Cell phone, mobile phone, smartphone… we have come a long way since the early days of handheld devices. Smartphones are so ubiquitous today that they are on the cusp of becoming a human right. Let’s take a look back at the evolution of the cell phone through the ages.
The first mobile phone
The first mobile phone hit the market in 1983. The Motorola DynaTAC 8000X cost an incredible $4,000 (roughly $10,000 today). The massive phone had an antenna, could only make phone calls and took 10 hours to charge.
It was only in the late 90s and early 2000s that phones became smaller and affordable enough for people to buy en masse. These also included digital displays and slowly added colour and removed the external aerial.
As they developed, mobile phone’s use expanded. While originally only able to make calls, users could eventually send messages, play games, play music, and use predictive text.
Start of the smart
By 2007, the variety of mobile phones on the market was massive. Internet connection took their use even further, making it possible to be connected at all times. Apple brought out it’s first iPhone – the beginning of the smartphone revolution. It was the most effective touchscreen brought onto the market and changed the look of phones forever.
The messaging revolution
3G connection made messaging easier, removing the need for SMS services and replacing it with instant messaging platforms. From Blackberry’s BBM service to WhatsApp, instant messaging allowed you to connect fast and see whether your message had been “read” or “read and rejected”.
The smartphone shows how far we’ve come, with sleeker designs that have more capacity than the world’s first computers and functionality only dreamed up in old sci-fi movies. These devices have become integrated into our day-to-day lives to the point they can be the only device you need for everything from calling to doing your work. With the launch of 5G, which will make connecting and capacity even better and faster, what lies in store for the next evolution of the mobile phone?