Nokia During It's Prime

Nokia was once the most dominant phone brand in the world. The Swedish mobile company had a similar or even more of a buzz than the IPhone did.  

Everyone I knew had a Nokia. This phone was very popular in the 90’s and in the early to mid-2000's. What attracted me to the Nokia phone besides everyone else having one, was the simplicity of the phone. You could navigate everything easily from the games to contacts.

The first phone that I bought (well my parents bought) was the Nokia 3310. It had a plastic cover and a removable back and a very chunky battery. However, the battery life durability was good once you charged the phone it could last for two days or more without charging it again.

The price of the Nokia 3310 in the early 2000s was around £ 129.99. Now, it does not sound like a lot of money, but back in the early 2000’s it was very expensive. Nevertheless, a large amount of people seem to not mind the price tag over 126 million units of the Nokia 3310 were bought, to this day the 3310 is Nokia’s most successful phone.

One of the best features about the Nokia was that you had the ability to play the game 'Snake'. In my opinion, this was one of the best features of the phone due to the simplicity of it. Only four buttons were needed for this game and the thrill of beating your previous high score made it more exciting. As the game was already built-in, you didn't have to worry about updating game every couple of weeks or having any online features to play the game because none of those features were available at that time.

Overtime, Nokia handsets went from the 3310 to the 6800 and then N91. During the evolution, features on the phones included a built-in camera of up to 1.3-megapixels, a colour display on the screen, picture messaging and the ability to access the internet. Eventually, the phones abandoned the keypad due to rise of the on screen QWERTY keyboard and Nokia soon followed.

This was the start of Nokia's domination. However, with the introduction of smartphones (i.e. the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and the BlackBerry), Nokia's dominance soon started to decline. 

By Richard Afrifa