Six things Nokia did to make the modern cell phone

(Credit: Josh Miller/CNET)

Editors’ note: This column was originally published April 10, 2012, and has been updated with new information.

A bombshell of a tech headline hit in the late hours of Labor Day when we heard that Microsoft will spend $7.2 billion to acquire Nokia’s devices and services unit and license the company’s mapping services.

Even if you suspected this all along, and I know that a lot of people did, this is a very big deal. And I’m not just talking about the serious chunk of cash changing hands. Rather, I’m talking about Redmond taking control of such a huge page (or in this case, a book) of cell phone history. Sure, Nokia isn’t running at the head of the smartphone pack now, but it was only a few years ago that it was the handset maker to beat.

Some younger readers may not remember, but Nokia spent quite a few years essentially dictating which cell phones the planet would buy. It was a time before Android and the iPhone, before the thin phone revolution, and before Samsung set out on world domination. But it was a time when innovation flowed out of Finland as quickly as Paavo Nurmi crossing the finish line. And if that’s news to you, here are six things that Nokia … [Read more]

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