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12 Mar 2019

Weirdest smartphones ever: Have you owned any of these?

Weirdest smartphones of all time

The year is 2019 and we've already seen some of the most innovative smartphone designs - from foldable phones to punch-hole designs and dual-screen smartphones to hole-less, port-less flagships.

However, in this article, we look back at some of the weirdest (or innovative, in retrospect) smartphones that have been purchased and owned by us with a lot of pride.

Take a look.

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Weirdest smartphones of all time
Nokia 7600: The original teardrop shape

Pick #1

Nokia 7600: The original teardrop shape

Announced in 2003, the Nokia 7600 is definitely one of the smallest smartphones ever sold.

The phone measured 87mm x 78mm x 19mm and offered a rather quirky teardrop shape - a lot different from present-day teardrop notches.

It also offered a 2.0-inch display, T9 keypad, 29MB memory, and a single VGA camera.

And though it lacked a headphone jack, it supported 3G network.

Pick #2

Motorola FlipOut: The cool flip phone

The Motorola FlipOut, launched in 2010, is still one of the most eye-catching smartphones.

Thought the phone had a tiny footprint of 67mm x 67mm x 17mm, it packed a 2.8-inch screen, a full QWERTY keypad, 512MB of RAM and a 3.15MP rear camera.

It ran on Android 2.1 (Eclair) and supported Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, along with 3G network.

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Siemens Xelibri 6: For the Bond girl

Pick #3

Siemens Xelibri 6: For the Bond girl

While Seimens' entire Xelibri lineup was about quirky designs, the 2003-made Xelibri 6 could still show up in a Bond movie.

Designed for women, the compact-styled phone came with dual mirrors, a T9 keypad, and a four-way navigation button.

The upper mirror housed a stamp-sized display - just small enough for a Bond girl to covertly read her mission code.

Pick #4

Samsung Galaxy Round: A phone with an odd curved screen

While Samsung is known for its curved designs, the company once made a phone with a concave screen.

Released in 2013, Galaxy Round came with a 5.7-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED screen, 13MP rear camera, and flagship Snapdragon 800 chipset.

And though the phone was a solid performer, its inward curved design solicited so many accidental touches that it became tough to even use it.

LG DoublePlay: The impractical dual-screen smartphone

Pick #5

LG DoublePlay: The impractical dual-screen smartphone

While LG continues to make dual-screen smartphones, one of its early implementations was the LG DoublePlay.

Launched in 2011, the phone came with a main display and another app tray screen which split the slider keyboard into two sections.

It was powered by a Qualcomm's Scorpion processor, 512MB RAM, and a solid 1,500mAh battery.

However, the split keyboard was difficult to use for many.

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