The Sony Ericsson T68m: retro phone fun
The Sony Ericsson T68m was the company’s first phone to feature a color screen. Welcome to 2001!
You know how you kind of get pissed off at trying to watch a movie on the screen of a first generation iPhone? It’s all tiny and cramped up; sometimes you have to bend it at an angle to catch the action.
Well, here’s some figures for you, the first generation iPhone had a screen resolution of about 320 pixels by 480 pixels and can display over 16 million colors. Now let’s jump back to 2001, the T68m was the first Ericsson phone to feature a full color screen. The phone had a display resolution of 101 pixels by 80 pixels and could display – wait for it – 256 DIFFERENT colors.
Sony went to great lengths to promote this miracle of modern technology and pioneered one of the first steath marketing campaigns when they hired actors to go around New York City pretending to be tourists and taking pictures with the phones. Eventually a hue and cry was raised, and even 60 Minutes went after Sony.
So the next time you’re trying to watch that bootlegged copy of Thor on your iPhone screen–and want to complain, just be glad you’ve got more than 256 colors to work with.
Do you have any Sony Ericsson T68i stories? KYC would love to hear your comments below!
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