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Goodbye Nokia, Hello Microsoft Mobile?
The Nokia Mobile, so synonymous with the mobile phone industry over the years, will soon be no more. Following Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia, there are reports that the Nokia name, in regard to smartphones at least, will soon cease to exist. We take a look back over the last few decades at some of the best mobile phones Nokia brought to the party:
Back in 1987, Nokia designed one of the world's first compact mobile phones, the Mobira Cityman. Imagine having to hold a conversation for more than a couple of minutes on a handset this size!
In 1995, mobile phones were definitely starting to get smaller although they still featured a rather prominent aerial. Here' one of Nokia's finest, the Nokia NHK-1XA.
The following year in 1996, Nokia were one of the first mobile phone companies to design a curved handset. The Nokia 8110 Banana also featured a sliding cover with an adjustable mouthpiece.
In 1999, Nokia launched one of their most popular handsets, the Nokia 3210 which achieved sales of more than 160 million devices. With dimensions of 51mm wide, 124mm in height and 23mm in depth, it revolutionised the mobile phone industry as it was small enough to fit into your pocket. Predictive texting made sending a message so much quicker and cheaper Pay As You Go deals meant that 35% of teenagers at the time had their own mobile phone.
By 2000, Nokia had designed the Nokia 3310 which was similar in looks to the 3210 but also same with the famous press-on interchangeable covers, photo messaging, games and screensavers. The Nokia 3310 went on to be a big seller for Nokia with 136 million handsets sold.
In 2002, Nokia launched their 7650 mobile phone. Still fairly chunky, as were most handsets in the early naughties, the 7650 boasted a large colour screen and Multi Media messaging and the ability to synchronise with other devices running Microsoft Outlook.
In 2004, Nokia brought out their first ever mobile phone with a touchscreen, the Nokia 7710. The 7710 came with a 3.5-inch 640 x 320 resolution screen and a 1-megapixel camera. Pioneering at the time, the Nokia 7710 made internet browsing and video playback far more enjoyable than on previous models.
The Nokia 6131 made its debut in 2006. The 6131 featured a clam style design which was popular at the time and a decent screen resolution of 320 x 240 pixels which was impressive a few years back. The 6131 came with a music player, FM radio and a 1.3-megapixel camera.
The Nokia Lumia 920 was one of the first Nokia smartphones to run on the Windows Phone 8 operating system. Unveiled in 2012, the Lumia 920 was Nokia's flagship phone at the time and it came with an impressive 8.7-megapixel PureView camera complete with Carl Zeiss lenses.