The summer of 2007. In the United States, Rihanna, Avril Lavigne, and Fall Out Boy topped the pop charts; the final installment in the Harry Potter series became the fastest-selling book in history; and the films Oceans 13 and Live Free or Die Hard proved there was still money to be made in Hollywood sequels.

Meanwhile in quaint Norfolk Virginia, I was preparing to leave my job at wireless carrier Sprint Nextel, and as such, I was in the market for the biggest, beefiest smartphone I could buy to see me through the next two years.

In 2007, that slab of smartphone hot sauce was the HTC Mogul. You might’ve known it as the Titan, the XV6800, or the P4000 … but whatever you called it, at launch it was one of the best Windows Mobile smartphones you could find anywhere.

So as we ramp up to the much-anticipated unveiling of HTC’s 2014 flagship later this month, let’s take a break from all the leaks to gain some perspective … by recalling the cream of the company’s crop from seven years in the past. We’ll see how a luxurious QWERTY keyboard combined with a 400MHz processor and a button-studded exterior to create one of the geekiest –and most highly desired– smartphones anywhere. This is Pocketnow Throwback.

Thanks to Tyler for the throwback loaner device!


Screencaps via New York TimesPCMagPhoneScoop

Want more smartphone nostalgia from years gone by? Check out Jaime Rivera’s excellent retro-review of Apple’s first iPhone, or our tearjerking throwback unboxing of the ill-fated Palm Pre. Or just visit the throwback hub to see all our yesterdays gathered under one roof. Happy binging!

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