Nokia may have been ahead of the gadget curve with N-Gage, its mobile phone and handheld gaming console hybrid that was introduced way back in 2003. The product had solid technical specs and boasted attractive features like a built-in MP3 player and PDA functionality. So let's give Nokia a little credit for trying something new with the N-Gage.
As we now know, gadget design has never really been Nokia's strong suit, and the N-Gage was certainly not an aesthetically pleasing device. Let's start with the fact that it looked more like a gaming console designed for kids than an actual mobile phone. In addition, the oddly-shaped gray case was difficult to hold and the control pad and button were awkwardly positioned. The biggest flaw, however, may have been the distracting color pattern around the screen, which looks like a chess board and a plaid suit had a head-on collision. The N-Gage was discontinued in 2010.