Product Evolution Timeline

  • Nokia 8110

    Nokia 8110
    Alternately called the “banana phone”, this phone was popularized in the first Matrix movie.
  • Nokia 9000 Communicator

    Nokia 9000 Communicator
    The first smartphone series, driven by an Intel 386 CPU.
  • Motorola DynaTAC 8000X

    Motorola DynaTAC 8000X
    Analog Motorola DynaTAC 8000X Advanced Mobile Phone System mobile phone as of 1983.
  • Motorola MicroTAC 9800X

    Motorola MicroTAC 9800X
    The first phone that was truly portable. Up until this phone most phones were installed as car phones due to the inability to fit them into a pocket.
  • Motorola International 3200

    Motorola International 3200
    The first hand sized phone that was mobile!
  • Nokia 1011

    Nokia 1011
    This is the first ever mass produced GSM phone.
  • 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 cellular phone. Also one of the first display screens featured on a cell.
  • Nokia 9110I

    Nokia 9110I
    This iteration of Nokia’s Communicator series significantly reduced the weight of this precursor to the smartphone.
  • Nokia 5110

    Nokia 5110
    This cell phone was the most popular consumer model at the time of its release and for some time afterwards.
  • Nokia 8210

    Nokia 8210
    This phone was loved for its customizable design, but hated for its screen fade
  • Samsung SPH-M100 Uproar

    Samsung SPH-M100 Uproar
    The Uproar was the first cell phone to have MP3 music capabilities.
  • Nokia 3310

    Nokia 3310
    This popular phone sold 126 million models, and was particularly popular in Europe.
  • Nokia 5510

    Nokia 5510
    This phone featured a full QWERTY keyboard. It could also store up to 64mb of music.
  • Nokia 8310

    Nokia 8310
    This phone contained premium features not normally found on handsets of the time, such as Infrared, a fully functional calendar and a FM Radio.
  • Siemens S45

    Siemens S45
    Siemens’s first ever GPRS mobile phone with 360kb of internal memory high at the time.
  • Nokia 3510(i)

    Nokia 3510(i)
    The first Nokia phone to bring GPRS internet services to the mass market. The 3510i, pictured here, was a more advanced version with a colour screen.
  • Nokia 7650

    Nokia 7650
    This was the first Nokia set to feature a built-in camera and was featured in the movie Minority Report.
  • Sanyo SCP-5300

    Sanyo SCP-5300
    The first camera phone. Despite the low quality images it produced, it was the first.
  • PalmOne Treo 600

    PalmOne Treo 600
    One of the it gadgets from 2003-2004 until BlackBerries overtook them in popularity. Three or four days between charges and a successful merger of phone, PDA, and camera made this the business tool of choice.
  • Nokia 2100

    Nokia 2100
    This design was available in a wide range of colors and featured a monochromatic screen.
  • BlackBerry 7210

    BlackBerry 7210
    BlackBerry’s first color screen.Research In Motion’s first integrated phone.
  • Motorola Razor V3

    Motorola Razor V3
    When this was introduced it set the standard for sleek design in the industry.
  • Nokia 7280

    Nokia 7280
    Listed by Fortune Magazine as one of the best products of 2004. Also referred to as the “lipstick” phone.
  • Nokia 6680

    Nokia 6680
    One of the first 3G phones, the Nokia 6680 was considered to be high end at the time of its release.
  • HTC TyTN 100

    HTC TyTN 100
    This model was sold as the Orange SPV M3100 in the UK, keeping with HTC’s tradition of private labelling for individual carriers.
  • iPhone

    The original iPhone was released in June 2007 with an auto-rotate sensor, a multi-touch sensor that allowed multiple inputs while ignoring minor touches, a touch interface that replaced the traditional QWERTY keyboards, and many other features that helped to give Apple an almost instant healthy market share on its release.
  • Palm Treo 755p

    Palm Treo 755p
    The Treo 755p is a smartphone developed by Palm, Inc. It was released on May 14, 2007 as the first CDMA Treo without an aerial antenna.
  • iPhone 3G

    iPhone 3G
    The iPhone 3G was made even more desirable by all the apps that could be purchased for it in the AppStore when it was released in July of 2008.
  • Samsung Instinct

    Samsung Instinct
    The Instinct was introduced as the “iPhone killer” from Samsung at a low price of $129.00.
  • Samsung Behold

    Samsung Behold
    Cell Fanatic found this entry by Samsung offered superior image quality over the Apple iPhone 3G and the BlackBerry Storm.
  • Sony Ericsson W760i

    Sony Ericsson W760i
    Includes the “Sensme” music feature, as well as all of the other features from the Walkman phone brand.
  • Omnia HD/Samsung i8910

    Omnia HD/Samsung i8910
    This phone promises the first high-definition video recording when it is released July 1st of 2009.
  • iPhone 4

    iPhone 4
    Facetime became a new thing and resolution improved.
  • iPhone 5

    iPhone 5
    Slimmer and faster, phones started to get bigger again.
  • iPhone 6/6 plus

    iPhone 6/6 plus
    Touch ID was introduced.
  • iPhone 7/7 Plus

    iPhone 7/7 Plus
    The Cameras started to improve and now comes in 2 sizes
  • iPhone 8

    iPhone 8
    Face ID was introduced and phone screens started to get bigger
  • iPhone X

    iPhone X
    Face ID improved and emojis that follow your face developed.