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Nokia's first dedicated gaming phone, released in 2003, sported a brand new design that allowed users to navigate menus and play games in landscape mode. Able to play at the time groundbreaking games such as the original Tomb Raider, the device's 176 x 208 pixel screen was one of the brightest and color-dense displays seen on a mobile device at the time. It also included an MP3 player, downloadable content and a USB port. It was the first Generation Y-focused phone for those who wanted to show off to their friends.
The drawback was that the device had to be held vertically and on its 90-degree edge -- which made anyone actually phoning anyone look like an idiot, frankly. (I can say that: I owned one, and was regularly called an "idiot" at school for looking ridiculous calling people... at least I hope that was why.)
Nokia N-Gage QD
A significant upgrade to the original Nokia N-Gage, it was released in 2004, about six monthsafter its predecessor. The design was smaller and the keys were easier to play games with -- such as moving around in first-person mode. The phone included faster hardware but the same display resolution and color range to maintain backwards compatibility. The headset speaker also shifted to the top-right of the device, so dialing a number in one's right hand and placing it flat to one's ear made the owner look less like a 'pillock.'
Why QD? It was as though random letters attached to the end made the device somewhat more appealing. According to a Nokia spokesperson at the time, the "QD" didn't actually stand for anything.
The phone that never was, designed, developed and announced in 2003, the Nokia 7700 was a failed all-inclusive, multimedia, and business-focused smartphone that unfortunately was never released. With its strange curved shell, it felt more like a digital camera than a phone.
The touchscreen thin-film transistor (TFT) display with 65,000 colors included a fully-fledged Web browser, office suite -- including word processor, spreadsheet program and PowerPoint viewer -- and would have been the Symbian Series 90 phone on the market. Alas, good things don't always come to those who wait. The device never made it to the market.