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When the 7600 hit the market, the device got as many cheers as it did jeers. The 7600 was Nokia's attempt to step into 3G with something a little bit different. Different it certainly was and with the number keys split to the left and right of the screen, heavy texters were often left tearing their hair out by the device. However, 3G devices had previously been ugly and clunky - charges that couldn't be levelled at the 7600.
The 7600 was also a significant indication that Nokia had begun to wake up to the fact that phones were becoming more than just candybars for talking and texting. This device also packed in an MP3 player, a camera with video capture and PIM features.
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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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