Counterclockwise: Strange Phones From Around The World

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Counterclockwise is a weekly edition that recounts remarkable moments in mobile tech history, but this week we decided to twist things a bit. We dug up the strange ones, devices that you may not remember but will create remarkable exhibits in a museum of curiosities.




We'll skip over relatively well-known efforts like the Siemens Xelibri series and Nokia's post-modern designs.

Sharp Aquos Phone The Hybrid 007SH

With a name that can belong to either a spy or a monster, the 2011 phone from Sharp was a accurate oddity. It was a flip phone (remember those?) that ran Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It was waterproof and had a tiny Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) secondary screen.




Sharp Aquos Phone The Hybrid 007SH

The main classy screen was a 3.4" glasses-free 3D display with 480 x 854px resolution. The imposing capturing camera on the back was a 16MP shooter that can record 720p video, not poor for 2011. The whole thing was rather thick and heavy as you can imagine.

Fujitsu LOOX F-07C

The same week Fujitsu launched a monster hybrid of its own, a side-slider with a QWERTY keyboard. It could dual-boot Windows 7 and Symbian, an odd combination indeed, that you can utilize on the 4" 1,024 x 600px classy screen and Atom processor with 1GB RAM.





Fujitsu LOOX F-07C

The Windows Operating System (OS) booted from 32GB SSD and you also got a 2GB microSD card pre-installed, to be used by Symbian (as the Microsoft Operating System (OS) had exclusive utilize of the SSD). This one outweighed the Sharp, tipping the scales at 218g.

KDDI iida INFOBAR A01

Japan is a goldmine for strange phones, becautilize that very same week this one came along. We have to admit this one actually looked really cool – the colorful design with a pieced-together look, a custom UI that match that vision, a fine 3.7" qHD classy screen and then-current Android 2.3 Gingerbread made for a cool offering.




KDDI iida INFOBAR A01

It had a mobile wallet function in 2011 (hey Google and Apple), an option for a leather case too. Though the colorful latex cases and various stickers fit the character of the phone better. We just want to ask – who comes up with those names?

Versace Unique

A leather back embossed with the tradeimprint Medusa logo, the phone screamed "luxury" as loud as it could. There was an 18K yellow grecent finish, ceramic or handmade lacquers covered the body and a sapphire crystal guarded the 3" touchscreen.




The Unique was co-developed with LG, who had launched the KE850 Prada, the touchclassy screen phone that launched alongside the iPhone but few remember. Anyway, we guess LG has a thing for fashion brands.

Bang & Olufset Serene

If anything, weird phones used to be more common back in the day. Way back in 2005 there was this design throwback that couldn’t decide if it wants to be a flip phone or a rotary phone. Designed by David Lewis for the well-known audio company it commanded a massive €1,000 price.




This went up to €1,100 if you wanted a DECT accessory. Perhaps we should elaborate – DECT is the tech used by wireless landline phones, which at this point feel almost as ancient as the rotary phone.


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