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The 20 most influential mobile phones in history

We look at how the mobile phone has evolved

Here, we take a stroll down memory lane to chart the evolution of the mobile phone, from its humble beginnings with the Motorola DynaTAC in 1983 to the Apple iPhone 3GS in 2009!

Google mobile: T-Mobile G1 (2008)

It had been a long time coming, but the first Google Android-powered phone to be released was the T-Mobile G1.

The G1 had a full-slide out QWERTY keyboard, a touch-screen interface, a trackball and a touch-based operating system that focused on user personalisation.

The resurrection: Palm Pre (2009)

First announced in January 2009, Palm's Pre was launched in the US in June, and is due to hit the UK next week.

Considered by many as the closest challenger to the iPhone, Palm's much-anticipated WebOS operating system has drawn many plaudits, but it remains to be seen whether this is the game breaking handset Palm needs to claw its way back into the mobile phone world.

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  1. We look at just how the mobile phone has evolved
  2. Nokia's Mobira Cityman 900 and the first GSM phone
  3. The first smartphone and Motorola opens the world of flip
  4. Nokia's 9000 and 5110
  5. Snap happy
  6. The Palm Treo 600 and the Nokia N-Gage
  7. Slide-out QWERTY keyboards and a razor-thin phone
  8. Motorola's ROKR E1 and the MOTOFONE F3
  9. Touchscreen's and 3x optical zoom on phones
  10. Google Android and Palm's resurection

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