Top Five Most Iconic Mobile Phones
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Top Five Most Iconic Mobile Phones

The mobile phone industry is always evolving and more and more technology goes into these clever devices than ever before. Every now and then there is a mobile phone that sets the standards and changes the industry. These are five of the most iconic handsets of the past and the ones that have led to the way we come to use our mobile phones in these modern times.

Since Martin Cooper pioneered the first mobile phone back in 1973 mobile communication devices have evolved greatly. Today almost everyone owns a mobile handset and the technology that goes into these increasingly intelligent devices is simply staggering. In order to get to this point there have been many trials, a lot of errors and some embarrassments, but also a few great handsets that changed the shape of the industry. These can be remembered as the icons of the mobile phone industry.

1. Motorola DynaTAC 8000X

We will start at the beginning with the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, the world’s first commercial mobile phone. By today’s standards it is certainly the butt of many jokes with its super bulky frame and long protruding aerial. But back in the 70s this was one of the most desired gadgets around. Anyone who was anyone in the corporate world could be seen with one and it became more of a status symbol than a necessity. Its popularity spurred other manufactures to start thinking about launching their own mobile phones onto the market, and so it began.

2.     Motorola V70

Since the DynaTAC 8000X, many manufacturers sought to replicate its success by making their handsets more portable and appealing to the masses. The Motorola threw convention out the window with the V70 not only because it was super tiny but because of its unique swiveling form factor. It was curvy, stylish and way ahead of its time in terms of design and technology. This showed everyone that they did not have to stick to the same bland design when manufacturing a phone. It certainly led to a few wacky designs from other manufacturers, some of which were just downright embarrassing.

3.     Samsung SGH-S105

The Samsung SGH-S105 was one of the first notable handset to be released in the US with features such as a color screen and polyphonic ringtones. The later appealed greatly to many teenagers who would obsess about their phones ringtone. Polyphonic ringtones became a key feature in most of the handsets being launched after that.

4.     Nokia 3310

Starting with the 3310, Nokia released a series of handsets which almost made it a religion. The phone was strong, stylish (for its time), and easy to use. Its main appeal however was the fact the casing was interchangeable. This meant that owners could purchase covers to add a personal touch to their phone. Add to that the fact that it featured an extremely addictive game in the form of Snake 2 and that it would last for years without any problems and we begin to understand the true iconic status of this great handset.

5.     Apple iPhone

Mobile phones have certainly become a staple in most of our lives and this was a trend that began long before the first iPhone was released. There is no doubt however that the iPhone shook up a sleeping market though. Before its release manufacturers were churning out the same old bland handsets only with slight improvements on their previous offering. There were attempts at smartphones before but it was Apple that really made them appealing and it changed the smartphone industry into what we see and have come to expect today.



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Comments (1)

The world of technology is advancing too fast that i myself gets confused using the different devices. 

Great post and detailed explanation.