When the Motorola DynaTac - the world’s first commercially available mobile phone - hit the shelves in the early 1980s, it cost the equivalent of $10,000 (£6000) in today’s money. As such, it was bought by rich people in high-paid, high-pressure jobs who wanted everyone else to know how much of a big deal they were. Another flashy symbol of wealth and excess from the 1980s was the Porsche 911, and none were more ‘look at me’ than the drop top versions.
If you’ve ever owned a Nokia 3310, this should need no explanation at all. But in case you haven’t, all you need to know is that it’s a damn near indestructible phone which looks pretty much the same no matter how much abuse you throw at it. Just like a big old Volvo, such as the 200 series.
Lots of people have drawn comparisons between Tesla and Apple, and the products of both companies. So we’re, erm, jumping on the bandwagon. But, it does makes sense. Tesla is arguably more tech company than car manufacturer, plus Tesla and Apple have spent the last few years pinching employees off each other. If an iPhone were a car, it’d definitely be a Tesla.
Oh, and both the Model S and the iPhone 6 Plus have flipping massive screens.
Apple - like Tesla - is a rather focused company, producing mainly posh tech things like phones and laptops. However, rival phone maker Samsung is a completely different kettle of fish, manufacturing anything from blenders to MRI machines, as well as the consumer electronics stuff. In the same way, other companies producing their own EVs - like BMW - tend to be much larger firms that produce a bigger range of cars. So, with that in mind, a Samsung Galaxy is just like a BMW i3. Sort of.
The Motorola Razr series of phones were essentially fashion items before phones. These slim-line, clamshell devices were all about style over substance, much like the first-gen Audi TT.
BlackBerrys are carried by important businessy people. They’re carried by people whose daily duties often include giving others the sack. The E38 BMW 7-series is also the archetypal business person’s car, and as Regular Car Reviews has told us before, if one of these cars shows up, you know bad things are about to happen.
This Nokia is just about the cheapest and simplest phone around right now - many places flog it for less than a tenner. It’s for people who want something basic, people who don’t care for fripperies, and who are a bit tight. Just like the bargain basement Dacia Sandero.
OK, we admit we are probably being a bit lazy with this comparison. But come on, it’s a perfect match, no?
Its designers no doubt thought they were coming out with something different, fresh and interesting. But in reality, the LG DoublePlay was slow, clunky and rather ugly. It’s the Pontiak Aztek of the phone world.
Any more phone/car allusions you can think of? Hit the comments!