Some phones just spark the imagination of people. In a world where technology becomes obsolete in a few months or even a few weeks, there are some phones which retain their value in a way that you don't usually see in a world of planned obsolescence. Here are seven phones which are now collector's items and are worth a considerable amount of cash even though they don't stand up to recent offerings in usage.
The Nokia 8110 is an old phone from the 90's which doesn't do anything special. It's just a typical Nokia feature phone with a bulky antenna, the most noticeable feature being a keypad cover that slides down when you need to use it. But the phone hit immortal stardom when Keanu Reeves dropped it off a building in the blockbuster film "The Matrix."
The Motorola DynaTAC is a phone that is so ancient it's probably older than many readers of this post. Born during the dawn of cellular phone technology, the DynaTAC resembles a brick more than a phone, but it has the honor of being the phone used for placing the first ever cellphone call in the world back in 1973. You can still see this phone being used in many TV shows and movies from the 80's.
Nokia 808 PureView
A much more recent device, the PureView came out in 2012 and has its claim to fame not for its age and movie appearances, but for having the most advanced camera optics of its time, with imaging capabilities that dwarf that of most phones even today. It sported a humongous 41-megapixel camera with a f/2.4 Carl Zeiss lens, and while the phone was often criticized for being more of a camera than a phone, you can't argue with the quality of the images you could take with it.
Resembling a futuristic hand grenade or some other device more than a cellphone, the SPH-N270 also made an appearance in the 1999 sequel "The Matrix Reloaded." This phone was used by Laurence Fishburne and had some awesome spring-loaded action to pop up the phone's earpiece. Some of these phones were actually released to coincide with the movie's release and are doubly sought after and worth USD 750(around 39,000 PHP) on average.
Apple iPhone (First Generation)
The iPhone 2G was the revolutionary device that created the smartphone industry as we know it today. Everything we take for granted about smartphones today, we owe to the iPhone, be it the large full-screen display, the intuitive touch mechanics, and even the beautiful minimalistic slab design that's become standard for all smartphones. As one of the greatest gadgets of all time, it has a venerable collector's item status.
Motorola Aura R1
The Motorola Aura R1 was a mass market phone that used some decidedly not-mass-market materials in its construction, including things like stainless steel and sapphire. Coupled with the swiveling design that had a level of smoothness to like it to precision Swiss-engineering, the Aura R1 was known as the Rolex of cellphones, and demand for it rose up in kind.
Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte
The Nokia 8800 Arte Carbon has a similar claim to fame as the Aura R1: it is made of some unique materials including stainless steel, titanium and carbon fiber, giving it an elegance and appeal beyond what its capabilities would suggest. The sliding action to open its keypad is achieved with ball bearings and its rarity has made it a premium collector's item.
If you're in possession of any of these phones, you may be pleasantly surprised to know they go for quite a bit of money these days. You can hit eBay and other sites to see just how much they're going for these days if you're so inclined. Of course, you can also keep them to yourself and add to your collection, these are phones whose value will keep over time because of how they've been immortalized in pop culture. Do you have such a phone? Be sure to keep it safe and pristine, you never know who might want it.