Do you remember the oldest and heaviest phones in the twentieth century? It’s funny how phones started as a black and white magic box, and the top biggest phone companies introduced the coolest slid and flip phones.
Soon after powerful and smartphones appeared and now everybody seems to be enjoying the new age mobile device.
Newly improved smartphones keep piling up in the market, just when you think you have the latest phone brrrrh! Another Samsung, iPhone, Nokia, or Xiaomi releases another fantastic model. We can barely keep up!
On a closer look, you will agree with me that almost all the phones are identical in terms of design and functionality.
Well, you are not about to read the same models and features; this list of phones will shock you in a good way of course.
So, get ready to see the top seven weird phones you probably haven’t heard or seen before.
Table of contents
- 1. Lenovo C plus
- 2. Xiang yan wang 3838
- 3. The Dras phone
- 4. NEC Flip Phone
- 5. Google Project Ara
- 6. Nokia 888
- 7. Nintendo Plus
- 8. LG Wing: The basics
- 9. Bang & Olufsen Serenata
- 10. C91 Golden-Buddha Phone
- 11. Haier P7
- 12. LG G Flex
- 13. Virgin Mobile Lobster
- 14. Microsoft Kin
- 15. Motorola Flipout
- 16. Motorola StarTac Rainbow
- 17. Nokia 7710
- 18. Nokia 7280
- 19. Nokia 7600
- 20. Nokia N-Gage
- 21. Nokia N93
- 22. Samsung Juke
- 23. Samsung Galaxy Round
- 24. Pantech Pocket
1. Lenovo C plus
At first, the Lenovo C plus looks like a normal TV remote control, but with an insanely huge screen.
Nevertheless, the intentionally design rough ridges at the back of the phone help to bend the phone around your wrist. Unfortunately, the screen can still crack like shattered glass when rolling it.
The electronics inside of the C class are divided into different segments; this phone can be used as a smartwatch, the interface changes according to your preferences.
2. Xiang yan wang 3838
The Xiang yan wang 3838 is both a cigarette case and a mobile phone; many Chinese people are heavy smokers, we all get why the invention of the Xiang yan wang 3838. Although, the company chose to remain anonymous.
The phone as at the time of this publication cost $175; the device built with a colored screen, it has a micro SD slot, and also a Mp3 player, but the fascinating thing about this phone is the possibility of carrying your cigarette in your mobile device.
3. The Dras phone
This is probably the fascinating smartphone in the world; you can pile it up like a bunch of domino tiles. Amazing isn’t it? Also, this smartphone has a flexible display that can be bent at one hundred and eighty (180) degrees at three different edges!
One of the most significant advantages of this phone is that it has a huge display which can be converted to a more compact form.
Decades ago who would have thought the Dras phone would be in existence? Even when folded, the screen still works perfectly; it also shows notification, and any important information using all kinds of widgets.
At first glance, it might look like a weird phone, don’t worry I am pretty sure you are going to love it!
4. NEC Flip Phone
When you think you’ve seen it all, this phone breaks yet another record. How many screens do you think a phone needs? One? two?
The NEC Flip Phone has not one, not two but three screens! One phone with three screens, how cool can is that! This gadget has three screen running androids, which is just what you need for multitasking.
Three screens are useful; you can work with different files all at once, and the keyboard on one side of the screens is what you need to work better with your flip phone.
Furthermore, with three screens you can place the phone on the table and watch videos and photos at the same time.
5. Google Project Ara
We believe a revolutionary era in terms of Smartphones, is soon to come. Unfortunately, the Google Project Ara is not in the market, but the creator of a famous internet portal has one of these in his hands.
It goes by the code name AA.0.1, and it’s probably just an earlier version from the developers. In this model, different parts of the phone are connected with magnets.
In the past, Google declared that the magnets are not enough to keep the pieces together so, they decided to create electromagnets.
Unfortunately, the smartphone is not compact; it is 4.5 millimeters thick without the camera which is not the best in this new age technology. Probably the reason Google closed the project.
6. Nokia 888
This phone is the definition of flexibility; the idea is that the innovative spring and the sot frame will allow you to bend the phone anywhere you want around your arm.
The is believed to be five millimeters thick, and the phone has an inbuilt system of cables that will allow the phone to bend when there is a message or incoming call.
The Nokia 888 might be the phone of the future; it is not currently available on the market.
7. Nintendo Plus
If you are a huge fan of video games, you are going to love the Nintendo Plus smartphone. Don’t be fooled by its looks; it has an unusual design; it flips both ways and also rotates.
Instead of the normal keyboard under the screen, the inventor of this phone added the usual game buttons; D-pads and flat sticks so, ultimately it is your phone to play.
The Nintendo Plus had two front speakers and exceptionally bright screen; it is a dream come true for all gamers.
8. LG Wing: The basics
The main specifications of The Wing are heavily borrowed from LG’s mid-tier Velvet handset. It is powered by a Snapdragon 765G chipset with 8 GB of RAM, like that handset, and packs a curved primary Full HD+ display.
