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comment by kleinbl00

    I chose the Zodiac and the N-Gage because they were two devices that tried to combine two different core functions.

Look at it, though - you still can't make a phone call with a Nintendo Switch. Phones have become gaming devices because they fundamentally represent ubiquitous computing. Once you're carrying around a CPU, someone will monetize every.single.aspect of that CPU.

From a hardware aspect, the n-gage was basically the Danger Hiptop but with a shitty keyboard. Yeah, the Hiptop wasn't considered a gaming platform... but the n-gage didn't have any games either so that's not really an advantage.

user-inactivated  ·  479 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    you still can't make a phone call with a Nintendo Switch.

Because Nintendo doesn't want to capture the cell phone market and back then, they didn't need to try. They knew that their dedicated gaming consoles were guaranteed money makers and their expansive libraries and market presence more than made up for the lack of functionality.

I remember the T-Mobile sidekick. I always thought it was pretty cool. When one of my social worker friends was in college they ended up taking American Sign Language for their second language requirements and they told me about how popular and useful these devices were for the deaf community back then.

Since we're talking about functionality and weird designs, do you remember the Nokia 7280 at all? The thing didn't even have a numerical keypad. It was weird.

kleinbl00  ·  479 days ago  ·  link  ·  

First ad campaign I ever worked on:

KapteinB  ·  479 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    The thing didn't even have a numerical keypad.

The picture in that article made me chuckle. "Stress å skriva meldinga" roughly translates to "writing messages is a pain".

user-inactivated  ·  479 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Ha! I love it.

I can't imagine this phone sold all that well. Fashionable or not, a phone without a keypad sounds like some kind of punishment if you ask me.