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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.
Nokia finally developed a touchscreen phone -- one of the first on the market -- and released the Nokia 7710, the successor to the never-released Nokia 7700, around the time the discontinued phone was due to hit the market. Designed for use in the landscape mode -- one held the phone in portrait mode to make calls -- it was the closest phone that Nokia came to the Lumia but arrived on the market almost a decade earlier. Design wise, it was more like a slimmed-down tablet than a phone as such, but considering the only 'tablets' on the market were 180-degree screen-spinning laptops, it wasn't considered anything but a very clever phone.
With a 640 x 320 pixel screen in a 3.5-inch display, it was a heavy device but fit snugly -- if not a little bulky -- in one's jeans pocket. It also ran Symbian Series 90, a breakthrough in design for the Finnish phone maker, and even included Flash support in the in-built browser.