Museum revisits the weirdest cell phone designs of all time

Technology has come a very long way since the release of the first mobile phone. But before today’s smartphones existed, there were a few designs that were, let’s say, unique.

The Mobile Phone Museum has collected over 2,100 different mobile phones from history, and we really can’t forget some of those obscure models. From the iPhone to the Google Pixel, the phones we know today sport a sleek, futuristic look, but the Mobile Phone Museum’s collection proves that wasn’t always the case. It seems cell phones come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Are you missing the good old days? Be sure to check out our roundup of the best flip phones.

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The KDDI Inforbar mobile phone.

Can you believe there were such thin phones? (Image credit: MobilePhoneMuseum)
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The counterfeit Startac Rainbow phone.

We love the colors of this mobile (Image credit: MobilePhoneMuseum)
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The I-KIDS SF-001 phone.

This shape is totally weird (Image credit: MobilePhoneMuseum)
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The Ferrari Sharp GX25 edition.

We love the nostalgia for this phone (Image credit: MobilePhoneMuseum)

the Cell Phone Museum has broken their online collection down into subcategories like bestselling, fashion, and the totally specialty James Bond category, but our favorite is the ‘ugliest’ phone category – and are boys ugly. We’ve picked a few of our favorites (see above), but we just can’t imagine today’s phone companies creating models as bizarre as these today. We have to admit though, we love the amount of color used on these older models of phones, maybe in the future it would be cool to see an iPhone degraded.

There are also a number of models in the collection that were absolutely iconic, from the Nokia 3310 to the Motorola Razr flip phone. Looking back on all of these older models makes us feel seriously nostalgic, and we really love how varied and different each of these phones is. While we love a good iPhone, there’s something new about each of these wacky models.

We’ve come a long way from the first mobile phone, and it’s exciting to see where we go next. If you’re looking to upgrade your phone, check out our roundup of the best iPhone 13 deals. Or why not take a look at the best camera phones so you can take happy photos?

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