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The oldest smartphone photo I still have

I am confident I clicked hundreds of other photos before this one, on one of the various Nokias I used through 2006-2010. But the photos were too poor in quality, not worth saving, and Google Photos with near-infinite storage was yet to be created.


I took this photo on 10th December 2010 using a Samsung Galaxy Apollo i5801 phone. What’s in the photo? It’s a display connected to some random rack server at the IITK campus running some random (Fedora? Arch?) Linux distribution. I think the network card conked out on it, because I seem to be trying to locate the name of the Ethernet controller.

Writing this post made me fondly remember all the smartphones I have ever owned, excluding the hand-me-downs. Starting from the newest, they are iPhone 12, Pixel 3, Pixel 1 XL, Moto X, Nexus 5X, Galaxy Nexus, and HTC Desire.

What a trip.