Crazy phones have almost become a thing of the past. Smartphone designs have gotten stale these days. All we see is the same glass slab with an ever protruding camera (which I hate). And there are times I wish that I was the design head of these smartphone companies to come up with some crazy phones. BUT, here are few selected gems from the past which threw the design laws out the window to bring something new to the table. Let’s get right into it, shall we?
Crazy Phones #1: Nokia 7280
It won’t be fair if I don’t mention Nokia 7280 at the beginning. Just look at that. You need to be well-versed about the smartphone world to know that it IS A mobile phone. It would be something I would carry to school as teachers hardly will be able to figure out. The design also gave it the nickname of “lipstick” phone, and it looked like one. The screen of the mobile also served as a mirror when it is inactive.
There is also a similar successor called Nokia 7380. IT sports the same funky design, but 7280 takes the spot as it came first. I think the Nokia 7280 is worthy of the #1 place of the list.
- Price on release: $500-$600
Crazy Phones #2: Telson TWC 1150
You probably might not have heard about this. But if you did, it’s hard not to think about the Telson TWC 1150. To me, it feels like something out of Power Rangers franchise. It is a wearable phone, like a watch, released in 2004. It was way ahead of its time and deserves the 2nd spot on this list for being different from the norms. If I can find it, I would show it off to my friends as a time travel device.
- Price on release: $530
Crazy Phones #3: C91 Golden-Buddha Phone
You know it Karma calling when C91 rings. This clamshell-like Golden-Buddha phone has a floral design on its back and swastika at the center of the dial pad, as it symbolizes divine and spirituality. And surprisingly, it has more to offer than its weird design, like a 2-inch display, 1.3MP camera, MP3/MP4 player function, dual sim, Bluetooth, GPS, and an FM Radio. These are pretty good for a 2009 device. It also has a Buddhist music box for “nurturing of the religion features.”
- Price on release: $1750
Crazy Phones #4: Nokia N-Gage
Nokia found their way into the list again. This time with their Taco phone. It has combined features of a smartphone and a hand-held gaming console. Released in 2002 to rival GameBoy, it wasn’t able to hold a spot in the market. The design was awkward for the gamers, as the display is taller, instead of being wider like a usual gaming console. But still, Nokia was able to sell 2 million of this device.
Buying Option: Nokia N-Gage (Amazon)
- Price on release: $299
Crazy Smartphones #5: Nokia N93
From this list, you can see how daring Nokia is with its design and form factor. They released the Nokia N93 in 2006 as a video capture first phone. And it has more resemblance to a camcorder than a mobile phone. Sporting a 3.2MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics and 2.4-inch 262k color QVGA display with the ability to capture 30 fps videos, the N93 was a camera beast back then.
- Price on release: ~$800
Crazy Smartphones #6: LG G Flex
LG G Flex was a particular phone in 2013. Featuring a flexible display back in 2013 was a huge flex for LG. The device didn’t fare well in the market due to its high price and an unknown form factor. It was followed by LG G Flex 2 in 2015 later on.
- Price on release: $940
Crazy Smartphones #7: Siemens Xelibri Series
If a mobile phone was made more of a fashion statement than as a phone, it is the Seimens Xelibri series. Priced extremely high, these were more of fashion accessories and was marketed and sold as one. And for the fact, the Siemens Xelibri Series caught a lot of attention with its crazy, weird design. But despite its looks, the hardware and tech were far behind the competition with basic features.
So these are a few of the weird and crazy phones that were released. But this list is incomplete, and there might be some funnier and crazy phones which I have missed out. If you have any device you think is worthy of being on the list, feel free to share it with us in the comments below!
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