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Motorola engineers Martin Cooper and John F. Mitchell probably had no idea what impact their invention, the cell phone, would have on all of humanity when they made their first call on April 3, 1973. Motorola’s first cell phone, the DynaTAC, was a massive brick that consisted of one large battery and cost $ 4,000. DynaTAC introduced people to the very idea of the cell phone, but the mobile devices we all carry in our pockets have become popular over the years due to increasing availability.
What makes a phone meaningful? Not just sales. To be considered as such, a phone must offer new functionality, new capabilities, or a completely new way of interacting with the device. He must have a lasting influence on what follows. Here is a list of the most significant phones for the entire market.
Motorola StarTAC (1996)
The Motorola StarTAC was an instant hit, even with a $ 1,000 price tag. It was the first popular flip phone with 60 million worldwide sales. The phone was a hit even with filmmakers, appearing in films and TV shows in the late 1990s thanks to its clamshell mechanism.
StarTAC has been sold in various flavors over the years. He could send and receive SMS-messages, had a vibrating alert and replaceable external batteries. For that time, it was incredibly small – weighed only 88 g. Many generations of clamshells were influenced by this device.
Nokia 9000 Communicator (1996)
Nokia 9000 was ahead of its time and therefore also entered the list of the most significant phones. It can be called the progenitor of the modern smartphone in terms of functions, but not the form factor, which was a “horizontal” clamshell. The device combined a telephone, miniature laptop and data modem and was intended for business users.
Among the key features of the device is an Intel processor with a clock speed of 24 MHz and 8 MB of memory for applications and user data. It boasted a full QWERTY keyboard as well as a 640 x 200 pixel display. The Nokia 9000 included both a full-featured phone and a lightweight smart platform for sending and receiving email, browsing the web, and running business applications. But this monster weighed as much as 397 g.
When it went on sale, the phone was priced at $ 1,000. It was followed by several generations of copycats, followed by advanced messaging phones that became popular in the mid-2000s.
Nokia 3310 (2000)
The Nokia 3310 stood out for two reasons: its legendary durability and its instant messaging-like chat function. The 3310 was an update to the already popular 3210, but it was another step forward.
Nokia didn’t advertise the 3310 as a rugged phone, but it certainly was. Its plastic body was able to withstand any bullying. The Nokia 3310 also had Xpress interchangeable covers in different colors and patterns that allowed owners to customize their phones. The chat application made it possible to send longer messages than the usual 160 characters. This made the phone extremely popular with texting enthusiasts. Nokia has added several other useful features such as a reminder app, stopwatch, calculator and several games including Snake.
Sales of 126 million did not match the success of the 3210, which sold 160 million, but overall it was a more significant phone thanks to its messaging functionality.
Palm / Handspring Treo 180 (2002)
Someone may argue about which Treo is more important, but it was the 180 model that combined the PDA and phone functions in one device from the Treo line. This in itself was an important first step for Palm and Handspring.
This interesting device was equipped with a monochrome resistive touchscreen display and a QWERTY keyboard, as well as a flip cover that covered the screen and served as an earpiece when opened. Other specs included 16MB of memory and a 33MHz Dragonball processor. This phone set the stage for the future Treo, especially the Treo 600 and 650, which were hugely popular with business users in the 2000s.
Motorola RAZR (2004)
The Motorola RAZR was one of the phones everyone has been craving for, and rightfully earned a spot on our list of the most significant phones. It has maximized the clamshell form factor thanks to its sleek lines and metal body. The RAZR sold for $ 400.
It was one of the trendiest phones with over 130 million units sold. Like StarTAC, he was popular with celebrities and in Hollywood. It was imitated by competitors who later released clamshells with their own designs. The Motorola RAZR was an icon of its time. The company recently tried to resurrect the RAZR in order to hop on the steps of a departing train with its own foldable model.
BlackBerry Curve (2007)
As in the case of Palm’s Treo line, you can spend a whole day discussing which BlackBerry device turned out to be the most significant. For example, it was 6210 or 7290. As far as what we voted for with money, Curve was the most important BlackBerry device because it was the first successful attempt by parent company Research In Motion to gain attention in the mass market. And it worked. Curve has made RIM big sales, and the company has produced a wide variety of devices in this line over the years.
The Curve borrowed the popular trackball feature from the BlackBerry Pearl, but was a more comfortable device than the older BlackBerry. It had a full QWERTY keyboard as well as a color screen. Specifications included a 312 MHz processor, 64 MB of memory, 16 MB of RAM, and a camera. Some had Wi-Fi and some had GPS. BlackBerry Curve was the first smartphone for many users.
Apple iPhone (2007)
The first Apple iPhone is arguably the most significant phone ever to hit the market. It was neither the best-selling nor the most successful device, but it was a collection of ideas that, for the first time, were well implemented in the same device.
An important innovation proposed by Apple was the implementation of the screen. Of course, other phones of the time had large screens, but many still offered to control parts of the user interface with buttons. On the iPhone, the entire user interface was centered on the touchscreen itself. The Home button only served to exit applications and return to the home screen. Another great advancement introduced with the iPhone is its almost fully functional browser. It provided a much richer web browsing experience than other phones on the market, which often used text-only versions of websites by default. It also integrated with iTunes, which was a big deal at the time.
The first iPhone paved the way for the new iPhones and more importantly the App Store, which revolutionized the way people use mobile apps.
HTC Dream (2008)
How could you not love the first Android phone? The HTC Dream (aka T-Mobile G1) was the very first Android phone to hit the market. It is a pity that the device was not entirely unambiguous.
The design decision was controversial due to the strange sliding mechanism. The buttons on the QWERTY keyboard were overly responsive and the phone’s performance was lame, but it taught us a lot. For example, shortly after the device hit store shelves, people learned that the bootloader could be unlocked to gain root access. This made him indispensable in the programming community.
“Dream” may not have been HTC’s best achievement, but it cemented the company as a pioneer in Android and laid the foundation for what the OS itself was to be.
Google Nexus One (2010)
The Nexus One, also the brainchild of HTC, was ordered by Google and released in early 2010. The phone was the first to promote the idea of pure Android, as it came with a clean version of the operating system without a shell from Google or HTC.
Google Nexus One had other innovations, especially for the US market, where the company began to sell the phone directly to consumers without being tied to a carrier contract. It laid the foundation for the online Google Store and the entire line of Nexus phones (and later the Pixel) for years to come. In the field of Android, it was a very significant device. It later became the phone for Google developers, which will later be known for all Nexus and Pixel phones. This device is rightfully in the list of the most significant phones.
Samsung Galaxy Note (2011)
And finally, the Samsung Galaxy Note, namely the first model of 2011. This phone was a big break for Samsung. The company went all-in by implementing the idea of a phone with a huge screen and a stylus. Since then, Samsung has given fans a new Galaxy Note every year, and this phone continues to be the pinnacle of design, technology and software from the Korean company.
Shortly after the introduction of the Note, the average smartphone screen size began to rise. Even Apple decided to follow suit: it later introduced the iPhone 6 Plus, the first iPhone with a large screen. The Samsung Galaxy Note makes our list of the most important phones for ushering in the era of big-screen smartphones.
That concludes our list of the most significant phones of all time. Are your favorite devices among them? Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments.
Source: Mobile-review.com — Все о мобильной технике и технологиях by mobile-review.com.
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