For the first time, however, picking up the Wing shows that this is a very distinct phone class. The Wing is a complete 40g heavier than the already chunky Galaxy S20 Ultra, weighing in at 260g.
And with a display diagonal of 6.8 inches, it’s not far from the footprint of the biggest Samsung phones either.
9. Bang & Olufsen Serenata
Bang & Olufsen and Samsung joined forces in 2007 in order to build the Serenata. A phone with a strong emphasis on becoming a slider-out speaker with a music player. It looked very bonkers and came with a hefty $2,000 price tag, too.
10. C91 Golden-Buddha Phone
The C91 Golden-Buddha phone appeared in 2009. With Buddhist stylings based around a swastika as a symbol of divinity and spirituality, this clamshell-style phone had a luxury gold build.
The phone was actually not too bad on paper, considering its odd looks. It had a 2-inch monitor, a 1.3-megapixel sensor, support for dual sims, and more.
11. Haier P7
The Haier P7 was an extravagant-looking phone with a candy bar that was published in 2004. It had a thin, slender screen that could only view 64 x 128 pixels, a 0.3-megapixel camera and a funky interface. However on a single charge, it was able to last as long as six days, so there’s that.
12. LG G Flex
Actually back in the day, we had a lot of positive things to say about the LG G Flex. It was an unusual phone built to make it stand out from the crowd, with a form.
We thought at the time that people may have found it too big, too costly and too odd to be famous, but it was still something special.
13. Virgin Mobile Lobster
The Virgin Mobile Lobster device was a television phone back in 2006, i.e. a telephone you could watch TV on. It may have been a bit of a wonder at the time, but it’s so normal now that it’s almost archaic.
The lobster had a wireless DAB tuner and the ability to watch on-the-go terrestrial TV. Alas, it was a faff to get a signal, and this lobster was badly baked.
14. Microsoft Kin
It was somewhat of a flop for Microsoft Kin. Owing to problems with the operating system, its launch was postponed, had pricing issues and was also apparently placed on the backburner due to the forthcoming release of Windows Phone 7.
15. Motorola Flipout
A funny little phone with a square shape and a flip-out screen were the Motorola Flipout, hence the name. The highlights of this phone were almost definitely a proper QWERTY keyboard and a pleasing swivel action. It was a cheap phone, and it turned up, but it still pleased us.
16. Motorola StarTac Rainbow
A product from the 1990s is one of the oldest phones on our list. A Motorola colourful little flip phone gadget that was launched as part of the StarTAC range of the brand.
In contrast to today’s smartphones, it was undoubtedly noisy, proud and anything but subtle.
17. Nokia 7710
The Nokia 7710 was a phone monster for 2005 – a hefty computer with a large touchscreen and PDA theme. For gaming, it was perfect and a great bit of kit for productivity too.
Unfortunately, it was held back by a lack of speed and no 3G, but it was also a nice phone to use.
18. Nokia 7280
The Nokia 7280 had something profoundly charming about it. It looked like a futuristic piece of kit at a glance, which belonged to Star Trek or DR Who rather than in your wallet.
The Nokia 7280 device was designed to be a computer-based on style and a little bit of a fashion symbol.
It had a screen, some fabric accents as well as a numberless dial pad that also acted as a mirror. It was more like a fashion statement, but definitely a looker, than a practical and convenient unit.
19. Nokia 7600
The Nokia 7600 was the first foray into 3G phones for the company. It carried an unusual design in the form of a jewel, a widescreen (for the time) and a keyboard that stretched around the edges of the screen.
When we first clapped our eyes on it, we thought the Nokia 7600 was a little strange, but it sure grew on us.
20. Nokia N-Gage
One of the very first gaming phones on the market was the Nokia N-Gage, and it was an attempt to target GameBoy fans.
The architecture and the chosen dedicated devices did not impress gaming snobs terribly, but there was something unique about having one computer that could do both.
21. Nokia N93
Nokia unveiled the Nokia N93 in 2006. The first and foremost priority of this system was on video capture. It had a 2.4-inch 262k QVGA colour display, a Carl Zeiss optical 3.2-megapixel camera and the ability to record video at 30 frames per second as well.
The N93 may have a preview of things to come as it will have better and better video and photo capture capabilities for future devices.
22. Samsung Juke
Another handset that acted as a dedicated music player was the Samsung Juke. It was used for music replication when closed, and it became a cell phone when swivelled open.
We thought highly of it as a lightweight, well-made and easy-to-use handset. It wasn’t almost as functional as other phones of the day though, and some thought that it was missing.
23. Samsung Galaxy Round
Samsung’s reaction to the LG G Flex appeared to be the Samsung Galaxy Round. As well as some amazing specs, it had a curved monitor built to give a hand a good feeling. However it felt like an impractical feature, and the Galaxy S4 proved more popular, and soon the curved screen fad died out.
24. Pantech Pocket
2011’s Pantech Pocket was an unusually designed computer capable of displaying 600 x 800 pixels with a 4-inch 4:3 display. It was interesting, but it was not particularly memorable.