I can’t believe how small this device’s screen is. I suppose at the time it was huge, especially for a handset introducing multi-touch capabilities—a first for the manufacturer. But sheesh. Something of this size would be unusable today; Web browsing or reading email would be next to impossible. It just goes to show how sharply mobile has evolved over the past several years—this mystery handset was unveiled all the way back in 2009. That’s ancient in the technology world.
We’ve already featured this company’s handsets prominently on Guess the Phone; Sean actually brought this one with him during his visit to TechnoBuffalo’s Irvine offices this week. The moment I tell you this company just announced a smaller version of its best device, you’ll know who I’m talking about. Right? It’s a company that for awhile was known as not Samsung. You know the One.
I’m going through Google right now, trying to figure out how I want to give you guys hints. Here’s one: Enrique Iglesias. That’s a name I never thought I’d mention on TechnoBuffalo, yet there it is. I hope you’re happy.
The initial iteration of this mystery handset launched with a 3.5 mm headphone jack—what!—and the first ever Sense UI. There was eventually a redesign—it got plastic surgery to alter a prominent facial feature—which came with a 5-megapixel camera, microSD support and up to 5 hours of talk time. This is that iteration. There was actually a third, though it was marketed with a different name.
Compared to devices today, the above handset sounds like a dumbphone, but nope. Bonafide flagship right here. As you can see, it hasn’t held up over the years, but I was told it was usable up until recently. Now I have Enrique Iglesias stuck in my head. Great.
As many of you correctly guessed, last week’s Guess the Phone was none other than the Motorola Razr.