The most prominent attempt at a serious smartphone gaming phone before the i Phone has to be the N-Gage from faded phone manufacturer Nokia.
Released in 2003, the N-Gage was a Symbian mobile phone comparable to other, Blackberry-esque devices of the time.
The company dropped the idea of combining cellphones with handheld gaming devices, and chose to make N-gage a part of their Ovi internet services instead.
This service is only available on certain Nokia smartphones running the company's S60 software platform, including several Nseries, Eseries and Xpress Music phones.
To compete with Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance, Nokia included a phone in the N-Gage.
The N-Gage also fully supported online play with some games, N-Gage arena allowed players to play against other people wherever they were, even with no wi-fi connectivity at all.Today the N-Gage brand is used for Nokia's mobile gaming service, available for the company's N-Series phones which is itself now obsolete.It had some big design flaws, that made the gaming and calling aspects of the phone clumsy.The revamped N-gage service resembles Microsoft's Xbox Live, with additions like N-Gage points, and gamer profiles.With the N-Gage platform games are downloaded to the phone, and doesn't support the game cartridges the old N-gage system used.