The Motorola DynaTAC 8000X was invented. Dr. Martin Cooper invented it. This particular phone took 15 years to come to the market at an expense of 100 million dollars research cost.. It was considered to be very light weight in 1983 at 28 ounces (793.79grams)but compared to modern day phones it certainly isn’t now. It was 13 inches x 7.5 inchesx 3.5inches . It was known for a “Brick” because of it’s strange shape.
Nokia Mobira Senator
This cell phone may look like a bulky box rather than a cell phone, but this was actually Nokia's first mobile phone. Introduced in 1982, the Nokia Mobira Senator was desiged to be used in cars. Well you wouldn’t want to use this while walking as it weighed 9.5 kg!
BellSouth/IBM Simon Personal Communicator
A cell phone with added PDA (personal digital assitent) functions isn't news today. But in 1993, it was the “new thing“. The Simon Personal Communicator, jointly marketed by IBM and BellSouth, was the first mobile phone to add PDA features. It included a phone, pager, calculator, address book, fax machine, and e-mail device all together. It weighed 567 grams.
Before the Motorola StarTAC was introduced in 1996, cell phones were more about practical calling, but this device was high in fashion. This 87.88 grams clamshell-style phone, which could easily be clipped to a belt, was the smallest and lightest of its time. Actually it is actually smaller than most of the newer cell phones invented today.
Nokia 6160 or Nokia 8260
In the late 1990s, Nokia's candybar-style cell phones were all the rage.This nokia phone displayed a antenna and it was boxed shaped, 5.2 inch tall, the Nokia 6160 was the company's best-selling handset of the 1990s. The sleeker Nokia 8260 model introduced in 2000, added a colorful case and lost some of the 6160's bulky design: it stood only about 4 inches tall and weighed 3.4 ounces, compared with almost 6 ounces for the 6160.
The company's QCP6035 smart phone, which hit the retail market in early 2001 and cost between $400 and $500 (depending on the carrier), was the first phone to be able to be held in the palm . It included a small 8MB of memory. It had a simple black and white design but lead the way to future cell phones.
Handspring Treo 180
The Hanspring Treo 180 had a flip top that, a see through opening which you can see the display. A microphone was at the bottom left of the keyboard and an earphone/speaker was in the upper part of the flip top. On top of the unit there were two switches: A slide switch to control the sound, and a button to control PDA power, cell phone power, and backlight. This device was the first cell phone to have a numbered keyboard
Before the T-Mobile Sidekick became Hollywood's "it" phone, it was known as the Danger Hiptop. PC World liked it so much that they named it the product of the year in 2003. While its sound was only average this was one of the first cell phones to have mobile web browsing, e-mail access, and instant messaging. Plus it was the first cell phone to have the swivelling effect.
Today, most cell phones come with a built-in camera. But, just a few years ago, a camera phone was hard to come by. In 2002, Sanyo built the SCP-5300 PCS phone, which was the first mobile phone available with a built-in camera.
Nokia's N-Gage (also known as ’bad buzz’) created plenty of buzz when it was launched in 2003, but, unfortunately, most of the buzz was bad. This combination cell phone/gaming device was supposed to lure gamers away from their portable devices. Instead, it was not popular because it was ugly, and the fact that you had to hold the phone on its side to place a call. ￼
Motorola Razr v3
Cell phones continued to get thinner and more stylish, but it was the look of the Motorola Razr v3 in 2004 that took design to another level. With its super-slim lines and sleek metallic look, the Razr quickly became a very popular cell phone. Three years later in 2007 , it remained one of the most popular handsets on the market.
It promised to bring together the best of two worlds: Apple's iTunes music player and Motorola's cell phone design. The Motorola Rokr, released in September 2005, was the first music phone to incorporate Apple's music software. It allowed users to transfer songs to the phone for listening on the go. Unfortunately, users found song transfers to be very slow, and many did not like the100-song limit on their music collections. However this handset lead the way for today's music phones. ￼
Research In Motion designed and built the consumer-friendly Pearl. This phone, with its slim design and SureType keyboard, looked very modern. The Pearl was the first BlackBerry to include a camera, an audio/video player and e-mail service.
In January 2007 the Apple company developed a cell phone. The phone features a new design: it lacks a numeric keypad but instead, it has a touch-sensitive screen. The iPhone also includes a 2-megapixel camera, the ability to download iTunes collection to the phone, and it will run Mac computer software.