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April 30, 2012

Nokia innovations in mobile: old versus new

We’ve all got them. Those old Nokia phones at the back of the drawer that have been left to gather dust. But how do they compare to today’s Nokia phones? We’ve delved into the darkest depths of our cupboards to compare some of the newest members of the Nokia family with the some of the oldest to see how they differ.


Nokia 7650 meets Nokia 808 PureView

Nokia 7650

Nokia 808 PureView

In 2002 Nokia created the Nokia 7650, the first Nokia cameraphone capable of capturing images with its 0.3-megapixels sensor.

At the time this was revolutionary. It meant people could go out and take photos without having to charge up the stand-alone compact camera: something we all take for granted these days.

In just ten years, Nokia has continued to develop and create amazing cameraphones, culminating in the arrival of the Nokia 808 PureView – Nokia’s latest and greatest cameraphone with a 41-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics.

Side-by-side, the two phones look really quite different. The Nokia 7650 was square, and almost sharp to the touch. It was very angular. The Nokia 808 PureView is smooth, rounded and moulded to fit the hand – it’s definitely ergonomically designed.

We’ve taken a photo using a Nokia 7650 and compared it against an image from the Nokia 808 PureView to show how far Nokia has come since first combining a camera and a phone, only ten years ago.

Nokia 7650 example
This was taken by a Nokia 7650.

Nokia 808 PureView example
This was taken by a Nokia 808 PureView.

Nokia 8210 meets Nokia 700

Nokia 8210

Nokia 700

The Nokia 8210 grew to be a big seller for Nokia back in 1999. This was partly due to its size and the new trend at the time of having interchangeable front covers.

At the time, this was Nokia’s smallest and lightest phone on the market weighing just 79 grams. Additionally, the Nokia 8210 could only hold 250 numbers and offered very limited space in terms of storing text messages.

Thirteen years on, Nokia created the Nokia 700 – the smallest smartphone in the world. It’s capable of holding all your contacts and all the text messages you’d ever need while giving you more space in your pocket.

Nokia 7110 meets Nokia Lumia 900

Nokia 7110

Nokia Lumia 900 on AT&T

Ah, my first Nokia phone. The Nokia 7110 became an icon with sci-fi fans as it first appeared in the 1999 film The Matrix. Or that’s what everybody thought. It was – in fact – a modified Nokia 8110, but let’s not digress.

The Nokia 7110 was the first phone to come loaded with a WAP browser and also the first phone to offer predictive text, something many of us couldn’t live without these days.

WAP allowed people to connect to the Internet, sort-of, in a reasonably speedy manner, for the time – transferring black dots to a phone doesn’t really take up much time.

As much of an innovation as that was, it’s almost comparable to the super-fast speeds that the Nokia Lumia 900 boasts with its 4G connection. 4G – or LTE as it’s also known – offers speeds of up to 100mbps.

You’ll no longer have to wait when you flick from one page to the next on the Web. WAP seems like a bad dream compared to the present day. Fancy graphics, streaming music, movies and smooth video calls are now possible – thanks to other advances in technology.

Nokia 3510i meets Nokia 701

Nokia 3510i

Nokia 701

When you buy a smartphone nowadays, it will boast an amazing colour screen. And why shouldn’t it? However, it’s not always been this way. There was a time when all phones had black and white screens – although these were in fact green and black. That all changed with the Nokia 3510i in 2002.

The Nokia 3510i was an entry-level phone with a screen size of about 1.8 inches, a resolution of 96 x 65 pixels and stunning 12-bit colour.

The Nokia 701 is a mid-level smartphone with a 3.5 inch ClearBlack display, a resolution of 640 x 360 pixels using IPS-LCD and 16 million colours with a 160º viewing angle while still offering the brightest screen on a smartphone.

That little coloured screen from 2002 has come a long way; it’s hard to imagine going back.

How long have you owned a Nokia for? How does it compare to today’s Nokia phones? Let us know, in the comments below.