Nokia evolution: From beast to beauty (photos)

Nokia phones have come a long way since the brand launched its first mobile phone in 1982. From in-car clumsiness to design delightfulness we take a look at how the brand has evolved.
By Eileen Brown, Contributor on
1 of 23 Nokia Museum

Nokia Mobira Senator

Produced in 1982 this box type mobile phone used Nordic Mobile Telephony, an analog technology and the first fully automatic cellular phone system.

Although technically a 'mobile' phone, it weighed 22lb (9.8kg).


2 of 23 Syamsul

Nokia Mobira Talkman

Launched in 1984. the Talkman was one of the worlds first truly mobile phones. It weighed 11lb (5kg).

3 of 23 Vintage Mobile Phones

Nokia Mobira Cityman

The Mobira Cityman was the phone of the 'yuppies' Launched in 1990 it had a hefty price tag of around $4,500 and was considered a huge status symbol. It was much more mobile than previous models and it only weighed 28oz (800g).

4 of 23 9 Channel

Nokia 1000

The 1000 series was positioned as the most affordable phones in the market. Launched in 1992 the candybar design set the form factor for many phones in the Nokia range.

5 of 23 Nokia Museum

Nokia 2160

The Nokia 2xxx series were also considered to be entry level phones. The 2160, launched in 1996 was Digital Core Technology (DCT) 1, internal Nokia technology. 

6 of 23 Nokia Museum

Nokia 282

This Clamshell Nokia 282 was launched in 1998 and was one of the first devices to use this form factor.

7 of 23 Geeks

Nokia 9290 Communicator

The 9290 Communicator had a clamshell design which flipped open to reveal a  QWERTY keyboard and an LCD display that took up most of the device form factor. Launched in 2002.


8 of 23 Geeks

Nokia N-Gage

The N-Gage was launched in 2003. it was designed to lure gamers away from the Game Boy Advance.


9 of 23 Mobiles Sulekhalive

Nokia 1110

The popular 1110 candybar design had a screen resolution of 96x 68 inverse monochrome. It was launched in 2005 and was aimed at users in developing countries that did not need advanced features beyond calls, texts and reminders.


10 of 23 Extragsm

Nokia 3250

The 3250, introduced on 2005 was a Candybar/ Twist device. This transformed the keypad into a camera and music control keys. It could store up to 2 gigabytes of music.


11 of 23 GSM 4 All

Nokia 8800

The 8800 had a soft slide stainless steel cover and 18-bit colour. It was launched in 2005


12 of 23 Cellular Superstore

Nokia 7370

The 7370, launched in 2006 had a swivel design form factor. It had TFT, 256K colors 240 x 320 pixels and a 2.0 inches, 30 x 40, 180-degree rotator design. It was also brown.


13 of 23 Info Mobile

Nokia 7380

Launched in 2006,  the same year as the 7370, the 7380 had an unusual design. It was released as part of the L'Amour collection. It had a sensory navigation key instead of a keypad and a 'lipstick' form factor. When in power saving mode the screen became highly reflective, acting as a mirror.


14 of 23 Bectrade

Nokia 1600

The 1600 was launched in 2006 as part of Nokia's ultrabasic series of phones.


15 of 23 Extragsm

Nokia E70-01

The E70 is a candybar and fold keyboard which was aimed at the high end professional market. It had GSM, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. It was launched in 2006.


16 of 23 Itechnews

Nokia 6555

Another clamshell device, the 6555 was launched in 2007. It came in red, gold and black and had streaming video and audio. 


17 of 23 Itechnews

Nokia N85

Functions of the N85 included a camera phone and media player. It ran Symbian OS v9.3 and used a two way slider to access the keypad or media playback buttons. It was launched in 2008


18 of 23 Techarise

Nokia 5730

This device was a multimedia and music smartphone released in 2009. It had a slide out QWERTY keyboard and a 2.4" TFT 240 x 320 pixel resolution.


19 of 23 I Computer world

Nokia C6-00

The C6-00 has a slide out, angled QWERTY keyboard and a 5 megapixel camera. It was launched in 2010.


20 of 23 Gadget buzz

Nokia Asha 200

The Asha 200 is a dual-SIM phone, budget level additions to the Nokia Asha family launched in 2011. It has a 2 megapixel camera.


21 of 23 Freemarket Kiev

Nokia X7

Launched in 2011 the X7 is a Symbian smartphone from the X Series range. It has a multimedia touchscreen.


22 of 23 Mobilni

Nokia Lumia 610

The Lumia range of smartphones are designed for young consumers buying their first smartphone. It is a Windows Phone smartphone and ships in cyan, magenta, black and white. it was launched in 2012.


23 of 23 Gear Moose

Nokia Lumia 1020

The Lumia 1020 was first unveiled in July 2013. It has PureView technology which reduces an image taken at full resolution into a lower resolution image enabling lossless zoom. It runs Windows Phone 8 operating system,


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