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Retro 5|10: May 2004 and 2009

 

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 Retro 5|10 16th May 2014

May 2004

Today's phones may be more sophisticated than those of a decade ago, but older phones could certainly be more interesting to look at. Ten years ago Nokia announced the cute-as-a-button Nokia 3220 which featured lighting effects, customisable covers and an attractive design that made it immediately appealing, in a compact and lightweight design weighing just 86 grams.

 Nokia 3220
Nokia 3220

Meanwhile in Japan there were some quite different ideas afoot, and we looked at the Sharp V602SH and V402SH clamshell phones that featured novel technologies such as an autofocus camera, FM radio, analogue TV tuner and.. err.. a dog bark translator.

 Sharp V602SH
Sharp V602SH

 Sharp V402SH
Sharp V402SH

May 2009

Nokia announced six devices in May 2009.. but not a single one of them had a touchscreen. Among the more interesting ones, the Nokia E52 was a business-oriented Symbian smartphone in a traditional monoblock design, the elegant Nokia 2730 Classic was Nokia's cheapest 3G phone to date, the Nokia 6600i Slide looked attractive but its lacklustre specifications seemed to show a general malaise in product design. The Nokia 6730 Classic (which was exclusive to Vodafone) caught our eye because of the startlingly white colour scheme.

 Nokia E52
Nokia E52

 Nokia 2730
Nokia 2730 Classic

 Nokia 6600i Slide
Nokia 6600i Slide

 Nokia 6730 Classic
Nokia 6730 Classic

The strikingly-designed Sony Ericsson Aino was a touchscreen phone with a slide-out numeric keyboard, but despite the very smart physical design the handset failed to live up to expectations.

 Sony Ericsson Aino
Sony Ericsson Aino

We rarely cover CDMA phones, but the Samsung Alias 2 stood out from the crowd because of its unusual electronic ink keypad and a dual-hinge design. Despite having plenty of wow factor, this idea never really caught on.

 Samsung Alias 2
Samsung Alias 2

We also looked at the Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 which had been announced in a wave of hype in early 2008 but only got to the market 20 months later by which time it was irrelevant, and the Garmin-Asus tie-up was killed off the year after.

 Garmin-Asus nĂ¼vifone G60
Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60

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