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.
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 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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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
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.