Wouldn’t you like a mobile phone that was built to resemble a Star Trek communicator? Mobile phone maker Nokia, one of Paramount’s promotional partners for the 2009 Star Trek movie, actually built some prototypes of such a device.
Introducing the Nokia’s “Starfleet Communicator” Prototype.
Nokia had a little product placement going on in the latest Star Trek movie. When Paramount was looking for promotional partners for the 2009 Star Trek movie, the Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia was a natural fit. In 2009 Nokia (along with Verizon) ran a Star Trek-themed promotional campaign (with websites), and of course they got a bit of in-movie product placement in the dash of the Corvette joyride scene.
Nokia limited 5800 "Star Trek edition" released in Europe in 2009
In addition, in Europe they released a special “limited Star Trek edition” of their popular 5800 (non-flip) model cell phone, which was essentially the same phone with some Star Trek-themed content.
However, Nokia built another phone that was never released. Nokia designed a special mobile phone to externally resemble the original Star Trek communicator (from the TV series, not the new movie). They built 14 prototypes of this phone in 2008, which were based on the Nokia N76 flip phone. It isn’t clear if Nokia just built these for fun, or if they were seriously considered as a product.
Michael Fisher(a StarTrek reader) was the lucky winner of one of the 14 prototypes that recently went up auction on Ebay. According to Michael the prototype is a fully-working smartphone which he was able to use with a T-Mobile prepaid SIM card. The prototype includes the famous “chirp” when it is flipped open and is loaded with ten custom Star Trek wallpapers, including a few animated moirés. There are also five Trek ringtones pre-loaded. The external redesign of the standard Nokia phone includes a metal “antenna grille” (with the yellow, red, and blue lights underneath) and a starfleet logo embossed into the casing on the back. The attention to detail even includes a tiny etching of the Enterprise on the cover for the USB port.
Hopefully Nokia or some other mobile phone company will take this to the next level and make the Star Trek phone we all want. Alternatively there have been some rumblings of a TOS-era communicator shaped bluetooth device, which could be just as interesting. You can find some custom built bluetooth communicators, but so far there is no officially licensed versions.
Engadget via TrekMovie
In all seriousness though, the mobile phone industry could use some innovation like this! Here’s a very interesting fake Nokia handset which is made in China. It looks like a BlackBerry, but it has an insane slider mechanism which gives you a pop-out screen by pressing a button on the phone. It’s awkward, but innovative indeed.
According to some Chinese Citizens, they are impressed by the innovation of this Nokia knockoff phone. It’s maybe the craziest phone yet, featuring a pop out screen which may frighten you. For the tech specs, it includes a 2.2 inch display (240 X 400), dual SIM, dual cameras, FM radio, Java, micro SD card slot, Bluetooth, removable battery and video recording. It runs a crappy OS which supports English and Chinese language interface. The phone supports GSM network only, brings you up to 5 hours of calling time and up to 2 weeks of standby juice. For more info’s and specs about N-KIA E68 visit this site http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=zh-CN&tl=en&u=http://www.shanzhaihuo.com/sz/12599.html
See the one with circle in red?…Just press that once and the pop out screen appears right in front of you. Cool isn’t it. We love the creativity of this N-KIA E68, the knockoff makers did a really good job for the pop out screen. The phone comes with an extra battery when you purchase, and it’s available in two colors, red or black.
N-KIA E68 kinda cool, though if they made to top bit between the screen and the smaller clear panel clear it would be awesome…Thats cool now why didn’t Nokia think of that one ??..=) but I had to admit that this one shows a very nice concept. I wonder why they named it N-KIA..hmmm..maybe because the mobile handset is short that’s why they shortened the name…kinda cool..Thumbs up!…=)
Finally, the Nokia has officially launched its new entry level touchscreen handset phone – the new Nokia5250 mobile!
According to rumours in Espoo,Finland-Town in southern Uusimaa province of Finland, Nokia set rumours flying a couple of weeks ago, a pictures of some unreleased devices was accidentally uploaded to the Ovi store giving a hint that Nokia is coming out with the Nokia 5250 which is apparently Nokia 5230’s successor.. Well, Now its officially launched.
The device runs with Symbian^1(a mobile operating system) and offers a capacitive touchscreen display.It has a 2 megapixel built-in camera at the back without a flash. The device looks attractively smooth and shiny measuring at 104mm x 49mm x 14mm.
Aside from these exciting features the Nokia 5250 is also rumored to include the following specs and additional features:
- 2.8 inch touchscreen with 640 x 360 pixel screen resolution display
- FM radio
- Media player on its home screen which can download tracks from Ovi store or from the users’ own collection
- Battery life of up to 18 days standby time , 7 hours of talktime or 24 hours of music playback
- 51 MB of memory on board
- Audio files can be expandable up to 16GB with a microSD card that provides enough space for around 4,000 songs
- relies on quad-band GSM/EDGE networks and GPRS for data connectivity
- has a 51MB internal memory
- also supports a wide range of e-mail and instant messaging services.
- and come with a free copy of Guitar Hero 5 Mobile..
The Nokia 5250 also appears to be a highly sociable phone, aside from the features.You can easily find your favorite contacts on its home screen and also provides easy access to social networking sites such as Facebook.The Nokia 5250 is expected to be around by the fourth quarter of the year and will probably be offered at a price of €115 or around $ 146 only.The phone will possibly be available in Black, White, Purple and Blue.
Nokia 5250 in a purple color
Nokia 5250 was specifically designed for those mobile users seeking for a modern and multipurpose mobile device that also offers a great and affordable value for their money.