20 cellphones that made it possible

We all know them, we all wanted one and we all love ’em…well most of us do. Lets take a trip down memory lane so we can remind ourselves how far we have come from the first cellphone ever made. Make no mistake ladies and gentlemen this post is not on the history of mobile phones, its more of a reminder of what once was and what is now; reminding you of all the good times had with your old mobile phones and giving you an indication of whats to come. I may be a little subjective here but who cares? We are just having some fun, its not like any of you are going to base a scientific discovery on this post so ­čśŤ lets get to it!

#20: HP iPAQ family

They just don’t get any lamer than this. To be honest, I think its kinda cool, I mean MS Windows on a phone?! sweeet! wait what? I cant really use it the same way I would use my PC? that sucks, say what? it crashes every five minutes? laaaaaame!

Yes indeed folks the idea behind this phone was excellent,  but the way HP screwed it up was unthinkable or did Microsoft bag this one? Lets call it even and move on the the next phone please!

#19: Nokia 6210

If you owned a Beamer or a Benz or anything of the like then you would definitely remember this one, the Nokia 6210, real business phone through and through.

#18: Nokia 7210

Ey don’t blame me, its not my fault Nokia is awesome, or was he he lets see where this Windows Phone 7 thing goes. Anyways moving on, this phone was one of the leading factors behind the whole “ooh look at my phone” era. Lets say the pre-Motorola V3 and post Nokia 3310 phase when phones just started getting expensive.

#17: Nokia E72

I know, I know, not another Nokia! but hey don’t hate on the awesomeness of Nokia, they connect people. This Nokia phone connected a lot of people to the internet, to mms, to email etc. the E72 is a true flagship phone.

#16: RIM Black Berry Bold

The real business phone. Rim has had a monopoly of the business phone marked for a very long time and its no wonder, the phone’s operating system was made for functionality and practicality and not for mass production and profits, this is why Black Berries will always be around even after the age of the Apps.


#15: Motorola E398

Another true classic, this phone was awesome plane and simple. To elaborate just a little further, this phone came with a unique approach to mobile entertainment, it had a vibrating speaker system (kind of like a mini sub). This was also one of first phone to come equipped with itunes, which wasn’t that impressive at the time but it still deserves a mention.

#14: Sony Ericsson W810i

Add a few more years to the Motorola E398’s existance and you find yourself with the W810i “Walkman” phone. This phone was also “off the hook” so to speak because lets face it, there is noway in hell Donald Trump would take this phone and call it a business tool…noway! Never the less this phone is another flagship phone for the masses.

#13: Nokia 8210

What more can I say about this phone that hasn’t already been said about Afghanistan? I have seen this phone in the worst shape any electronic device could be in, I mean it had been dropped in water, kicked on sand, driven over by trucks and yet time after time it worked, it just worked. If it were up to me I would make it number one, but there are far better phones out there…thank goodness.

#12: Samsung I8520 Galaxy Beam

Every heard the phrase ” taking ass? ” well this is exactly what Samsung is doing with this phone, seriously?! a ***** projector on a cellphone! never mind the fact that the battery wouldn’t last long…it looks sweet! where can I get one?

#11: HTC Touch Diamond

Proper Windows mobile phone, I guess it was just HP the screwed the iPaq pocket PC. This was what I call a real business phone to the very core. Everything worked, everything….well most of the time. If you didn’t own a Windows PC then “boo ho” said Microsoft; but credit where credit is due.

#10: Motorola 3200

Hammer time! The original brick phone. Motorola’s 3200 was one of the first GSM phones to come out, some of you might not remember this but for the folks that do, this ones for you.

#9: Ericsson T68

GPRS that worked, it didn’t have much but it managed a lot with what it had.

#8: Apple iPhone 3GS

I don’t want to be an ass here but, this is what made the cellphone what it is today. The guys down in Cupertino really knew what they were doing when they rolled out this one. I honestly have nothing negative to say about this phone, nothing.

#7: Samsung E250

Cheap with all the basic features

#6: Pomegranate NS80

The Jetsons meets the Flintstones meets 2011. I don’t know what to say here, if only it was real :-(


More about this phone here, if it was honestly a real phone then bravo! all it needs is an ice cream dispenser and it would be absolutely perfect.

#5: Motorola RAZR V3

Brought “sexy” back, to the cellphone. The V3 was popular for a while, until everyone got one and realized how useless it was; none the less this phone did what it had to do.

#4: Sony Ericsson’s W800i

This was the phone to have if you were hip and on the scene.

#3:Nokia 3310

Everybody had one and don’t lie, I know you remember!

#2: Apple iPhone (1st Generation)

This changed everything.

Finally #1: Nokia N95
This was a tough one but after some thought, there was no other choice. Nokia really did us a solid by making this phone. Every inch neh every millimeter of it is pure perfection. The Nokia N95 wasn’t cheap but it was worth it, still is by the way; The standards set by this phone are still pretty hard to beat.

When it first came out it had an integrated GPS, HSDPA (which is 3G to you and me), a 3.5mm audio jack which was unheard of (on a cellphone) at the time, a TV-out option on the same jack, a massive 332 MHz processor with 3D graphics capabilities, 64 MB of RAM and get this, a 5 mega pixel Carl Zeiss optics camera WITH LED flash; this is the kind of technology Apple’s iPhone 4 is running on..in 2011! This phone truly deserves the number one spot.

GSM Arena Stats:
Design: 8.5 | Features: 8.6 | Performance: 8.6

Primary Camera:

5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, LED flash


Symbian OS 9.2, S60 rel. 3.1


Dual ARM 11 332 MHz processor; 3D Graphics HW Accelerator


SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging




Stereo FM radio; Visual radio


Yes, N-gage + downloadable


Silver, Plum, Black, Pink, Red


Yes, with A-GPS support; Nokia Maps


Yes, MIDP 2.0


– WMV/RV/MP4/3GP video player
– MP3/WMA/WAV/RA/AAC/M4A music player
– TV-out
– Organizer
– Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
– Predictive text input
– Push to talk
– Standard battery, Li-Ion 950 mAh (BL-5F)
– Voice dial/memo

Screen size:

240 x 320 pixels, 2.6 inches, 40 x 53 mm


All images were obtained from gsmarena.com.

Notable exclusions from this list are:

Sony Ericsson W910, Sony Ericsson P900 & P910i, Motorola C550 & C650, Nokia N73, Nokia N90, Black Berry Curve, Nokia N-Gage & N-Gage QD.