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With Microsoft planning to drop the name Nokia to instead use the ‘Microsoft Lumia’ brand for their future phones, we take one final look at what made the Nokia brand so iconic during the birth of the mobile era.
Here are six things that we will always remember about Nokia:
1. They were instantly recognisable
Whether it was the robust plastic casing of the 3310 or the ‘is it a camera or a phone?’ look of the Lumia 1020, Nokia has always delivered when it comes to iconic phone design.
They’ve come up with some bizarre designs too – anyone remember the shaped-like-a-leaf 7600? Or the swivelling screen of the N90? And what about the 7280, aka the ‘lipstick phone’?
They certainly were an innovative bunch.
2. The battery lasted as long as the phone
Before the days of mega-mega-pixel cameras and 24-hour Twitter usage, the only thing the phone had to deal with was a few calls and the occasional text message.
And that allowed Nokias to have sensational battery-life. Give it a few hours charge and you’d be set for the week.
Even when it alerted you that it was down to 1 per cent, it would still last an additional three hours, giving you a couple more games of Snake.
Probably the first mobile phone game we all played, Snake alone was worth buying a new Nokia for.
The tension as your no-detail snake increased a few pixels whenever you consumed a dot, then the panic of knowing it was getting too long and you were running out of green backlit screen to wind it around.
Then disaster – you’d hit yourself and the game would be over. Then you’d happily start again.
4. The classic tune
Duh duh duh duh, duh duh duh duh, duh duh duh duh duuuhhh.
I’ve not done it justice, but Nokia had a solid phone theme, which was actually taken straight from Francisco Tárrega’s 1902 solo guitar piece, Gran Vals.
See, you do like classical music.
5. They were indestructible
When you drop your current day smartphone your heart stops before it even hits the ground – you don’t even have to look at it to know it is cracked beyond repair.
But your good old Nokia was essentially bullet-proof. You could drop it, throw it, bury it and sit on it for hours, knowing it would be safe.
The old 3310 even fairs well against a sharp whack with a sledgehammer! (see the above video).
6. They didn’t bend
There’s no explanation needed for this point. You try to bend an old Nokia and your thumbs would give way before the phone.