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The Evolution Of the Cell Phone


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The first modern cell phones in the US first appeared in the USA in Chicago. It was the put out by Ameritech in 1983 using the famous first hand-held mobile phone Motorola DynaTAC.

The DynaTAC was the first commercially available cellular phone small enough to be easily carried, and made the first phone call from it. The DynaTAC’s retail price, $3,995 ($8724 in present-day terms). It was huge compared to today’s cells and weighed on at a whopping 28oz or approximately 2 pounds and was over 10 inches in height.

The DynaTAC has become associated with the 1980s in popular culture, and has been heavily used in film and media set in that period.The phone is well known for being used by Gordon Gekko in movie Wall Street.

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Of course as technology advanced, components shrank and prices dropped, the era of mobile “on the fly” communications came into the day to day vernacular.

Here is a fun and interesting pictorial of the phones, some which you might have owned at one time and some cells that you might not have ever seen before. Each one having a few new gadgets or apps that the one before it lacked. The same goes today and what the future will bring will amaze you now and become old hat within a 6 month period.

With the introducing of the iPhone, cell phones are no longer just used for talking. They are starting to morph into mobile computers that as you will see towards the end the pictures, part of your wardrobe and/or accessories.

nokiaSenator
Nokia Senator

kyocera
Kyocera

Simon
Simon
nokia6160
Nokia 6160

motoStarTac
Moto StarTac
sanyo5300
Sanyo 5300

sANYO
MOST OWNED PHONE TYPE

ROKR
ROKR

razr
RAZR

blackberry
Blackberry

treo180

Treo 180

sidekick

Sidekick

samsung-a877

Samsung-A877

nokiaNgage

Nokia Ngage

blackberryPearl

Blackberry Pearl

iPhone

iPhone

alienware-cell-phone

EXAMPLE OF CRAZY DESIGNS

oledphone

OLED WRITER

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Kinetic-flexible OLED

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THE FUTURE

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14 Comments for “The Evolution Of the Cell Phone”

  1. I gave up my two cell phones when I retired. Hubby has one, but I don’t. Don’t want one either. They have indeed come a very long way though. Very well done post Glenn.

    Have a terrific day. Big hugs. :)

  2. LOL I actually remember that time when cellphones were humongous. Thank goodness for innovation. I don’t think I’d want to bring something like that around.

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  4. Boy we have came a long way in ten years lol

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  7. ann

    Believe it or not the only thing I use my cell phone for is to make calls or text my daughter. It gets very little use. I wouldn’t even know what to do with an app

  8. I love the progress and now how it can do so many other things, maps, Google, email, text, feel like it’s an extension of my office rarely without it.

    Nice post.

    Dorothy from grammology
    grammology.com

  9. Greetings from Europe,

    well, looking at *that* list, it’s no wonder iPhone was greeted the way it was… we had smartphones (that just weren’t quite as sexy as iPhone, to be fair) already quite early in 2000′s where you could open PDFs and shit… Blackberry really is primitive compared to Nokia Communicator, for instance.

    Oh well, I guess this is not so much a Europe vs. America thing as it is author’s personal list. That’s maybe why the list is really full of unfamiliar phones, at least to me. Why not check out this one, btw: http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=iphone

  10. Great one mate! Old age phones were Lol :D Now with latest technologies it rocks and I’m loving it.
    Thanks :)

  11. I love the fact that flexible OLEDs have a faster response time than LEDs!

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