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Mobile phones; these sleek and sophisticated gadgets we use have indeed evolved as man has. Lol, can you remember the days when cellular phones had those massive antennas!? This is a throwback of phones and their yearly evolution.

1989

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Someone realized that phones should be mobile and portable and the Motorola company ran with this vision for 10 years. The company finally released the first mobile phone in history called the DynaTAC 8000X.

1992

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Motorola went a step ahead and produced the first digital hand sized mobile phones.

1994

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Though the term “Smartphone” wasn’t even thought of yet, the first smartphone dropped back in 1994. It was the IBM Simon Personal Communicator and it sold out.

1996

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Motorola’s Clamshell StarTRAC phone, which cost a lot when it was released, was super popular because of how small it was and the fact that you could fold it in half. It was also one of the first display screens featured on a cell.

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Also, Nokia released the alternately called the “banana phone” which was actually first used in the MATRIX.

1997

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People back in 1997 must have been so confused when the first phone to feature a keyboard was released. Nokia 9000i Communicator was the first smartphone series, driven by an Intel 386 CPU.

1998

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Pulling out those huge antennas could be funny and annoying. That all stopped when Nokia dropped the 8810, the first cell phone to have an internal antenna with the snake game as an additional feature.

1999

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Nokia made waves, by producing the first mobile phone with internet reception. Although the internet was wack, it at least made the way for the better internet reception we enjoy today.

2000

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The Ericsson R380 featured a black and white touchscreen, partially covered by a flip. This blew EVERYONE’S mind.

2001

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Ericsson releases the tiny handset, Ericsson T39, which was the first Bluetooth-capable phone. Nokia 5510 featured a full QWERTY keyboard. It could also store up to 64mb of music.

2003

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Nokia’s answer to the Game Boy advance, Nokia N-Gage, this phone/game system had a couple of award-winning titles before it succumbed to its clunky interface design. Also that year, BlackBerry released the first Smartphone with a color screen.

2004

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Nokia puts on to sell the first cell phone to allow for global roaming, the Nokia 6630. But Motorola was not sleeping. With its slim, sleek style, the Razor V3 was the perfect phone for the fashionable people out there. (I still sometimes randomly sing “Hello Moto!”)

2006

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This was the year that began the evolution of smartphones. Nokia N97 was an immensely popular smartphone that sold millions of models worldwide and is still in wide use as of 2009. The BlackBerry Pearl, the first design-conscious entry from RIM, the Pearl is still being offered on the market today.

2007

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Apple gave us the 1st phone from the future. The original iPhone, which was released in June 2007 with an auto-rotate sensor, a multi-touch sensor that allowed multiple inputs while ignoring minor touches, a touch interface that replaced the traditional QWERTY keyboards, and many other features that helped give Apple an almost instant healthy market share on its release. It was the first phone that had insanely good apps although its cursor that was hard to understand.

2008 – Date

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From 2007 to nowadays, Apple has released a new iPhone model mobile phone each year. Front camera, FaceTime, touchscreen and an infinite numbers of apps are some of the advantages that iPhones present versus the other companies. That being said, other companies (Samsung, Tecno, LG, HTC etc) are also making wonderfully market worthy gadgets.


What was your first mobile device? Can you remember?

 

 

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