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I have been in this business for just shy of two years now. In the eyes of many in this industry, I'm just a kid. But the truth is, I've had just about as much experience and hands-on time as anyone else. I may have only got my start in the cell phone world back in 2006, but I made up for lost time, switching between phones as fast as I could move one and buy another.

In my short time, there have been a few select handsets that have truly stuck with me and made the biggest impression. Who knows, if I had missed one of these along the way, I might not be where I am today. So here lies my top five classic handsets in no particular order:

BlackBerry Curve 8330 (Alltel)

This is where it all started for me – where the term “smartphone” smacked me square in the face and my obsession began. That's a bit of a stretch as my first smartphone was actually the Motorola Q. But I traded the Moto Q for the Curve within a week, so I don't like to count it. The 8330 launched in September of 2007, not long after the original iPhone. I remember thinking how cool it was to be able to browse the Internet and update my Facebook from virtually anywhere. The 2-megapixel camera was the best thing since sliced bread and the keyboard was fantastic. I only charged the phone every other day, even after a day full of heavy use (those were the days).

It would be a serious understatement to say that things have changed in this industry since late 2007, but the BlackBerry Curve 8330 is still one of my favorite phones ever. I've been tempted to activate it again, just for kicks, but it's an Alltel device and Verizon reps don't like it when you beg them to activate phones not in their system.

Google Nexus One (AT&T)

My history with Android started long before the Nexus One. I owned a HTC Hero on Sprint, but I had watched all sorts of videos of Android from way back in the day (2006ish). The Nexus One, however, was the phone that took my love for Andy to a totally different level. Seeing as it was the first technical "developer's phone" from Google, devs went crazy over it.

Not only was software a huge plus on the Nexus One, the hardware was fantastic. In fact, I wish HTC would revisit particular design with a larger display and no trackball. Not a single Android device (no, not even the EVO 4G) is as iconic as the Nexus One. It may not have sold quite as quickly as the EVO or the Motorola DROID, but it was the full package and the epitome of what an Android phone should be. I have yet to see such attention to detail since the Nexus One. Here's to hoping the Nexus Prime can give it a run for its money.

Palm Pre (Sprint)

At this point in my cell phone career, I had worked by way into a position as a Sales Associate at Best Buy Mobile. Everyone was eagerly anticipating the release of the Palm Pre and I simply had to buy one on launch day. So I did.

The keyboard was small and near impossible to get used to, the power button was hard to press and the charging port cover was a pain to open. Although the hardware was lacking, webOS was incredibly smooth and polished, even in its early stages. Despite the pitiful battery life and lack of applications, I loved that darn phone. Gestures, multitasking and “synergy” alone land this phone on my top 5 classics. If only HP had learned from Palm's mistakes

Kyocera Strobe (Alltel)

The Kyocera Strobe, likely a phone you guys have never heard of, was my very first phone. It was a hand-me-down from my mother. It sported two displays; one on the outside above a numeric pad and a larger one inside fixed to a hinge above a full QWERTY keyboard. The external display was meant to quickly read text messages or place calls without opening the phone, but it was really too small for any real use.

Back then, it wasn't about specs, but more about features. The best feature of the Strobe was the QWERTY keyboard, which was split in half, divided by a directional pad. It also had a set of speakers beside the display for speakerphone (which I thought was amazing at the time). It was also kind of fat and heavy, but boy could I churn out text messages on this thing. I love the split keyboard design. We're beginning to see it software versions on tablets, but I wish someone would make another landscape QWERTY phone with a split keyboard.

BlackBerry Tour 9630 (Verizon)

After the Curve 8330, I was desperately waiting for RIM to grace us CDMA users with another phone. GSM carriers used to get all the love from Research In Motion, and they still do to an extent. But this is where my cunning truly shined. I won't go through the details but my mother and I both walked away with Tours on launch day. Of all the phones I've had in my life, I think I spent the most with the Tour.

I remember there being an app called I Heart BlackBerry which would log your daily usage time down to the seconds used – I used to log around 12 hours per day. (Yeah, talk about addicted.) I was actually reluctant to give it up when upgrade time came. But I eventually switched it for a Motorola DROID and never looked back. I took my obsessions with phones to the next level with the Tour, always scouring the CrackBerry forums for new software versions and themes. I even made quite a few themes of my own.

It was this very obsession with BlackBerry that I was introduced to Aaron "Hairon" Baker and eventually led to me doing what I'm doing today. Crazy … but true.

