To be honest, I had one in 2004 with O2's 12 months contract....what a lovely year!
evilmessiah, 18 Aug 2019Still have my OG N-Gage. Still works like a charm. Love playing Rifts, Pathway to Glory 1 &... moreBatteries for the N-Gage are very easy to find as it uses the BL-5C battery, if you're in the UK, you can order a brand new, original 1020mAh battery here - https://www.uk-mobilestore.co.uk/products/genuine-nokia-bl-5c-battery?_pos=1&_sid=c6ad0769f&_ss=r
The "Taco Phone" lol.
The concept was ahead of its time, but the execution was flawed. There are so many designers in the Nokia division at the time, that its baffling how they could mess up so much.
And not just that, it was lacking in the games department as well, making it not very appealing to buy. I know so many people interested in this during 2003, but instead they would've bought an older Nokia 6610/i and a GameBoy Advance separately.
In fact, there was the Nokia 6800 released at the same time, which would've been a much better form-factor. Sure, if the issue was internal space for the battery (700mAh - 1,100mAh) then that would've been understandable. However, the N-Gage wasn't released with a big battery either.
So here's how I would've improved it:
- Made it rectangular, so that it actually slips into pockets
- Doubled the battery size to 1,500mAh
- On the right-side would only house the 12 buttons for T-9
- On the left-side would house the D-Pad, and three buttons below it for No-Menu-Yes
- Partnered with more Games Studios like Sega (since both Sony and Nintendo were doing their own thing, and Microsoft was doing its own thing with "Pocket PC" and "Xbox").
- Had some popular games upon launch such as... Ridge Racer, Lemmings, Sonic Adventures, BattleToads, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Zork, Legacy of Goku, Dragon Quest, Chrono Trigger, Baldurs Gate, Ultima, Dune, Diablo, Doom, Quake, Duke Nukem, GTA 2, etc etc.
Still have my OG N-Gage. Still works like a charm. Love playing Rifts, Pathway to Glory 1 & 2, Sims Bustin Out and Colin McRae Rally (still teaches some so called racing games today about physics). Only problem is to find good batteries for this gem nowadays.
xRocker, 18 Aug 2019For me the phone was great. only one things was missing - camera and battery life was short. ... moreElop pushed Symbian to death, it was neither Android nor ios who kill Symbian. When Burning memo leaked marketshare wise Symbian was Ahead of Android and iOS, After that memo then Symbian start to lose ground against Android and iOS.
I still have it in my phone collection, it works perfect. This is what I call a true gaming phone not the crap made today. I would really love to see a 2019 version of this made by any producer, doesn't matter who but with high quality materials and care not in a hurry. Amazing phone with years and years ahead of it's time.
"Sometimes a company launches the right product at the wrong time" perfect definition
The thing was, it was launched on N-Gage and then, "ported" to any other Symbian S60v2 and after that, S60v3. Think Nokia 6600 and a few after, 6680, but with some force close sometimes. You only needed the NGK file (A dump file of the RS-MMC-card a the time) and it was installable. I played to some games like that :D
Ahhhhh, what a time ... Way before Symbian "Touch" S60v5 (Except Symbian UIQ) and Android was (kinda) non existant at this time. Same thing applies to the certificat needed after for any installation of apps (Like "APK" today), that's what've been crushed Symbian in the end.