Nokia's long history in phones comes to an end
Nokia's shareholders Tuesday voted to approve Microsoft's acquisition of the company's Nokia's Devices & Services business.
The deal marks the end of an era that has produced many types of phones over the decades, as shown here.
Let's take a closer look at some of the more iconic Nokia phones.
The Nokia 2110 arrived in 1994, and was arguably the most iconic mobile phone of its era; it certainly provided the DNA for all candy bar phones that followed, according to Ben Wood, director of research at CCS Insight.
The hardware cemented the keypad layout, with the "send" and "end" keys easily accessible and buttons to select the soft keys displayed on the screen. The software offered a logical way to navigate through menu options and also introduced new features such as the ability to send text messages, he said.
Nokia Communicator 9000
The device was a brick at 14 ounces, but a phone that could be opened up to reveal a handheld computer was a big step.
"I remember how amazed we all were when we started hearing rumors about a phone 'that opens and has a computer inside it' after Nokia had given a private showing at a VIP event at the Austrian ski resort of Zell am See," Wood said.
"It is easy to look at it now and make jokes about its size and weight, but this was one of the first mass-market smartphones."
The 7650 was launched in 2002 and was the first Symbian Series 60 smartphone from Nokia. It was also the first mainstream handset to feature both a digital camera (with a 0.3-megapixel resolution) and MMS picture messaging, according to Nokia.
It set the benchmark for rival smartphone efforts and initiated a long line of Symbian products that at their peak dominated the smartphone market, according to Wood.
The N95 was the pinnacle of Nokia's smartphone efforts in the pre-Windows Phone era. It was announced in September 2006 under the banner "It's what computers have become." For $743, users got a phone with a 5-megapixel camera, GPS and a 2.6-inch screen.
However, Nokia had become too cocky and, like many other companies, it underestimated the threat from Apple's iPhone, which was released just a couple of months after the N95 started shipping.
"Looking back, the N95 and its successor, the N95 8GB, marked the point that Nokia lost its way. Although Nokia's market share peaked at a staggering 40 percent in the following year, the devices that followed, the N96 and the truly awful N97, were the start of the downward spiral," Wood said.
Nokia may have lost the smartphone battle, but the company went out with a bang. It's the cheap Lumia 520 that has helped increase sales, but the Lumia 1020 and its 41-megapixel sensor have helped raise the profile of the Lumia family and Windows Phone.
"This is probably the phone people will remember as the last iconic product from Nokia before it becomes part of Microsoft," Wood said.
"I'd argue it has also contributed to the recent uptick in Nokia's market share, albeit as a 'halo' product that helped sales of cheaper Lumia devices in the range," he added.
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