The Nokia 3650 was definitely one of those head turning designs, possibly for the wrong reasons. It was one of those, ‘had to be a Nokia’ daring design, successor of the very much liked 7650.
Notice the non standard circular keypad. Possibly not the easiest thing to use.
According to Wikipedia, this was the first Symbian smartphone to reach North America and the first phone in North America with an integrated camera. I’m not sure the phrase ‘smartphone’ was uttered in the days of communicator/early Symbian models. I think the likes of 7650/3650 were thought of as phones with PDA like qualities.
A more conventional keypad came with the release of the 3660 and this design was not seen again until Nokia codename ‘charlie’ aka, 6630.
I remember the newspapers here in UK giving a mention for what was then, a class leading, cutting edge phone with all of the must have features. Oddly, online reviews rarely had much problem for the retro rotary keypad.
Here’s an ad for the Nokia 3650 – I think this went viral for the shock factor. Apparently there was no real cat and this ad was never released to the media.
Guy talks about his 3650 back in 2011