So far, this century has seen some major technological advances, but arguably nothing is more iconic than some of the classics of the early noughties.
Bringing it all back to an hour before 5G, wireless charging and professional smartphone cameras level, the experts at online smartphone retailer, e2save, have discovered some of the most iconic tech moments from the past.
Snake II – Released in 2000
Snake II is a groundbreaking game on the Nokia 3310. It’s pretty simple, challenging players to control a snake that moves around a set area of food blocks, growing even larger in size. The game rose to prominence in the early 2000s.
Dial -up internet – Released in 1992
Lightning-fast connections are common today, but in the 90s and early thinking, if household Internet access was widespread, dialing was the only option. Many will remember the dulcet robotic tone of routers, as well as kicking family members over the phone and putting a landline with no action while you’re online.
Motorola Razr – Released in 2004
Probably the most iconic flip phone of all time, the Razr has given way for this style of handset in the consumer market. It was one of the most sought-after phones in the 2000s and has still made a comeback in recent years, with a 5G model.
The Sony Ericsson Walkman phone – Released in 2005
Music streaming services means bringing access to millions of songs around your handset is just provided, but Sony Ericsson’s Walkman Phone has really become the way when it comes to playing music on your phone. The model combines sleek design with the ability to play music and is the first phone to introduce flight mode, allowing users to take their holiday tones with them.
MSN Messenger – Released in 1999
Anyone who goes online after studying? Those in school in the noughties will likely remember logging into MSN Messenger and spending a lot of time chatting on the family computer. Detailed screen names and early iterations of emojis made the platform attractive, before it was completed in 2014.
Blackberry Messenger (BBM) – Released in 2005
Think about messaging services now and you’ll probably think of WhatsApp, but this unique feature across all Blackberry handsets made them famous at a stage where Blackberry competed with the popularity of the iPhone. While it officially closed in 2013, those with teenage years in the noughties will remember using BBM happily, or be envious of their friends who have it.
Bebo – Released in 2005
One of the original social media platforms, Bebo provided a blog-style platform for millions to connect. The site allows users to set up their profiles and customize their pages with unique “skins” so they can flex their design muscles, while also uploading photos, commented on other pages and gives “love” to friends.
Piczo – Released in 2004
Another major player in the early days of social media, Piczo was for the more creative of us. It is a blogging website and while there is no option to communicate with others, users have the option to customize their pages with detailed designs to suit their personality.
Poly and monophonic ringtones, and buying jingles from TV – Released in 2002
The rise of smartphones has spelled the end for custom ringtones, but this market is so huge at a stage that it guarantees the Billboard Ringtone of the Year award.
In early handsets, users had a range of monophonic ringtones to choose from later, which they could compose their own. Later, in 2003, users had the opportunity to download custom tones from the TV, often via Teletext (which in itself is a remote memory).
Sending files via Bluetooth and Infrared – Released in 2000/2001
We are all familiar with Bluetooth today, but in early handsets it was one of the only ways of sending files. Bluetooth -enabled handsets mean users in the same vicinity can transfer files between them, even if it takes longer than we’re used to now.
Before Bluetooth Infrared, which offered the same ability to send files but if the two handsets remained in contact altogether.
Commenting on e2save mobile research expert, Karl Middleton, said: “Today, young people have the pleasure of growing up in some of the most exciting advances in tech we’ve seen. However, one thing is not. Experienced by this age group is the golden age of tech noughties, which is a thrilling time.
“We knew these features would resonate with anyone growing up in the nineties and noughties, so we took to Reddit to find out which ones were Internet favorites.”
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