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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!

Just touch it: Apple iPhone (2007)

First launched in 2007, Apple's iPhone is now an iconic handset. The original iPhone was a 2G device that had a similar frame and dimensions to newer models, but lacked basic features such as MMS messaging and video recording.

In 2008, almost a year after the original hit the market in the US, the iPhone 3G was released, while the current iPhone 3GS arrived this year.

The iPhone enjoys immense popularity due to its user friendly touchscreen interface and the wide range of apps available for download on the App Store.

Optical zoom: Samsung G800 (2008)

The first mobile phone released to feature a five-megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom, the Samsung G800 was represented a huge step forward for the camera phone market.

Although the G800 was chunky, its zoom performance was excellent for a mobile phone and combined with a Xenon flash it took reasonable low-light photos.

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NEXT PAGE: Google Android and Palm's resurection

  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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