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The 4 Wackiest Cell Phones of All Time

The 4 Wackiest Cell Phones of All Time

Smartphones these days seem to all follow the same basic design format. They have a huge touchscreen that takes up the whole front, a slick minimalist design, a rectangular shape, smooth rounded edges – I could go on, but I’m sure you get the picture.

And indeed, it seems that this formula works.

There must be a good reason for this design, as phones like the iPhone X which embody all these features have seen huge success. It may be the case that modern smartphone designs have now reached perfection. Perhaps we’ve simply reached the pinnacle of mobile phone design, and all modern phones have achieved the ideal of exactly what a smartphone should be.

However, it does mean that the current mobile marketplace is a little less colorful. Currently, there’s very little variety when it comes to smartphone design. it’s all gotten rather boring.

But let’s not forget that it wasn’t always like this.

Once upon a time, mobile brands which sought to innovate and stand out in a saturated marketplace frequently ventured into weird and wonderful territories. This led to some mobile phone releases which probably seemed a little weird back then, but now… they seem downright crazy.

So, in the interests of indulging our nostalgia, let’s look back at some of the wackiest cell phones of all time. Get ready for a blast from the past!

1. Siemens Xelibri 6

Remember back in 2003, before the selfie revolution, when people still used compact mirrors to check their appearance rather than their smartphone front-camera?

Well, you’ll just have to take my word for it. Compact mirrors were still very much a thing, so it’s only natural that Siemens thought, “hey, let’s make a smartphone that looks exactly like a compact mirror”. And this, the Xelibri 6 was born.

This phone was totally round, just like a mirror, and of course, had a flip screen. It also had two mirrors inside it so that you could do your makeup and text at the same time. However, it also meant that the keypad was weird and round, and the display was absolutely tiny so that it could be crammed right into the center of what was essentially a mirror.

It seemed more like a mirror and less like a phone, but there’s no denying it was interesting. It was also aimed almost exclusively at women, something which I can’t help but feel might be considered a little sexist now, 15 years later.

2. Nokia 7280

The Nokia 7280 is another fashion-centric design intended to appeal to women. Sticking with the makeup theme, this phone was meant to resemble a stick of lipstick – and it kind of did.

The best description I can give you to help you visualize it is to imagine a USB stick. But not one of those modern, slick, thin USB sticks. No, imagine a chunky, heavy, clunky USB stick. Now stick a tiny screen on one side of it, and a touch-spinner on the other side. You’ve probably got a pretty good image of what this phone looked like.

Just like lipstick, you could slide the end out to reveal the display. It also had some of what were – at the time – cutting-edge features, like FM radio and Bluetooth.

It was weird, it was pretty impractical, but boy was it interesting.

3. BlackBerry Passport

Blackberry’s day may have passed, but let’s not forget that a few years ago it was one of the most popular brands on the market.

Most of us associate Blackberry with models like the Curve. However, a much more interesting creation was the lesser known BlackBerry Passport.

The Passport, true to its namesake, looked a lot like a passport. It was as short and as squat, for sure, and was probably one of the widest, shortest phones of all time. It was somewhere between a square and a rectangle and, as you might expect, was difficult to operate one-handed.

You needed two hands to use it successfully, but it was still pretty difficult on account of its laggy performance and square touchscreen which didn’t run videos very well. However, what it lacked in substance it made up for in style – a certain kind of style at least.

4. Nokia N-Gage

Personally, I’d say the design of this phone was more awesome than it was wacky, but it was so out there that it definitely deserves a place on this list.

The N-Gage was designed to compete with the main handheld game consoles of the moment, such as the Game Boy Advance, and took a lot of inspiration for its design elements from such consoles.

It was wide and meant to be held the same way you’d hold a Game Boy Advance, with two hands. On the left was the multi-directional buttons and the call button, on the right was the keypad and the end call button, and in the middle was the display screen.

Unfortunately, while it might have looked a lot like a game console, it really couldn’t match them for gaming performance, and as such, it had a pretty short lifespan on the mobile market. Still, it was, and still is, an interesting and wacky mobile phone design that deserves our number 4 spot.

What Did We Miss?

We know this list is definitely not exhaustive. There’s plenty more wacky and wonderful mobile phones out there, but we just don’t have the time to cover them all, so we had to pick our favorites.

What wacky mobile phones do you think we missed? Let us know!

Thanks for reading!

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Taking Care of a Broken iPhone Speaker

Taking Care of a Broken iPhone Speaker

Many of us use our mobile devices for a number of different types of media. Whether we’re trying to enjoy music or we like to watch YouTube videos, we want to be able to hear what’s going on and we want to get good sound quality from the device. The issue is, there are a lot of things that can go wrong with the speaker. What are we supposed to do to make sure that we can get everything fixed as it needs to be?

Audio Settings

First, you want to look around at all of the things that are related to your audio settings. Is everything set up the way that it should be? How much do you want to spend to make sure that it works as you want it to? Is the volume actually up all of the way? Does there appear to be anything that is stuck in your speakers that could be making the sound not work as it should? Look at the exterior and make sure that nothing is off or doesn’t look like it’s supposed to.


The next thing that you want to do is make sure that your motherboard is working as it should be. There are a few things that you can check out to make sure that this is working correctly. First, are you noticing any lag? Does the unit seem to be heating up more than usual? If you restart it, does it boot up right away or does it take awhile? And do things like your Wi-Fi, your location settings, and other such things seem to be working like they did? If any of these things are wrong, your motherboard may need to be replaced. If that isn’t the case, it doesn’t totally rule out the motherboard – the speakers could just be the first thing that got messed up by it. But, checking out these things can help you to see if the motherboard is a more likely cause for your issues. If that’s the case, you may need to get someone to repair or replace the device.

