Mobile phones in a relatively short time transformed from expensive and status machines to everyday devices we can not imagine our life without.
Forgetting a mobile phone at home, we feel alienated from a modern society. A modern mobile phone has replaced almost all old wired phones and many other devices: a clock, a pager, a camera, a camcorder, a portable DVD-player, a game console, a GPS-navigator, and even a computer with the Internet access.
We suggest you to take a look at the mobile phone evolution, and check 11 most legendary models, which have changed our world forever.
Motorola DynaTAC 8000X (1983)
It was the first commercially successful model of a mobile phone. It weighed 800 grams and was 10 cm in height, not including the antenna length – too big and too heavy to fit in your pocket. The first DynaTAC wasn’t too easy to get, as one such device cost $4000.
Motorola MicroTAC (1989)
This mobile phone was the first one in the world, which appeared in the flip form factor, or as it was simply called, a “flip”. MicroTAC popularized the idea of a handheld device. But this “pocket” phone was too big and too heavy as for today’s standards: 20 inches tall and 350 grams weight. We also remember MicroTAC as the world’s first mobile phone with a built-in calculator, currency converter, phonebook and speakerphone.
Nokia 3210 (1999)
The first mobile phone in the world, which showed that the antenna could be hidden inside the case and make it even more compact. The Nokia 3210 body is what is considered as “classic” today. The phone is also remembered as the first device where users could play “snake”, which was the most popular game on mobile phones long before your Angry Birds. Later, in 2000, the company released a new model called Nokia 3310, which had become the most popular “tube” in the world.
Sony Ericsson T68i (2002)
This phone was the first on the market, which had Bluetooth, supported MMS (sending and receiving), a WAP-browser and e-mail. The phone was so technologically cool then, that it had been even shown in the mobile about James Bond(Die Another Day).
BlackBerry 6210 (2003)
It was the first mobile phone with the permanent Internet access through GPRS, which allowed you to receive E-mail instantly, rather than checking them manually. All businessmen appreciated such a feature at once.This smartphone also allowed to use the full Internet, not a crippled WAP. A QWERTY-keyboard has also been well received by users who appreciated the convenience of SMS communication and BlackBerry Messenger.
Palm Treo 600 (2003)
This device can be regarded as the world’s first communicator. Palm Treo 600 combined a PDA and a mobile phone. It had a built-in MP3-player, a camera and a desktop with applications’ icons arranged in a neat grid. Unfortunately, the Palm OS operating system was too slow, so, it hadn’t been deservedly evaluated by users.
Motorola RAZR (2004)
A RAZR mobile phone is the first phone from the “must-have” category. Motorola was the first one to show that a mobile phone must be considered as a stylish and elegant device first, and only then – as a means of communication. As a result, the company was able to sell 130 million of RAZR models.
Motorola Rokr (2005)
This is the first mobile phone in the world, which allowed to play music from iTunes. Steve Jobs advertised this phone to the public. But the result was a complete failure – people didn’t want to buy this “tube”. Anyway, this failure has allowed Steve to think about his own phone’s release.
Nokia N95 (2007)
It was the most technically advanced mobile phone in the world at its time. It was both stylish and functional, what it difficult to meet in modern smartphones. Nokia N95 had a high-quality 5 megapixel camera, a built-in GPS-navigator, a radio tuner, a large and bright screen, and two keyboards: the digital and multimedia ones. So far, Nokia N95 remains better equipped than many other modern smartphones.
Apple, iPhone (2007)
This phone has changed everything literally. It made everyone reconsider their views on what a real smartphone should be. iPhone has actually made a small revolution in the world of mobile communication. It showed that a technically perfect gadget could be both comfortable, beautiful and easy to use.
HTC Dream (2008)
This is the first Android mobile phone in the world, and the first one which dared to challenge iPhone. It was originally a QWERTY-smartphone on Android 1.5 with a 3.2-inch screen. It was too far from Apple iPhone’s features first, but it was just the beginning…
April 15, 2013 at 7:33 am
A very nice research Alex,
I think “Motorola DynaTAC 8000X” released in (1983) was the best innovation in the mobile technology after which people need not to carry bulky wired phones along with them..,
hats off to “Motorola”
BTW nice article 🙂
April 15, 2013 at 8:31 am
Thanks for your comment! My first mobile was Nokia 3210, and I fell in love with such technologies forever! It seemed the best mobile phone ever!Today I have Samsung Galaxy S3, and it’s weird for me to see Nokia)) It looks like a real dinosaur, lol!
Best wishes! I am glad you liked my article!
April 15, 2013 at 9:17 am
ha ha ha…, ya sure these phones still look like a dinosaur..,
I wanna know what you think about the new Lumia series from nokia.. 🙂
April 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm
What can I say? I like its design – it’s for sure! None of my friends have Lumia yet, though one was going to buy) I think I will take it for a day or two just to check all features ;-))
April 15, 2013 at 10:03 am
My wife has only just stopped using her Nokia 3210! She is now using my old Xpressmusic 8500 because I have an iphone.
1999! Is the 3210 really that old?
I have laid her Nokia 3210 to rest, in a silver casket, lined with silk, in the bottom drawerof my desk:-)
April 15, 2013 at 12:19 pm
Yes, it seems that Nokia is so old already )) Time passes by so quickly… Anyway, it was a very good mobile phone!
April 15, 2013 at 1:21 pm
Amazing list of phones. I remember using Motorola RAZR phone. These phones have brought us into a new era of mobile technology.
April 15, 2013 at 2:31 pm
Thanks for your comment, Steve! we can’t imagine our life without a mobile phone today, but there was time when all of them seemed so weird))
June 24, 2013 at 8:52 am
Thanks for sharing the list. I’m completely surprised after seen BlackBerry 6210 in your list.
Actually, I was using it and It was my first mobile phone ever.
You scratched my days with that smart gadget. After having mobile phones like galaxy s4, we forgot how this old phones helped us in the past.
June 25, 2013 at 7:29 am
Thanks for your comment! Phones change and develop so quickly today, that we all forget at once how they looked in about 10 years ago)) It’s a kind of nostalgy even, when you see the photo of your old cell phone. Mine was Nokia 3210, and I considered it as the best phone ever)) Today, when I look at my Samsung Galaxy S3, my old Nokia looks like dinosaur of course))
June 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm
Lol. That’s absolutely spot on 🙂
June 25, 2013 at 12:59 pm
Thanks for your comment Nicks.
June 24, 2013 at 7:53 pm
Dont fotget to mention, that the T68i was the first phone with a camera (an external one) which can make brilliant pictures (256 colors) 😀
June 25, 2013 at 7:30 am
Oh yes… How could I forget? 🙂