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Cell Phone Evolution

By pfanash
  • SCR 194 & 195

    SCR 194 & 195
    1st portable AM radios produced by the US Army Signal Corps Engineering Laboratories. Widely used in WWII, weighing 25 lbs and a 5 mile range. https://www.businessinsider.com/complete-visual-history-of-cell-phones-2011-5#2011-34
  • SCR 400

    SCR 400
    Developed for US Military by Motorola, weighing 32-38 lbs with a 3 mile range.
  • SCR-536

    The "handie talkie" was invented for the US Military, weighing 5 lbs with 1 mile land range or 3 mile water range.
  • Mobile Telephone System

    Mobile Telephone System
    Bell System introduced the first commercial mobile telephone service. It weighed 80 lbs with limited calling band available from AT&T. It cost more than $30 a month with additional per call charges and was intended for use by utilities, truck fleet operators and reporters
  • Ericcson's Mobile System A (MTA)

    Ericcson's Mobile System A (MTA)
    It was the first partly automatic mobile system for automobiles. It was first used by Sweden and weighed 88 lbs.
  • Bell's Improve Mobile Telephone Service (IMTS)

    Bell's Improve Mobile Telephone Service (IMTS)
    Updated but still only for commercial use and weighed 40 lbs.
  • DynaTAC Portable Phone

    DynaTAC Portable Phone
    Former Motorola Vice President, Martin Cooper, made the first private call in a non-vehicle setting to rival at Bell Labs, Joel S. Engel.
  • Nokia's Mobile Senator

    Nokia's Mobile Senator
    It launched during the world's first fully automatic international cellular service.
  • Motorola DynaTAC Cellular Phone

    Motorola DynaTAC Cellular Phone
    It was made available to the public, weighing 2 lbs but cost nearly $4,000 (strictly for the Gordon Gekkos of the world).
  • Mobile Talkman

    Mobile Talkman
    It brought longer talk time at cheaper costs and could only manage 60 minutes of talk time.
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    Best Phones Ever - Top 8 Best Phones of All Time!

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    Evolution of Nokia Phones

    Watch this video showing the evolution of Nokia phones... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rIDuTwmYiI
  • Motorola MicroTAC

    Motorola MicroTAC
    The first flip phone design and the world's first pocket phone.
  • Motorola International 3200

    Motorola International 3200
    The first hand sized digital mobile phone that used 2G digitally encrypted technology.
  • IBM Simon

    IBM Simon
    The first mobile phone, pager, fax and PDA in one. Also included Calendar, address book, calculator, notepad, email, gamers & touch screen with QWERTY keyboard. It sold for $899.
  • Motorola Bag Phone (2900)

    Motorola Bag Phone (2900)
    The car phone to have. Finally had long talk time, great battery life and superior signal range.
  • Clamshell Mobile Phone

    Clamshell Mobile Phone
    Motorola's first clamshell mobile phone with StarTAC. It improved the folding feature by collapsing in half, which is why it's called "clamshell"—because it resembles a clam opening and closing shut. It's said to be inspired by the communicator from the original Star Trek series.
  • Nokia 9000 Communicator

    Nokia 9000 Communicator
    The phone that really brought on the smartphone era. It was the first cell phone that could also be called a mini-computer (though it had limited web access).
  • Nokia 8810

    Nokia 8810
    The first cell phone without an external antenna whip or stub-antenna, possibly paving the way for iPhones and DROIDs. It also made mobile phones more aesthetically pleasing, with its sliding keypad cover.
  • Nokia 3210

    Nokia 3210
    One of the most popular mobile phones with over 160 million sold. It was one of the first to allow picture messages, but only preinstalled ones like "Happy Birthday" and was one of the first to be marketing toward young people.
  • Kyocera's VP-201

    Kyocera's VP-201
    In Japan, Kyocera's Visual Phone (VP-201) was the first to have a built-in camera, but it was designed primarily as a peer-to-peer video phone..
  • GeoSentric

    Responsible for the world's first mobile phone and a GPS navigator integrated in one product—the Benefon Esc! It was splashproof, greyscale, and allowed users to load maps to trace position and movement.
  • Sharp's J-SH04

    Sharp's J-SH04
    Sharp was first to the camera phone market with their J-SH04 (J-Phone), released by J-Mobile in Japan. It offered a mere 0.1 megapixel resolution.
  • Sanyo 5300

    Sanyo 5300
    Not too far from the J-Phone, the Sanyo 5300 from Sprint was the first camera phone sold in North America.
  • Motorola RAZR

    Motorola RAZR
    The next highly popular device was a camera phone called the Motorola RAZR, which was first marketed as a "fashion" phone in 2004, selling 50 million units by mid-2006. Check out this flashback!!
  • Treo 700w

    Treo 700w
    The first Palm smartphone to operate outside of the Palm OS was the Treo 700w, powered by Windows Mobile. It was a great alternative for users who needed access to Microsoft software on the go. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKn_kDrEu-Y
  • Motorola ROKR E1

    Motorola ROKR E1
    Believe it or not, the iPhone wasn't the first cell phone to have Apple's iTunes music player integrated. It was the Motorola ROKR E1, but it only could manage 100 songs at a time—not quite the same as an iPhone... Check out Steve Jobs' original presentation...
  • Apple iPhone

    Apple iPhone
    In 2007, Steve Jobs introduced the Apple iPhone, a revolutionary touchscreen smartphone. It wasn't the first smartphone, but it was the first to get the user interface right, eventually adapting 3G technology (which was already available since 2001). Steve Jobs' actual 2007 Presentation of the Apple iPhone...
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    iPhone Evolution

    Take a look into the unbelievable evolution of iPhone in the link below... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zXAM4uA3wo
  • HTC Dream slider smartphone

    HTC Dream slider smartphone
    The first smartphone to run Google's Android OS was the HTC Dream slider smartphone. It featured a QWERTY keyboard, full HTML web browser, Gmail, YouTube and more, and paved the way for phones like the Nexus One and Motorola DROID. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEATBLaylYg&disable_polymer=true
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    Samsung Phone History

    Get a run down of Samsungs phone history with this quick video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_WHFXixTC4&disable_polymer=true
  • HTC EVO 4G

    HTC EVO 4G
    The HTC EVO 4G from Sprint was the first cellular phone to meet 4G standards, running on the WiMAX network. It was sold powered by Android 2.1 and had one of the largest touchscreen displays, an 8MP camera, HD video capture, HDMI output, Mobile Hotspot capability and HTC Sense. Here is a review of this phone...
  • Top 5 4G Phones - Summer

    Top 5 4G Phones - Summer
    Check out this video reviewing the top 5 4G phones in 2011. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb3BTqvmmzY
  • Best Phones of 2012

    Best Phones of 2012
    Techno Buffalo's review of the best phones from 2012. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-FRF43AXVI