Sony Ericsson Walkman Xmini (2008)
It's another Japanese phone! It's a ridiculously tiny slider phone (7.5cm/3" long when closed, 1.8" screen) that's focused on music playback. I love the colours on these *∆∆*.
Sega Nomad (1995)
Sega has been on my mind all week, so here's something.
This was a portable version of the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis that was released to the North American market.
Like the Game Gear, it guzzles battery life and suffers from LCD ghosting.
Sony Clié PEG-UX50 (2003).
This is quite a PDA, huh. Like other Cliés, this was intended to be a fully-functional multimedia device. (Sony being Sony, called them 'Personal Entertainment Communicators')
Check out this link where an owner of one of these talks about how they felt about it from 2011. (It's also where most of these pics are from)
Apollo phone concept, designed by Ichiro HIgashiizumi for the au Design project in 2002.
That is quite a way to get QWERTY onto a phone. Details on this are rather thin and I can't really read Japanese yet, but I think the ring surrounding the D-Pad could be a mechanical scroll wheel.
Here's a Japanese flip phone! Sharp 923SH (2008)
Like many Japanese phones of the time, it was way more advanced than western counterparts, like being able to receive TV broadcasts with it's swivelling screen and extendable antenna.
It also comes in some pretty great colours.
I was intrigued by Olivetti machines after seeing this notebook. I looked them up and found another, much older "portable" computer they made.
The Olivetti M21 Portable from 1986.
I like the way the orange/white brightness/contrast controls look and how the keyboard snaps to the front (although the latter is a common feature among luggables from that era).
The Olivetti Quaderno 33 (1993) features a backlit LCD, a trackball with a shoulder button for one-handed use, media playback buttons with a smaller LCD and much more!
It's a very unique computer that looks like a prop for the Neuromancer movie we all deserve.
(photos via http://www.geocities.ws/Eureka/5673/f5_ge.htm)
'had'... I'm talking about it like it was a thing. It's still a thing, you can still [technically] buy it!
NuAns NEO (2016). A Windows Mobile smartphone (with an Android variant called 'Reloaded') that afaik was exclusively released in Japan. It's surprisingly chunky.
It had interchangeable backplates, which came in two halves so you could mix and match materials and colours. You could also attach a flipcase back, and there was a desktop dock for Windows.
Building Sights is a really neat show.
If you want to see more, in BBC's iPlayer archives, there's an episode of Building Sights (S04E03) where Future Systems' Hauer-King House (pic 3 in the last post) is looked at in detail.
There is also a YouTube upload but the audio track has been removed by copyright BS
If you've never seen Future Systems' architecture before...
(pic 1 - public domain)
(pic 2 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/hobbs_images/244372882/)
(pic 3 - https://www.e-architect.co.uk/architects/future-systems)
(pic 4 - couldn't locate)
And here's my first contemporary phone to make it onto this account. The Google Nexus 6, made by Motorola (2014).
This is probably my favourite touchscreen phone design. It has a very distinctive, bionic aesthetic. The curves, colours and textures remind me of Future Systems' architecture.