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.
2Motorola 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.
3Nokia 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.
4Motorola 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.
5Sanyo 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.
6Sanyo 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.
7Nokia 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.
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.
9Nokia 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.
10Apple 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.
11HTC 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.
12Samsung 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.
13Was 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.
14Can 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.
15Samsung 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.