Nokia 8110iType: NHE-6BM
WOW Factor: The first Nokia phone with a slider form factor, The first of Nokia’s high-end 8000 series, The first Nokia phone with monochrome graphic LCD, The first phone with SSMS (Smart SMS), The first phone to support ring tone receiving by SMS, The phone featured in the science fiction action film The Matrix (1999)
Evaluation in my collection: As new – 9.8/10
Life timer: N/A | Boxed: YES
Release Year: 1997 | Release Price: N/A
About: Nokia 8110 is a mobile phone released in 1996. It was announced on September 9, 1996 as the first of Nokia’s high-end 8000 series of phones.Its distinctive styling was the first example of a ‘slider’ form factor. A sliding cover protected the keypad when being carried in the pocket and extended downwards in use, bringing the microphone closer to the mouth.The action of opening the cover also answered an incoming call. The prominent curvature of the case, particularly when open, earned it the nickname “banana phone”. It was also the first Nokia phone with monochrome graphic LCD.
The phone was designed for the business market and was one of the smallest and lightest (152 grams) phones on the market, but still had better battery life than its predecessor Nokia 2110.
The improved 8110i model, announced in March 1997, was the first phone with the SSMS (Smart SMS) engine.The handsets could be updated OTA (Over The Air) with an intelligent menu structure, which allowed simple information input, input which was sent through a simple structured text message to an MT receiver. This station could interpret information and a structured text message back to the handset. Ring tone receiving by SMS was also part of the smart messaging protocol, so 8110i was also the first mobile phone to support it. Nokia later stopped marketing Smart messaging and concentrated on the upcoming WAP standard, but has not dropped smart messaging support from later phones. Both models were succeeded by Nokia 8810 in 1998.
The phone was famously featured in the science fiction action film The Matrix (1999), for which it was modified featuring spring-loaded mechanism (this later appeared on the Nokia 7110).
Reviews when released: N/A