November 27, 2021

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The childhood phones that broke our hearts

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Do you remember the good old days? When people had real values, the streets were safe at night, and America was great? Me neither. But I do recall the joyous phone designs of the past.

In the old days, my dear, before every handset was just an enormous screen, phones came in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Most of them were hideous and stupid, but at least they had charm.

Many of these cellular gems are in the Mobile Phone Museum. The collection of over 2,000 models has been meticulously transferred to an online exhibition, with photos dripping with nostalgia and details on each device.

The website has got the TNW editorial team wistfully reminiscing. Here’s how we had our hearts broken by old handsets.

Már “Aggressively Noughties” Másson Maack


While scrolling through the museum, I was suddenly reminded of my long-forgotten love: the Nokia 3200. Okay fine, I’ll admit its buttons are utterly ridiculous, but the aggressively noughties design will always have a special place in my heart.

It was the first cellphone I had and it was way cooler than all the other crap on the market because it allowed me to truly express myself. Basically, you could remove the outer casing, which was made of see-through plastic, and put in any type of printed background.

So naturally, I was by far the coolest kid in school, rocking a phone with hand-drawn designs (or at least my mom thought so).

Anouk “Groovy Shapes” Vleugels

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