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Guess the Phone: A teeny-tiny slider

I can’t believe this little thing used to be a phone. How do you even hold it up to your ear? It’s tiny! No bigger than a rock you’d skip across a pond. It’s funny to see how dramatically the landscape has changed in such a short amount of time. I mean, there are phones similar to this one on the market, but a device this size just wouldn’t fly today. It looks like a big phone had a baby.

Confession: I had no idea what this phone was when it was brought in. I had never seen it, and knew nothing about it. Zero. If I saw it in the wild I’d think it was a little toy for kids. It’s so cute and little and funky. But it was a real thing, and a real head scratcher, too. This phone actually isn’t that old; I mean, yeah, it came out about 5 years ago, but the iPhone was out by then and someone still thought this was a good idea.

The thing about the phone, however, is that people loved the OS. It wasn’t Android, and it wasn’t Windows Phone; it was something else, something that met an unfortunate, untimely demise. I was reading a review of this device and it’s fun to see what people thought when it came out. We’re spoiled with the quality of smartphones today, and a device like this gives us perspective of that fact. For it’s time it might have been fun and unique. But, wow, today? Not so much.

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