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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!

Happy Snap: Sharp J-SH04 (2000)

Sharp's J-SH04 was the world's first camera phone and was launched in Japan in 2000. Available on the J-Phone network in Japan, this long device featured an integrated 110,000 pixel CMOS image sensor and a 256 colour display.

An email delight: RIM BlackBerry 5810 (2002)

RIM's first BlackBerry mobile phone was the 5810 - previously RIM had produced data based organisers that handled email and organiser features, but lacked phone capabilities.

The 5810 simply added a mobile phone to RIM's existing feature set, though it lacked a speaker and a microphone and therefore needed the use of a headset to operate.

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NEXT PAGE: The Palm Treo 600 and the Nokia N-Gage

  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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