2004 was a bit of a low point for Nokia
who couldn't quite
find the right formula with customers despite coming out with some
radical designs. The Nokia
was an attempt to revive the ill-fated N-Gage gaming
platform with something a little less clunky, but in the end
the N-Gage only managed to attract a small but quite loyal following
and Nokia never repeated the experiment again. On the other end
of the design scale, the Nokia
was a nasty and very basic camera phone which simply didn't
meet the standards that customers wanted even ten years ago.
Japanese manufacturer Sharp
had a very close relationship
with Vodafone because of Vodafone's operations in Japan, so it was
unusual to see a Sharp handset with anyone else.. in this case T-Mobile.
The Sharp TM-100
outclassed most of the competition when it came to specifications,
especially with the screen and camera, although it wasn't the breakthrough
device that Sharp needed.
Samsung promised a whole
range of interesting devices
, but many of them never made it
to market. Out of these, the Samsung i700
was a notable early
Windows smartphone device which did ship to customers. Conversely,
the curious Samsung i500
a proposed PalmOS clamshell phone
with a touchscreen never made it to market, neither did the strange
but funky looking Samsung X900
and indeed many other products
they announced during 2004.
is the original Samsung Galaxy
was one of the very first Android devices to market. Although the
I7500 is somewhat unimpressive in hardware terms, it did spawn the
world's best-selling smartphone range which still carries the "Galaxy"
name. Samsung were also years ahead in pioneering dual-SIM phones,
and the Samsung
was a simple and effective way of putting two SIMs
into one device.
phones were very rare in 2009, and the LG
touchscreen phone was about as advanced as they
came, but the Renoir was only a feature phone and ultimately this
made it less appealing to a market had seen what the iPhone could
Nokia were pioneering with NFC
-capable devices, and the
was one of a tiny number of NFC devices to
have been announced. Five years on, NFC is still a solution
looking for a problem, and in the end the 6216 itself was cancelled
The last of the traditional Sidekick
range, the T-Mobile
Sidekick LX 2009
joined the family of messaging devices
that had proved a massive hit in the US, although they had limited
success elsewhere. Although the Sidekick demonstrated that feature
phones could still sell, a catastrophic data outage later in 2009
effectively killed the range off forever.
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