Smartphones have become boring in the past few years where not much has changed in terms of design, apart from a few exceptions. While companies like Samsung and Motorola are exploring foldable phones; we’re still not there yet. Having said that, we still love some of the older phone designs that invoke emotions and immense nostalgia. Having said that, some of these phones were so incredible that we would buy them in 2020 if they came with modern specifications. Companies like Blackberry and classic Nokia lost the smartphone race as they refused to include modern specifications in their phones but that doesn’t mean it cannot still happen. We’ve already seen Nokia re-release some of their classic phones and there’s no harm speculating which older phones we would still buy if they were released today with modern specifications.
1. Nokia 7710
The Nokia 7710 was a smartphone before we coined the term for phones today. It was first developed in 2004 and had a whacky design that is still quite relatable. It came with a touchscreen, physical buttons in the corner and was meant to be used in landscape view. The phone supported expandable memory up to 2GB and offered multiple-format video recording thanks to the integrated camera. It also supported various audio formats like MP3, AAC, RealAudio 7 and 8, WAV, MIDI and AMR. If Nokia were to release this phone with modern specs; we are certain people would flock to buy the phone as soon as it is announced.
2. Sony Ericsson P900
Sony Ericsson’s first true PDA was a masterpiece and we haven’t really seen anything like it by anybody else. Sure, we got to see newer models of the same phone but the P900 was by far the most advanced phone at its time. It had a touchscreen that worked with a stylus, a jog-wheel for navigation and a great email client. With modern specifications, the Sony Ericsson P900 can still give tough competition to smartphones today; specifically Samsung’s Galaxy Note Series.
3. Nokia N-Gage QD
The N-Gage QD was a remarkable phone for its time and we wished something like this was still available today. Gaming smartphones do exist but many games don’t feel right playing with a touch screen. Physical buttons have always been preferred by gamers and Nokia can launch something similar to N-Gage QD to capture the handheld gaming market. It’s 2020 and I still play games on my Nintendo New 3DS XL simply because I love that form factor. I loved the N-Gage too and hopefully with modern specs it can become a great portable console/mobile phone.
4. Motorola Aura
This phone by Motorola was a piece of art that launched in 2008. The swivel design was a big thing in the late 2000s and Motorola showed the world what a premium phone could be using quality build materials. Even the swivel mechanism had 200 individual parts where 130 of them were ball bearings. There were steel gears made from tungsten carbon carbide that can also be found on racing car engines. If Motorola can manage to remake this phone with modern specs and maybe a larger display; we can see the world going crazy for it all over again.
5. Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
Nokia also dabbled with a touchscreen phone that worked with a stylus which didn’t really work for the company back in the day. However, if this phone released sometime today with modern specifications, it could work well among Nokia fans. It came with a 3.2-megapixel Carl Zeiss lens at the back and a dedicated “Media Bar” key for accessing music, photo gallery and the web browser. The phone did not require a stylus to work and could be used as a touchscreen as well.
That’s our list of five phones we would buy even today if they come with modern specifications. Having said that, your list may look different from ours and we would love to know your list of old phones you would still buy today if they come with modern specifications.
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