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Counterclockwise: monster-sized screens, the early days

Last week we traced the upwards trajectory of phone storage, let’s do the same but for screen size. Note that we’ll focus only on phones – that is no PDAs.

With that in mind, get ready for some Nokia domination. Hailing from the distant 1996, the Nokia 9000 had a 4.5″ 640 x 200px screen and a graphical web browser to surf the web at a blistering 0.0096Mbps. It was a true smartphone (running GEOS, a predecessor of Symbian) on a 33Mhz processor.

This phone spawned a multitude of successors, all of which featured its unusual laptop-like design – easily accessible screen outside, big…