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Like the 7600, the Xelibri was its maker's attempt to take the phone into new realms of fashion. Siemens envisaged the Xelibri as the height of consumer must-have, with a spring and autumn 'collection' schedule encouraging consumers to update their phones as often as possible.
While the Xelibri brand only lasted some 18 months, its legacy is still oddly present. As well as ushering in the era of phones as design icons, the Xelibri also marked the start of a return to back-to-basics devices, where talking and texting were uppermost. It's a trend that's still hot in advanced markets such as Japan, where stripped-down phones like the RakuRaku concentrate on the simplest of features.
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Where would a top 10 of mobile classics be without an appearance from the BlackBerry, the device that launched a thousand thumb injuries? The first BlackBerry device was launched in 2000 under the snappy name of the RIM 957 Wireless Handheld. This device, the 7290, is the one credited with kick-starting the BlackBerry craze.
Since then, the BlackBerry has spawned a thousand imitations from the likes of Nokia and Motorola, but the form factor has yet to be bested for mobile email addicts. Blackberry maker RIM is now working out how best to exploit the next wave of mobile data services, such as salesforce automation on the go - which would suggest there's more evolution to come from the scrollwheel-bearing device.
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Say 'mobile email' and in the UK most people will think of RIM. In the US, it's a different story thanks to the hiptop. The device, manufactured by Danger, debuted in 2002 under the Sidekick brand name and was aimed at a high-spending, high-fashion youth market who were keen on IM and email from their phones.
The Sidekick, sold exclusively by T-Mobile in the UK and US, comes with a slideout screen revealing a full Qwerty keyboard. While the phone hasn't really taken off in the UK, it's a popular choice Stateside, where it's best known for being hacked and spilling Paris Hilton's socialite secrets.
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