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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.
Nokia 7900 Prism
One of the first Nokia devices with the breakthrough 'prism' design, the Nokia 7900 Prism led to a range of devices following the same triangular pattern. The device range was not a major hit among consumers but they were innovative and inventive in their aesthetics ideals.
Released just before Christmas 2007, the striking feature was the device's keypad design, which also allowed users to change the keypad's backlight color. It included 2.5G EDGE speeds for faster WAP browsing, and the color screen boasted a 200 pixel-per-inch (ppi) density allowing for a sharper image. Strangely, the top of the device was completely flat -- quite an ugly 'ending' to the device -- that made marketing the product tricky. It does, in fact, look as though the top of the phone was sliced off through an over-zealous image cropping exercise.
Nokia 7070 Prism
Released in 2008, the Nokia 7070 Prism was a design feat over anything else. Stuck on the 2G GPRS network, its main feature was a jagged, prism-like design on its outer casing and a similar designed yet standard layout keypad. The flip phone was simple: it didn't include a 3.5mm headphone jack nor did it include a USB port unlike many other Nokia phones at the time. This was, however, before Nokia signed an agreement to partner with other phone makers to include the micro-USB port as part of a wider European Union push for device charging standards.