The Nokia 5110 was the next trend-setter from Nokia. As discussed before the Nokia 3110 in 1997 set the market for a curved phone. The Nokia 8110 a year later was the trend setter for global communication with it call conference ability but also for its keyboard cover. The Nokia 5110 had a new shape but brought the next trend to the mobile phone market – mobile phone covers!
The Nokia 5110 was built into a new shape with more curves than the older Nokia 2110 which was a ‘block’ of a phone. The 5110 was a bit heavier at 170 g (6.00 oz) and came with the standard monochrome graphic screen with a 5 line resolution. The call records was a compromise between the last two mobile phone they brought to market as came with 8 dialed, 5 received, 5 missed calls ability.
The hallmark of the Nokia 5110 was it ability to fit covers over them. This became a new industry which was spun off from the mobile phone trend setters. In Asia you would find stores that just sold covers. Even today the mobile phone covers are a big seller. Over the years even these covers evolved. Many covers for mobile phones today as sold with a rubber type covering which protects the phone during an accidental fall. Very few would know which phone actually set the trend in 1998 that is still common today – The Nokia 5110. The phone also brought the clock and alarm to the industry as standard.
The phone came with a Li-Po 600 mAh battery which allowed 2 hours of talk time and we had still been on the charge once a day routine with the phones. This was to change later in the Nokia range of phones brought to market. The Lithium Polymer was new as well but as can be seen how all of this evolved later as we follow the history of Nokia and how the mobile phone market evolved.
The Nokia 5110 today is still a very good buy because of it buttons. The buttons are large and hard and if you have arthritis then this is one of the best phones out there for this disability. Maybe Nokia can also look at other features of this phone that we dont see today:
- You could turn the phone off and when you turned it back on it could tell you your missed calls?
- How about bringing back auto answer for those who drive alot?
Why is it that mobile phone manufacturers dont listen to the people who buy their products? This was hands done one phone that even today has an excellent reputation and good second hand price.