Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Do you remember your first cell phone? A look back at phone evolution

Motorola Razr V3

Motorola Razr V3

From the days of playing Snake and Bounce to pass the time, praying for free text hours and making calls to say "I'm home safely" or "I'm ready" to now transferring funds between bank accounts, video calling, teleconferencing, and scrolling social media seeing global trends, cellphones have come a long way... smartly.

Mobile phones have become an important part of our lives. The average person touches their phones approximately 2,617 times per day, within an average year we spend about 800 hours on our mobile phones and these numbers continue to rise.

Back in the early days, the mobile phones we see now didn’t always look like they do today. Instead, they were something totally different, something you wouldn’t even think of having around you or using. In those days, the sole use of a mobile phone was for calling other people whilst on the move.

Soon after, the ability to text other mobile phones was introduced. Nowadays you can use mobile phones to do literally everything. From paying for your next meal to tracking your sleeping habits, the smartphone of today has almost no limits.

If you think the iPhone 11 Pro Max which was launched in 2019 is pricey at US $1449.99, then imagine the first mobile phones went on sale at a whopping US $4,000.

Improved technology has made a great change in the history of mobile phones, transforming the huge brick-like mobile phones of 1996 to sleek and stylish smartphones we carry with us now. Let’s take a ride back to the past and look at the evolution process of our dear mobile phones.

loopnewsbarbados The evolution of cellphones 1996-2019

  1. Nokia 8110 - Alternately called the “banana phone”, this phone was popularized in the first Matrix movie and was launched in 1996.


  1. Nokia 5110 – This was one of the most popular releases by Nokia in 1998. I’m sure some of you have seen this one growing up.


  1. Nokia 3210 – The introduction of internal antenna and predictive T9 text messaging sold approximately 160 million of these phones when it released in 1999.


  1. Nokia 3310 - It was announced in 2000, and was one of the most successful phones with 126 million units sold worldwide, being one of Nokia's most iconic devices. The phone is still widely acclaimed and has gained a cult status due to its durability.


  1. Siemens s45 - Siemens’s first ever GPRS mobile phone with 360kb of internal memory released in 2001.


  1. Nokia 6100 – I’m sure most of us owned one of these. The Nokia 6100 model sold from 2002-2005. It featured an LCD screen and internet connectivity through GPRS.


  1. Nokia 1100 – Do you remember playing snake on this phone for days before the battery went dead? Over 250 million 1100s were sold since its launch in late 2003, making it the world's best-selling phone handset and the best-selling consumer electronics device in the world at the time.  The model was announced on 27 August 2003 and was discontinued in 2009.


  1. Blackberry 7210 - BlackBerry’s first colour screen phone released in 2003.


  1. Motorola Razr V3 –This phone set the standard for sleek design in the industry. Because of its unique appearance and thin profile, it was initially marketed as an exclusive fashion phone.


  1.  Sony Ericsson W800 – Released in 2005, it was the first Sony Ericsson phone to use the Walkman brand. The phone featured Bluetooth v1.2 (with full Bluetooth 2.0 compliance), Infrared and USB connectivity.


  1.  Blackberry Pearl 8100 – It was the first BlackBerry device with a camera and media player. It was originally released on September 12, 2006.


  1.  iPhone - The first-generation iPhone was announced by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on January 9, 2007 and introduced a touch interface that replaced the traditional QWERTY keyboards.


  1.  iPhone 3G – The iPhone 3G was internally similar to its predecessor, but included several new hardware features, such as GPS, 3G data and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA.


  1.  Blackberry Storm - Designed to be a direct competitor to the iPhone 3G and other 3G smartphones; RIM’s first device to do away with the QWERTY keyboard and incorporate a touchscreen.


  1. Blackberry Curve 8520 – This was an extremely popular Blackberry model since its release in 2009. I believe most, if not all of us owned one as this was around the peak season of the popular BBM app.


  1. Apple iPhone 4 - The iPhone 4 was Apple’s first phone to sport a Retina Display, an A-series processor, and FaceTime, not to mention an all-new glass and metal design.


  1. HTC One M7 – One of the best phones released by HTC in 2013.


  1. Samsung Galaxy S4 – This phone was the top dog of Android sales with just under the 80 million units sold.


  1. Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge – Released in 2016, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, in a way, were the last of the “old” Samsung. They were the last to feature the familiar home button and the last to feature the distinctive body design of the Galaxy S family. They were also the last to sell in incredibly high numbers


  1. Samsung 2019 Galaxy A Series – It is a combination of cheap budget models to advanced mid-range smartphones which are very popular among Samsung users. The series include the A20, A30, A10, A70 to name a few


I have tried, wherever possible, to include the most popular phones and the phones that were “firsts” for a particular feature, but may have missed out on your favorite phones due to the sheer number of models that are out there. Feel free to post your favorites in the comments section if they are not listed here.

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