It was coming, some said. It was a matter of time before, sooner or later, the close alliance between Nokia and Microsoft would become an even stronger relationship. That’s how it has been; Finnish mobiles are already one more piece in the Redmond framework.
They say that there are things that will not change; at least, in the short term, it will not be like that, but on a day like today, we inevitably review Nokia’s career. Its most charismatic terminals, a list with ten phones, marked its history, from its golden age to its subsequent fall.
Small, tough. It was not one of Nokia’s first smartphones. They started manufacturing it in 2003. However, it only took five years to become the best-selling electronic device in the world, with 153 million units behind it.
It was cheap, the battery shined due to its duration, and although its 96×96 pixel screen didn’t let us see much, it was a really useful terminal to have a mobile phone, a couple of games, and SMS power. In addition, it was one of the first mobile phones compatible with GSM technology.
One of the best examples of the golden age of Nokia. It sold millions and millions when the Finns ruled with an iron fist, Apple was not considering entering the mobile market, and Android had not yet been born.
One of the most charismatic phones in which many of us have spent hours and hours playing Snake or setting ringtones. Indestructible, this tough guy is fondly remembered by many. Black and white screen, a battery that lasted a week. A jewel, a museum piece.
“It looks like an egg,” a friend once told me. The truth is that yes, but this mobile at the time surprised everyone again. An intelligent smartphone demonstrates all the potential of Symbian S60 as the most advanced and complete mobile operating system.
Rear camera, many applications, and one of Nokia’s first attempts to boost 3G networks. Another museum piece demonstrates the Finns’ good work in their best days.
When Nokia launched the N95, it left many manufacturers and users with their mouths open: a large screen (at that time) together with one of the best mobile cameras of the time. Small, robust, it was a very advanced mobile at the time.
It had a WiFi connection and inherited some features from other models, such as the ability to play N-Gage games. His battery was one of the best memories as it lasted for days and days. He looks like a toy now but was a mobile lord in his day.
“La empanadilla”, “that bug”, there was never a shortage of names to call Nokia N-Gage. One of the industry’s first attempts at creating a solid platform for gaming on a phone. Improvable physical controls, a screen that today seems laughable but… it was the dream of many.
In its catalog, it had many titles, which later leaped mobile phones such as the N95. A rather curious mobile that was not a bestseller but its owners, I have met a few, still keep it with great affection.
It’s a mobile phone, it’s a video camera. Well, it’s a mix of the two. The Finns tried to compete with video cameras, creating a hybrid with a rather interesting format. Especially for his unique way of opening up.
A different terminal, which is somewhat reminiscent of the experiments of other manufacturers, such as the Samsung Galaxy Zoom. Again, Nokia’s imagination to power to create different terminals.
Undoubtedly one of Nokia’s most curious phones. An experiment that resulted in abandoning Symbian for a moment as an operating system and betting on MeeGo. Its passage was quite discreet, although its hardware shows that it was a smartphone with a lot of potential.
The 8-megapixel camera, 3.9-inch AMOLED screen didn’t turn out well, even though today, many are looking for this terminal to test it or simply collect it. Its design served to inspire Nokia’s first Windows Phone.
Nokia Lumia 800
Nokia’s first mobile with Windows Phone. They were late for the christening of Microsoft’s new operating system, but it meant the first of many other terminals that made it clear that the Finns were going along with Steve Ballmer and company.
It inherited the design of the Nokia N9, and although some aspects of its hardware could be improved, it was a breath of fresh air. Originally, it was not a great sales success either, but it opened the way for the rest.
A Symbian phone in 2012? Nokia threw a couple and launched a terminal with a slightly ambiguous goal. It wasn’t going to resurrect Symbian, but it did show that Nokia had camera technology that was the envy of its compet
Its 41 megapixels, if we talk strictly about resolution, are almost anecdotal since this smartphone shows its power in lower resolutions. In its day we analyzed it in Xataka and although at the software level, it was not the best, it was difficult not to be fooled with the camera if it were not for a fairly high starting price.
Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia’s latest smartphone to date, although it seems that at IFA we will have one more model. After launching several Lumia, many expected the Finns to integrate the PureView technology of the 808. It took time, but it arrived in the Nokia 1020.
Sharlene Meriel is an avid gamer with a knack for technology. He has been writing about the latest technologies for the past 5 years. His contribution in technology journalism has been noteworthy. He is also a day trader with interest in the Forex market.