August 27, 2009

Nokia 1100

The Nokia 1100 might look fairly anonymous but this humble GSM handset is actually the single most popular piece of electronics ever made (and we’ve got a bit of a soft spot for it here on Conversations – read about The 1100 Club). Since its launch in 2003, over 200 million 1100s have been sold worldwide, which equates to around a million phones for each week of its lifetime. The reasons for its global popularity aren’t tough to see. The candybar 1100 is simply a supremely functional phone, with reliable dual-band GSM voice calls, SMS messaging (and predictive text), vibration alert, alarm, stopwatch and calculator. The 1100 was built for a worldwide audience, and so sports a sealed keypad and non-slip sides for dusty and wet climates, plus a built-in torch for countries lacking widespread street lighting. The 1100 is all about the basics done brilliantly.