Picture this: it’s 2006 and you’re listening to that hot new track, Ms. New Booty by Bubba Sparxxx. Suddenly, your phone goes off. So, you reach into your apple bottom jeans and pull out your cutting-edge Motorola Razr to answer that text. After you send a quick “ROTFL!” you realize that this Razr phone is everything you’ve ever needed in life. Times were simpler back then, weren’t they? We’ve come a long way since 2006. Back then, Donald Trump was an outrageous celebrity personality and the New England Patriots were winning every super bowl…. oh, wait. Anyway, here are some retro cell phones that remind us of the good ‘ole days:
Yup, you guessed it! The Motorola Razr might be the quintessential cell phone of the mid-2000’s. The Razr first burst onto the cellular scene in 2003 and its popularity heighten over the next few years. It was the thinnest foldable phone of its time, making it easy to carry around. The Razr was particularly popular amongst the younger generation due to its extremely low cost.
This was the “it” phone of 2006. But more accurately, it was a flash in the pan. The Chocolate’s slimmed-down, sleek design was flawed, but the idea behind the phone was very innovative. LG originally created the phone as a cellular/music-on-the-go combination. Users could control the music on a dial in the center of the phone, but the device was just too dang small and easy to break!
No, it wasn’t quite a smartphone, but this 2002 device was dubbed “the cell phone with email.” This BlackBerry device could have very well started a revolution that it never gets credit for. BlackBerry got the email thing down pat, but didn’t quite master the “phone” thing. Incoming calls could only be taken via headset, which wasn’t exactly state of the art at the time.
This keyboard slider phone was ahead of its time when it first hit the market more than fifteen years ago. The sidekick did receive a lot of free ad time thanks to then A-list celebs like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan seen using this phone in public. Besides being cool in general, the sidekick’s legacy may be best remembered for its inclusion of one of the first app marketplaces seen in the cellular world.