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What we’ve done with the cell phone is amazing, isn’t it?

In the span of 29 years, the cell phone has gone from being a huge block, to the small, beautiful mobile device known as the iPhone.

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Before you cop that iPhone, which is going to ship on September 21, take a look at how the cell phone evolved over the years. 

In 1983, the first cell phone, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, is released. 

It took 10 years for the first cell phone, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, to hit stores. This thing retailed for $3,995, all but assuring that only the one percent and Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell could afford it. 

Motorola releases the first pocket size cell phone in 1989.

Finally someone realized that an important part of having a cell phone is portability. Not only did the Motorola MicroTAC get rave reviews for its size, but also for its battery life (75 minutes) and price ($2,995). OK, not really.

The first smartphone drops back in 1994.

Though the term “Smartphone” wasn’t even thought of yet, the first smartphone dropped back in 1994. It was the IBM Simon Personal Communicator and it retailed for $1,100 bucks without a contract. Considering how much cell phones used to cost, shouldn’t these things be free by now?


In 1996 we get the first clamshell phone.

Motorola’s clamshell StarTRAC phone, which cost a stack when it was released, was super popular because of how small it was and the fact that you could fold it in half. 

The Nokia 9000i Communicator is the first phone to feature a full keyboard. 

Wait, so is it a computer or a phone? People back in 1997 must have been so confused when the first phone to feature a keyboard was released. 

Nokia debuts the first cell phone to feature an internal antenna.

Pulling out those huge antennas used to be sooo annoying. That all stopped when Nokia dropped the 8810, the first cell phone to have an internal antenna. Those three seconds wasted pulling the antenna is so crucial. OH! And it also featured the super awesome Snake game. Still the best game ever. 

In 1999 we finally get a phone with the Internet.

The Internet was crappy…but hey, it was something. Who knew that ten years later we would all get to the point where we could look at Internet porn on our mobile device? 

In 2002 the first Blackberry is released in the States.

Though the Blackberry was around in other countries back in the late ’90s, the popular Smartphone didn’t make its splash over here until 2002. And yes, it was freezing up just as efficiently back in 2002. 

The first cameraphone drops in 2002. 

There was a time where people didn’t understand why a cell phone needed a camera. That was until the Santo SCP-5300 dropped. Now, the cameras on phones have a professional quality. Amazing.

T-Mobile releases the Sidekick in 2002.

The Sidekick was the iPhone before the iPhone. It was a two-way pager on steroids that actually featured a decent browser. 

Motorola drops the first Razr phone in 2004.

With its slim, sleek style, the Razor V3 was the perfect phone for the fashionable folks out there.

In 2007 Apple crushes everything by releasing the iPhone.

Do we even really have to say anything about this phone? You know how ill this phone is. When this thing was released, it was like something out of the future.

T-Mobile releases the G1 Phone in 2008, launches the Android network.

Even though the iPhone is the cool phone to have, Android powered phones actually control the market. The G1 Phone was the first.

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