Nokia evolution: From beast to beauty (photos) Summary: Nokia phones have come a long way since the brand launched its first mobile phone in 1982. From in-car clumsiness to design delightfulness we take a look at how the brand has evolved. By Eileen Brown for Social Business | September 3, 2013 -- 17:47 GMT (10:47 PDT) Follow @eileenb Previous | Next Image 14 of 23 Nokia 1600 The 1600 was launched in 2006 as part of Nokia's ultrabasic series of phones. Image: Bectrade Topics: Hardware, The Microsoft-Nokia Deal Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.