We met staff from phone recycling firm Fonebank this week to debate 10 years of mobile phone addiction. The company sees every kind of device coming through its offices and has chosen what it believes are the decade’s most iconic phones. Having got all nostalgic for some of these handsets, we have to agree…
Phone: Nokia 5110
Reason: Start of the mass market phone, and at one point said to be the most popular mobile in the world.
Phone: Nokia 3210
Reason: The phone that introduced people to the phenomenon that was Snake.
Phone: Nokia 8210
Reason: The smallest, lightest Nokia mobile phone on the market at that time.
Phone: Nokia 3310
Reason: One of the biggest selling phones with 126 million sold.
Phone: Sony Ericsson T68i
Reason: First mass-market phone to feature a full colour display.
Reason: The must-have accessory for business-people across the world.
Phone: Nokia 6310i
Reason: Was for many years the dominant GSM device in the corporate world.
Phone: Sony Ericsson T610
Reason: Triggered widespread use of Bluetooth technology, camera and joystick navigation on a mobile.
Phone: Motorola V3 RAZR
Reason: Design innovation!
Phone: Sony Ericsson W800
Reason: First phone to be branded with the Walkman logo – for many, it was the birth of mp3 phones.
Phone: Nokia N95
Reason: One of the greatest ‘truly’ multimedia phones of it’s time.
Reason: Brought touchscreen to the forefront – thus revolutionising mobile phone design forever.
Phone: Sony Ericsson C905
Reason: At 8.1 mega-pixels, it’s the best camera phone on the market (even better than most digital cameras!).