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First announced in 2003, the Nokia 7600 was a daring teardrop design. At the time its capabilities were modest. It had a 128 x 160 pixel screen with 65,000 colors, but only ran on the 2G GPRS network.
But holding the device in one hand was almost impossible. Square in size, it was about the size and thickness of a packet of cigarettes. One had to carefully hold the device with the edges of both fingers, but the menu-scrolling pad at the bottom of the device was awkwardly placed, making it difficult to navigate with one hand. And calling people meant holding the device at a 45-degree angle, and made anyone using the phone look silly, frankly.
A unique device for its time, the Nokia 6800, released in 2003, brought the QWERTY physical keyboard to a whole new level by bridging the gap between the dial keypad phones at the turn of the millennium and the BlackBerry-like devices we have today.
The phone was relatively thin for the time and about the same size as a standard phone during the early 2000's, but the phone hinged in the middle and flipped out to a 90-degree fully-fledged keyboard. The screen would also rotate 90-degrees to accommodate for the prolific texter or emailer. Besides that, it was a fairly unremarkable phone in terms of features.
A unique design for the Finnish phone giant, the Nokia 5510 was a dedicated music and multimedia device, despite its monochrome screen, that featured the firm's first hardware QWERTY-keyboard. Multimedia -- at least back then -- was texting and communicating with friends. As email had not really appeared on a phone by this point in late-2001 when the device was released, the keyboard was a novelty.
MP3 playback was included, allowing owners to listen to their music as they typed away to their friends. Users would call others by holding the device flat to their face as the handset's ear-speaker was embedded in the bottom-right of the device when held in landscape mode. Still, it was a chunky piece of kit that resembles the size of a standard television remote control.