'Mini Mob' phone brings back the brick

It's a smaller and modernized version but no less offensive, in our opinion.

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Why anyone would want to bring back the cell-phone brick look is beyond us. Yet that's what the "Mini Mob" would like to do by stuffing modern technologies into its chunky, Flock of Seagulls-era frame.

It's really not as unwieldy as the originals, however--it's more of a scale model that's a little more than 4 inches long, according to Gadget Lab. Inside it sports an MP3 player, camera, and GSM technology (it's offered by a U.K. distributor).

We're not really into the '80s look, having destroyed all our Members Only jackets in a ritual burning long ago. But for those young enough to regard this period as retro chic, we can recommend a few boomboxes that would complement this phone nicely.

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