Here's your chance, readers. Set aside your obsession for crazy, over the top specifications and tell me what your top five classic cell phones are. Mine don't date back that far, but it was pretty tough to sift through all of them to choose just five.


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Aaron Latham
Aaron Latham atrix 4g, iphone 4, evo 3d, samsung gs2, nexus s
Rishabh Bhauka
Rishabh Bhauka 1-nokia n8 2-nokia n9 3-nokia n97 4-iphone 4 5-htc wildfire
John Eversley
John Eversley in no specific order HTC hd2, Motorola razor, HTC G1, HTC wizard and Motorola mpx 200
Nuno Torres
Nuno Torres 1 - HTC Evo 3D 2 - HTC Desire 3 - Google Magic 4 - Nokia ExpressMusic 5800 5 - "The all mighty" Nokia 3310
Rick Blake
Rick Blake Oki 900, Nokia 5150, Sony T637. Worst ever, Siemens S46.
Vincent Whalen
Vincent Whalen 1. T-mobile g2x 2. T-mobile mytouch 4g slide 3. T-mobile g2 4. HTC nexus one 5. HTC desire
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Fonzy Paniagua To Much To Name !
Arthur Mmayie
Arthur Mmayie HTC EVO 3D,HTC EVO 4G,T-MOBILE G2X by LG,SONY ERRICSON XPERIA PLAY and NEXUS S 4G
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Ron McKenna Love my Inspire 4g with the Gingerbread now. Best ever to me.
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Tyler Justice HTC Thunderbolt, Motorola Atrix, Iphone 4, Nexus S, my touch 4g
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Mark Mann On Verizon charge hands down
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Elijah Epic Failure Alexander Droid 3 Iphone 4 only b/c retina display Htc surround Droid 2 Htc evo shift Ps. There are romur of a evo shift 2!
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Ryan DeClue Razr, HTC EVO, HTC hd2, original iPhone, huawei Tap
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Casey Deeya EVO
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Keith Mondello My Droid 3 by Motorola!
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RockinRose Wolf Donnell Evo 4G and 3D
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Luis Montoya nexus line
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Jerby Nicdao Sensation, tmobile G2, iphone 3g, N95 8gb, N80.
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Lalo Unnecessarilylongmiddlename Cabrales Epic 4g palm pre motorola razr
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Charles Martin 1: iPhone 5 2: iPhone 4 3: HTC Sensation 4: Samsung Galaxy SII 5: Motorola Atrix
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Miguel Rosas All the Iphones r gay!! Sorry apple yu sux!!
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Carlos Joesph Medina Nokia 6620 HTC advantage HTC EVO 3d
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Ivan Aleman Htc evo 4g, samsung infuse
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Brandon Johnson 1). Samsung Focus 2). Nexus One 3). IPhone 3GS 4). Moto Razr 2 Don't really have a 5th yet since that's all I've really used.
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Miguel Mendoza 5. iPhone 4. iPhone 3G 3. iPhone 3Gs 2. iPhone 4 1. iPhone 5
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Will Cowell Razor and the evo last two most reliable phones I have had
Abo Rodríguez
Abo Rodríguez 1, EVO ,2, nexus ,EVO 3D ,3,blackberry8130,4,palm pre ,and iPhone ...iPhone sucks but the way !!
Michael Singer
Michael Singer 1. Nexus S 2. SGSII 3. Nexus One 4. X10 5. 3GS
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David Hilgendorf 5. Sidekick 4. StarTac 3. Droid 2. DroidX 1. G1
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David Long iPhone 4 htc sensation 4g
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Ben Garcia The palm treo was a great phone for its time
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Michael Breeze 1. iPhone 3G 2. Palm Treo 700 3. LG VX6000 4. HTC Tilt 5. T-Mobile Dash
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Mark Greentree N95, razr, g1, Nexus one, Sensation
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Ramon Quintero Nokia sea ray when it comes out
Dee Wright
Dee Wright EVO 3d
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Reuben Samuel A
Reuben Samuel A Motorola v710 LG-9800 Blackberry 8330 Samsung vibrant Lg-G2X
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Brandon Weldon Iphone4,iphone3gs,mytouch4g,htc evo,sanyo incognito
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Jesus Jimenez 1. iPhone 3GS 2. iPhone 3G 3. iPhone 1st gen 4. Blackberry Storm 5. LG Chocolate
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Miguel Rosas Sprint HTC EVO 3D!!!
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Bryant Hayward HTC Sensation, Galaxy S2, G1, Motorola RAZR (I still have mine!)
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