External Alternatives

If neither of these tips works like you need them to, you have a few options. If your headphones still work, you can just use them instead of trying to get a new speaker. You may also have the option of hooking up Bluetooth based speakers so that you can listen to your iPhone as well. While both of these can be a bit of a pain, they are good options to consider if you aren’t in a position where you can get it fixed or to replace the entire unit right now. There are a lot of inexpensive options that you can look at and consider when you start to figure all of that out.

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Unlocking an iPhone without an Apple ID or Password

Unlocking an iPhone without an Apple ID or Password

There are a number of instances where you may be trying to get into an Apple device without knowing any of the information that you may need in order to do so. For example, if you have a family member or friend that is ill and you need to get in their phone for information, or if you have gotten hacked and all of the information for your Apple account was changed for whatever reason, you may need to get around that failsafe.

What are you supposed to do at that point? Here are some tips that you can use in order to unlock your iPhone without any of the Apple ID or password information that you would otherwise need.

  • Siri is always a great way to try and get around the issue at hand. You may be able to talk to her using her commands in order to get around the lock feature. Sometimes this works, but sometimes it will not. Try this before you do any of the other suggestions that we have for you here.
  • There are a number of websites out there that can help you to get past the Apple ID and password requirements that a locked phone usually has. Make sure that you do your research on the websites in question before you try them out so that you can make sure that they are reputable and that you aren’t going to end up with issues with any of your electronic devices. These basically help you to skip that step of unlocking the phone.
  • Hard resetting the phone is another way that you can get into the device without actually knowing the information related to the Apple ID. While this may not be appealing if you have a myriad of information on it, the option is there if you need it. This is also a good thing to know about if there is a software malfunction or someone else has given you the phone without wiping it. The way that you hard reset it is going to depend on the generation of iPhone that you have, so refer to the owner’s manual in order to get that information.

No matter which method that you use to unlock the iPhone, you want to make sure that reset all of the Apple ID information that is related to it once you get back in. This can save you a lot of hassle later on and prevent you from having to go through the processes above once again.

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Getting a Voice Memo Off of an iPhone

Getting a Voice Memo Off of an iPhone

Getting a Voice Memo Off of an iPhone

We all know that thoughts come at the strangest times. At, we spend a lot of time putting together “to do” lists so that we can keep everyone organized. One of the best ways for you to keep your life in order is to go ahead and utilize the voice memos option on your iPhone. You can ask Siri to open it up and start speaking your thoughts out loud so that you can listen to them later.

But, what happens if you ever need to take those voice memos off of the phone and download them onto a computer? How would you even go about doing that in the first place? Is it difficult? Not at all! Here are the main ways that you can transfer any of your voice memos to pretty much any computer that you may want to transfer them to.

  • iTunes is always a great go-to if you’re looking to do anything with audio files. All you have to do is to go ahead and get a USB cable and connect the phone to the computer that you want to put your files onto. You can select the music option and then sync the file to your computer’s iTunes module. Or, you can take the file and drag it onto your desktop with this option as well.
  • “Share” functions. The easiest way for you to go ahead and get your voice memos off of your iPhone is to use AirDrop. AirDrop is one of the best things ever to happen to Apple devices. Not only does it allow you to get everything that you could ever need off of your phone, but it also does it with just a couple of button clicks. All you have to do is tap the icon for AirDrop on your computer and then it will take whatever it is that you want or need off of your device. It’s as easy as that!
  • You can always use DropBox if you want to make sure that multiple people are going to be able to listen to the memo, even if they don’t happen to have an Apple device. All you have to do is download the file into a format that can be sent through DropBox. You can get the DropBox app for your iPhone, drag the file into DropBox, and that’s it. You can access it from anywhere and you can share the code with those that you may want to have listen to it as well.

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Avoiding Data Security Issues

Avoiding Data Security Issues

When you are using a mobile device on a regular basis, you want to be certain that you’re doing everything that you can to protect it. Many of us have an antivirus on our laptops or desktops, so why wouldn’t we try to protect our mobile devices as well? Many times, we forget what we’re doing in this regard and we may share things like credit card information and the like via these devices. What are we supposed to do in those situations? How can we prevent this all from becoming an even bigger problem as time goes on? Here are some tips to help you avoid data security problems.

Don’t ever forget to back up your information. If you are someone that has a lot of information floating around clouds and flash drives and your mobile device, you want to make sure that you have one place to back that information up on. You know that technology doesn’t always work the way that you want it to, and that can make it hard for you to find a file when everything has seemed to crash on you. So, instead of getting frustrated or losing your data, always have backups upon backups to keep it in order.

Put some sort of digital protection on your device. There are anti-viruses and the like for your mobile devices. These can prevent you from digital attacks and prevent viruses and malware from getting onto your device. Look for options that are not going to take up a lot of space on your phone and that have been approved by so that you know that you’re getting something that is going to give you the best protection possible.

Work and play should stay separate. Because of the digital revolution, there have been so many instances where there are blurred lines between your work life and your home life. You need to be sure that you’re taking care of all of your work tasks on a work device (or in work folders on your device, if you use the same device for everything). You want to keep your personal life private and you don’t want to get into a situation where your job could be in jeopardy because you accidentally put information on social media that was supposed to be confidential.

Keep an eye on your physical device. The most important thing is that you need to keep your phone or tablet with you all of the time. Make sure that you know where it is and that you can get to it if someone were to try and nab it. Keeping your device(s) safe can help prevent issues related to stolen data.

Many of us aren’t completely used to carrying around devices yet, so we may not be 100% sure as to what we need to do. If you follow these tips, you may reduce the risk of a data breach on your smartphone.

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