The mobile phone industry tends to wind down in December, here
is what we were looking at five and ten years ago.
Although they had been on the market for a while, we looked at
G70 and Siemens Xelibri 6
"girlie phones", neither
was particularly impressive when it came to hardware and although
both were quite interesting to look at the whole concept was rather
patronising. Another somewhat unusual phone was the LG
which was a strange cross between a slider and a "candy
Back in December 2008 there was still only one Android phone
on the market, the T-Mobile G1.. so there was still intense
competition to be second. For a while it looked like the Kogan
Agora would be that phone, but the product was cancelled before
launch amid rumours that it might have been a publicity stunt. In
2013 there is quite a lot of interest in smartwatches, but LG were
doing something similar five years ago with the LG
GD910 watch phone which never really captured the imagination
of consumers at the time, but these days a good one will sell for
hundreds of euro on eBay.
At the more expensive end of the market was the original BELLPERRE
phone, a high-end luxury device that allowed a high degree of customisation.
Also pitching at the luxury end of the market was the Samsung
Ego which managed to look quite cheap at the same time
as being stupidly expensive.