot of time to get ready for taking pictures, which was a big let down.

Nokia N95

Nokia N95

Making its debut in 2007, N95 released in the same year as the original iPhone. Sliding it one way revealed a regular numeric keypad, while sliding it the other way allowed access to dedicated media playback controls. With its wide array of multimedia capabilities and hardware such as a GPS and an accelerometer, the N95 was one of the first mobile phones deserving the “smartphone” title.

Nokia N97

NOKIA N97

In 2009, the N97 was Nokia’s halo device. A big screen like the iPhone, a QWERTY keyboard, dedicated navigation pad, but the phone carried lot of bulk with it. A smaller version of this phone called N97 mini also came to the market shortly after N97’s debut.

Nokia N8

Nokia N8

N8 possessed a 12 MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens and a Xenon flash, this made it the best camera phone for a long time. Camera of N8 can still give tough competition to some of the more recent smartphones. N8 also featured HDMI out port and USB OTG capability. This phone was way ahead of its time.

Nokia N9

Nokia N9

The Nokia N9 was the company’s new hope in the fight against Android and iOS.N9 was the first and last device to run Nokia’s MeeGo operating system. This phone provided plenty of design inspiration for the Windows Phone-based Lumia range that followed.

Nokia 808 pureview

Nokia 808 PureView

Nokia’s 808 PureView gets the dual award of being the phone with the world’s largest camera sensor and resolution (41 megapixels) and the last device to run the Symbian operating system. Inspite of having the best camera, the phone did not do too well.

nokia lumia 800

NOKIA LUMIA 800

And so we enter the age of the Lumia. Stephen Elop moved Nokia over to Windows Phone, and the Lumia 800, essentially a reworked N9, was first Lumia phone to be released in November 2011.

Nokia changed the Mobile market with many astounding phones, this is the list of only few of them. Let us know in the comments section, which has been your favorite Nokia phone over the past years.

 

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  • David Walcott May 3, 2014, 2:10 PM

    I still have my N95 and have E73. I like both phones a lot and use them when I travel because they use regular sim cards. I have Android phones when I am in the US. The N95 is a great phone the only thing is the memory on board is low. The good thing is it can hold up to a 16GB micro SD card. The E73 is great because it gives me a blackberry feel when I want a full keyboard phone and do not have to change my plan on my carrier.

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  • Saurabh Jaiswal May 4, 2014, 10:15 PM

    Wow, great work done by techworkz. Everybody talks about new and upcoming phones all the time but it is an attempt to look back and see how the mobile world evolved gradually (as Nokia was synonymous to mobile)….I think Nokia should give a shot to create vintage category……

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  • @AndyHa9on May 4, 2014, 11:47 PM

    Brilliant – I loved my N9 (still do) and think that Nokia’s design team outdid themselves there. The N8 was gorgeous, as was the E7. It’s a shame that recently and just before the switch to WP, Nokia seemed to be in a habit of slightly under-powering and under-speccing their phones. The E7 for example didn’t have an auto-focus camera. How could a business person snap a receipt?? And the N8 would freeze and crash a lot. More RAM, better screen resolutions might have given them more ‘air’ before the tidal wave of Android and iPhone came crashing over them. Now though, I’m rocking a yellow Lumia 1020 and loving it, so it can’t have been all for nothing! Thanks for a great article :)

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  • Oleg K May 5, 2014, 1:00 AM

    As sentimental as I might feel of Nokia no longer being a part of our mobile lives I can’t help but to think back to the comment they made about the iPhone back in 2007, when their CEO said that Apple was just a fly on fisherman’s hat and that Nokia was the true fisherman, a fisherman who will catch all the fish… I thought to myself “you guys are f****d” and today, 7 years later they really are! If you ever gone to gsmarena Nokia was always on the first place, I’d always catch myself thinking “there must be something in the works for them to re-claim the number one spot as the worlds number one cellphone king”, I mean hoping so… There is a lesson to be learned from this, Motorola and Nokia were the companies to first create a mobile phone and first to disappear from the face of the earth, Goodbye Nokia, goodbye Motorola and hello future! And futuristic feeling of uncertainty.

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  • Luckenson J. May 5, 2014, 2:51 AM

    Wowwww I believe the Nokia N900 should have had a spot here, it was an amazing phone with beautiful craftsmanship and finish.

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  • Smizmar May 5, 2014, 1:00 PM

    My first phone was the Nokia 5110 and boy,didn’t I feel special when I carried that brick of a phone around on my belt.

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  • Noellia May 12, 2014, 11:14 AM

    Unbelievable that you didn’t mention the 5110. That is still honestly the best phone around. Whenever i lose my iphone or break it (has happened on several occasions) my trusty old 5110 is there to help me receive calls until it gets replaced. That phone could be dropped from anywhere and would still work, not to mention reception for calls and text was awesome. you dial a number and it connects straight away, even today. And lets not forget snake!
    Other memorable high school phones of mine were the 3210, the 8210, 8250, 6110 and 7110. It would’ve been nice to see all of their most popular models released since the mid 90s including the 3810 (before the 5110).

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