History will breathe a sigh of relief that there's no mechanism for gauging the number of hours of human endeavour lost to playing Snake on Nokia phones. If there were, the Finnish phone fabricator would come off badly in the final judgment. Or at least it would, if it hadn’t sown so much affection by creating some of the best mobiles the world has ever seen.
Founded in 1865, Nokia started as a humble paper producer and skipped through manufacturing tyres, rubber boots and even gas masks, before focusing on telecoms in the late-1980s and 90s.
The Nokia 1100 started it all, shifting a staggering 200 million units worldwide. Then came a slew of successes, including the achingly cool 8110, as featured in The Matrix. Few people could claim not to have owned a Nokia at one point.
Nokia has sought to recapture the form of its glory days, challenging the hugely popular Android mobiles and iPhones with its own Windows Phone offerings.
Any thoughs that the Finnish were finished in smart phones was reined in with the arrival of the Windows Phone-powered Nokia Lumia 800 -- one of our favourites of 2011 and arguably better than the iPhone 4S (gasp!). The Nokia Lumia 920 builds on that with the latest Windows Phone 8 software.
Any company that makes Batphones is okay with us. Now if you'll excuse us, we're going to go to our cupboard, blow the dust off our Nokia 3210, and have a bit of a cuddle.
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