21 years ago, this was the smartphone of the future – and I just bought one

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It was 1998: a time when boy bands and GameBoy dominated popular culture. The Pokemon invasion was around the corner, renting VHS was still a thing, laptops were prohibitively expensive, and the Y2K bug was about to start sending satellites crashing down to earth. Times were simpler back then. We had no YouTube, Facebook or Spotify, Sony made digital cameras that stored images on floppy disks, and downloading custom ringtones was the hottest feature the typical cell phone could offer.

It is hard to imagine that in 1998, there was also the Nokia 9110i Communicator – possibly the most advanced …

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