In the mobile phone industry Nokia, Motorola and Sony Ericsson seemed to be doing much of the work in moving things forward, especially in the 3G area. Many of the players from 2005 are no longer in the mobile phone business in Europe.
Sony EricssonThe two star devices from Sony Ericsson were the Sony Ericsson K750 "Cybershot" phone and the Sony Ericsson W800 "Walkman" phone. Although the K750 and W800 were basically the same phone underneath, they both broke new ground for the quality of their digital photography and music playing capabilities respectively.
One significant failure for Sony Ericsson was the lack of success of the Sony Ericsson P990. This capable UIQ-based smartphone combined a touchscreen with 3G and WiFi support, but it was very late to market and very buggy when it arrived, which severely dented its chances.
NokiaNokia had been in the doldrums just a few years previously, but by 2005 it was beginning to consolidate its market position.
This year saw the launch of the Nokia N-Series and E-Series of phones, with the Nokia N70 being the best-known example. The N70 was an attractive 3G device, but it was let down by an unusually small keypad. Believe it or not, back in 2005 it was thought that putting a hard disk in a phone was a good idea, which gave birth to the unattractive but interesting Nokia N91. Nokia took a crack at the BlackBerry market with the Nokia E61 smartphone, which picked up a small but loyal user base.. however it hardly dented BlackBerry's then rapid rise to prominence.
MotorolaMotorola never quite managed to follow up the success of the original RAZR, and some of their 2005 product releases didn't do very well in the market.
The Motorola RAZR V3i was a much-needed update to the original RAZR which addressed many of the flaws with the first generation device. Motorola also tried to push the RAZR into 3G territory with the Motorola RAZR V3x.
SamsungBack in 2005 Samsung were still a relatively minor player in the market, concentrating on little clamshell phones and a handful of other devices.
The Samsung E720 was one of the smallest and most popular phones of its generation, quickly followed by a 3G variant, the Samsung Z500. Also released was the very attractive Samsung E530, a device that we still regard as one of the best looking phones of the past decade.
Sliders were becoming more popular, and the Samsung D600 was a strong seller. The Samsung P300 "calculator phone" was an unusual and very tiny device, and is strongly sought after by collectors today. The Samsung Z130 was a very unusual 3G phone with a swivelling display, but that idea never caught on.