THE new Samsung Galaxy S9 is a gorgeous slab of metal and glass, but the Apple rival’s gadgets weren’t always so pretty.
The Sun Tech is out at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress tech show, and has had a chance to check out some of the company’s uglier wares from the past.
First up is this hideous brick of a phone from the early days of mobile handsets.
The SH-100 was actually Samsung’s first-ever mobile phone, and it’s a far cry from the svelte blowers we’re used to in 2018 – including the new Galaxy S9.
Notable bleeding-edge features include number buttons and a digital display. Oh how times have changed…
Samsung SPH-WP10 – 1999
Move over, Apple Watch – Samsung was churning out smartwatches before the turn of the millennium.
This hideous and ungainly creation was created back in 1999, and was marketed as the “world’s first watch phone”.
Given its hulking size and confusing design, it’s no surprise smartwatches are only now catching on.
Samsung SCH-M220 – 1999
This weird beast of a gadget was branded as the “world’s first TV phone”, and graced store shelves back in 1999.
It featured a then-revolutionary TFT colour LCD display, and was designed for multimedia viewing, which is mental given how tiny and low-quality the screen actually was.
Still, the phone benefitted from a space-age looking antenna and a cool clamshell design that would’ve been the envy of your mates in the late ’90s – probably…
Samsung SPH-M2500 – 1999
These days, we all stream our music over Spotify and Apple Music.
But there was a time when portable audio meant choosing a select few MP3 song files to download to your blower.
One of the first examples of this was Samsung’s “MP3 phone”, which launched in 1999 – and quickly faded from our collective memories when the first Apple iPod arrived just two years later.
Samsung SPH-S2300 – 2004
It’s easy to forget that phones didn’t always come with cameras. And even when they did, they were generally a bit rubbish.
The Samsung SPH-S2300 was an early effort to boost the camera game, and landed three years before Apple’s first iPhone.
This camera phone offered an impressive 3x zoom, and looks more like a camera than a phone – which is probably why the design didn’t really catch on.
Do you you remember any hideous gadgets from yesteryear? Let us know in the comments.