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One of the 'dullest' looking phones in the gallery, the Nokia 2300 had a similar shell to the best-selling Nokia 3210 but included an odd, almost unthinkable keypad that was frankly downright ugly.
The keypad looked like a mish-mash of a child playing with Spirograph, and half like a convoluted set of Venn diagrams. Half pink and half purple, the handset can be left to discontinuation pasture as one of the simplest yet strangest devices Nokia has ever developed.
The Nokia 3220 was a simple device -- released in 2004 -- that quite literally lit up the lives of those who used it. While it did not have much in terms of software or features -- it had a basic camera, a 128 x 128 pixel screen, and basic messaging -- the LEDs fixed to the side of the phone would flash different colors based on different activities.
While the physical design of the phone wasn't too shocking, the key feature of the phone was a vertical strip of LEDs at the back. When a message was programmed into the phone, waving the back of the device in the air would produce letters, words and symbols spelled out in lights. It was a gimmick and nothing more; nonetheless, it was a unique selling point for the phone.
Sporting a similar candy-bar slim design to the Nokia 7210, the Nokia 3200 included a strange keypad design to anything that had been seen up to this point. While the keypad layout was standard in that the numbers are laid out in a square sequence, the buttons were joined up giving a droplet-like effect. The interchangeable covers also allowed for extreme customizability, giving each and every device a unique and individual theme.
The Nokia 3200, released towards the end of 2003, was one of the first international Nokia phones, designed to work in the U.S., Africa, and most of Europe, including the U.K., which was still a strong market for the Finnish phone maker.