The Weirdest Phones Ever Sold

by Dan Forster - , Last Updated on May 4, 2015, How To Guides

Mobile phones these days are all pretty similar. Okay, specs and price tags change, but when it comes down to it, nearly every phone is a slim rectangle, right? But things haven’t always been that way. Just as with any other tech, there have been some… special phones marketed to consumers. So we’re taking a look at some of the weirdest, wackiest and downright strange mobiles that have ever been sold. Tired of your phone looking like everyone else’s? Then maybe one of these devices might appeal to your sense of the unique…

The Marlboro 508

The Marlboro 508

The Marlboro 508

Okay, this mobile was marketed only in China, where apparently everyone smokes. Not only do you get a fully functioning mobile phone, but you also get room to store your cigarettes too… There’s even a 3MP camera included. The Marlboro 508 could be a good choice if you’re considering spying- it is pretty James Bond, after all…

The Nokia 7600

Nokia 7600

Nokia 7600

It’s tough to describe the shape of the Nokia 7600. It’s not square, nor is it round, it’s sort of the same shape as a kid’s keychain game. In fact, the 7600 was released after handheld electronic games became popular, and takes a lot of its design features from small consoles. Unfortunately, the unorthodox keypad and the inconveniently placed scroll button meant that the Nokia 7600 was never really a hit…

The Golden Buddha Phone

The Golden Buddha Phone

The Golden Buddha Phone

Some things just shouldn’t be mixed, and that probably includes religion and mobile design. Sure, the tacky gold casing is eye catching, but the round shape of the Golden Buddha phone really makes it look like nothing more than a birth control pill holder. It does come with dual SIM support though, which we’re guessing allows you to call Buddha on both your personal and business numbers…

The Motorola Flipout

The Motorola Flipout

The Motorola Flipout

The Motorola Flipout was actually one of the biggest sellers on our list. Far from being a speciality phone, it was a major release back in 2010. Combining the newest touch screen tech with a flip out QWERTY keyboard, Motorola produced a truly innovative design. However, flipping the keyboard out turned out to be awkward, and Motorola soon withdrew the model…

The Xelibri Series

The Xelibri Series

The Xelibri Series

Huh? We’re imagining that was most people’s reaction when Siemens released their Xelibri series back in 2003. A circular keypad is fine, but a circular screen? Really? Sadly the Xelibri series was pretty much a swan song for Siemens, who stopped main market mobile production shortly after the series was pulled from shelves…

The Chamelephon

The Chamelephon

The Chamelephon

Ever lose your phone? Well, you might not want to invest in the Chamelephon, a device that’s just about ready to go into production. Just like a chameleon, the Chamelephon is designed to mimic the colour of whatever surface you place it on. Okay, it looks pretty cool, but searching the coffee table for your camouflaged phone is going to get old pretty fast, we think…

The Nokia N-Gage

The Nokia N-Gage

The Nokia N-Gage

Released back in 2003, the Nokia N-Gage is strange looking, but was actually a relatively sensible phone. Designed as a dedicated gaming phone, the N-Gage allowed users to play some of the best console games of the time direct from their mobiles. These days we have smart phones that can connect to our consoles, but back in 2003 the Nokia N-Gage was revolutionary. Unfortunately it seems that not that many of us wanted to game on our mobiles, and the N-Gage was no more than a moderate success.

The F88 Wrist Phone

The F88 Wrist Phone

The F88 Wrist Phone

Sometimes weirdness just results from being the first company to try something, and that’s pretty much the problem with the F88, which was way ahead of its time. Combining a watch, phone and digital camera into one chunky device, the F88 was a geek’s dream come true. The bulk of the F88 made it a flop, but we can’t help but think that the new Apple Watch really got its start right here.

The Starfish Diamond Phone

The F88 Wrist Phone

The F88 Wrist Phone

Do you like the beach? Like, really like the beach? Because this Starfish Diamond phone really is going to mark you as an ocean addict. Okay, there are sparkly diamonds, and you can even hang it around a chain on your neck, but we’re a little worried that a star shaped phone is probably not going to be terribly comfortable to hold or use. We guess that it’s pretty though, in its own special way…

The Virgin Mobile Lobster

The Virgin Mobile Lobster

The Virgin Mobile Lobster

First, the name sucks. A lot. Second, what? The Virgin Mobile Lobster was actually a fairly cool device, which supported mobile television as well as all its regular phone functions. However, that ugly design and bizarre shape really didn’t attract customers. The Virgin Mobile Lobster was never a hit, and was withdrawn from shelves in short order.

After all that, maybe we should be thankful that mobile manufacturers have decided to concentrate on those slim, black rectangles? Sure, it’s easy to mix phones up these days, but hey, at least you don’t need to carry a starfish around with you…