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Sony Ericsson T68i: An Object Lesson in Gadget Lust

 We’ve come a long way since then, and the anniversary has me feeling a little nostalgic about the phones we’ve known over the years. Sometime in 2002, I fell in love with my first phone. It was the Sony Ericsson T68i, and it was absolutely perfect.

Just consider the specs: Bluetooth! Two-way MMS! WAP web browsing! E-mail! T9 predictive text! A full megabyte of onboard storage! And most gloriously? A 256 color 1.3 x 1.1-inch screen. That may not be at all mind-boggling to you now, but back then it was positively amazing.

The T68i was the first great consumer-oriented internet phone. It’s hard to remember how bad dumb phones, and so-called smartphones, used to be. OK, OK. BlackBerry — er, RIM — had some nice stuff. But Symbian phones? Windows CE phones?

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