When Phones Were Fun – And Nokia Was Crazy

When Phones Were Fun – And Nokia Was Crazy

You remember Nokia for the legendary 3310 that no one could break, or for the Nokia N95 that had all the features (before having-all-the-features was a thing). But you might not remember that, for a few years in the mid-oughts, while The Killers were killing the Billboards and Google was first going public … Nokia was going a little bit crazy.

Yep, it’s time for another episode of When Phones Were Fun – and this time MrMobile’s rose-tinted glasses are focused on some of the strangest mobile devices ever to hit store shelves. From the vase-like Nokia 3650 to the leaf/eyeball/alien artifact Nokia 7600, some of the craziest cellphones of the noughties came straight out of Espoo … and thanks to a generous loan from friend of the channel (and Nokia collector) Martin, those phones spend this entire video under the lenses of Michael Fisher’s stay-at-home studio.

Join me for “When Phones Were Fun” Episode 4: a throwback retro tribute to a time when Nokia’s weird phones helped set the tone for a new generation of smartphones!




This is the fourth in a series of MrMobile episodes exploring the mobile tech world’s most vibrant period in design and experimentation. In “When Phones Were Fun,” Michael Fisher re-reviews cellphones from the golden age of mobile, the decade-long span from the turn of the century to approximately 2009.

When Phones Were Fun: Episode 4 features the Nokia 3650, Nokia 3660, Nokia 7600, Nokia 6820, Nokia 6600, Nokia 7710, and Nokia 7650, all on loan from friend of the channel Martin’s private collection. No company paid a fee or otherwise offered compensation in exchange for this coverage, nor did any company preview or approve this content before publication.


Nokia 7600 Review [S21 – Archived Link]:

Nokia 7700 [Mobile Gazette]:

Retro: Nokia 7710 [Mobile Gazette]:

Series 60 and Series 90 Merged [All About Symbian]:

IrDA [PhoneScoop]:





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  1. Kmax Max on October 3, 2022 at 4:35 am

    I owned a 7650 back in the days. It was horrible as one could have listened to music, but there was no space to put it on and if you went over the stopping point of the slider, you ripped the cable off, which at least in Europe costed more than the phone was worth itself. So I went back to my original 3310 and was happy.

  2. Sharaf Rajasekhar on October 3, 2022 at 4:37 am


  3. Ahmed Suhel on October 3, 2022 at 4:39 am

    Am glad that being Indian we had access for all this phones and it was fun. Every new is different from each other. Nokia 6600 was like iPhone, popular everywhere.

  4. Kamarul on October 3, 2022 at 4:40 am

    Damn this brings back old memories 🥺

  5. Jd Abellano on October 3, 2022 at 4:41 am

    You can really tell when you have the latest model. 😍

  6. Douglas Angel Flores on October 3, 2022 at 4:42 am

    Great video!

  7. SAIRUS on October 3, 2022 at 4:42 am

    that was my favorite Nokia phone ever *
    I remember my unboxing experience " it came with many Goodies*
    A TV out cable , stereo headphones , USB data Cable , Nokia Charger , hand strap and microfiber cloth , and a CD with Nokia PC software , Nokia’s Good Old Days 🤩

  8. Goat of Ill Omen on October 3, 2022 at 4:43 am

    Had the nokia 6600 back in the days and I still have it in my storage, I can say it was a very nifty phone back in the days. Made my army service very enjoyable 😀

  9. Jerome Rex on October 3, 2022 at 4:43 am

    Those times i buy T3 magazines and wishing i could have those on glossy pages. Aarrghhh!

  10. Gaurav Mishra on October 3, 2022 at 4:48 am

    Nokia 6600 was very famous in India, this was like Galaxy S22 ultra of that time. This was the phone which would make any person VVIP, I used to manage a 2nd hand phone of this after 7 years of it launch shows how poor I was and am(might be)

  11. short videos on October 3, 2022 at 4:50 am

    no look texting and reply

  12. lsamoa on October 3, 2022 at 4:50 am

    Nokia was the best ❤ I wish they’d take more chances nowadays and that they’d still come up with such crazy and fun phones.

  13. ngook ngook on October 3, 2022 at 4:50 am

    Samsung and apple Will next to become a legend while nokia is a fossil..

  14. Google Chromе on October 3, 2022 at 4:53 am

    *NOKIA 6600 THE BEST*

  15. Ron Pagala on October 3, 2022 at 4:53 am

    Nokia 3210

  16. Real cocoa puffs on October 3, 2022 at 4:54 am

    I remember my dad owning a Nokia 6600
    I definitely thought the shape was funny back then it’s so pudgy

  17. Alan Godfrey on October 3, 2022 at 4:54 am

    I had a 6600 for years, it was such a beast , survided everything !

  18. ꧂Diário Do Miguel꧂ on October 3, 2022 at 4:55 am

    dumb phones❤

  19. RandomPhil86 on October 3, 2022 at 4:57 am

    Nokia N -Gage the gaming phone for serious gamers, even had its own set of game carts, you purchased separately.

