Many people clearly remember the first time they saw a mobile phone. It was probably on television or in the movies. Interestingly, the first handheld telephone to actually make a phone call was made in 1973 by an engineer at Motorola. It was a boxy ordeal that required a suitcase like battery. It could only make phone calls for a few minutes and only within a set range.
Jump forward to 2007 and smartphones hit the market. Now, more than a decade later it is very clear that mobile technology is not going to slow down. To say that mobile phones have evolved drastically over the years would be an understatement. They have gone from being a large, awkward device that was only used by a select group of rich and important individuals, to being a small but expensive device that allows people to make phone calls, use a camera, play video games, and much more.
There is a very famous scene in a movie about Wall Street where the main character is on the beach using a brick phone. At the time, that technology was revolutionary. Classic brick phones allowed you to talk for 30 minutes and could hold a charge for up to eight hours. During the early 80’s, a brick phone would set you back around four grand.
The next development in the world of mobile telephones was what has been affectionately referred to as the clamshell phone. This also had an LED display and a 12 button keypad. However, this was the first phone to introduce other functions such as a calculator, the ability to use speakerphone, as well as a few other interesting options. But still, this phone would set you back around $2,500.
In the mid-90’s, cell phone started getting smaller, and the first candy bar phone, which as its name suggests is the size of a candy bar, became popular. After this phone, mobile technology began to progress at an exponential rate. By the mid-90’s, flip phones were popular. Then hybrid satellite phones hit the market. The next jump was the PDA, which allowed a lot of the features of a small computer, including Internet connectivity.
Now in the 2000’s, just about every telephone on the market has the capability to take photographs, surf the Internet, and basically run a person’s life. They are equipped with screens that are made from semi-indestructible optical plastic. And the truth is that no one knows what the future of mobile technology will bring.