Remember when cell phones first came out? The moment the trend started is immortalized in one of our most important cultural moments from James Bond movies to the sitcom Friends. Perhaps you were familiar with car phones, or the other large portable options of the nineties. The reality was, having a cell phone was a luxury, so many of the early versions of cell phones were things to be coveted. Soon though, we started accumulating cell phones as fast as our older generations were filling landfills with automobiles.
We’ve come up with a list of some of our favorite old school cell phones that we all wanted. Perhaps you remember some of these, and maybe you even remember the reasons why you wanted them:
#1 Siemens S10 – 1998
Did you even realize Siemens used to make cell phones? Perhaps best known for their ambiguous television commercials leaving us wondering what they do, Siemens used to make cell phones. In fact, they made the first cell phone to display in color. Never before had folks been so jealous of a phone that could display three colors.
#2 Nokia 9000 Communicator – 1996
Unlike Siemens, Nokia is (in)famous for cell phone design. You’re probably chuckling at the irrelevance of the sound of “Nokia” but before the Finnish giant sold its mobile unit, they created some amazing cell phones. You could conquer the world with its hinged opening and QWERTY inside. Any James Bond wannabe drooled over that thing–or in this case, any Simon Templar wannabe. Does anyone even remember that movie?
#3 BlackBerry 6200 – 2003
The BlackBerry 6200 was one of the first phones to feature a large screen. It allowed for quick access to applications and made any person look like they were the executive assistant to a very important CEO. If any of us had this mobile device, we spent most of the battery life checking to see if our calendar was up to date or selecting ringtones to differentiate between prioritized tasks.
#4 Motorola RAZR – 2004
We all wanted a RAZR. But we were all afraid it would cut our faces. Alas, the RAZR wasn’t like a razor. It was smooth and felt awesome in our hand. It didn’t feel too great on the ear, but that’s okay. The RAZR made flip phones cool. The RAZR made candy-colored phones cool. The RAZR made you cool.
#5 T-Mobile SideKick – 2002
The Nokia 9000 Communicator with a QWERTY caught the attention of James Bond Wannabes, but the SideKick made any teen and young adults’ dreams of being a spy who skateboards and shops at the mall with their parents’ plastic a reality. It seemed like the only thing the SideKick couldn’t do was call to space, but that was okay because MTV’s Spaceman made us want one anyway.
#6 LG Chocolate – 2006
Okay, it did have one of the silliest names of any cell phone, but that did not stop us from wanting it. It was capable of sliding, it was sleek, and it was chic. It had a bright, colorful screen. Honestly, it was one of the coolest, little phones. Most people did avoid calling it by its actual name, though.
The LG Chocolate may have been the envy of anyone who missed out on buying it, but it didn’t last on the market very long. Only a year later, the iPhone came out and all sorts of Android options came quickly behind it.
We can’t have a list of old school phones without giving a shoutout to the Zack Morris classic “brick”! This phone was a must have for every 90’s kid who watched “Saved by the Bell”.
For the last ten years, we’ve all been buying exactly the phone we want with plenty of refurbished, but relevant options to choose from. There’s no envying someone; you just go get it. Perhaps in another ten years there will have to be a piece about how Apple is irrelevant, but that’s a serious doubt. What were some of your favorite phones? Tell us in the comments!