  20. Mark Watters on October 3, 2022 at 4:58 am

    NOKIA ruled the phone world 👍🇦🇺

  21. Globtroter on October 3, 2022 at 4:59 am

    Nokia’s legend is one of a kind, it is a pity that it is no longer there pp recovery from Poland

  22. Isiayayaj Dimicanhix on October 3, 2022 at 5:01 am

    Hi Sir, do you still have that Nokia 3660?

  23. George Vavoulis on October 3, 2022 at 5:02 am

    Nokia are best mobile phones ever made . I still have Lumia series 630 and 850 and work just great but are on Windowd operating system and not Android

  24. Max Jacoby on October 3, 2022 at 5:02 am

    Where’s my banana-shaped smartphone? Companies are boring nowadays.

  25. Huahua on October 3, 2022 at 5:05 am

    Miss my nokia 6600 that days in college life☺️

  26. LivingThroughTV on October 3, 2022 at 5:05 am

    Had the 7650 myself in the UK when I was about 16. Needless to say the ability to shoot video (10secs worth), view webpages and boot up Doom on it was absolutely mind blowing to me and my friends. I also had a Samsung P300 (the calculator phone) a few years after that, which although more simple, you’d probably like from a design perspective. I’d love to send you it to review, but a girlfriend lost mine back in 2007.

  27. Caolan114 on October 3, 2022 at 5:05 am

    My dad had a 7600 and I remember this weird cat game on It

  28. Green-Pill Neo on October 3, 2022 at 5:07 am

    So. Much. Variety. Beautiful.

  29. George Vavoulis on October 3, 2022 at 5:07 am

    I had the 6620 for over 8 years and worked perfectly like new even after being dropped on concrete multiple times

  30. Suraj Roy on October 3, 2022 at 5:09 am

    nokia 6600 😭😭❤️❤️🥺

  31. IceMan2324 on October 3, 2022 at 5:09 am

    Can you please do a retro review on the Motorola Flip out MB511 please

  32. KenGz Garage on October 3, 2022 at 5:10 am

    Thought it was tony stark doing reviews now. But good review!

  33. nasrul mubarak on October 3, 2022 at 5:10 am

    sound from single speaker 7710 is the best sound single speaker phone ever made

  34. Uncool Ben on October 3, 2022 at 5:15 am

    u nevdr seen the Titanium 8850s?? 😛

  35. Cruz Ventura on October 3, 2022 at 5:16 am

    I never imagined that cellphones in the US where so boring in the past. I grew up in Mexico and remember seing all these Nokia models as well as Sony Ericsson’s, they were the bomb!

  36. wolfie 81 on October 3, 2022 at 5:17 am

    They pioneered smart phones. The 9210 and the 9220 were way ahead of its time. They didn’t know how to make them user friendly. That was the problem. Steve Jobs knew how to bridge the gap.

  37. Nokia forever on October 3, 2022 at 5:21 am

    Nokia hum

  38. ramyrebel on October 3, 2022 at 5:21 am

    Nokia 3210 my 1st phone in dubai. 2003

  39. H Lewis on October 3, 2022 at 5:21 am

    Time to buy a Nokia 7600. Nothing is stopping me and idgaf.

  40. Markus Keränen on October 3, 2022 at 5:22 am

    I really love the Nokia 6600. I have owned lots of them

  41. Allan Blanco on October 3, 2022 at 5:23 am

    I love the nostalgia of what Nokia phone have together with its ringtones.

  42. TheChico868 on October 3, 2022 at 5:28 am

    Touch screen killed innovation

  43. Krishna Bartaula on October 3, 2022 at 5:29 am

    Being nostalgic as am watching this video.My first phone was Nokia 1650 and that was the days we were just thinking to have the N 95 series. Time flew.

  44. AxZel Animations on October 3, 2022 at 5:29 am

    We had 6600 back in 2006 and it was my first time playing SonicN and Java games.

    Jump to 2011 when everyone has Android 2.0, I’m on my way to High School with this as a gift that I asked (6670 and 7610).
    I’m playing GBA, Mega Drive, NES and GBC games in there. It was burried deep down in my channel when I had so much fun just taking videos with it. It was like 2011 is my mid days of technology.

    Wow I have never heard of RealOne Player for such a really really long time.

  45. Nokia forever on October 3, 2022 at 5:29 am

    Yup nokia from nokia all the best

  46. ohtebowah on October 3, 2022 at 5:29 am

    In the UK, there was a network which did a ridiculous deal for the Nokia 7600, so cheap in fact, we could all buy it without having to ask our parents permission. Loved that phone, even though it took me weeks to get used to the texting

  47. That Fuc&#% on October 3, 2022 at 5:30 am

    I always chose Nokia over Ericsson(I lived in one of the Nordic countries back then) because of the battery time, a Nokia phone could last you 7-10 days before it needed charging. No other phone brand came even close to that. But then smartphones became a thing(Nobody told Nokia about it, tho) and Nokia refused to step away from Symbian. The rest is history.

  48. Pheonix_7789 on October 3, 2022 at 5:31 am

    my brother had the nokia lumia jesus christ that ringtone

  49. Nikola69 on October 3, 2022 at 5:33 am

    6600 was the bomb man!!!

  50. MsEriKaT on October 3, 2022 at 5:34 am

    😭😢 I miss physical keyboards 🤧

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