Cell phones

Growth of Cellular Devices

  • The "Brick"

    The "Brick"
    AudioThe first cell phone released by Motorola was the DynaTec phone. It was created by a Motorola worker, Martin Cooper). It cost a whopping $3,500 and did not sell particularly well to the general public.
  • Motorola MicroTAC 9800X

    Motorola MicroTAC 9800X
    The first truly portable phone. Up until its release, most cellular phones were installed as car phones due to the inability to fit them into a jacket pocket.
  • BellSouth/IBM Simon Personal Communicator

    BellSouth/IBM Simon Personal Communicator
    The IBM Simon was the first PDA/Phone combo.
  • Motorola StarTAC

    Motorola StarTAC
    The first clamshell (flip phone) cellular phone. Also one of the first display screens featured on a cell
  • Nokia 9000 Communicator

    Nokia 9000 Communicator
    The first smartphone series, driven by an Intel 386 CPU.
  • Nokia 3210

    Nokia 3210
    The internal antenna and predictive T9 text messaging sold approximately 160 million of these phones.
  • Nokia 7110

    Nokia 7110
    AudioThe first mobile phone with a WAP browser.
  • Samsung SPH-M100 Uproar

    Samsung SPH-M100 Uproar
    The Uproar was the first cell phone to have MP3 music capabilities.
  • Benefon Esc!

    Benefon Esc!
    This was the first instance of a GPS being integrated into a mobile phone, and was sold mostly in Europe.
  • Ericsson R380

    Ericsson R380
    The R380 featured a black and white touchscreen, partially covered by a flip.
  • Nokia 5510

    Nokia 5510
    This phone featured a full QWERTY keyboard. It could also store up to 64mb of music.
  • Sanyo SCP-5300

    Sanyo SCP-5300
    Interview: "What kind of phone do you have?"The first camera phone. Despite the low quality images it produced, it was the first.