30 of the weirdest and wackiest cellphones ever



(Pocket-lint) – We have had loads of bizarre, great and forward-thinking cellphone designs through the years. Some even make that slab of glass in your pocket look positively boring.

There are people who had been plain previous bizarre, whereas others had been as ugly because the residue from an offal truck. The one factor they’d in widespread although is that, typically bizarrely, made it into shops and even individuals’s palms.

So be a part of us as we rejoice among the weirdest, wackiest and, we admit, ugliest telephones we have seen during the last couple of a long time.

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Samsung P300

The Samsung P300 was a titchy cellphone that resembled a calculator. It was an odd design selection from an organization that had crafted some fairly good wanting telephones earlier than it, however actually stood out from the gang.  

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In 2007, Bang & Olufsen and Samsung joined forces to create the Serenata. A cellphone with a heavy deal with being a music participant with a slide out speaker. It was pretty bonkers wanting and got here with a hefty $2,000 price ticket too. 

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Earlier than the Serenata, Bang & Olufsen and Samsung had the Serene. It was particularly designed to compete with high-end telephones in the marketplace. It had a snazzy design that included a power-assisted hinge to help opening, an iPod-style scroll wheel and an LCD show however lacked first rate specs. It additionally had just a few flaws that made issues like taking images tough and thus did not show terribly common. 

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C91 Golden-Buddha Telephone

In 2009, the C91 Golden-Buddha cellphone appeared. This clamshell-style cellphone had a luxurious gold design with Buddhist stylings centred round a swastika as an emblem of divinity and spirituality. 

Regardless of its bizarre appears to be like, the cellphone truly wasn’t too dangerous on paper. It had a 2-inch display screen, 1.3-megapixel digital camera, twin sim assist and extra. 

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Haier P7

The Haier P7 was an extravagant wanting sweet bar styled cellphone that launched in 2004. It had a tiny and slim display screen that was solely able to displaying 64 x 128 pixels, a 0.3-megapixel digital camera and a unusual design. It was in a position to final as a lot as six days on a single cost although, so there’s that. 

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LG G Flex

We truly had loads of good issues to say in regards to the LG G Flex again within the day. It was an fascinating cellphone with a form that was designed to make it stand out from the gang. On the time we thought individuals may need discovered it too massive, too costly and too weirdly formed to be common, nevertheless it was nonetheless one thing particular. 

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Virgin Cell Lobster

Again in 2006, the Virgin Cell Lobster was a tv cellphone i.e. a cellphone you may watch TV on. On the time, it may need been a little bit of a marvel, however that is so widespread now it is nearly archaic. The Lobster had a DAB digital tuner and the flexibility to observe terrestrial tv on the go. Alas, getting sign was a faff and this lobster was undercooked. 

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Microsoft Kin

The Microsoft Kin was a little bit of a flop. Its launch was delayed on account of points with the working system, had issues with pricing and in addition seemingly was placed on the backburner because of the upcoming launch of the Home windows Telephone 7. 

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Motorola Flipout

The Motorola Flipout was a dinky little cellphone with a sq. design and a flip-out display screen, therefore the identify. A correct QWERTY keyboard and a satisfying swivel motion had been nearly actually highlights of this cellphone. It was an affordable cellphone and it confirmed, however we nonetheless appreciated it. 

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Motorola StarTac Rainbow

One of many oldest telephones on our checklist is a product of the Nineties. A vibrant little flip cellphone system from Motorola that was launched as a part of the corporate’s StarTAC vary. It was actually loud, proud and something however refined in comparison with immediately’s smartphones. 

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Nokia 7280

There was one thing undeniably charming in regards to the Nokia 7280. At a look, it seemed like a futuristic little bit of equipment that belonged in Star Trek or Dr Who relatively than in your pocket. The Nokia 7280 was designed to be a style-focused system and a little bit of a style icon. It had a display screen that additionally labored as a mirror, some material accents and even a numberless dial pad. It was rather more of a style assertion than a helpful and handy system, however actually a looker. 

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Nokia 7600

The Nokia 7600 was the corporate’s first enterprise into 3G telephones. It sported an uncommon jewel-shaped design, a big display screen (for the time) and a keypad that was unfold out across the edges of the display screen. We thought the Nokia 7600 to be a little bit uncommon once we first clapped eyes on it, nevertheless it actually grew on us. 

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Nokia 7700

The Nokia 7700 was an fascinating system that by no means was. It was supposed to be a media-centric system with a big 3.5-inch color touch-screen with a decision of 640 × 320 pixels. It actually would have been a weird-looking system that will have stood out from the gang.

This cellphone was additionally set to incorporate a full suite of functions together with a phrase processor, spreadsheets and extra. It was sadly cancelled in 2004, possible because of the firm refocusing on normal cellphones on account of reducing market share.

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Nokia 7710

For 2005, the Nokia 7710 was a monster of a cellphone – a hefty system with a large touchscreen and PDA styling. It was sensible for gaming and an amazing little bit of equipment for productiveness too. It was sadly held again by an absence of pace and no 3G however in any other case an amazing cellphone to make use of. 

