Latest News

Ten nostalgic tech throwbacks

There are already huge technological advancements predicted for 2022, with the likes of autopilot due to hit the road and parcel delivery via drone. However, as new technologies are introduced, we must wave goodbye to others.

On the 4th of January, Blackberry shut down its original operating system, marking the end of an era for this iconic handset that helped shape mobile phones and digital messaging into what it is today.

Transporting everyone back to a time before 5G, wireless charging and professional grade smartphone cameras, experts at online smartphone retailer, e2save, have uncovered some of the most iconic tech moments from the past.

  1. Snake II – Released in 2000

Snake II was a ground-breaking game on the Nokia 3310. It was pretty simple, challenging players to control a snake that moved around a set area eating blocks, growing larger in size. The game boomed in popularity in the early 2000s.

  1. Dial up internet – Released in 1992

Lightning-fast connections are commonplace now, but in the 90s and early noughties, when household Internet access was becoming widespread, dial-up was the only option. Many will remember the dulcet robotic tones of the routers, as well as kicking family members off the phone and putting the landline out of action while you were online.

  1. Motorola Razr – Release in 2004

Perhaps the most iconic flip phone of all time, the Razr paved the way for this style of handset in the consumer market. It was one of the most sought-after phones of the 2000s and has even made a comeback in recent years, including a 5G model.

  1. Sony Ericsson Walkman phone – Released in 2005

Music streaming services mean carrying access to millions of songs around on your handset is taken for granted, but Sony Ericsson’s Walkman Phone really paved the way when it came to playing music on your phone. The model blended slick design with music playing capability and was the first phone to introduce flight mode, allowing users to take their tunes on holiday with them.

  1. MSN Messenger – Released in 1999

Anyone going online after school? Those who were at school in the noughties will likely remember logging onto MSN Messenger and spending hours chatting on the family computer. Elaborate screen names and early iterations of emojis made the platform so appealing, before it met its end in 2014.

  1. Blackberry Messenger (BBM) – Released in 2005

Think about messaging services now and WhatsApp will likely spring to mind, but this unique feature on all Blackberry handsets made them so popular at one stage that Blackberry rivalled the popularity of the iPhone. Whilst it officially shut down in 2013, those who had their teenage years in the noughties will remember using BBM fondly or envying their friends who had it.

  1. Bebo – Released in 2005

One of the original social media platforms, Bebo provided a blog-style platform for millions to connect. The site allowed users to set up their profiles and customise their pages with unique “skins” so they could flex their design muscles, whilst also uploading photos, commenting on other pages and giving “love” to friends.

  1. Piczo – Released in 2004

Another key player in the early days of social media, Piczo was for the more creative among us. This was a blogging website and while there was no option to communicate with others, users had the option to customise their pages with elaborate designs to suit their personality.

  1. Poly and monophonic ringtones, and purchasing jingles from the TV – Released in 2002

The rise of smartphone spelled the end for custom ringtones, but this market was so big at one stage that it warranted Billboard’s Ringtone of the Year award.

On early handsets, users had a set range of monophonic ringtones to choose from, later being able to compose their own. Eventually, in 2003, users had the opportunity to download custom tones from the TV, often via Teletext (which in itself is a distant memory).

  1. Sending files via Bluetooth and Infrared – Released in 2000/2001

We’re all familiar with Bluetooth now, but on early handsets this was one of the only ways of sending files. Bluetooth enabled handsets meant users in the same vicinity could transfer files between them, although it took much longer than we’re used to now.

Before Bluetooth was Infrared, which offered the same ability to send files but only if the two handsets remained in contact throughout.

Commenting on the research mobile expert at e2save, Andrew Cartledge, said: “Today, young people have the pleasure of growing up with some of the most exciting advancements in tech we’ve ever seen. However, one thing this age group never got to experience was the golden age of noughties tech, which was such an exciting time.

“We know these features will resonate with anyone who grew up in the nineties and noughties, so we’ve taken to Reddit to find out which ones are the Internet’s favourite.”

To find out more, visit: