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A brief history of mobile phones and their evolution over the years

Boban Docevski

IBM Simon (1994)


The first phone with a Touchscreen and applications! The IBM Simon was operated with a stylus, and it was only available in the USA, for the price of $899.

Nokia 9110 Communicator (1996)

On the outside, the Nokia Communicator looked just like an ordinary phone, but once you opened it a keyboard and a big LCD screen was revealed. Among other features, this mobile phone had some basic internet connectivity.

Motorola StarTAC (1996)

The Motorola StarTAC was the first phone to introduce the iconic clamshell/flip mechanism. PC World magazine ranked the StarTAC at the 6th place in its 50 Greatest Gadgets of the Past 50 Years.

Nokia 8110 (1996)

The same year when Motorola released the StarTAC, Nokia released its Nokia 8110. It is the first example of a ‘slider’ phone. A protective cover could be extended to reveal the keypad. If it looks familiar, it’s because Keanu Reeves uses one in The Matrix…

Ericsson R380

A combination of a mobile phone and a personal digital assistant (PDA), the R380 was the first mobile phone to be marketed as a “smartphone”. It was also the first phone that used the groundbreaking Symbian OS. It had a black and white touchscreen, partially covered by a flip panel.

Nokia 3310


And last but not least, the phone that enjoys a cult status today. This legendary phone helped Nokia to dominate the mobile phone market for a long time. It is famous for its durability and long-lasting battery. Nokia sold more than 126 million units worldwide, so it’s easy to see why the 3310 is considered to be one of the most successful phones in history.