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Nokia N93

In 2006, Nokia launched the Nokia N93. This system was focussed on video seize initially. It had a 2.4-inch 262k color QVGA show, a 3.2-megapixel digital camera with Carl Zeiss optics and the flexibility to seize footage at 30 frames per second as effectively. The N93 may need a style of issues to return as future gadgets would have higher and higher video and picture seize capabilities. 

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Nokia N-Gage

The Nokia N-Gage was one of many first gaming telephones in the marketplace and was an try to attract in GameBoy followers. Gaming snobs weren’t terribly impressed on the design and most popular devoted gadgets, however there was one thing particular about having one system that would do each. 

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Pantech Pocket

2011’s Pantech Pocket was an oddly formed system with a 4-inch 4:3 show able to displaying 600 x 800 pixels. It was fascinating however not significantly memorable. 

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Samsung Galaxy Spherical

The Samsung Galaxy Spherical seemed to be Samsung’s reply to the LG G Flex. It sported a curved show designed to end in an excellent really feel within the hand in addition to some spectacular specs. It did really feel like an pointless design further although and the Galaxy S4 proved extra common and the curved display screen fad quickly died out.

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Samsung Juke

The Samsung Juke was one other cellphone that doubled as a devoted music participant. When closed it was used for music playback, when swivelled open it grew to become a cell phone. It was a compact, well-made and easy-to-use cellphone that we thought extremely of. Nevertheless, it wasn’t almost as useful as different telephones of the day and a few felt it was missing. 

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Samsung Matrix

The Samsung Matrix (the SPH-N270) was made in 2003 as a restricted run to coincide with the movie trilogy. It was designed to appear to be a cellphone utilized in The Matrix Reloaded and was supposed to be a collector’s merchandise relatively than an on a regular basis smartphone. As such it wasn’t terribly feature-rich. It had no MP3 capabilities, could not play video and it did not also have a net browser. Not terribly futuristic, however nonetheless, it could most likely fetch a bomb on eBay nowadays. 

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Siemens Xelibri

In 2004, Seimens’ launched the Xelibri vary of telephones. Units that had been supposed to be fashion-focussed. A lot in order that they had been launched in “collections”. They had been marketed as style equipment and had been bought with a excessive price ticket. They had been, sadly, very a lot type over substance. They could have been eye-catching gadgets for the time, however the {hardware} beneath was basically low-end tech with very fundamental options. 

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Telson TWC 1150

Oh boy, the Telson TWC 1150 was one thing particular. A cellphone that you may put on in your wrist. Most likely manner forward of its time and definitely not as snazzy as fashionable smartwatches, however one thing distinctive for positive. 

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Toshiba G450

Toshiba is just not usually a reputation you’d affiliate with a cell phone producer. The G450 was one of many firm’s forays into the house although. It was a bizarre one too, a tool that we thought seemed like a bloated USB follow an odd design that included three spherical sections for the dialpad and display screen. It was an fascinating idea, however lacked lots of the stuff you’d anticipate from a cell phone together with a digital camera, first rate display screen and extra. 

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Yotaphone

YotaPhone was an uncommon system that launched again in 2013 and promised the perfect of each worlds with the mix of a typical smartphone display screen on one aspect and an eBook type one on the opposite. Quirky, quaint and ever-so-slightly bonkers. We truly thought it was fairly nifty. A 12 months later the YotaPhone 2 adopted, so it should have been semi-popular. 

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Nokia 9 PureView

Within the final couple of years, smartphone makers have been cramming increasingly more cameras into gadgets to present us higher snappers in our pockets. However the Nokia 9 PureView may be essentially the most memorable. It is a strange cellphone with 5 cameras designed to present you a really distinctive digital camera answer. It is truly a very fascinating system, however actually bizarre wanting. 

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Motorola V70

The Motorola V70 sported an immediately recognisable design and was one other cellphone that was considered extra of a style cellphone than a typical cellphone again in its day. It sported a swivelling round monochrome panel with a neon backlight keypad and interchangeable frames apart from appears to be like it additionally had a WAP browser, GPRS capabilities, a vibrating mode and voice dialling too.

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Motorola V100

The Motorola V100 was all buttons and one heck of a message-centric system. It was seen because the cellphone that began (or a minimum of supported) the two-way messaging craze again within the day. 

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Palm cellphone

In early 2019, TCL tried to capitalise on the Palm model with a brand new system within the type of the Palm cellphone. We thought this tiny cellphone to be cute and attention-grabbing, however discovered it a little bit bit odd. What is the level in a small companion cellphone for an additional cellphone that is already in your pocket?

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Meizu Professional 7

The Meizu Professional 7 was the primary smartphone with a small display screen on the rear. This cellphone had a 1.9-inch display screen that may very well be used for establishing selfies and it was actually uncommon. We discovered it had just a few niggles that permit the design down, however usually, it was an amazing little system.

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Dash Kyocera Echo

In 2011, the Kyocera Echo tried to mix two screens to mix the usefulness of a pill with the comfort of a smartphone. It was a good cellphone, however actually appears to be like historic and outdated in comparison with the fashionable foldable gadgets which can be popping up.

Writing by Rik Henderson and Adrian Willings.



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