10 Things We Loved About the Old Nokia Phones
Microsoft has dropped the name for simpler branding, but Nokia lives on...in our hearts!
(SPOT.ph) Sure the smartphone is killing it nowadays. But there was a time, a simpler and more relaxing
1. Numbers meant something
3310? 3100? 6600? N90? 7610? You know what these looked like. They didn't progressively get thinner or bigger-they became weirder. There was a Nokia phone shaped like a leaf. The 3650 looked like a remote control for another device. Who knows why?
2. Made in Finland
3. The long-lasting battery
For a wireless mobile device, smartphones spend a lot of time attached to a wall socket or a
4. The novelty of texts
Art made with strange punctuations. The letter "u" with an umlaut for smiling (primitive emojis). Getting rid of vowels in words for acceptable reasons. Sending quotes. Receiving messages. The agony of having to delete messages because your inbox is full.
5. Single-handed texting
People used to be able to talk, sip coffee, and text at the same time. Now it's no talking, taking pictures of the coffee, and ignoring messages. Some phones hardly fit in one hand anymore. (Hey buddy, we can see exactly what you're watching!)
Message alert tone
6. Monophonic tone
Those repeating beeps and their effect on your mood. Spam was unheard of, so you knew that whenever you heard that sound, someone thought about you and decided to send a message. Plus, ringtones were a big deal. You customized the crap out of that, so you know exactly who was texting or calling.
Not that they didn't break, but let's just say that if you were ever in a situation where you had to throw your phone at something or someone, it wasn’t impossible to put it back together. (P.S. Nokia 5210, perfect for
8. Interface action
The "slide to unlock" thing was fun for a while, but it never compared to how cool it was to flip a phone open to say hello. Or to end a conversation by snapping the phone shut. Infinitely more badass than touching a fake button. Let's not even get started on 8110, a.k.a. the slidey phone from The Matrix.
Who needed state-of-the-art CGI effects when there were pixels that needed to be eaten by a featureless snake?