Mobile Technology

The History and Evolution of Cell Phones

cell phone evolutionThe human brain is still the foundation of everything, but we must admit that our smart phones significantly simplify our lives: they memorize, warn us, calculate, give us instructions.

How and when did it all begin? In 1973 the first mobile phone was created, a massive production began ten years later when in 1983 Motorola started selling its mobile phone at a price of 3,995 US dollars.

For years, Motorola and Nokia were synonym for the mobile phone industry, but in the last ten years everything has changed. Therefore it is good to remember what brands in certain periods of “mobile era” were carriers of the quality and  masters of the market.


Motorola DynaTAC

Motorola DynaTAC

Released in 1984, Motorola DynaTAC 8000X was the first commercially available mobile phone. Martin Cooper conducted the first mobile phone call with the predecessor of this device in 1973  . With its 790 grams, you had 30 minutes to talk, and it cost $ 3995.


Nokia 5110

Nokia 5110

Nokia 5110 was robust and had a long battery life. More importantly, you could play ” The snake” on your screen resolution 47 x 84 pixels. 5110 model was also customizable with exchangeable front panels.


Motorola StarTAC

motorola startac

Motorola StarTAC was the first successful flip phone, and in many ways, the first successful consumer mobile phone. Introduced in 1996, Motorola sold 60 million of StarTAC’s. It weighed about 90 grams, and combined with its innovative folding design StarTAC was the turning point in the trend towards smaller mobile phones.


Sanyo SCP-5300

Sanyo SCP-5300

Released in 2003, it was one of the first phones that had a camera. It was already clear that digital cameras will replace film cameras, but it was not clear that the camera can fit into a phone. By today’s standards, the camera of SCP-5300 was pathetic. This device was able to photograph images at a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, and store 10 to 15 pictures. It had a built-in flash with a range of just one meter. However, this phone turned the game.


Palm Treo

Palm Treo

With the Treo, Palm has expanded its popular line of PDA to become one of the first smartphones. Treo looked very much like BlackBerry phones, with a small keyboard on the bottom. Palm Treo was driven by the operating system, and as many leading phones of that time, began to lose the battle in the market with introduction of smartphones sensitive to touch. In 2009, Treo was replaced by Palm Pre , but collapsed under the invasion of the iPhone.




Research In Motion company, now BlackBerry, was the largest producer of smartphones in the 2000’s. With its advanced email capabilities, BlackBerry Messenger and the physical keyboard, the BlackBerry smartphone was the ultimate business phone. When the iPhone launched in 2007, many BlackBerry fans mocked the iPhone because of the lack of a physical keyboard. Now the touchscreen phones have proven them self worthy, and BlackBerry is currently struggling to survive.


iPhone and Android


When the iPhone launched in 2007, Apple brought smartphones to the masses. iPhone showed how previous smartphones and flip phones were awkward. Although it initially lacked some basic functions like copy-paste, iPhone was enhanced with annual changes in terms of hardware and software. The first Android phone, the HTC Dream, was launched in October 2008. Android geared to its competition by developing an operating system-based applications for the touch screen. Android has certainly improved since its early days, and is now the leading alternative to Apple’s iOS.

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