The Evolution of Cell Phone

31 Aug 2013

The Evolution of Cell Phone Design Between 1983-2009

Dears, I want to tell you the history of Mobile phone

Cell phones have evolved immensely since 1983, both in design and function.

From the Motorola DynaTAC, that power symbol that Michael Douglas wielded so forcefully in the movie “Wall Street”, to the iPhone 3G, which can take a picture, play a video, or run one of the thousands applications available from the Apple Store.

There are thousands of models of cell phones that have hit the streets between 1983 and now.

We have tried, wherever possible, to include the most popular phones and the phones that were “firsts” for a particular feature, but may have missed out on your favorite phones due to the sheer number of models that are out there.

We’ve picked a few of the more popular and unusual ones to take you through the history of this device that most of us consider a part of our everyday lives.

We invite you to post your faves in the comments section if they are not listed here.

Mobile phones are just now beginning to be as vital to North Americans as they have been to Asians. You can always see what is coming to store shelves in the next six months to a year by looking at the models that are currently available in Japan.

North America also had a spotty 3G network that has only really been revamped recently in order to deal with increasing demands for faster loading speeds from mobile customers, whereas Asia and most of Europe have had proper 3G networks in place for some time.

This has led to a revolution in 3G phones from 2007 until now, with more due to come out in 2009.

The list does not include any phones that were not portable handhelds. Car phones and some handhelds that were the size of a small briefcase were in use in the 1970′s and 1980′s, but since this is more about design than function we chose not to include them here.



Motorola DynaTAC 8000X

Analog Motorola DynaTAC 8000X Advanced Mobile Phone System mobile phone as of 1983.



Motorola MicroTAC 9800X

The first truly portable phone. Up until its release, most cellular phones were installed as car phones due to the inability to fit them into a jacket pocket.


Motorola International 3200

The first digital hand-size mobile telephone.


Nokia 1011

This was the first mass-produced GSM phone. It was produced until 1994.



BellSouth/IBM Simon Personal Communicator

The IBM Simon was the first PDA/Phone combo.




Motorola StarTAC

The first clamshell cellular phone. Also one of the first display screens featured on a cell.


Nokia 8110

Alternately called the “banana phone”, this phone was popularized in the first Matrix movie.


Nokia 9000 Communicator

The first smartphone series, driven by an Intel 386 CPU.



Nokia 9110i

This iteration of Nokia’s Communicator series significantly reduced the weight of this precursor to the smartphone.


Nokia 5110

This cell phone was the most popular consumer model at the time of its release and for some time afterwards.



Nokia 8210

This phone was loved for its customizable design, but hated for its screen fade.



Nokia 7110

The first mobile phone with a WAP browser.


Nokia 5210

This phone was known for its durability and splash-proof interchangeable casing.

Nokia 3210

The internal antenna and predictive T9 text messaging sold approximately 160 million of these phones.


Nokia 3310

This popular phone sold 126 million models, and was particularly popular in Europe.


Nokia 5510

This phone featured a full QWERTY keyboard. It could also store up to 64mb of music.


Nokia 8310

This phone contained premium features not normally found on handsets of the time, such as Infrared, a fully functional calendar and a FM Radio.


Ericsson T39

This tiny handset was the first Bluetooth-capable phone.


Ericsson T66

This diminutive entry from Ericsson was the height of a cigarette.


Ericsson T68

This was Ericsson’s first handset with a colour screen.


Siemens S45

Siemens’s first ever GPRS mobile phone with 360kb of internal memory – high at the time.



Nokia 3510(i)

The first Nokia phone to bring GPRS internet services to the mass market. The 3510i, pictured here, was a more advanced version with a colour screen.


Nokia 7650

This was the first Nokia set to feature a built-in camera and was featured in the movie Minority Report.


Sony Ericsson P800

This smartphone featured a touchscreen and up to 128mb of memory.


Nokia 6100

This model sold from 2002-2005. It featured an LCD screen and internet connectivity through GPRS.


Nokia 6310i

The 6310i quickly gained popularity in the corporate world for its simplicity and long battery life.


Sanyo SCP-5300

The first camera phone. Despite the low quality images it produced, it was the first.



Nokia 1100

This extremely popular design has sold over 200 million since its introduction in 2003. This phone is rumoured to have sold for up to $32,000 in online criminal communities due to its ability to intercept one-time banking passwords.


Nokia N-Gage

Nokia’s answer to the Game Boy advance, this phone/games system had a couple of award winning titles before it succumbed to its clunky interface design.


PalmOne Treo 600

One of the “it” gadgets from 2003-2004 until BlackBerries overtook them in popularity. Three or four days between charges and a successful merger of phone, PDA, and camera made this the business tool of choice.

Nokia 2100

This design was available in a wide range of colours and featured a monochromatic screen.


Nokia 6600

Considered very advanced at the time of its introduction due to its Symbian OS-based Nokia Series 60 platform. Released in the US market as the Nokia 6620.


BlackBerry Quark 6210

Research In Motion’s first integrated phone/PDA.


BlackBerry 7210

BlackBerry’s first colour screen.


Nokia 7600

One of the first 3G smartphones by Nokia, still one of the lightest and smallest.



Motorola Razor V3

When this was introduced it set the standard for sleek design in the industry.


Sony Ericsson P910

An attractive flip smartphone with full internet connectivity.


Nokia 7610

Nokia’s first smartphone with a 1 megapixel camera.


Nokia 3220

The first entry-level Nokia phone that offered full internet access.


Nokia 6630

The first cell phone to allow for global roaming.


Nokia 7280

Listed by Fortune Magazine as one of the best products of 2004. Also referred to as the “lipstick” phone.



Nokia 1110

Released as a low-end GSM phone, and widely used in developing countries.


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