Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nokia, Phone Home Turns out That a Simple Phone Can Be Cool

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nokia, Phone Home Turns out That a Simple Phone Can Be Cool

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Before there were smartphones of any kind, there was a brick-like device marketed under the Nokia brand. In those halcyon days of the early 2000s, Nokia was a sturdy device whose form perfectly matched its function.

Though you couldn't access the internet with it, play games more complicated than "Snake" or ask a disembodied female voice for driving directions, it more than fulfilled its primary mission: making and receiving phone calls.

Then along came the smartphone in the middle of the last decade and it changed history. Within a few business cycles, Nokia, which had been the world's No. 1 phone, and many of its competitors failed to keep up with the smartphone revolution and fell out of fashion.

In recent years as nostalgia for less complicated mobile devices took hold, the so-called "dumb phones" have enjoyed an uptick in popularity. …

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