After the Nokia 7710, users began to prefer one of two things. Either it was a PDA, designed for business; or it was a flip phone, with an emphasis on portability over functionality. But in the 2000s, competitors attempted to fuse together their own interfaces with touchscreen capability. The LG Prada‘s example is particularly notable due to its 2006 release date’s proximity to the Apple iPhone release in 2007, as well as the software involved.
The LG Prada featured three whole inches of TFT touchscreen, memory to save 1,000 phonebook entries, 40 dialed call records, 40 missed calls and 40 received calls, as well as a 256MB of storage. It also had a 2MP camera and supported most basic audio formats.
In comparison to the iPhone, the Prada was leaps and bounds behind the iPhone’s innovative iOS at its eventual time of arrival. But it cannot be denied that the Prada was a game-changer at the time of release. And at the very least, it could send picture messages (unlike the OG iPhone).