Top 13 Phones, That Shook The Nigerian Mobile Market (Final)

This is the concluding section of the article on the top 5 mobile phones that made spotlights in Nigeria, if you have not read the initial part, it is highly recommended you do, has we analysed the devices from 13th position to 6th (link here).

After having analysed 8 of the 13 phones in the previous post, This here is the top 5 phone’s that shook our mobile industry.

5. Motorola Razr V3 (Blade)

SE: Moto Razr V3
Motorola RAZR V3:

Released in 2004, it was the thinnest mobile phone in it’s time, so much that Nigerians nicknamed it “Blade”. Very slick looking clam-shell phone,  perfect finish, sleek looking luminescent keypad  with embossed thin lines to guide your fingers, it’s design was simply PERFECT. Several colour variations, the black and silver were very sexy hence making appearances in Bourne movies.

The looks were not only it’s strength, it’s speaker is crystal clear and sound, the camera was a little poor but permits snapping even from the mini-screen.

It’s shortcoming only was the limited storage space with no form of expansion slot.

Overall. the phone was a real beauty.

4. Motorola T180 (Talk-About)

Moto T180
Motorola T180

Yeah, that very large mobile phone MTN distributed with their very first 0803 sims, The phone was as expensive as some of today’s smartphone, lol. Sporting a very high pitch speaker and ringtones, it’s the only phone worthy of calling it’s rintone, alerts. It’s memory was so small (practically almost had none), it could only store contacts on your sim card, with very minute call records could only store about 5 missed calls and 5 received calls, 10 dialed calls.

It practically almost had no other extended feature, apart from call,sms and alarm, but it allowed us receive call any where we went, even in class. Unlike our wired land lines. Looking back at this, no one ever imagined a the possibility of having a device like the galaxy S3 right?

3. Nokia N70

Nokia N70
Nokia N70

Pioneer of the N-series brand of mobile phones, it was practically the most coveted smartphone in it’s era in Nigeria, back then it was so powerful, you would think it’s RAM was limitless as so many apps could hover in the background, “alive”. it played almost all the series 60 Symbian 3D game perfectly at flawless frame-rate.

It had a front facing camera and a 2 mega-pixel rear camera, it also supported 3g network, hence ensuring faster downloads using xget, fget (:) #memories). It was very powerful in it’s time, as it’s processor was clocked at 220 MHZ. It had a 55 MB RAM, although internal memory was very small, a measly 22 MB, it could be extended via a MMC ( hot-swap-able MMC at that).

2. Nokia 1100 (Torch)

Nokia 1100
Nokia 1100

What can we say, the world’s best selling mobile handset () with over 200 million units sold, these phone is so popular, it can be argued everybody at one point or the other has either owned the phone or touched it. Released in 2003 but became popular way later in that decade, it was many users main call receiving phone as the smartphones were very prone to having poor battery strength due to their features. Although targeted at developing countries and mass market, many rich-men and moguls have it as the phone housing their main call sim.

It outsold all the other competing phones around it, e even with the insane features the phones available during it’s days were, It has the very basic needs of a mobile phone, calls, text… Even has a dedicated torch-light and 2 games, Snake and the popular Space-Impact.

Nokia 1100 Trivia:

  • World’s best selling handset.
  • Nokia’s one billionth handset sale was an 1100, guess where, Nigeria 🙂
  •  It has torchlight
  • it didn’t have a capacitive/resistive touch screen, didn’t have a coloured screen, didn’t have wifi, bluetooth, infrered, could not play mp3 neither could it play polyphonic tones, but it did one thing very well, “It’s job, making calls”.

1. Nokia 3310:

Nokia 1100
Nokia 3310

World’s most indestructible phone, so resilient it was dubbed “o ja bo ko fo, omo na bouncing” :D. This phone sold over 160 million units, it practically was and still is, indestructible. For it’s time it features were beyond the phone’s that were released in it’s era, while the t180 talk-abouts, Sagem and Trium were being sold, the 3310 gave us unique features that were stellar in it’s time, like a calculator, stop watch, 35 built in catchy ring tones, custom tune support which can be built using the tone composer or downloaded and screensaver support.

It also comes built in with 4 very addictive games, Bantumi, Pairs II, Snake II and the legendary Space Impact (that was so addictive, even with the PlayStation in your room, you still won’t mind hiding under the dining table so as not to get caught draining battery).

Nokia 3310 Trivias:

  • More back cover/casing than the total amount of BB pouches out there.
  • Didn’t need a screen protector or guard
  • Doesn’t need rooting or jailbreaking
  • Highly indestructible, can survive falls over very distances.

Here’s something for you to deliberate on…

Nokia 1100
IPhone 5 vs Nokia 3310
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