iPhone, Motorola and Mobile Phones That Changed the Game

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2013-04-04
 
 
 

Motorola DynaTAC Gets the Call Rolling

The DynaTAC 8000X was truly the first mobile telephone that could connect to the telephone network without the assistance of a mobile operator and could be carried about by the user.

Motorola DynaTAC Gets the Call Rolling

Motorola Flips for MicroTAC Design

Motorola introduced the world to the flip design that would dominate for years. Released in 1989, it was the smallest and lightest phone available at the time.

Motorola Flips for MicroTAC Design

Nokia 3210 Brings Mobile to the Masses

If you were born sometime in the 1980s, by the time your parents let you have a mobile phone, this was probably your first. Oh, and Snake was, your first mobile game obsession.

Nokia 3210 Brings Mobile to the Masses

Motorola Razr Brings Style to Clamshell Design

Over the Razr's four-year run, Motorola sold more than 130 million units, becoming the best-selling clamshell phone in the world to date.

Motorola Razr Brings Style to Clamshell Design

Sanyo SCP-5000 Calls in Color

America's first color-screen handset could display 256 colors, measured 2 inches across and sold for $500 when it debuted in 2001.

Sanyo SCP-5000 Calls in Color

Sanyo SCP-5300 Gets Shutterbugs

This model was one of the very first handsets to offer an integrated camera—one of the most important features in the highly competitive smartphone market of today.

Sanyo SCP-5300 Gets Shutterbugs

Nokia 1100 Rules the World

Two hundred million 1100s have been sold since its launch in late 2003, making it the world's best-selling phone handset and the best-selling consumer electronics device in the world.

Nokia 1100 Rules the World

BlackBerry 7230

Back in the BlackBerry's halcyon days, the 7230, which came out in 2003, was so addictive that it brought a new word—"CrackBerry"—into the tech lexicon.

BlackBerry 7230

Nokia 5500 Sport Was the First Water-Resistant Smartphone

While Sony claims its recently released Xperia Z is the world's first water-resistant smartphone, the 5500 sport, which ran Symbian, beat it to the punch by a good six years.

Nokia 5500 Sport Was the First Water-Resistant Smartphone

Apple iPhone Changes Everything

The impact of the first iPhone, released in 2007, is difficult to understate. Even today, while not as slim, fast or unique-looking, it still has the classic design simplicity for which Apple is known.

Apple iPhone Changes Everything

HTC Dream Kicks Off Android Revolution

Marketed as the T-Mobile G1 in the United States, the handset was the first to run Google's open-source Android operating system—now the most popular smartphone platform in the world.

HTC Dream Kicks Off Android Revolution

Samsung Galaxy S3 Brings the Fight to Apple

The Galaxy S3, with its 4G LTE capability, large screen, alluring design and fast processor made this—in many pundits' minds—the first true challenger to the iPhone.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Brings the Fight to Apple

Was Apple's iPhone 5 a Big Enough Step Forward?

Still considered the apex of smartphone design, the iPhone 5 sported, at 4 inches, a larger screen than previous models, but lacked technologies found commonly on other handsets.

Was Apple's iPhone 5 a Big Enough Step Forward?

Can BlackBerry Stage a Comeback with the Z10?

BlackBerry needs a big boost to regain market share lost to Android and Apple. While early reviews of the Z10, which boasts the new BlackBerry 10 OS, are solid, the effort may be too little, too late.

Can BlackBerry Stage a Comeback with the Z10?

Samsung Galaxy S4 Makes a Splash

The unveiling of the latest edition of Samsung's popular Galaxy smartphone was accompanied by a huge media push in Times Square.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Makes a Splash

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