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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.
One of Nokia's first 'business' phones, the Nokia 8910i was housed in a titanium shell. Back then, a strong device meant it was designed for business use -- and it was marked as one of the most expensive devices at the time. Released in 2003, it was tiny, thick in depth, but surprisingly light. The case underneath the screen slid out to reveal a thin-button keypad and protected the device from scratches and bumps.
But one of the major problems with an all-metal device, particularly for those in northern and eastern Europe, was that making a call would almost-always result in high-pitched squeals and yelps because the titanium shell would retain almost no heat. As a result, it was like holding something frozen to your head each time you wanted to call someone.
Considered at the time to be a 'business' phone, the Nokia 3650 was a game-changer to Nokia's device principles. The phone was heavy to accommodate a larger battery, but was sleek in design and thinner than most of the other phones on the market at the time. The rounded bottom fit comfortably in the palm of one's hand, but the keypad layout was strange and resembled a 1950's rotary phone dial. It took those who were used to the traditional texting principles a while to adjust to the new layout.
Released in 2003, this was the phone everyone wanted but could scarcely afford. Running the Symbian Series 60 software, it included document editing, mobile Web browsing -- which back then was still in its infancy -- and a large 176 x 206 pixel thin-film transistor (TFT) display.