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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!

iTunes Phone: Motorola ROKR E1 (2005)

A partnership between Apple and Motorola, the ROKR E1 was one of the most hotly anticipated phones of 2005, due to its integration with Apple iTunes.

However, it was a flop: much of the disappointment stemmed from the fact that many consumers were expecting a true 'iPod phone' (and that was only to come with Apple's own iPhone).

The ROKR E1's attempted fusion of mobile and music player was limited by a slow USB 1.1 connection, a 100-song cap and a sub-standard VGA camera.

Motorola MOTOFONE F3 (2007)

Motorola's MOTOFONE F3 was one of the cheapest mobile phone's ever released.

Although it didn't scale any great heights, the MOTOFONE F3 was an interesting concept - it featured an EPD (Electronic Paper Display). This display possessed a paper-like high contrast appearance, consumed less power, and was thin and light.

The display didn't have a backlight, as the technology was enabled by electronic ink that carries a charge.

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NEXT PAGE: Touchscreen's and 3x optical zoom on phones

  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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