Throwback Thursday: Evolution of the mobile phone

I’m not too shy to admit it: my first cellphone looked flip.pngsomething like this, and it blew my freaking mind. It was Christmas Eve, 2004, and my parents gave it to me as an early Christmas present. I spent the entire night playing with it: taking pictures, adding the 10 or so phone numbers I knew by heart to my contacts list, and choosing the catchiest ringtones. I’d never felt so cool in my life.

Times certainly have changed, haven’t they? Let’s take a quick stroll down memory lane to look at some of the mobile phones that defined an era and led up to release of the iPhone and the subsequent reinvention of the mobile experience.Timeline.jpg
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2000 - Your first mobile phone

Okay, maybe it wasn’t your first phone, but you at least knew plenty of people who jumped on the mobile phone wagon just for the Nokia Brick. God, we loved that phone. Not only could you read the screen in direct sunlight (since it featured the first ever monochromatic LCD mobile display) and play Snake all day long, but you could probably drop it off a cliff and it still wouldn’t break. Maybe that’s why it sold over 126 million units.

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2001 – Itty bitty phones

How about this little guy? The popularity of the Ericsson T66 was an early hint at the mobile market’s imminent obsession with tiny devices. At only 3.6 inches tall, it stood the same height as a cigarette. Even today, 15 years later, you have to admit that’s pretty cool.

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2002 - Say cheese!

The Sanyo SCP-5300 was the first camera phone to hit the U.S. market. The 640 x 480-pixel pictures it took were terrible—seriously terrible—but for some reason, we just couldn’t stop taking them! In fact, by 2003, global camera phone sales had surpassed global digital camera sales.

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2004 - The Razr

Clamshell flip phones started showing up everywhere in 2003, but this is the first phone I distinctly remember seeing bedazzled. Even with the added bulk of plastic rhinestones, I couldn’t believe how thin it was! The slim shape combined with the dual screen and killer camera made it a must-have, selling over 130 million units worldwide in just four years.

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2005 – Mobile tunes

Anyone remember the Ericsson Walkman? Sure, the first cell phone with MP3 capabilities had long since been released, but this is the phone that really popularized the dual cell phone/mp3 player. Now, it’s hard to imagine a phone that didn’t play music.

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2006 - Blackberry becomes design aware

The Blackberry Pearl was arguably Blackberry’s first attempt at a truly consumer-friendly phone. Not only was it gorgeous, but it was also compact and finally included the camera and media player that was becoming more and more common. Nowadays, BlackBerry is putting out sleek new Android models.

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2007 - iPhone

This is where it all changed. This unique, never-before-seen design included a brilliant touch screen interface and virtual keyboard. The global smartphone market erupted into a revolution in which Apple and competitors began releasing new and improved phones and operating systems at an alarming speed.

Today, iPhones are selling at the rate of 395 units per minute and account for 42.9% of the U.S. smartphone market. In fact, approximately 28% of the global population currently owns a smartphone, with the U.S. boasting 72% smartphone ownership for adults 18 years and older.

So then I’m sure you’ll believe me when I tell you that Fonality’s phenomenal mobile integration HUD Mobile (available for iPhone and Android) was thoughtfully developed with this in mind. The fact is, you probably own a smartphone. And we want to make sure that you can get maximum work done from wherever you are – without ever sitting down at a desk.

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Kyley Del Bosque
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