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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!

First smartphone: Nokia 9000 Communicator (1996)

Nokia's 9000 Communicator may have weighed a hefty 397g, had just 8MB of memory and a monochrome display, but this beast was the first smartphone.

A far cry from today's units, the 9000 Communicator looked like a regular mobile phone from the front, until it flipped open to reveal a second screen and a qwerty keyboard.

Snap on, snap off: Nokia 5110 (1998)

In the late 1990s, Nokia's candybar-style mobile phones were all the rage.

Undoubtedly the most popular of these was the 5110, one of the first phones to introduce snap-on, coloured covers.

The 5110 was well known for its excellent build quality and good battery life and was one of the first phones to feature the wildly popular Snake game.

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NEXT PAGE: Snap happy

  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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