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Three old smartphones that should be brought back

Android smartphones have been part of our lives since 2008. Since then many devices have emerged, some controversial like the Galaxy Note 7 with its explosions and overheating batteries. However, many models have stood out for offering unique characteristics and these have converted them into real landmarks of the mobile phone sector. Here I would like to give a shout out to three smartphones that surprised me when they released and that I would love to see brought back on the market.

Nexus 4

The Nexus 4 made by LG had an appearance and specifications that were very competitive around the middle of 2012. It was the first to have Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and as soon as it came out on sale, was sold worldwide. Now that the end of the Nexus has arrived with Google's newest phones to be presented on October 4, the Pixel and the Pixel XL, I wouldn’t mind seeing a revamped version of this device brought out again. That being said, I will wait to see what Google delivers with its new smartphones.

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The Nexus 4 was a success worldwide in 2012. / © AndroidPIT

Galaxy S Advance

It was the year 2012 and for the first time, a top of the range Samsung came in a more basic version. In fact, today this device may appear to be rather modest but the truth is that the Galaxy S Advance was a great success when it was launched. None of the users at the time seemed to mind that it was all made of plastic, plus the price of smartphones wasn’t as high as it is now.

Although I am not the biggest fan of the South Korea brand, I do admit that a 2016 version of the Galaxy Advance wouldn’t be a bad idea. Of course, the 768 MB RAM memory would have to be boosted to 2 MB, at least, and the 233 PPI screen would have to be revised. Also, a 1,500 mAh battery would need a makeover as well. On the other hand, the camera wasn't bad for the time at 5 MP. As a distinguishing feature, the re-launched model could come out with fewer pre-installed apps. Originally an international phone delivered in only select countries, this phone should make a global come-back.

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The Galaxy S Advance should make a world comback. / © Samsung

Xperia Arc S

I was a happy owner of an Xperia Arc S, running with Sony's software, that had 512 MB RAM and 1 GB of storage. Of course, the user experience was very limited, however the great advantage of the Arc S was its futuristic look. Obviously a new version would have to abandon the navigation system with physical buttons.

The Xperia Arc S is another example of good build quality, even though there was a little to much plastic which would not fly as well nowadays. Those who had an Xperia from Sony Ericsson will remember that the company worked with mirror effect polycarbonate. This device had a very pleasant feel, had an unmistakable anatomy and would be very attractive today with a configuration similar to the Moto G4 Plus.

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The Xperia S has a very unique design. / © AndroidPIT

Each one of us has a different history with Android smartphones. After 8 years with Android in our lives, which smartphone would you like to see brought back? Give us your opinion in the comments!

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  • Ilma R. 1 month ago Link to comment

    The Moto X 2013 is more or less equal to the Nexus 4, perfect! .... I would like to have back Them.

  • Dirtrot 1 month ago Link to comment

    Really?? How about the xperia play......with the drop down controler or even the htc evo 3d......this list is lame :)

  • How about some hardware keyboard? Something like droid 3 or photon Q... I really miss those times. Don't really mind the extra body weight.

  • Wakfu 2 months ago Link to comment

    We need this nexus device right now!!!

  • Why not Nokia 1020 and The 2016 Nexus 6 with same design save for the fingerprint sensor?

  • I remember charging my "not smart" phone on Sundays and have it easily last a week of calls and txt.. thank you Nokia..
    but I'm not feeling that nostalgic about older androids...
    single digit storage..
    good luck running current OS on 8gb of storage..
    720p 4" screen, data speeds on 2g 3g ...
    I loved the HTC one M7, genuinely awesome, the first time Android really had a device that not only equalled Apple in physical design and quality but also offered a better multi media experience..
    but it's next year's flagship that I really want to use not last year's.

  • Useful analysis ! I am thankful for the details ! Does someone know where my assistant would be able to access a template IRS 1040-X version to work with ?

  • Ivan C. 2 months ago Link to comment

    I had a chance to use Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and Xperia V Neo. Long before that I use to have a Sony Ericsson K750, W800, W810 and K810.

  • Mark 2 months ago Link to comment

    I know it still available, the Galaxy S3 is still a great phone. Mine has survived many falls, dunkings , and even came back from the dead after my 4 year old daughter washed it. It just won't die manly thanks to the removable back and replaceable battery. I think you can get them online for about $100.00 bucks unlocked, and they still run almost everything.

  • NT7 2 months ago Link to comment

    2013 Moto X! Perfect size and shape for holding. All it needs is memory and CPU upgrade.

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