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Another daring design for Nokia, this fashionista's phone was one of the first devices on the market that had no dialing pad. It didn't even have a touch-screen display, so how would it work? Through sheer hard work, most users found.
On the market in 2004, the thin-film transistor (TFT) screen with 65,000 colors may have had a thin and bright, colorful display, a slim and sleek design, and a VGA camera -- which was rare for the time -- it had to be operated by an iPod-like wheel. But it wasn't touch-sensitive; one physically had to spin the navigation dial which resulted in sore thumbs. Just imagine sending a text message by having to scroll through each and every letter; it's hard work and the phone barely took off.
Launched by Nokia in fall 2004, the physical device itself was not dashing or game changing, but the design of the keypad was swish and elegant. The Nokia 7260 was a candy-bar phone with curved upper-left and lower-right corners that felt comfortable to hold in one's right hand, but the phone's designers forgot that 15 percent of the global left-handed population found the device difficult to hold and 'sharp' to feel.
But the main buying factor for the phone was its beautiful design. The phone itself was not particularly strong or stable, but the spiraling keypad remains simple and sleek, but beautiful by its sheer simplicity.
Nokia 9210i Communicator
Nokia's second attempt at a flip-open QWERTY-keyboard device was released in 2002. When the device was snapped shut, it was like an old school brick-like device that was almost eclipsed the side of a person's face. But when flipped open horizontally, the keyboard would emerge and a separate screen would appear above, similar to how a laptop works but with a much smaller screen.
A true business and enterprise-focused phone, it was powered by an 52 MHz ARM 9 processor and operated Symbian 6.0 on a Series 80 user interface -- a design unique to the Communicator range of phones. But it was thick, heavy, and if dropped could probably register somewhere albeit low on the Richter scale.