Thanks to smartphones and their cameras, there are almost endless photos of modern handsets that you can turn up with a quick Google search, while sites like Nerdshala also detail these phones, but what about older handsets? That’s where the new Mobile Phone Museum comes in.
This newly launched website has over 2,100 unique handsets, dating back to 1984. Along with viewing pictures of each phone, you can also read a detailed overview highlighting key features, and other details like their weights and codenames.
To help you browse the included phones, they’re sorted into various collections, such as best sellers (such as the Motorola Razr V3), ugly handsets (including the Nokia 7600), and first, such as Sony Ericsson. W800, which was the first Walkman phone.
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The Mobile Phone Museum is the brainchild of Ben Wood (who is also chief analyst at technology research firm CCS Insight), and is designed as a way to remember not only the old handset you have, but a new generation It is also designed to inspire and educate. engineers and designers.
Although it is not complete. Several handsets are missing from the collection, and the site is soliciting donations of those missing mobiles. If you send an old phone that is missing from the site it will be photographed and moved to a secure storage facility so that it is never lost over time.
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Many histories are bad and incomplete, but the mobile phone is a recent enough invention that an older model doesn’t need to be forgotten, and mobile phone museums are a great way to make sure every major handset is remembered.
While you can probably find photos and descriptions of most mobile phones online, in many cases it will take a lot of digging, and the images can be of low quality. As time goes on, it can be even more difficult to find these older handsets if they are not properly listed.
But with the Mobile Phone Museum they’ll all be in one place, with full descriptions, high-quality images, and the phones themselves carefully archived so that at least one example of each handset will live for a long, long time.
Now all we need is to dig out the lost handsets and donate them, so that the record of the history of mobile phones can be completed.
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