Today, cell phones are a normal part of everyday life. Believe it or not, though, it hasn’t always been that way. In fact, cell phones have only been around for about 30 years. Let’s take a look back at the evolution of man’s best friend…the cell phone:
Motorola unveiled the first portable cell phone in 1983. The Brick, as it came to be known, was nearly 13 inches tall and weighed more than one pound, making it larger than some Chihuahuas. Since it was so large, it was not intended to be carried around, but rather, was made to be kept in the car. Hence why the term, “car phone” was popular.
After the introduction in the 1980’s, the cell phone really exploded in the 90’s. The bulky phones shrank down to pocket-sized devices that people could take anywhere. Who hasn’t seen a Nokia “candy bar” phone or the original Motorola flip phone (with retractable antenna!)?
During the 90’s, cell phones became more and more common and many parents began buying them for their children as a means of keeping in touch.
Cell phones had always been cool, but when the new millennium rolled around, cell phones became smart. It started slowly, with the Nextel Push-to-Talk walkie-talkie type phone in 2003, followed by the Motorola Razr in 2004. The Blackberry came along in 2006, and with it came Internet at your fingertips… all day, every day. Then, in 2007, Steve Jobs unleashed the Apple iPhone and the rest, they say, is history.
The 2000s also brought cool features like text messaging, camera phones and Bluetooth connections, the latter of which enabled us to create our ZOMM Wireless Leash—because if one thing has remained the same through all of this, it’s that humans are forgetful.
What was your favorite decade of phones?