Remember when cellphones weren’t all just boring touchscreen slabs? Yes, it’s nice to see companies experimenting with different colors and textures. But today’s handsets aren’t anywhere near as inventive or fun as these bold statements. We’re talking about dual-sided phones and dual sliders, as well as devices with magnetic keyboards and integrated Bluetooth headsets. There was even a phone made to resemble lipstick. (One of these models is from 2011, so there’s still hope yet for a less boring future.) Here are the 10 wildest cellphone designs of all time.
The Upstage was an exciting convergence experiment that resulted in a design with a music player on one side and a phone on the other. The media side had a directional pad and 2.1-inch color screen, while the keypad and smaller 1.4-inch screen was on the other half. The need to press a Flip button to switch modes and short 2.5 hours of talk time were turn-offs, but it paved the way for better media integration in phones.