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Celebrating 5110 Twitter followers with Nokia Time Warp XIV: unpacking the Nokia 5110

I have to say it’s absolutely amazing how fast the PureViewClub’s following on Twitter has been growing in recent times. The 26th of June last year, I could celebrate the fact that I reached 3310 followers (which happened to coincide with post nr. 808 by the way). Today I’m proud to celebrate there are now #5110 followers of @PureViewClub on Twitter! :-)

5110 followers on Twitter

To be able to celebrate this, a few weeks ago I was happy to find a (near) mint Nokia 5110 from 1998, including the package, booklet, accessories – and then some! :-)  So it’s time for yet another edition of my Nokia Time Warp – number 14 to be exact.

If the concept is new to you: the “Nokia Time Warp” is about unpacking a classic Nokia cell phone like if it were brand new, and capturing all of that with a recent Nokia PureView device (the 1020 in this case). Where necessary or useful, I’ll add some information as well.

Nokia 5110 - 1This is a phone I never used myself to be honest – it was a friend of mine, working in construction, who in 1998 always boasted about its unbreakable quality. So I’ve seen it in use, but the package I received a few weeks ago was completely new to me – my first Nokia (and first mobile phone even) was the 6150, one year later.

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Nokia 5110 - 4Nokia 5110 - 5In fact, the 5110 had the same tough reputation that made the Nokia 3310 (that came two years later) as epic as it is until today. But I think it at the time the 5110 was practically undestructable as well. I guess it was the antenna that made it more vulnerable. I did find a Nokia 5110 in a puddle of water once though, and of course, it still worked (in fact: it still does).

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Nokia 5110 - 7In the next few shots you’ll see the Nokia 5110 from all sides – you’ll see it wasn’t a very thin design, and the battery at the back of the device was pretty big too. It would keep your phone active for about a week (without recharging – depending on your use, of course).

The only Nokia I know of remarkably improving that standby-time is the Nokia 6310, another Nokia device I was almost in love with – and it didn’t even have a camera! :-)

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Nokia 5110 - 15Now this was already the time Nokia started offering colorful covers to personalize your phone – and it was very practicle as well if you for some reason scratched the surface of your phone. The person selling his Nokia 5110 did so with no less than all four of these original covers – green, yellow, red and blue!

Nokia 5110 - 17Nokia 5110 - 18So that made his offer completely irresistable to me. In the next shot from the top side of of the 5110, you’ll see a big button. If you push that, you can remove the cover to change it for another color. Piece of cake.

Nokia 5110 - 19Nokia 5110 - 20After removing the keypad, you could easily put that into the front cover with the color of your choice.

Nokia 5110 - 21Nokia 5110 - 22And before you know it, you’ll find your old Nokia 5110 looking bright new in a completely fresh outfit! :-)

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To conclude, here are all the “bare” front covers of the Nokia 5110…

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And as you can see below, Nokia promoted these originals with a small leaflet included in the package.

Nokia 5110 - 29There isn’t a whole lot to write about the Nokia 5110. It will make calls, send and receive text messages… But there is one more thing I really shouldn’t forget about the Nokia 5110…  Unless I’m mistaken, it was the very first Nokia device that would make you play Snake!

You know the importance of introducing a game on a mobile phone can’t be exaggerated. After Nokia coined its own ringtone (the famous Nokia Waltz) and different other melodies on a phone, and after inventing exchangeble covers like these, introducing a game on a phone was another essential, if not revolutionary development in the history of the mobile phone.

So much for this 14th edition of my Nokia Time Warp series, celebrating the PureViewClub reached 5110 followers on Twitter. My next goal to celebrate will be 6600 followers! Did you own the Nokia 5110? What do you remember most about it, playing Snake for instance? Were you ever afraid of dropping it? :-)

You’ll find my previous Nokia Time Warps here…

1. Nokia 7650
2. Nokia 9000 Communicator
3. Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
4. Nokia N900
5. Nokia N8
6. Nokia E7
7. Nokia N86
8. Nokia N800 Internet tablet
9. Nokia N70
10. Nokia N95 and N95GB
11. Nokia N73 Music Edition
12. Nokia N90
13. Nokia 8800 Sirocco Gold Edition

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6 Responses

  1. Congrats again !

    So that was the phone in the commercial pictures you teased a few weeks ago :)

    What’s the higher model number ever released ? What will you do when you reach that number of followers ? :)

    • Marc @PureViewClub

      Very good memory Olivier!

      The highest in the thousands is the Nokia 9500… After that I’ll have to think of “N=1000″ or something :-)

  2. Danish

    Please post the next time warp of Nokia 7610 which was the first megapixel phone by Nokia…

    • Marc @PureViewClub

      Great idea! Next one will be the Nokia 6600 however, and I’ll need to find a 7610 in mint condition first…

      #update Pretty hard to come by one. One of the visitors/members got a 7610 in mint condition? (not the “Supernova”, of course)

      #update 2 Looking for one I remembered I owned it once. Must admit I did didn’t like the design much back then. Sold it. Not going to buy one again. There are more interesting devices.

  3. Chani

    Congratulations Marc! :) And lovely pictures, esp. the last one.

  4. Congrats Marc with your >5000 Twitter followers. Very good for your one-man show. I am not a retro Nokia man myself but I was pleasantly surprised by the nice balcony picture on the box of the Nokia 5110.
    Keep up the good work.