Gadget Rewind 2005: BenQ Z2

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Gadget Rewind 2005: BenQ Z2

BenQ may not be a familiar name to some -- at least not in the US -- but its roots in the electronics industry date back to the '80s. The company, formerly a division of Acer, was spun off in 2001 in an attempt to build a brand name for itself. With a background in manufacturing, BenQ began building devices for companies like Nokia and Motorola; devices that were mostly for sale in Asian markets. Soon, it started its own line of mobile handsets and in 2005, BenQ announced a cube-like multimedia device called the Z2. It was poised to compete with the other camera-toting and music-playing cellphones at the time, while also targeting the youth market with its unique form factor and colorful exteriors. Curious to know more? Check out our gallery below.

Gallery: Gadget Rewind 2005: BenQ Z2 | 9 Photos

  • BenQ Z2
  • Cube calls and one-thumb typing
  • Colorful package
  • Band placement
  • Screen time
  • Nokia 7600 (2003)
  • Nokia 7705 Twist (2009)
  • Motorola Flipout (2010)
  • BlackBerry Passport (TBD)
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