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Guess the Phone: When Art Meets Mobile

by Brandon Russell | July 5, 2014July 5, 2014 12:00 pm PST

Here we have a device that, when it first launched, featured a kind of art deco-inspired design. Bold colors, geometric shapes, curved edges—all contrasted by silver bands. The materials don’t feel nearly as good as they look, but the vision is exceptionally bold. This came out during a period when feature phones sport some truly crazy and fun designs. This is among one of the crazier.

Beyond the device’s design, it’s pretty unremarkable. For its time, it featured some respectable specs. But you only bought this because it looked unique. And, to be fair, it came from one of the most respected mobile companies in the last ten years, though it was at a kind of decline at this point; the company is at a completely different juncture today. Who would have seen that coming?

So while it packs a distinctive and rather unusual design, it wasn’t exactly a “flagship” device. In fact, this was definitely among the mid-range crowd; it was lightweight, relatively slim and easily pocketable. It also featured a VGA camera, a navigation joystick and 128 x 128 display. The one we have has definitely seen better days, that’s for sure. To be honest, it kind of feels like a toy more than a mobile phone.

But, come on, it looks cool. What more did people want in a phone back then?

Last week’s Guess the Phone was the iconic Nokia N70.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.

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