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Ericsson also gave us the world's first smart phone, the R380. The R380 was the first device to come equipped with the Symbian operating system and had all the functionality most businesspeople would take for granted: email, WAP, PIM.
But aside from its innovative innards, this smart device was an interesting take on the traditional form factor. Like the T10 before it, the R380 had a flip-down element, although the R380 made the additional space more about functionality than form. By larding the flip-down section with buttons, it allowed the R380 to have additional screen size - a trick Sony Ericsson still uses on its business phones today.
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Nokia's first significant foray into a premium device for enterprises yielded the 9000, also known as the Communicator. While the device was never going to win any beauty contests - and its successors still bear the loving 'brick' soubriquet - it was packed with functionality for its time and designed with email-centric users in mind.
As well as getting your email, you could also use the device to pick up faxes, access PIM-type services and even go on the internet and sync the whole lot with your PC. Back in 1996, Nokia announced it saw a big opportunity around "the pocketable office". It's still working on that with its E-series of business devices, as well as the lastest in the Communicator line, the 9500, which still bears the same unlovely design.
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"I know kung-fu." So said Keanu Reeves' Matrix character Neo. As well as showcasing his acting and martial arts skills in the sci-fi blockbuster, Reeves introduced the world to the Nokia 8110 'banana phone', which allowed him to jump between worlds as well as providing voice calls and text messaging.
The Matrix-inspired device with talk-of-the-town side-release button hit the market in 1998 and inaugurated the age of the hidden-button slider phone. It also inspired the 7110, Nokia's first WAP phone. While WAP back then turned out to be the mobile equivalent of coal in your Christmas stocking, the 7110 did cement the craze for the annoyingly addictive Snakes game.
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