Nokia 5190

This is it — the legendary phone that started my love affair with Nokias.

Though lacking a vibrate function the 5190 had so many other killer features, as befitting both a Nokia and a proper GSM handset. There was the groundbreaking Navi-Key, SMS support, Snake (!) and removable faceplates — which when taken off, revealed…

… A face! This is the actual plastic molding covering the ear piece of the 51xx series; something that few would ever see, yet someone took the time to add it to the design. Amazing.

When I had my 5190 Fido was still very much an urban carrier; to facilitate roaming on Canada’s analog networks Nokia made a sled antenna that would fit between the phone and battery, making the 5190 quite a bit thicker but no less awesome.