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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.
Released in 2006, the Nokia N93 was one of the first N-series devices announced by the Finnish phone giant. A flip phone, it contorted to different positions and twisted into almost any layout. One could flip it around to play games like a handheld game console in a 90-degree sideways angle, or flip it open and twist the screen to take the perfect image.
The camera, which was only 3.15-megapixels, was housed on the side of the device facing outward. However, despite its consumer appeal and ability to play games with its dedicated 3D graphics processor, it ran the Symbian Series 60 operating system allowing business users to email and send instant messages.