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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.
Released in 2007, the 'XpressMusic' branded phone came with in-built music and video playback, despite the small screen, but housed a powerful loudspeaker. It was also one of the first Nokia phones that came with a joystick-like menu control -- a 'feature' that wore out after only a few months of using it.
But for no apparent reason, it seems, this candy-bar design phone had a spinning lower half. The camera was embedded in the bottom-right hand side of the phone facing to the right. Holding the device in your right hand and you would forever be taking photos of your wrist. But holding the phone horizontally and spinning the lower half of the phone would 'enable' the point-and-shoot mode. It would've simply made more sense to include a camera at the back of the device, but the back-facing camera technology was still a work in progress -- so we can't criticize Nokia for that.