At the beginning of the 2000s, before the era of touch gadgets, we all used ordinary push-button telephones, which had many interesting features that now cause a warm feeling of nostalgia. Of course, those devices are inferior to the current ones in all respects, but for their time they were the best examples of consumer electronics.
Below is a short list of some of the functions of old mobile phones that modern smartphones are not equipped with:
1. Selfie mirror
This design element was especially common in clamshells and was located below or above the camera lens on the back cover. Actually, taking a selfie with such a mirror and a physical shutter button was much easier than with a modern smartphone using the main camera.
2. Replaceable housings
Today, buyers have to literally hunt for a rare iPhone 11 Pro Max in a new dark green case, and some 15 years ago, many phones could change color at least three times a day. To do this, it was enough to buy inexpensive replacement panels and change your gadget as you get bored with one or another shade.
3. Coaxial connector
All users wondered why almost every phone has this strange interface, and the most reliable rumor was information about the possibility of connecting a camera through it. In fact, this connector was intended for an external antenna, amplifying the GSM signal, which, as we remember, could not be caught even in the city.
4. Lanyard attachment
Modern youth would be very surprised if some of the leading smartphone manufacturers made holes in the case of a new device, and not so long ago, many used it for its intended purpose. In this small hole were attached laces of various colors and sizes, which could be worn around the neck or wound around the arm.
5. Camera protection
Now manufacturers protect the camera lens with the most durable glass that they can create, while the module is still covered with micro-scratches pretty quickly, and in outdated smartphones, dust often gets into it. Previously, to protect the lens, a movable plastic "shutter" was often used, which was moved to the side and thereby launched the camera application on the phone.
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