retro favorites: the nokia 7110.

Out of all the previous phones I’ve had, this is the one I remember best.

‘Twas 2002 — Nokia was dominating the Philippine mobile market — The Matrix sequels were yet to be released, the Matrix-merch were out of reach for me (at the time) and the closest way of getting jacked into the system was owning a 7110.

It was different from all the other phones at the time because while phone designers were perfecting the way to bring sexy back, the 7110 was the awkward bulge in your pants.  The larger screen size was partly to blame for this — the tenacity of that LCD!  Featuring 6 WHOLE LINES of text?!  Crazy!  (Plus, to top that off, it had an antenna.)

There was also the spring-loaded slider cover, which pops open when the silver button behind the unit is pressed — designed to answer calls (bringing the mic closer to the mouth) and to impress the ladies.  (No, it didn’t.)

Being the first phone to sport a WAP browser, it was only natural that they introduce a way to scroll through pages easier, thus the scroll key.  

Aside from all of the above, what I distinctly remember about the 7110 is the phone’s schizo-pearlescent color scheme.  At times, it was black, at different angles, it turns green — there’s event metallic talong (eggplant) in there!  

When I moved on to a phone that looked like an air conditioner remote, my 7110 was passed on to younger cousins.  

I wonder what a 2009 remake would be like.


1 Response to “retro favorites: the nokia 7110.”

  1. September 29, 2008 at 1:10 am

    I’m waiting for me new Nokia N96 🙂

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