16/12/2019

Farewell Symbian: These were the five greatest Nokia smartphones ever

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Nokia released its quarterly earnings this morning, and along with some promising results – it just scraped a profit, after making huge losses – it had some other news to share: the Finnish phone peddler also confirmed that the Nokia 808 PureView mega cameraphone would indeed be the last handset ever to run its Symbian operating system.

That’s a wise move – Symbian’s been looking longer in the tooth than, well, lots of teeth laid end to end – but for gadget fans, it’s a sad day nonetheless. Join us as we look back at Nokia’s most important Symbian phones over the year. Did you own any of them?

Nokia E71

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Back in 2008, the Nokia E71 showed the world that BlackBerry-maker RIM didn’t have a monopoly on super mobile emailers. The rock solid keyboard and Symbian’s internet skills made bashing out missives with your thumbs easy. A sequel, the E72, followed but by then smarter Android phones with keyboards were starting to appear – and the space bar just wasn’t the same.

Nokia N86

 Farewell Symbian: These were the five greatest Nokia smartphones ever

The Nokia N86 launched on the very same day as the much-hyped N97, but it was this little candybar slider that stole our hearts, with its smaller profile and fantastic eight megapixel camera. Unfortunately for Nokia though, another phone launched from a different company launched on the very same day – the iPhone 3GS.

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

 Farewell Symbian: These were the five greatest Nokia smartphones ever

While the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic was never an “iPhone rival”, it was by far and away the most popular Symbian touchscreen blower the company ever released, with queues around the block at flagship stores on launch day. Its built in “free music downloads for a year” feature too, was a bold way to try and take on the iPhone+iTunes combo, but it wasn’t quite enough to steal attention awat from Apple.

Read our full Nokia Lumia 920 review now!

Nokia N8

 Farewell Symbian: These were the five greatest Nokia smartphones ever

When the Nokia N8 arrived in late 2010, Symbian was on its last legs: the incredible iPhone 4 was already on sale, while Samsung’s very first Galaxy S phone was on the market too. It was just too confusing and too slow to be worth the trouble – but Nokia went all out to make up for that with an incredible 12 megapixel sensor that’s rarely been bettered since – and only by Nokia.

Nokia N95 8GB

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Above all though, we’ll remember the Nokia N95 8GBM. Before Apple proved that touchscreens could actually be finger friendly, it was this amazing jack-of-all-trades that defined the smartphone. The camera was impressive, its navigation skills even more so, and you could even hook it up to your TV to share your snaps and videos on a big screen. While it’s long been superseded, the N95 will always have a place in our hearts.

Are there any other Nokia Symbian phones you’ll remember? Share your two cents in the comments below!

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